HAIR & BEAUTY
Amp up your natural beauty with products from around the world, featuring Moroccan and Rajasthani henna for hair,
Indian indigo for hair, and Moroccan rhassoul clay for skin and hair, and one-stop shopping hair kits
Kenzi’s henna for hair is the same Moroccan and Rajasthani body art quality (BAQ) henna that you know and love; guaranteed to be fresh and pure to give you strong, shiny and gorgeous hair. Henna is a transparent and permanent dye that coats the hair shaft, binding with the keratin. It conditions the hair giving it shine and body, in addition to a rich red color. Because it is a transparent dye, it will not change the color of your hair, only coat it with color. Therefore, black hair will just have a reddish sheen when seen in direct sunlight, but blonde hair will become a brilliant orange, and brown hair will become a deep shade of auburn. If you are dyeing your hair to cover the grey, the grey hairs will come out a bright, almost pink orange (see below for proportions needed to cover grey or achieve certain colors). In order to dye grey hair darker it is recommended that you build up layers of color by applying henna 1-2x/week for a month or so. Indigo will also help deepen the color; you can read more about this below.
It is not recommended that you use henna, indigo or cassia on hair that has been recently dyed with chemical dyes, or hair that has been permed. There is a strong likelihood that the henna, indigo or cassia will react in unpredictable ways with the chemicals in your hair. It is suggested that, before you henna/indigo/cassia all your hair, you test the henna/indigo/cassia paste on some hair from your hairbrush or bits cut off from a recent haircut. Maison Kenzi cannot be responsible for the results of treating your hair with our henna, indigo or cassia but we will provide you with as much information as possible to bring about the results that you want. For more information about henna, indigo and cassia for hair go to HennaTribe.com for recipes and instructions.
Use about 100g of powder for short to shoulder length hair; add 50g for every 6 inches of length of hair past the shoulders. Mix henna powder with warm water (maybe throw in some nice, skin-safe essential oils) until smooth, about the consistency of yogurt. A thinner paste is easier to apply but can drip too much so adjust the consistency to suit your needs. Scoop all the paste into a plastic sandwich baggie and cut a 1/4 inch whole in the corner out of which you can squeeze the paste onto your hair. You can also henna or hennadigo your eyebrows so that everything matches. Apply with a Q-tip just on the hair of the eyebrows; try to keep the paste off your skin as it may stain.
Henna application instructions: Using gloves to keep the henna from staining your hands and nails, apply the henna paste to sections of clean hair making sure to get down to the roots as well as to the ends of your hair with the paste; to apply the paste to long hair, start with the layers underneath (pinning the rest up with a clip), squeezing the paste out of the baggie in a line from the roots down to the ends of a section, then squeeze and pull the henna down the section to get all the hairs coated with paste; continue to apply henna to your hair in this manner and if you have any leftover paste, smear that over your entire head; put a plastic shower cap or saran wrap over your hair, covering all the henna paste and then wrap a scarf or a towel around that to keep it all in place (the henna paste will stain fabric so use something you don't mind staining); leave the paste on your hair for 1-3 hours and then wash out using only water, NO shampoo; your color will be darker and last longer if you refrain from using shampoo for 24-48 hours after your henna application. If the henna has dried out it might be hard to wash it out in the shower; try soaking your head in the tub to soften the dried henna, making it easier to wash out; there will probably still be henna in your hair after rinsing so when you go to bed be sure to protect your pillow with a towel.
Indigo is used in conjunction with henna powder to dye the hair. Added to henna paste and applied to the hair, indigo will give a slightly browner color, sometimes achieving near black (see below for proportions needed to achieve certain colors). The dye from indigo does not remain in the hair as long as henna; it lasts about 1-2 months.
Instructions for maximum grey coverage: apply henna to hair as normal, and then after washing it out, or sometime in the next week do an application of henna and indigo ("henndigo").
