Pretty messy looking, huh? Well it really wasn't too bad. I went on to rinse the henna from my hair and the water ran clean after less than 5 minutes. I was surprised. I had read so many posts from other ladies who said they had sand and grit and twigs in their hair and it took them forever to rinse the henna out. I thought for sure that I had done something wrong and the henna didn't take. I mean, for one, I didn't buy the BAQ Jamila henna that I hear a lot of people talk about. My henna was purchased locally for a fraction of the cost that I have seen other people buy. When I mixed the henna, I heated my water. I didn't use ACV (apple cider vinegar), I used distilled white vinegar. Lastly, I didn't have difficulty rinsing my henna from my hair.
With all of those discrepancies, surely I wouldn't get the conditioning effects from the henna. But to my surprise, as I was rinsing the henna, I could feel my coils. I didn't feel a lot of frizz like I have in the past, I could feel moisturized coils in my hair. Ok, fine, but I still wouldn't get any color change, right............WRONG!!!!
When I went upstairs to my bathroom to check to see if there was a color difference, I couldn't believe my eyes. There I was with this vibrant black cherry hair. Shining little highlights were everywhere. Even my greys were covered. I couldn't believe it. I just stood there in awe of my new hair. It was soooo soft, and the curls were defined - without product. At first, all I could do was just look at my hair. I loved it. The more I touched it, the more I wanted to touch it.
I went on to add my Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner. I tried to put it on as thick as I could so that I could cover all of my hair since I heard that some ladies experienced a drying effect after their first henna. I left the conditioner on for about 45 minutes before I rinsed it out. My hair felt so soft while I was rinsing, and it continued to feel soft throughout the night. I even noticed that when I woke up this morning my hair wasn't as flat - even on the side where I had slept for most of the night. My hair also wasn't tight to my head (for lack of a better description). My hair just wasn't smashed. I didn't have horrid "bed head".
So, this morning I shampooed my hair and it was great. I added my Knot Today, put my clips in and headed out. I love my hair today. The henna experience was pretty good. I was concerned yesterday about how messy it would be, or if no color showed up....and I did all of that worrying for nothing.
It's true, what works for their hair may not work for your hair and I am a true testament to that. All of the "rules" and suggestions that I had read on all types of sites were great and informative, but I was still able to do it my way and get great results. I'm not saying that I totally disregarded everything I read, because I didn't. I used the information I came across as a guide. I improvised and made this experience work for me.
...and here are my final results: