... but haven’t been brave enough in case the colour turns out wrong. And I know having henna red hair will draw attention so its not something to be taken lightly. I’ve done a lot of research on this and I don’t want my hair too orange, but at the same time don’t want it to look purple like I’ve seen in some people’s hair. I have medium-dark ash brown hair so I don’t think orange will be too much of an issue. I purchased a block of lush caca marron (they use Persian henna which is meant to be more red and less gingery) but I’m wondering if I should have just gone all out and got caca rouge instead. I’m worried the indigo in the mix will dull my highlights – as my hair (natural colour, never been dyed) pretty much sparkles golden-blonde in the sun and I don’t want to lose that, just turn it red. Thats one of the reasons I’m interested in henna over conventional hair dye. 9 months ago
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How I did it: Tried the Caca Rouge Mama from LUSH, which didn't do anything at all. On Googling "Why didn't henna work" I found hennaforhair.com and ordered a sample from them. I tested it on a hair ball from my brush, and it came out too dark. I called their 1-800 number and was advised to try a lower lawsone content product, so I ordered a sample of their Punjabi Prime 1.7% and tried it on another hair ball from my brush.
I liked this color quite well so I ordered 300 grams and did my whole head. I mixed 200 grams with lemon juice and let it set overnight to release its dye, then thinned it a little more the next day. I only needed about 150 grams for my hair because it isn't very long anymore and not very thick. But this way I don't have to order more to do my roots next time.
My only complaint is the top is darker than I wanted, and will cause a problem when I have to henna my roots in the future. I looked online and found 2 different methods of lightening henna naturally- one is lemon juice with leave-in conditioner, the other is honey (but a specific kind that has a high peroxide content). I am going to try and lighten my henna so that when I go to do the roots, that part is lighter and will blend better.
It isn't the exact red I would have picked if I were using chemicals to dye it, but I stopped using chemicals in December last year because it was ruining my hair, so I think it is a good trade-off. I will try this for a year and see what I think.
Read how I did it… 22 months ago
So I decided to mix a little bit more of this up and try and cover my greys again. So I took the corner of one square (maybe an eighth) and mixed it up. This time I microwaved a small bowl of water and vinegar and then added it to the small bowl with the cut up henna in it (added the vinegar and water mixture a little at a time).
I was also determined to find an easier and cleaner way to apply this to my head. And I did! I stirred this all up with a plastic spoon and used the spoon to apply it to my head and it worked! Brilliantly! I only lost a very little bit this time into the sink and managed to cover the front and top of my head. I used the spoon to plop it on my head and then the back of the spoon to smooth it out. Going to leave it on my head as long as I can and Im hoping that this second treatment will cover my grey. Will post more later. 23 months ago
So at 2 am I awoke and was disgusted with how I felt. Sort of like cracker crumbs in the sheets. I got up and had to wash out my hair. The henna washed out easily, and it didn’t take too long. Oh my was the bed a mess though. The henna went through the sheet I had under my head and through the pillow cases.
This morning, the color was perfect! But my greys were not covered.
Looking into indigo for this.
I may do this again next week, making sure that the past is thinner. I know that part of the problem was that the greys stuck up from the muddy mess on the top of my head. 23 months ago
So its been another hour.
The henna is beginning to dry and crumble off my head. I had heard that this was going to happen, so I covered the couch with an old sheet. I feel like I have sand on the back of my neck, which isnt something I enjoy. Also, my eyes are really dry. That is most likely due to the fact that I have the heat on in the house at 73 because I am wearing a tank top and am freezing (yes, I live in the bay area. It is freakin cold here when everyone else is dying from heat stroke) 23 months ago
So Ive had it on for almost an hour. I dont know how I am going to sleep in this. I have a hard time sitting still, I want to stretch and work on my knitting, but Im so afraid that it will get stained. I am so anxious for tomorrow morning! 23 months ago
I used the noir henna that lush sells. I only used them because they were easy to get to from home and I knew that they didn’t have any metal in the mix. People have complained on review sites that they hated the smell. I kind of liked it. Here are my tips:
1) buy good gloves—the ones Lush gives suck. I ended up with henna all over my hands, which was fine, since I covered them with vaseline before I put the gloves on
2) put vaseline all over the place. I always cover my face, back of my neck, ears, hands, and wrists anyway (when I use regular hair dye) If you stuff under your nails too this will prevent nail staining
3) I did this on a double boiler and it was just too hot. When I went to put it on my head it was so thick. You need to add hot water to it, get it to the temp you want and then start adding it to your hair. When I did mine it was a little too thick and a little hard to work with.
