Test your Hair’s Elasticity and Keep Warm
Test your hair’s elasticity before applying henna to determine if you may need to pre-condition it. You’ll probably already know if you have dry hair, but if you don’t, then follow Norma Pasekoff Weinberg ’s tip : pull off or cut a single strand of hair [or unravel one from your hairbrush], wrap it around your index fingers, and stretch. If the strand does not increase by a minimum of one third, the hair may need some pre conditioning. Remember that as you get older your hair loses its Omega-3 fatty acids. Oils such as evening primrose oil help put them back
(squeeze out of the capsule straight into your hair for pre & post shampoo hair conditioning ).
We do a range of hair oil treatments to help moisturise, condition, and repair all hair types including dry hair, weak hair, and dandruff ridden hair – select from our henna hair oil blend, amla oil, bhringraj oil and neem oil
(for the most extremely dry hair) . Go easy on the amount of oil if you are using it to pre-condtion as it can be hard to shampoo out. Warm up just a little oil in the palms of your hands and massage through to roots and ends, gently.
Henna and Dry Hair
Henna, generally, will condition your hair but very dry hair will benefit from fortnightly or monthly conditioning with cassia obovata, and from washing with rhassoul clay, reetha powder, shikakai powder or whole soapnuts. Do also try our moisturising henna hair oil blend and cold pressed bhringraj oil. For exceptionally dry hair, pre condition with our very stinky cold pressed raw neem oil ( the real thing) .
Apply oil liberally to your scalp and work it well all through your hair either the night before you shampoo, or at least an hour before each shampoo if you can’t stand oil in your hair for long; apply a cling film wrap and/ or hot towel wrap on top for a more intense heat treatment that will help the oil to penetrate the hair shaft and absorb moisture; then shampoo out thoroughly. Both cassia obovata and/or oiling your hair are excellent hair conditioning treatments for dry hair ( cassia obovata will in fact benefit all hair types, but especially dry and damaged hair) and this, along with our range of natural hair washes, should eliminate the need to use a commercial hair conditioner altogether. It doesn’t really matter whether you apply henna to wet or dry hair, oiled or grease free hair. My personal preference is to apply it to absolutely dry hair (just before it needs a wash), especially in our cool climate. And if it’s winter time, don’t forget to wrap up and make sure the house is warm.