I’ve been applying henna to my hair for about 3 months now. While I do love the conditioning effects along with the reddish tint it leaves my hair, I don’t particularly care for the relaxing of my natural curl pattern at the ends of my hair. I don’t have this problem too much at the roots but my ends get looser each time I do a henna treatment!
I have naturally wavy hair on some parts of my head and so whatever curl I have, I don’t want it “relaxed” out – even if it’s done naturally. Capiche?
After reading information about the use of Amla along with a post over on Hairscapades, I decided to try it.
I visited my “source” for henna, Mehandi.com. They not only sell henna but also a host of natural plant dyes, herbs etc. I was about to purchase some Amla when I realized I didn’t know how much to get. If I buy too much can I store it or will it go to waste?
So, I called Mehandi to find out. I spoke with a wonderful rep who helped me evaluate what my hair needs were:
* Restore some of my curl pattern
* Keep the reddish tint that henna gives me
* Thicken up my hair and protect it further from breakage
The rep suggested I should try something else besides Amla since it has been known to cause lots of sensitivity like itchy scalp. I certainly don’t need any more of the itchies since I battle them on a daily basis.
The complete name is Zizyphus Spina Christi (Sedr). It’s a desert plant whose leaves were powdered and used to wash hair before shampoo was available.
It’s supposed to leave hair clean, shiny, healthy and well conditioned. It does not leave any color in the hair. A bonus since I don’t want it messing with my color.
I ordered the Zizyphus and put it in my hair this past weekend. It was mixed with water to a consistency of yogurt and then allowed to sit for about 90 minutes. Initially, I planned to just apply the Zizyphus to the ends of my hair as I don’t want my roots to curl up any further. But guess who bought too much?! I purchased 100 grams of the Zizyphus and only needed about 25 to treat the ends of my hair.
So, I wound up applying the zizyphus to my entire head but about a 1/2 inch away from my roots.
Afterwards, I rinsed with hot water. Here’s the stinger. This mug is h$*l to wash out!! I thought I got it all until I started twisting my hair. I had little herb pieces all throughout my hair!
Actually, it wasn’t that bad because as I worked my styling cream through my hair while twisting, it was quite easy to smooth the left over Zizyphus down and out of my hair.
Is Zizyphus a keeper? As of now, heck yeah! Even with the difficulty of rinsing it out, here’s what I noticed after just one treatment:
- Curls that are springier
- Softer hair
- Tresses that feel stronger (I noticed this while twisting)
- Increased shine
After just one use, I notice that my hair is shinier and more springy. The hair is also more clumped together (I towel dried before and after application):
Zizyphus is just one ayurvedic method of caring for the hair. It cleans AND conditions but get this… The fruits, leaves, and roots of the plant are used in Ayurveda to help cure various disorders such as fever, diarrhea, hiccups, urticaria rash, and obesity (dang, I think I need to start eating it too LOL!)
My next go around I’ll try it on my hair right after a henna session and report back with those results. In any event, Zizyphus is a definite keeper and I believe I’ll be using it every other wash day until my curls are back to looking the way I want..
Have you ever used Zizyphus? Share in the comments! If not, do you think you’d be interested in trying it?