The Magic of Henna

imageI’m thirty five years old and now I can say I have smothered my hair in cow dung.
Happy birthday to me?
imageI celebrated my thirty fifth birthday with an absolutely phenomenal home made crab curry my boyfriend made from scratch. It was a relaxing evening at home having cocktails with our friend and neighbor after a morning spent hiking at Bluff Lake, my favorite place in Big Bear. (And I saw a Copper Hawk right up close this morning; the high light of my morning! It was pretty cool)
I had been away from Big Bear for a few days, back at work after taking six months off for back surgery. On my free evening on Tuesday I did a three mile hike to one of our only sequoia groves in these mountains and then we decided it was a glorious summer night to henna my hair at long last!
As I mixed up the henna in the afternoon from a powder straight from India I thought, hmmm smells like alfalfa, too to.
imageThan I let it sit for four hours and the smell aged to a terrible rotten veggie stink but I was still adamant we would apply this to my long black tresses and I would once again be a ginger ( last time I was a ginger was probably at least fifteen years ago)
After our extremely bug filled hike we returned to L’s house to enjoy the cool mountain air, the most amazing coconut vegan trail mix and a gorgeous sunset over the valley below as my friend basted my head with a sticky orange substance.

Here I am looking trucker chic in one of my dads old shirts that I liberated. My mom practically begged me to destroy it. My dad texted me later in the evening and demanded this hole filled shirt back after I covered it in henna.
Henna is completely amazing! I can never, ever go back to chemical filled hair dye after this! Unlike hair dye, henna will not break and damage your hair! Henna actually condition’s it from the roots (It’s all that cow poo! Very hydrating!) It made my hair super shiny and healthy looking and really brought the life back into it!
Although as L was basting my tresses with the henna I was warned not to wash my hair for three days, so I was going to have smelly hair for a bit.
I texted my boyfriend to warn him (He is from India) that I was goingimage to smell like India for a few days.
That’s when he told me that the primary ingredient in henna is cow dung.
Well that explains the alfalfa smell!


  1. Deborah Davis

    I have used henna for years and I too love it’s conditioning benefits. I was surprised to learn about the cow dung! Thank you so much for sharing ‘The Magic of Henna’ with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

  2. Marla

    Hi Amber,
    I love henna and use it regularly on hair. I love how it conditions my hair, covers up gray, and gives it shine with highlights that complement my hair really nicely. I didn’t know the primary ingredients was cow dung – I though it was made from the henna plant, but whatever it made from I will never again use chemicals on my hair. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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