Henna glaze

Do you henna? Try a henna glaze! I wanted to share a recipe I dug up/tweaked, for a henna glaze, which is great to refresh color between actual applications of gloppy green crap.

Ok, so any time you mix henna, terped or otherwise, if you have leftover paste, freeze it. It’ll keep really well in a ziploc in the freezer. The terped stuff can give you a whammy of a headache in fairly short order, but then again, you’ll get a better stain faster, so it’s up to you. I use cajeput/geranium so it smells pretty good, but it definitely gets to be intense after about half an hour – not unlike having a bottle of open Vics Vapo-Rub on your head.

Take:
approximately 1/2 cup of cheap hair conditioner
3 TBS of honey
and about 1/2 a cup of leftover, thawed henna.

Mix these things together really well, and add some cinnamon or other spices if you want to mask the smell.

Wash your hair and towel dry pretty thoroughly. You don’t want your hair to be wet wet for this, but it’s easier to work in if it is not entirely dry. Work the henna/conditioner mix into your hair. It will go on thinner than you are used to with straight henna, and work in more easily. Work it all the way down to the roots and coat the ends. Put your hair in a plastic bag, and wrap a warm towel around your head. You don’t have to leave this on as long as a regular application – this is really just a quick refresher of color and a deep conditioning treatment in one. I left mine on (terped) about an hour, and then I really couldn’t stand it any longer, and rinsed/washed it out/reconditioned lightly.

Your color will be nicely refreshed, any roots that you may have had will be not totally concealed, but not as obvious as they were, and you can go another few weeks before you have to take an entire day to be covered in gloppy green goop.

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About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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