“…Does the henna totally wash out the first time or does it require consecutive washes? What has your experience been like?”
I got these questions from Agnes and once again, answering them in a post seems like a good idea. To see what brought on the queries, please check out the comment section in this post.
Please note that these answers are based on my own personal experience.
A: It is possible to rinse off all the henna in just one wash. It does however take a lot of time, and its tiring. Focus more on your hair and not your scalp when rinsing, that way your scalp doesn’t get all sensitive. And be gentle.
I sometimes use cold water to rinse off henna and when i do, i make sure the water is clear when am done – no trace of henna. However, i noticed that during the following wash day (like a week later), there are usually traces of henna still left in my hair.
I have also found that if i were to immediately follow up the cold water rinse with a hot/warm water rinse, the water ends up being all brown..like i hadn’t properly rinsed off the henna the first time. The conclusion i have drawn from these observations is that cold water does not get all the henna out. (That next wash day usually involves hot water use).
I would therefore recommend using hot/warm water to rinse off henna as opposed to using cold water. I have posts (like this one) where i mention how i thought i had rinsed off all the henna only to find that that was not the case.
Moving on, since the whole rinsing step can be such a daunting task, i usually rinse my hair till i think all the henna is out (or till i can’t take it anymore), then i apply deep conditioner. I don’t worry about still having traces of henna in my hair BUT, when when rinsing off the deep conditioner, i make sure the water runs clear and that i get all the deep conditioner and henna out. See this post. This works for me as i don’t get so tired plus my hair hasn’t suffered from not rinsing off all the henna the first time.
When i first started hennaing my hair, i realized that i personally didn’t need to deep condition afterwards. Using a regular conditioner worked just fine to soften my hair (henna makes hair hard and rough to the touch). The only problem with that was that i was using a lot of conditioner…it was a total waste. I now follow up the henna treatment with a deep conditioning treatment. The amount of deep conditioner i use on henna days is the same as the one i use on my non-henna days so no product wastage.