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May Henna Giveaway

4 May


This month I will do the giveaway a little differently. Entering is so easy.

1. Leave a comment on my Facebook page (Follow the link at the bottom of this post to make sure you go to the correct place)
2. Let me know on Twitter that you want to win (That link is at the bottom of the post also)

It’s that simple.

I’ll pick 4 winners from my Facebook page and one from Twitter.

Deadline: May 13th

For henna recipes and tips check out these posts:

Henna Q&A
Henna/Coconut Milk Recipe
Tips on Changing Henna Color
Henna Melt Tutorial
Henna Gloss Tutorial
Henna for Natural Hair

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LINK: The Best Henna Treatment Recipe

19 Mar

Natural Nina tried my Henna/Coconut Milk Recipe, and she got great results. Check out her site and her post. You’ll also find a great deep conditioner recipe that she created. I am definitely going to try it.


If you have homemade hair recipes that you’d like to share, please send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

Henna Q&A

9 Jan

I have gotten a lot of questions about henna recently. I was answering them on my Facebook page and on Twitter, but it made me think that I should do a post. I’m sure there are other people who have the same questions. The ones that follow are the ones that I have been asked regularly.

1. What is henna good for?

According to Henna for Hair: Henna is a natural colorant, a hair strengthener, and has other benefits such as reduction of dandruff.

2. What brand should I use?

There isn’t one specific brand that you should use. You just want to make sure that it is body art quality henna.

3. How long should I leave henna in my hair?

This answer will vary depending on who you ask. I’ve heard everything from 2 hours to over 12 hours. I leave mine on for 2-4 hours. If you want the color to be stronger, you may want to leave it in longer.

4. Does henna have to sit before I apply it?

People let henna sit before applying to give the dye more time to release. Because I don’t use henna for color, I apply mine as soon as I mix it.

5. How often can I apply henna?

Monthly is considered to be a regular henna schedule, but you don’t need to do it that often.

6. Can I use henna if I have dye in my hair?

You can only if it is body art quality henna (as mentioned before). Henna that isn’t pure can have a bad reaction when applied to hair that has been dyed.

7. Does henna come in colors?

Pure henna does NOT come in colors. Sometimes cassia is referred to as “blonde henna”. Indigo is sometimes referred to as “black henna”. Neither one is really henna. If your henna says that is a specific color, you want to double check the ingredients.

8. Where can I buy henna?

An Indian grocery store is the best place because they usually sell henna for lower prices than you can find online, and you can avoid paying for shipping. If not, I have purchased henna from Mehandi.com.

9. Is henna hard to wash out?

Yes. I won’t lie. You will need to wash your hair several times to make sure you get it all out. I usually wash with just water first until I have gotten a good amount of the henna out, and then I cowash with an inexpensive conditioner because you may use the entire bottle.

10. Will henna change my hair color?

If you have dark hair, henna will give it a red tint. It doesn’t lighten your hair color. It will color grays a reddish-orange or red color. People with lighter hair will get more noticeable results. The tint in my hair has gotten more intense with repeated uses. You still can only see it in the sun or in certain light.

Please check out my other Henna posts for specific recipes.

Please leave additional questions or information in the comments section.

Henna Giveaway~5 Winners!!

5 Dec

I am giving away 5 boxes of Jamila Henna. Each box is 100g. This is for you if you already enjoy using henna or if you have been interested to give it a try. Now is your chance to get a box for FREE. Entering is easy.

1. Be a follower of this blog on Networked Blogs or Blog Lovin’. (There are links to both on the sidebar)

2. Leave a comment in the comments section to let me know that you’re interested.

It’s that simple.

Deadline: Monday, December 13th

For henna recipes and tips check out these posts:
Henna/Coconut Milk Recipe
Tips on Changing Henna Color
Henna Melt Tutorial
Henna Gloss Tutorial
Henna for Natural Hair

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If you entered, check your email account to see if you won. I need you to email your address to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com by Sunday. I’m not listing names because I am choosing new winners if I don’t hear back from the others.

Since so many of you were interested in this giveaway, we are going to do a monthly henna giveaway. If you didn’t win this month, come back next month for another chance. Thanks again to all of you for participating.

Henna/Coconut Milk Recipe

5 Dec

I tried a new mixture for henna the last time that I did it. Here is the recipe:

What I used:

  • 100 gram of henna (I used Jamila, but you can use any kind that is body-art quality)
  • Coconut milk (About 7oz. or as much as needed to create a good creamy texture)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil

If you would like the red tint to be stronger, add paprika or beetroot powder

This gave me a thick creamy batch of henna. I like it that way. I don’t like henna to be messy, so I always make a thick batch.

What I Did:

  • I poured the henna into a clean bowl
  • I added the entire container of coconut milk and mixed them together
  • I added olive oil
  • I added the ACV little by little , mixed, and then checked the consistency

Halfway through applying


I put the henna into my hair in small amounts without rubbing too much. I coated as much of my hair as possible. After I finished applying it, I covered with a plastic cap and wait. I left it on for 4 hours this time. That is longer than usual for me. I’ve heard people say that they wait anywhere from 2-24 hours.

Washing It Out:

Washing this mixture out was much easier.

  • I rinsed with water first
  • I added conditioner and rinsed several times
  • I deep conditioned afterwards


My hair felt soft and healthy after this treatment. I liked the results so much that I will be using this recipe again.

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Mzmillion’s Henna Melt/Gloss Tutorial Video

9 Sep

Mzmillion left her YouTube video in the comment section of my henna gloss tutorial.  I thought it would be a great post on its own.  Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out her other videos. 

If you have videos that you would like to share, contact me at naturalbyl@gmail.com .

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My Henna Gloss Routine

7 Sep

To read my first post on henna, click HERE

Here is my step by step routine:

The henna that I use

Green Tea


Apple Cider Vinegar 


Olive Oil

  1. I mix my henna as I would normally do except I make it a little thicker.  I don’t want it to be too runny when I add the conditioner. I use green tea, honey, and usually lemon. This time I tried vinegar instead. Basically, you just need some acidic liquid. I also added a few drops of olive oil.
  2. Once I had the henna mixed, I added the conditioner.  I try to keep my henna mixtures thick so that they aren’t as messy.  The more liquidy, the more chances for drips.
  3. I add the mixture to my hair.
  4. I cover with a plastic cap and let it sit for anywhere from 2-4 hours because I can’t take the smell for much longer than that.  This time I let it sit for 3 hours.
  5. I rinse my hair with water first.  When it is rinsing a little clearer, I use some inexpensive conditioner to rinse it several times.  It is easier to rinse out the henna gloss than it is to rinse out henna alone. 
  6. I shampoo and deep condition after I stop seeing the brown/red when I rinse.

You can’t see much of a difference in pictures because my hair is dark, but it does give a reddish tint to the hair. You can mostly see it in the sun.  It is more noticeable on gray hair.  My gray hairs turn red.  The color usually darkens some over the first few days.  I don’t use henna for the color, I like it for the strengthening benefits. 

If you look closely, you can see the few red strands that used to be gray strands.

The smell will linger for a little while, but it won’t last long. I think these are going to replace my regular henna treatments. I love that this doesn’t leave my hair feeling so dry.

Share your henna/henna gloss experiences and tips in the comments sections.