~ Henna / Mehendi Hair Mask for Deep Conditioning…

Henna is a dye prepared from crushing leaves of the Lawsonia Inermis plant as known as the Henna tree! This is all natural and a very commonly applied on hands and hair. It is also called Mehendi.

Henna for the hands is whole another ball game as today I am talking about using Henna for deep conditioning your hair.

While there are many benefits of Henna for the hair, some of them are as follows, I mainly use it to repair my hair, help with hair loss and reduce oiliness, luckily I don’t have any greys yet, so I don’t use Henna to dye my hair and hence not talking about that aspect in my blog today.

1. Improves Scalp Health

2. Conditions the hair

3. Repairs damages and strengthens hair

4. Is a natural hair dye

5. Promotes hair growth and curbs hair loss

6. Balances the pH of the hair and reduces oiliness.

So with that said, here’s how to go about putting Henna in your hair!

You’ll need:

– I use Nupur Henna that’s specifically for the hair and has the goodness of 9 herbs mixed into it, see the picture below for more details. You can buy it online or from any Indian store near you. Or get it from India on your next trip!

– If you are using regular Henna, make sure it is good quality Henna, then make sure to add the following to the powder – herbal mixture of 1 tablespoon Manjistha powder, 1 tablespoon Bhringraj, 3 tablespoons of Amla Powder and 1 tablespoon of Shikakai Powder. This is optional and doesn’t effect the color, it just helps with conditioning the hair.

– 1/2 cup black tea

– 1/2 cup black coffee

– 1/2 cup boiled beetroot powder (gives a more burgundy tingle)

– Little bit of Yogurt or lemon juice

– Aluminum Foil and a Shower Cap

Method:

– Take required amount of Henna in a kadai / iron vessel. I have hair little below my shoulder, and 1.5 cups of Henna is needed, so adjust accordingly depending on your hair length.

– Brew the tea and coffee.

– Boil the beetroot in water.

– If your Mehendi doesn’t already have the herbal mixture pre-added and you are interested in adding it, do that now, to the Mehendi powder you took out.

– Once the tea/coffee/beetroot water has cooled down a little bit, strain it and mix it into the Henna making a semi-liquify / pasty consistency. Do not make the mixture runny. Make sure there aren’t any lumps. Mix with a spoon to avoid getting your hands dyed.

– Leave overnight.

**Using an iron vessel is recommended because that will help in oxidizing and giving that deep rich color and tinge to your hair. And the reason we soak this mixture overnight is because Henna needs to be soaked properly to give good color to your hair.**

– Next day before application, add either yogurt or lemon juice, this helps curb dandruff as well. But be careful with lemon juice as too much of it can cause hair to start greying!! I always prefer using Yogurt.

– Henna application is always tedious and messy and time consuming, so make sure you have ample of time in your hands before you start application. Start by wearing gloves and taking your hair coloring brush. If you don’t have a hair coloring brush, simply use your hands!! Start applying from the back of your head in small sections, covering the entire length of your hair root to tip. Once you have applied to the entire hair, pile it up on top and wrap with aluminum foil and cover with a shower cap.

– Leave this mixture for 2-3 hours atleast, since I have black hair, to get that perfect tinge, I leave it in my hair for 4-5 hours.

– When you are ready to wash it off, first rinse with plain water to ensure all the Henna is out and then you can apply conditioner as Henna does dry out the hair. I avoid putting shampoo the same day.

– In a day or two, I will oil my hair and then shampoo and condition as regular. Henna can make your hair brittle, so always oil after this treatment.

Now enjoy your freshly Henna colored / deep conditioned hair!! Don’t forget to flaunt it!

I had also shared some Hair Conditioning Tips in an earlier blogpost, take a look.

Until next time, stay stylish!!

** Apart from the Henna packet collage, all other images are courtesy Google**

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~ Tips on how to stay refreshed this summer!!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 is the 1st day of summer this year, even though Houston’s temperatures have been soaring high already! In all honesty, it’s still not that bad and often there is a nice cool breeze cooling things down. We’ve also been having way more rain than usual!

So with summer just around the corner, I thought of sharing some tips that help me keep refreshed during the brutal summer months here in Houston, for these tips, read on:

Drink up!!

Chilled water is my go-to choice during the summer, but it doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with lemon wedges and mint leaves or for something different, here’s my ~ Detox Water… post that shares some yummy recipes to make your regular water interesting. I always carry a bottle of water with me when I am out and about to stay hydrated at all times, and I suggest you do too!!

My recent find at the grocery store (maybe I am late to this party) is Sparkling Flavored Water!! I’ve tried the Strawberry flavor as well as the Key Lime and they are both very refreshing especially for someone like me who does not drink alcohol and also tries to stay clear of soda.

Choose the right fabric to wear!!

Read cutesy dresses, flowy tops, shorts, skirts! Light flowy fabrics in cute prints and pastel shades is what my summer wardrobe is made of as comfort is key! The more breathable the fabric, the better.

I am loving the latest collection at Old Navy, Gap and even Ann Taylor / Loft has been a wonderful surprise since their clothes aren’t only constrained to work attire now! I’ll be doing another post soon on where I shop, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget your workout:

Being an outdoorsy person, preferring to work outdoors over the gym, this heat can challenge my dedication but I don’t give in. I take either early morning or late evening walks, sometimes both, because it’s the best time of the day to be outdoors during the summer. The fresh air is a welcome change!

On the weekends and usually once over the weekday, the hubby and I make our way to the pool for a refreshing dip. The water is still a tad bit cold for my liking, but it’s surely refreshing!! We are water babies and the swimming pool, a lake, the ocean are always calling our name. We often make our swim trips into BBQ dinners as well, and here are my recipes on what we BBQ: ~ Paneer Tikka! and ~ Chicken Tikka / Tandoori Chicken!!.

Eating the right fruits:

Tropical fruits are my go-tos during the summer! Even though now days all fruits are always available all year round, my summer favorites are Mangos, Watermelons, Strawberries, Bananas, Oranges and Apples.

Smoothies is also a good way to go, and here’s some recipes that you could try: ~ Smoothies!!

Get the right haircut / hairstyle:

Before the start of summer 2016, I colored my hair and also got a new hairstyle. This summer, I am due for a haircut, but I am definitely not chopping my hair off or coloring it! Instead just going for a trim and maybe some bangs.

If you are into coloring your hair, you’ll find these posts helpful: ~ Hair Coloring 101… and ~ Hair Conditioning 101….

Being a comfort chic, I usually throw my hair up in a bun and it’s not so sexy! LOL!! Currently pinteresting cute ways to throw my hair up in a bun, for more on what I find, follow me on Pinterest: Niti Shrivastava Shukla.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are all set to be refreshed and enjoy this summer!!