Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Full Henna Treatment process too tedious? Try a henna gloss treatment….

 I know of quite a few people, who want to try henna but are scared of starting off with the full henna treatment.

Some reasons are:

  • I don’t want bright red or any red colour, I just want the conditioning properties
  • I like my curl pattern and I don’t want henna to ruin my natural curl pattern
  • I heard it can make my hair dry and brittle
  • The process is too long and tedious
  • I just want the strengthening effects of henna, not anything else

 For people like this, I recommend a henna gloss or variations of the henna gloss treatment. I do this when I don’t have much time and I don’t have the energy to spend a long time washing out henna from my hair. I also use it when I want both moisture and strengthening. Its very simple, but since it’s kept in for four hours, the strengthening effects and dye release will be less than in a full henna treatment.


This what I do:

My henna treatment has the same ingredients and I use the same materials from my full henna treatment. The process is also the same except:

I add a light silicone free conditioner, I usually use Tressemme Naturals silicone free conditioner, instead of water.

I don’t let the dye release, I mix the ingredients, then use it after about 30minutes.

I keep it in my hair for about 4 hours without heat.


Afterwards, my hair is always soft, shiny and with some strengthening.

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When in doubt, don a dhuku….


I have bad hair days, like everyone I’m sure, or lazy hair days, and the perfect thing to do is grab a cute scarf (preferably silk or satin of course) and cover.


One of the best hair accessories to have truly, is a head/hair scarf, turban or in Shona, a dhuku. Especially now in winter, when the temperatures have dropped and covering your hair has the extra benefit of providing warmth.


So here is some dhuku, turban  and other head accessories inspiration:

Solange Knowles - one of the biggest trendsetters with hair scarves

Solange Knowles – one of the biggest trend setters with hair scarves



Her sister Beyonce, using a scarf as protection for her hair

Her sister Beyonce, using a scarf as protection for her hair

Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike

Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike


Chef Akhi accessorising her dreads

Chef Akhi accessorising her dreads

Yaya Da Costa Source: Urbanbushbabes





Souce of all pics is Tumblr unless otherwise stated.

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My Henna Story: Part 2 – My Full Henna Treatment

 My full strength henna treatment

I just want to emphasise that before putting henna on the whole head of hair, TEST THE HAIR FIRST! Take shed hair strands from a hair comb, and place the hair in some henna. Check after a few hours, then after a day on the condition of the hair. If it is favourable, go ahead…

This might seem like a really long and complicated process at first, but after the first few times, it becomes easier and simpler. Basically I prepare my mixture and detangle and moisturise my hair a day before. Then the next day at night, I apply the henna on to my hair, go to sleep then wake up in the morning and wash it out.

 Ingredients for my henna mix for my medium density neck length hair



100g of pure good quality henna ( for thicker and longer hair, more should be used) – Body Art Quality (BAQ) is recommended

3 teabags of green tea (any other acidic liquid can be used, such as lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, black tea, etc I use green tea because it is the least harsh)

2 tablespoons of pure honey

2 cups of water

Products used after henna application

Organic Root Stimulator replenishing conditioner (or deep moisturising conditioner of your choice)

Leave – in conditioner

Olive/Castor oil (or any other oil or cream of your choice)

Recommended materials

All these materials will most likely get stained, so it’s best to use things you don’t really need for anything else.

Materials and after henna products

Materials and after henna products


Old newspapers or towels

Glass bowl or tupperware container (I use a lunchbox container)

Spoon to mix

 Shower cap and/or plastic bag 

Head scarf

Optional: micro heat cap or hooded dryer Mixing it up ( about 1 hour to prepare)

Preparation (about 1 hour to prepare and 12 hours to allow for dye release)

Henna mix

Henna mix

1. Bring the two cups of water to the boil

2. Add the green tea to the water and let it cool

3. Put the henna powder in the bowl/container and slowly add the tea mixture to the powder until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes

4. Cover it with a lid or foil paper, and let it sit for about 12 hours, so the dye releases

5. About 30mins before putting it on the hair, add the honey and mix it. The mixture should have smooth consistency but not runny

Applying it to the hair (30 minutes)


1. Make sure hair is detangled, hair can be damp or dry (I do it on dry hair)

2. Part workable hair sections with clips or by sectioning then making twists

3. With the bathroom floor covered in newspapers or used towels, and gloves on, choose a section to work with ( I start from the back)

4. Using the gloves, plaster the henna mixture on the section in a plopping motion, not rubbing it in. Be generous, and try to make sure all the hair has henna on it

5. Repeat with all the sections

6. When the whole head of hair is covered in henna, put on the plastic bag or shower cap (I use two), then put on a scarf over it.