Henndigo mixing instructions: put henna and indigo in separate bowls (50-100g each for long hair, less for shorter hair) and add warm water to each bowl, just enough to make a thick paste; mix each paste in its separate bowl and let them sit for about 15-30 minutes; keep an eye on the bowl of indigo because once the surface of the paste has darkened to a deep blue it is ready to use; in a larger bowl mix the henna paste and the indigo paste together thoroughly; add more water to achieve the consistency that you desire; put the paste into a ziploc bag or a plastic bottle to apply (if you use a ziploc bag, seal the bag and cut a 1/4 inch hole in the corner out of which you can squeeze the paste onto your hair).
Henndigo application instructions: See application instructions for henna, above, substituting "henndigo" for "henna".
Cassia mixing instructions: Cassia obovata, sometimes called “neutral henna” for is conditioning properties; it leaves your hair strong and shiny but does not dye the hair red like henna. Cassia gives hair a golden glow and can be used repeatedly for long-lasting conditioning. Cassia can be mixed with some henna to give a strawberry blonde color, or more henna to give a coppery glow to the hair. Put the cassia powder in a bowl and mix in hot chamomile tea to form a paste. If you are trying to achieve a strawberry blonde or coppery color, add the proper amount of henna to the paste (see below for proportions needed to achieve certain colors).
Cassia application instructions: See application instructions for henna, above, substituting “cassia” for “henna”.
Found only in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, rhassoul is a type of saponified clay that when mixed with water creates a mud which can be used as shampoo/hair treatment as well as a face/skin treatment; the mud is absorbent and cleansing, ridding the hair and skin of oils and toxins; it minimizes pores in the skin, clarifies skin color, eliminates blackheads, gives body to hair, regulates the excretion of sebum in the scalp and makes the hair shiny. Rhassoul has extraordinary ability to absorb oil and impurities from both the skin and hair. This clay is excellent for use before you apply henna, indigo or cassia to your hair as it is great for getting rid of any product buildup from your hair which might otherwise interfere with the absorption of the henna or indigo. Rhassoul non-irritating to the skin and eyes; rhassoul is excellent for those with sensitive skin. Rhassoul clay is different from other clays due to its unique composition. Its extraordinary power of absorption makes it more effective than other clays for detoxifying and cleansing.
Rhassoul skin mask: put about 1-2 teaspoons of the clay in a small dish and pour enough boiling water in to cover all the clay in the dish; let sit until the water is absorbed, mix and add more water to achieve the desired consistency; add any skin-safe essential oils, honey or olive oil for added benefits; apply a thin layer, massaging skin gently, and obtaining full coverage; avoid eye area; leave on until it dries and then gently rinse with warm water; rhassoul mud can be used on all parts of the body, just apply a thicker layer than you would for the face.
Rhassoul hair cleanser/mask: mix paste as for a skin mask; massage a generous amount of clay into the hair, right down to the roots, massaging gently, comb mixture through hair using a wide-toothed comb to distribute it more evenly; leave the paste on your hair for about 15-30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly, preferably under the shower; it may be hard to get out all the tiny bits from your roots, so you may want to follow this up with regular shampoo, or simply comb your hair under running water with fine-toothed comb.
All items are shipped by US Postal service and rates are determined by the number of items you order. Domestic orders are usually shipped within a week. International orders take about 1-2 weeks for delivery depending on your location. Domestic express shipping must be received before 3 pm EST to be shipped the same day and orders usually arrive the next day.
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If not entirely satisfied with a product please return it within 30 days of purchase and Maison Kenzi will refund your money or exchange the product. Shipping charges are not refundable. Henna powder must be kept in a cool, dark place in a sealed bag or container; Maison Kenzi is not responsible for any defect resulting from improper storage of your henna. Maison Kenzi stands behind its products; our henna is air-shipped from Morocco to guarantee maximum freshness and thus, its staining ability. Our artists use the same henna powder that we sell on the site. Because henna is a natural product some variation can be expected from crop to crop but we always test the powder to make sure it is up to our high standards. If you are having a problem with the henna powder, please email us and we will try to help you out. Sometimes you may have to change your recipe or your methods to get your paste perfect, and we will help you in any way we can.