Reshma Henna

The Claim

Because henna is the healthy alternative to hair coloring and the ultimate solution for every woman’s needs, Reshma Femme originally started off with Reshma Henna powder. Henna comes from the fresh, ground-up leaves of the henna plant, Lawsonia Inermis, and is grown on farms in the state of Rajasthan, India. The products are all natural and Reshma Henna uses the purest and finest form of Henna. The products include only natural derived minerals and botanicals harvested and contain no Ammonia or Peroxide. Henna adds natural colors and highlights to hair, without chemicals, and helps to cover gray. It provides deep conditioning and removes dandruff. Unlike hair coloring which penetrates through the hair shaft, Henna gently coats the hair by sealing in moisture, making the hair thicker, stronger, shinier and lustrous.

The Process

Step 1. Start with untangled clean or ‘dirty’ hair. The key is that your hair is in it’s most manageable state.

Step 2. Use water or tea. According to Reshma, in order to bring out the natural red highlights in henna use tea instead of traditional clean water. Be sure to let the tea cool down to room temperature before adding it to your mixture because extremely hot water will cause the dye to release immediately in the bowl and not on your hair.

The tea is red because I only had raspberry tea in my house.

3. Add henna to a clean non-metal bowl.

4. Add henna olive oil packet to the mix. (included)

5. Slowly add the tea/water to your mixture while occasionally stirring the mixture making sure you’re not adding too much or too little.

6. Stop adding water/tea when you henna mixture is the consistency of  tooth paste.

7. Before you add the henna to your hair make sure your hairline is covered so that your skin will not stain. Vaseline or shea butter will do the trick. Keep in mind that henna stains carpets and clothing. I usually apply in my bathroom. I remove my bathmats and stand butt naked so that I can easily clean up any spills or messes.

8. PUT ON GLOVES! Add the henna section by section until your entire head is covered. Henna is very thick and doesn’t provide any slip during the application so adding it one small section at a time is very important. Otherwise, you will not cover your entire head.

Leave the henna on for as long you would like. Some swear by 1-3 hours other 6-8. It’s really up to you. I usually leave it saturated for two hours. Leaving it in longer does increase the amount of color that attaches to your strands especially when applying heat, but I don’t know many people who have 8 hours to spare on one henna treatment.


I left my henna mixture in for only 1.5 because I had a show to get to. I co-washed my hair a couple times to be sure that the mixture was out (Reshma henna is a lot easier to get out of hair then many other brands by the way)  and added my regular leave-in conditioner. After, I blow dried my hair and pin curled it.

Excuse the fake lashes. You know that’s not how I do on the regular, but I had a show and only had time to snap photos backs stage.

I was very happy with the results. Despite not leaving the henna in for a long period of time, it still gave me some great results. My hair was extremely soft and conditioned. It felt and appeared thicker and the color, while not drastically different in tone, appeared more glossy and rich. Overall, this was one of my best henna experiences thus far. I’d recommend this henna to everyone and anyone. It’s cheap and easy to purchase online.

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11 thoughts on “Reshma Henna

  1. Thank you for this post! I’ve wanted to henna my hair forever! I have all the supplies but I’ve been dreading a 12 hour/6 hour application time. Your pics and step by step process are VERY helpful! I would have like to see how you sectioned and applied but understand that might be a difficult selfie shot . I’m ready to henna my hair tonight!

  2. Great post! Your hair looks so lush and shiny. Since you are a fellow fine-haired curly, have you ever found that henna has loosened your curls? I have a box of henna that is 2 years old just sitting in my stash because I am afraid to use it. I am older than you, so I worry about having neon red grey hairs also. Thank you for any feedback!

  3. Nice! Which color henna did you use? I’ve never gotten my hair dyed before, so I wanted to use a color that won’t change my hair color too much, and my hair’s a dark brown. Which one do you suggest I use? And what website did you get your henna from? Thanks!

  4. Your hair is beautiful!! I have been natural for a year now. I have never colored my hair. My hair color is black and I wanted to add a hint of color. Someone suggested a light auburn. Which color Henna do you recommend?

    • I think the curl loosening is different for different people and when and if it does occur, it happens over a gradual time. Your first application will not result in looser curls. I have used henna for years (not consistently) and I have never experienced curl loosening.

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