A couple of months ago I was seduced by a gorgeous henna gloss bar review that had me SO excited, I went right to the site to get it!
Unfortunately, they were sold out of the gloss bar, but not the large selection of henna products, oils, shampoo bars, essential oils, and more.
Since I’d been having a problem with grey hair, I looked at their henna selection.
Lavish was intrigued by the red raj henna.
Red Raj is named after the region of India it comes from (Rajasthan). It’s high in lawsone content, which is the main ingredient that dyes hair it’s rich red tones.
Or in my case, totally transforming my grey situation!
Henna Sooq’s Red Raj Henna is body art quality (BAQ) and $10.
I placed my order on a Monday. I had it in my hands by Wednesday night. Plus — it came with a free sample of a shampoo bar. I LOVE Shampoo Bars!
NATURALISTA WORD OF CAUTION:
Be very careful when using henna. It has a permanent effect on your hair and can loosen your curl pattern. Test a strand of your hair first to make sure you like the effects (look, feel, texture) it has on your hair.
I’ve used henna and had great results.
I’ve also put henna on my hair and been left with straw-like strands.
I missed my tight, coily, cottony curls, and didn’t realize that my curl pattern would be affected.
It’s part of what led to my second big chop.
Don’t let this happen to your beautiful hair.
Do your research, consult a professional if you need to, and:
Moisturize With Purpose
I researched how to keep my curl pattern while experiencing all the conditioning benefits of henna.
You know how I feel about beets!
100 grams red raj henna
2/3 cup hibiscus flowers
Enough water to cover the beets
- Cover beets with water and bring to a boil
- Once boiling turn off heat and add hibiscus.
- Let this cool until warm. Strain the beets and hibiscus from the tea. Slowly add the tea to the henna.
- Mix until the henna has a pancake consistency.
- Let sit for 6 hours or overnight for dye release.
I mixed this with the tea
I strained out all of the leaves and flowers.
I let this mix sit overnight in a sealed container. This is what it looked like the next morning before the stir:
I stirred the henna and started making my amla treatment to mix in.
According to Henna Sooq’s Instructions & Brochure (that comes with the order) amla powder can be used to:
create browner tones
give your hair great volume
help maintain curly hair pattern during henna treatment
promotes hair growth
What Is Amla?
Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit that belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family (a large family of flowering plants).
- strengthens hair roots
- high in Vitamin C, carotene, and iron
- prevents dandruff
- nourishes the brain
- reduces hair loss
- improves mental functioning
- helps prevent greying of hair
- improves luster
- gives hair volume
- improves skin health
- increases vitality
- promotes healthier hair
- helps define natural curls
You could add amla directly to the henna, or use it as a separate treatment.
I opted to add mine to the henna.
Since amla powder darkens the red tones of henna dye, I wanted as much red in my highlights as I could get. For this, I mixed in hibiscus powder with the amla.
If you’d like the full recipe to add amla to your henna mix, see my Amla & Hibiscus Curl Defining Deep Conditioner Recipe.
After this was done I added it to the henna, along with 2 tablespoons of Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.
I added vanilla essential oil and stirred one more time before applying.
The mix was more like cake batter and I was concerned it may drip while conditioning. It didn’t thank goodness!
I wrapped my hair with saran wrap, put a baggie over that, and a plastic bag over that. I then wrapped my hair with a scarf and went on about my day!
The henna stayed on my hair for about an hour.
I rinsed it out with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle.
Rinsing it out was easier than I expected. I have very thick, coarse hair so grainy things like to hide in my kinks. This rinsed out well with plain water.
It didn’t stain everything like some henna powders do and that was good. The powder was also lighter and the henna scent (which I love) was also lighter with this henna.
This was what my hair looked like after the wash. It was already starting to dry!
I noticed immediately that there was less shedding. There was hardly any hair to pick up after the wash!
My hair feels shinier and my curl pattern looked even more defined.
My curls were more elongated and they have stayed this way ever since – which I love!
What Happened To The Grey?
The henna gave me a beautiful gloss that has made my hair have a deeper natural shine.
The grey’s are now more like a honey blonde!
They were more red on the first day but I do love blonde highlights.
I loosely flat-twisted the front and gently pulled my hair into a bun for it to dry.
My hair was and is still (about 2 weeks later) soft, shiny, and feels like it could do a full set of pull ups. Feels really strong, but not hard and crunchy!
This is definitely my new color solution for the greys!
I give Henna Sooq’s Red Raj Henna 5 stars and will definitely order from them again!
I still have enough for another mix, so I froze the remaining henna.
I’ll probably do another treatment when my hair starts to cook up a few more silver strands:)
Enter to win a box (100 grams) of red raj henna by clicking here.
Click on some additional photos from the week…
*Organic Facts, Health Benefits of Indian Gooseberry or Amla
- 1/2 cup organic castile soap
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon amla powder
- 1 tablespoon rhassoul clay
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/4 teaspoon sunflower oil
- mix all of your ingredients with a fork or small whisk.
- stir until all of the ingredients are blended together.
- pour into 8 oz bottle with top.
- apply to wet hair.
- rinse out thoroughly.
- follow up with your favorite leave-in conditioner.