In addition to darkening hair, herbal henna serves as a natural conditioner, which reduces dandruff and delays hair thinning. Here is an in-depth guide on how to wash your hair after applying henna.
How to Wash Hair After Applying Henna?
In rare cases, henna may be too drying, with many customers reporting that their hair felt like it’s made of straw afterward. Overindulgence in protein may cause a similar set of symptoms. If you’ve had this problem, it’s likely because you didn’t condition properly after washing the henna out. Henna acts as a protein, therefore use a hydrating conditioner to thoroughly condition your hair.
If you don’t understand how to do it, removing henna from your hair can be a messy task.
For 20-30 minutes, I prefer to deep condition my hair with my steamer. It’s amazing how much better my hair feels after a steam session and it has no effect on the color. Let us dig deep and go through the below steps to have a better understanding of how to wash your hair after applying henna.
Step 1: Soak your Hair
Let’s begin the process by rinsing the henna out of your hair. The Soak technique is the quickest and simplest approach for me to remove henna. Fill a bucket halfway with warm water and use it to rinse your hair. After filling the bucket to the brim with water, you dip and immerse your hair all the way into the water. The henna will come out easier if you gently massage it out with your hands while your hair has emerged under the water.
In certain cases, you’ll have to go through the process again. Remember to always use fresh water.
It usually takes two or three refills of the bucket, but it’s by far the simplest method to remove all the henna particles from your hair.
Pro Tip: Allow the water to loosen the henna, rather than rubbing it.
Step 2: Rinse your Hair with Conditioner
To remove henna from hair, use a conditioner. This will assist in loosening the henna paste and ensuring that it is fully removed via the use of water. Continue conditioning and washing the hair until the henna paste is completely removed and the water is clear.
Conditioners help untangle the hair, soften it, and restore moisture that has been lost as a result of the henna treatment.
Use gloves to avoid coloring your hand in the process.
Insight: By using conditioner, you eliminate any remaining henna treatment traces, and you’ll have less problems with stains on your clothing or bedsheets.
Step 3: Remove Leftover Henna
After the henna has been rinsed out, carefully run your hands through your hair to remove any traces of henna that may remain. Then rinse your hair as you normally would. This removes any remaining henna and leaving your hair completely clean and glossy.
In the event that you do not thoroughly rinse it out, your scalp may get itchy and irritated.
In this step, you can also use cold water as it will help the hair cuticle to close and tighten.
Step 4: Deep Condition your Hair
After that, use a hydrating conditioner and let your deep condition for at least 45 mins before washing. It’s critical that it’s a hydrating conditioner rather than a protein-based one. A protein-based conditioner will make your hair more stiff and coarse because of the henna’s protein-binding properties. The protein content in your hair is too high, which is why you will experience this problem if you use a protein-based conditioner.
Insight: Deep conditioning conditioner vs. protein treatment conditioner may be difficult to determine at times, but the basic guideline is that if your hair feels harsh and like straw, your conditioner have too much protein in it. If your Conditioner has excess moisture, it will cause your hair to seem lifeless and drab.
Step 5: Steam your Hair
It’s also a good idea to use a hairdryer or a steamer. This helps the color and moisture go deeper into the hair since it opens up the cuticles.
When possible, rinse with cold water and then use heat to seal in moisture. Due to the fact that heat opens and cold shuts the hair shaft.
Step 6: Towel Dry your Hair
Squeeze out any remaining water with your hands gently. Next, stoop to one side and straighten your hair out in front of you. Make sure that your towel and hair are aligned at the bottom of the towel. Start twisting the microfiber towel as near to your head as you can. Turn the twist’s other end over your head.
Wrapping your hair in the wrap and letting it dry takes approximately 15 minutes.
Before you wrap your hair, make sure it’s all facing the same way. Don’t twist the towel too tightly or it may fray. Twisting too tightly will put your hair under stress and increase the risk of hair damage.
Check the article on 10 Microfiber Towel Benefits for Hair (Backed By Science)
Insight: When it comes to hair drying, nothing beats a microfiber towel made of ultra-soft microfiber material. In comparison to human hair, microfibers are a atleast few hundred times finer, allowing for the packing of more tiny fibers into a smaller space, resulting in a larger density of towel with a greater surface area for absorption.
Using a good quality microfiber towel has a number of advantages, the most important of which is the reduced risk of hair friction. You are putting less stress and friction on your hair since you are not rubbing it to absorb the water.
Step 7: Oil your Hair Overnight
Because henna dries your hair out, you should use an essential oil afterward. It aids in hair moisturization. Hydral exhaustion, or the drying and swelling of hair, maybe reduced by oiling. Oils cover the space between cuticle cells, protecting the follicle from surfactants.
Hair should be conditioned overnight with oil.
Step 8: Rinse your Hair (Next Day)
Henna takes between 24 and 36 hours to fully penetrate; at first, it seems orange, but as time passes, the shade deepens and becomes a richer brown.
Wash your hair under running water to open the cuticles, reduce hair tangling, and clear it of any impurities. Using lukewarm water for rinsing aids in removing excess oil from the hair and scalp as well as washing away dry scalp skin, preparing the scalp for the nutrients included in shampoo.
Step 9: Shampoo & Condition your Hair (Next Day)
Use a gentle shampoo free of parabens and sulfates to clean your hair.
After shampooing, condition hair, particularly if it has been dyed with henna. After shampooing, conditioner aids in moisture retention in the hair and, most significantly, bonds the hair cuticle. Rinse your hair with cold water after shampooing; do not use hot water while rinsing. Apply hair conditioner after shampoo has been thoroughly rinsed off.
Pro Tip: There is no need to massage the conditioner into the scalp since the shampoo has already cleaned the scalp.
Creative, versatile, and passionate about her craft, Rupa Das is a well-recognized name in the world of fashion and makeup! This is a woman who has been in the fashion and makeup industry for 24 years and is still one of the leading international makeup artist in the circuit! She has worked in big brands like Lakme, Green Trends, Colors and transitioned to become a Beauty (Hair & Skin) Trainer.