HERS FOR HAIR CARE: Hair Glosses for Strength and Moisture

Last updated on July 24th, 2020 at 06:28 pm

henna gloss in fine natural hair

If you’ve read anything about using herbs for hair care, you have likely heard of henna and/or cassia (aka cassia obovata) hair glosses. These are pretty simply to make by just adding one or two tablespoons of the herbal powder to a conditioner of your choosing. Sealing oils and essential oils can also be added to the mix.

Why a Hair Gloss?

Because herbs can be quite strong (and therefore, cause dryness) on the hair, it’s a good idea to start with small amounts. Hence, using them to create a hair gloss.

When first starting out using herbs for hair care, until you are used to creating full herbal hair care recipes, you can create conditioning hair glosses that offer to balance moisture and strength.

How Hair Glosses Balance Moisture & Strength

When adding herbs to your conditioners to create glosses, those conditioners are typically very moisturizing. That’s just the nature of conditioners. But, when you add herbs to them, they are boosted with the strengthening properties of those herbs. Thus, creating…Balance.

See: Simple Indian Herbal Hair Care Guide

Simple Hair Gloss Recipes

There are a number of herbs that can be used to create hair glosses:

  • Amla
  • Cassia
  • Henna
  • Hibiscus
  • Indigo
henna hair gloss results

These herbs can be added to homemade or deep conditioners to create herbal hair glosses. It’s preferable to use conditioners with little to no protein in them since herbs are very strengthening on their own.

For example: 1 tablespoon of Cassia to a 1/2 cup of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

Check out this article from Henna Sooq: Quick and Simple Hair Glosses. This article shares some great tips on how to mix up hair glosses as well as some sample recipes. I love many of the herbal hair products that Henna Sooq has to offer.

This post is part of the Herbs for Hair Care Series

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

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