There are many available recipes for henna treatments online, and choosing one can be overwhelming. This recipe uses very few, but high-quality natural ingredients. I created this mix after conducting research on YouTube, Curly Nikki and other sources. If you’re interested in my experience with applying this recipe, check out my henna application post.
For this recipe, I started with Curly Nikki’s recipe from her abbreviated henna routine, and made a few modifications.
200 grams of Henna Sooq – Red Raj Henna (or any body/skin-grade henna product)
2 Good quality green tea bags (I used Kirkland’s matcha blend)
1-2 Tablespoons of honey
2 Tablespoon of a nourishing oil –castor, olive, sweet almond (optional)
The Basic Mix:
- Brew teabags in 2 cups of boiling water
- Add henna to a tupperware container with a lid (may stain, so choose something disposable just in case)
- Slowly stir in green tea to henna until smooth
- Cover and let sit overnight
- Before application: stir in honey and nourishing oil
To make a henna gloss, you can add a cup or so of conditioner (preferably one that is as natural as possible!). Henna glosses can make it easier to rinse the henna treatment from your hair and can limit the drying effects on your strands. However, some argue that the effectiveness of the treatment can be limited by the addition of conditioner. Since I haven’t yet tried a henna gloss, I’m not sure this is true.
SoI’m not crazy about the ingredients she uses, but for instructions on how to mix a henna gloss and apply henna in general, check out Moptop Maven’s Video. She does a great job of giving you step-by-step instructions on how to mix and apply a henna gloss.
In the coming weeks, I’ll post other recipes for henna using indigo and coconut milk.
I was very happy with the quality of henna I chose, and If you’re interested in purchasing the same, visit Henna Sooq. As for the honey, it’s meant to give the hair added shine. If you have a rich and natural honey, like the one shone here, go for it! But, any honey should do.
Green tea on the other hand, is something not worth skimping on. Beware that many green tea brands sold in grocery stores are notorious for showing traces of arsenic! For someone who drinks a few cups a day, arsenic is a substance I’d rather not ingest. You may also notice that some brands tend to be watery and lacking in flavor.
For me, it’s not worth the headache, so I buy my green tea bags in bulk at Costco. The Kirkland brand green tea is of a surprisingly high quality, and is top rated among Japanese green tea drinkers. When brewed, it gives off a bright green color and comes with extra matcha powder to sprinkle on-top for an antioxidant boost.
The price point of the Kirkland brand is hard to argue with too. A 100-count supply will run you about $12. But, if you don’t have a Costco card, amazon carries them for a few dollars more ($16/100-count supply).