4) Since it was so thick it fell off my head in chunks. So if you put it on thick, then put newspaper down first.
Will post more tomorrow after I rinse my hair out. 23 months ago
How I did it: I used the Caca Marron from Lush. I wear a bob and have natural thick and dark brown hair. Due to the fact that I love Lush and try to avoid chemical products dying my hair with Henna was something I wanted to try out for a long time.
Although I was unsure whether my dark hair would absorb the Henna colour I tried it out with the goal of a dark-brown-reddish colour :)
After melting the Henna blocks and applying the mixture on my hair I put plastic wrap and a towel around my head and waited for ~6 hours until I washed out the Henna.
To me the smell of Henna is pretty nice and natural, but my brother complained about a "nasty, earthy" smell.
Well, after washing out the Henna, I let my hair air-dry and immediately noticed my hair was shinier and smoother than before!
Unfortunately my hair colour almost didn't change and I didn't receive the result I was aiming for.
Despite the failure in dying my hair reddish a natural product which makes your hair healthier is never a
By the way, you can also buy colourless Henna to just care for your
hair! :) Read how I did it… 2 years ago
How I did it: my mom hennas her hair all the time, we shop at our local turkish grocery store like its costco. i wanted to dye my hair but my mom wouldnt let me, since henna is "natural" that was acceptable. unfortunately my hair is so dark that only a maroonish tint was added to my hair. after a couple of washes it faded out completely i was disappointed Read how I did it… 5 years ago
How I did it: Bought Caca Rouge henna from Lush as it was the brightest shade available and the colour most like my chemically dyed ginger hair.
How I did it: went to whole foods market and bought a pre-mixed bottle (still 100% natural w/ no heavy metals, harsh chemicals, etc). the pre-mixed bottle was about $12 instead of the cheaper packages that you have to mix yourself. To me, the time/effort saved from buying the premixed bottle was totally worth it. I bought the color "red" (they have other shades of red, like mahogany or copper)
How I did it: I already had a batch of henna paste that I had made previously from the last time I hennaed my hair.
How I did it: I decided I wanted more depth to my hair so I used a the following mixture to add 13 orange highlights to my dreadlocks...
100 grams henna powder
1 cups oversteeped chamomile tea
enough lemon juice to get a good consistency
After it sat overnight to allow the dye to release I coated my dreadlocks, wrapped them in foil and let them sit for 4 1/2 hours. After rinsing out the mixture I let it oxidize for a few days and ended up with a lovely color.
While this worked well for me, I would not recommend using henna for highlighting to anyone without dreadlocks. Read how I did it… 2 years ago
Overall, I’m quite happy with the results. The color’s vibrant and has already started darkening in the 40 hours since the henna was rinsed off. Combined with the lighter streaks the highlighting effect that it has on my hair is amazing.
Problems to watch out for next time…
It took my a while for me to figure out a good way to apply henna to a singular dreadlock. Some of my locks are a bit uneven, with blonder bits showing through at times, especially at the tips where I was holding the strand away from my head. A second going over would fix this, but I’m perfectly capable of living with this so I think I’ll put it off for a few months.
Also, there are places in my hair where you can tell that I dribbled a bit. The end result is that I have a few random dreadlocks that have orange polka dots. :D 2 years ago
^ official before picture
Messy, messy, messy!
I mixed up my henna last night and set it beside a vent to heat overnight. The strand test I did came out a violent orange and I really hope everyone who says that hennaed hair calms down after a few days of oxidizing is right.
My hair has been segmented, glopified, wrapped and pinned up in a towel where it will stay for another 3 1/2 hours. My bathroom has been trashed.
Even using gloves I seem to have turned out somewhat orange. Mostly my fingertips and patches of skin where I dribbled henna paste (thankfully not my face or neck). It should have faded out by Saturday next week. 2 years ago
My hair is dark blond, dreadlocked and goes partway down my shoulderblades. Eight months ago I decided it needed to be jazzed up and planned to add a bunch of platinum and red highlights, although I actually only got around to the bleaching part.
I’m going to a family wedding in a week and a half so I figured it’s time to fix up my hair (just so my conservative relatives will be horrified). So tomorrow I’ll be re-bleaching my super blond locks and adding in a dozen or so hennaed streaks.
The henna powder has been measured out and I have industrial strength camomile tea steeping next to me. I also have the severed tip of a lock sitting on my desk that I can run a strand test on, so I think I’m totally set. :) 2 years ago