After henna application (4- 8 hours to allow henna to marinate, then about an hour to wash out)

Plastic and scarf for the night

Plastic and scarf for the night

1. To allow your hair to let the henna penetrate, wait about 6-8 hours before washing it out. I simply I go to sleep with it, then wake up and wash it out. Alternatively, to shorten the time for soaking up, a heat source such as a heat cap or hooded dryer can be used and the henna can be washed out after 4 hours.

2. After this, the henna can be washed out. This can be done by dunking the head in the bathtub or large dish of water (remember henna stains though) to get most of the henna out. Then to ensure all of it is out, you can run water over your hair in the shower. A slippery conditioner can be used to wash out the henna. It will basically feel like you are washing out dried mud from your hair (my least favourite part about using henna)

3. When the hair is free of henna, apply the moisturising deep treatment and let it sit for at least 30 minutes

4. Wash it out, dry and style as usual

Just after washing out the henna

Just after washing out the henna


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More on henna

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about henna, so I’ve done a post on henna in general that hopefully will assist and answer your questions.

English: Mehndi or Henna Lawsonia inermis in H...

English: Mehndi or Henna Lawsonia inermis in Hyderabad , India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is it?

Henna is a plant lawsonia inermis, that grows as a large bush or small tree. It is not a chemical but dried, powdered plant leaves.


What is the history of its use?

There is evidence that henna has been used for centuries in Egypt and Jericho as a hair dye and conditioner. It has also been used to decorate the skin in Arabic countries and India. It was used in parts of Europe from the 1800s as a natural hair dye.

Presently it is used mainly in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Source: Tumblr

Source: Tumblr

  What colour is henna?

There is only one colour that henna comes in. As a powder it’s a brown green colour, when mixed with an acid, it releases a reddish brown or orange colour. The deeper the orange the more dye content.


I saw brunette/black/ blonde henna, is this still henna?

Synthetic dyes, metallic salts and other chemicals are added to henna to produce commercial boxed ‘henna’. This is not the same as pure henna. Real henna is 100% ‘Body Art Quality’ henna. There is no such thing as ‘black henna’ or ‘strawberry henna’.


How does henna dye the hair?

Lawsone in henna binds to the keratin in hair and the hair will shimmer red when the light bounces off the lawsone molecules in the hair. The colour is a reflection of the natural hair colour and the lawsone molecules.

hennafor hair

Is the colour change obvious?

The henna dye is translucent and it depends on the hair being dyed. A natural blonde head of hair, will most likely show an immediate colour change to orange/red hair. A brunette to auburn. Those with black hair, it will show a translucent red in certain lighting and sometimes highlights. Henna blends with the natural hair colour, and to each individual hair strand and becomes more obvious with repeat use. It is a great way to hide grey hair strands.


Is it permanent

The henna dye particles bind strongly to the hair strand and with several applications more dye binds to the strands. It is therefore considered permanent since it cannot be washed out.


Can it be used in relaxed/dyed/ texturised / damaged hair?

Although it is stated that only BAQ henna can be used on relaxed hair, it is not recommended to use henna on relaxed or chemically texturised hair. It is safest to use on natural hair, even if it is damaged.


Is the hennaing process time consuming?

It is time consuming. From preparation, to applying it to washing it out. It is also very messy but the conditioning effects are worth it


If there are any other questions, you are welcome to ask.

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Fro Spotting

So I spotted a few fros this past week, although it wasn’t in Africa. I get so excited when I see famous people rocking fros, I feel we don’t see enough of that here.

Jaden and Trey Smith with the Smith family at the After Earth premiere in New York

Jaden and Trey Smith with the Smith family at the After Earth premiere in New York

There were quite a few fros at the After Earth premiere in New York.

Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

Wyclef Jean with his wife Claudenette and daughter

Wyclef Jean with his wife Claudenette and daughter

Spotted on the Disney Channel, was Skai Jackson, the 11 year old from the show Jessie…

Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson

On the red carpet

On the red carpet

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