I had booked an appointment at Kinky Curly using the Whatsapp platform for Saturday after 1pm. I had planned to get "The Lot" so I had no need to wash my hair earlier. I finished work at 12.30 and raced over to Mt Pleasant in the rain. Only to get there and be told I hadn't been booked. I was as mad when I heard that. To her credit, the girl in the salon offered to do my hair after she had finished the two clients who were there. I refused as I did not want to spend my few weekend hours sitting around at a salon waiting to get my hair done. So I ended up going to buy henna. I mixed about 100g of henna with lemon juice, castor oil, tea tree oil, honey and water until it formed a thick paste. I left it to sit for 2 hours to let the colour release
1. I first braided my hair into box braids so that I could reduce the tangling while washing.
2. Then I shampooed three times using Palmer's Conditioning Shampoo, which is sulfate free.
3. After shampooing, I slathered henna onto my box braids, covered it with a plastic bag and let it marinate for 2 hours.
4. After the two hours were up, i rinsed out the henna. In hidnsight, the box braids were a bad idea as I did not manage to fully rinse out the henna.
5. I conditioned using the Hask Macadamia Oil hydrating deep conditioner. It brought moisture back into my strands so fast, I didn't even keep it on for the recommended 10 minutes.
7. The next day, I got my hair braided. As you can see, my hair took the henna nicely, as it has a brownish tint. Hopefully, it will deepen into a red with repeated henna applications.
I am going to keep these braids for about two or so months, and take them down then. Hopefully, I will retain length.