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Good or Bad? How Liquids Affect Your Henna Recipe

20th Nov 2018

Good or Bad? How Liquids Affect Your Henna Recipe

Every henna and ayurvedic hair recipe requires a liquid when mixing it into a paste for use. There are so many choices and you might be overwhelmed. Our guide directs you to the best choices and especially to start with where your hair focus is so that you will decide on the right liquid for you and your hair.

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There are so many choices and the good news is that there is no liquid that is a wrong choice.
The first question will be to ask yourself: What is the focus of your hair recipe?

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Hair Focus: Color
Treatment every 4-6 weeks

  • Your liquid must be warm to hot. Not cold, not boiling
  • Keep it Simple Recipe: water, green tea or ACV (apple cider vinegar)
  • Lemon Juice: this can help boost color results, but it can also drying for normal-dry hair types. We usually recommend adding this as a supplement boost to another main liquid you’ve chosen to use.
  • Boost the Red: hibiscus tea, red rooibos tea, beet juice, and any other red liquids/teas
  • Boost the Golden: chamomile tea. This would typically be used in an organic cassia recipe. Golden tones won’t come through in a henna recipe
  • Boost the Brown: liquid form of coffee, and dark teas
  • Moisture: hair oils such as olive oil, grapeseed, Black Raven, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Camellia Oil, Organic Amla Oil (great for growth) and our Organic Aloe Verapowder are perfect choices
  • Essentials Oils: these add amazing hair benefits and scent to your recipe
  • Exception: Indigo powder can only be mixed with water or distilled water. Other liquids will badly affect the proper dye release needed from your indigo powder.

Milk and Honey

Hair Focus: Moisture
Treatment every 2-3 weeks

  • Creamy Recipes: coconut milk, yoghurt, glycerine, molasses
  • Honey: this is added to attract moisture into the recipe. It’s also a natural hydrogen peroxide, and sometimes used to lighten the hair
  • Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter: ideal to be added when creating a deep conditioning treatment
  • Conditioner: added to create a light, yet moisturizing henna gloss treatment
  • Protein: eggs and other proteins. Do note that henna and ayurvedic herbs do act like protein treatments. If you’re hair isn’t fond of protein treatments do not add eggs to your recipe

Things to Remember:

  • A Hair Focus of Color can’t be combined into one recipe with a Hair Focus of Moisture recipe. These two categories of Hair Focus must be done on their own at separate times. Usually 2-3 weeks between each of these types of recipes is ideal
  • Perishable ingredients that are added to your recipe must be added at the very end as you don’t want to create a rancid recipe
  • Every henna and herb absorb liquid differently so you may have noticed that we don’t give specific quantities to add to your recipe. Just add your liquids slowly until it’s of the proper consistency. Hair recipes should be the consistency of pancake batter, depending on how thick or thing you like your pancakes