Friday, 17 October 2014

The henna project, day 13

I set up a little henna-nest where I can be comfortable for the long hours ahead:
I took almost all our pillows and covers to make the couch more comfortable.
Then padded it with a black towel (Should show stains less, right?) and with a smaller, black towel within reach
  • I set up entertainment: I’m a few pages away from finishing up Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and moving on to Hellhole: awakening. I do not entirely love the book, but I do like some aspects of the universe and want to see how it ends.
  • My sweet new touch screen laptop: HP Pavilion x360
  • Food: Delicious sushi from Zen sushi & Tea (I love their pickled red onions so much!) in Lund and lots of chocolaty goodness
  • Drinks: Pepsi Max, Japanese green tea and a glass of Primitivo red wine (Was torn between this and a Carmenere. I love both!)
  • Beauty stuff: I figured since I would be “stuck” here I should show my skin some love and do a facial mask too. Lying down like this should be good for keeping those Korean sheet masks on!
  • Remote to the TV within reach as well.

Yep, I’m set! I just generally made sure I would only have to get up for bathroom breaks, haha.

The henna mix ready to go

Stirred: Way too dry and hard!
Did I miscalculate somewhere?
I added a bit of argan oil and more of the Tresseme. Unfortunately the conditioner was almost empty, so I was forced to add some water into it, shake it around and pour the foamy watery conditioner into the henna mix. I forgot to measure how much extra I added, so my notes on this are incomplete. I will have to go by feel next time, dammit.
I really wanted to avoid too much water in the mix… I have a fear it will begin to separate and run, which will drive me crazy with the dripping!

(Note to self: Add Tressemme ‘cone free to grocery list!)

Much better thickness now!

Well, the thickness turned out to be alright. But it was evident as soon as I had finished covering my scalp that I had way too little mix! Since I just added extra conditioner by eye-measure, I have no idea how much mix I need in total for the next time. I’m guessing at least 200 ml more, but how much did I have to begin with?

The mixture was still pretty thick, so I ended up having to be creative with how I stuck my hair up: Instead of a basic top knot, I ended up making something like Sansa wore a lot in Game of Thrones.

Two strands twisted around themselves, then pulled upwards and folded around themselves. (Minus the bit she has hanging loose of course)

I had an idea that I would give my eyebrows a layer too, but since I needed every single drop I could scrape up, that didn’t happen.

But the big problem?
The dripping. The horrible, horrible dripping. It started almost before I could wrap the cling wrap around my head. Awful. I had to reach for my “emergency” towel right way and kept it around my neck.
I had to give up on eating all my yummy snacks. You wouldn’t think the chewing motion would affect your scalp, but it does. And each chew sent a cascade of horrible, tickling little drops down my face and neck.
The first glass of wine managed to dampen how irritating the dripping was though…
Luckily, it started to get better once the first hour had passed, but the hours still dragged by so slowly.
Note to next time: The only water allowed for the henna mix will be the bit needed to turn the dry henna into mud before freezing it. I will even try to use less water to turn the henna into mud than I did this time. I will just have to use oil and conditioner for the rest!

The dripping sucks!


  1. Ah, good luck sweetheart and hopefully your treatment is finished by the time you read this! I really hope you get the result you want. I don't think I've ever seen anyone approach as scientifically as you did so I really want you to get the perfect color for all your troubles.
    I've pretty thick hair but not as thick as you do and I've found that I need more henna than shown in those charts as my hair seems to "absorb" a lot of it. Or eats it, I'm not sure. It can't be that I didn't add enough liquid, because I get that horrible dripping as well (but less when mixed with conditioner and/or water).

  2. Hi,
    I read somewhere that some people use gelatin to make the mixture more jelly-like, thus less dripping :) I just wrap my whole head in clingfilm and add some paper towel pieces to the nape if necessary :)