Before (direct sunlight), after first wash, second time after two washes. It looks a little more like picture #2 in real life and on camera.
On Earth Day I experimented with using Henna hair dye for the first time. I don’t know too much about Henna yet so if I say something that doesn’t sound right, let me know!
It was weird…. I’m definitely more used to box hair dye from the drugstore.
Here is the instructions, as explained by Lush:
1. Cut henna up into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl.
2. Add hot water and let steep. Mix to a yogurt-like consistency.
3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.
4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours.
5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.
Tips: Always do a strand test first. Use face cream (or Ultra Bland) around your hairline and ears to protect skin. Wrap hair in cling film for a redder color. For darker, richer colors, leave on longer (up to six hours).
The only thing I changed was that I repeated the entire process twice. I didn’t think it was red enough the first time so I repeated it because I had read that Henna builds up in your hair over time and gets more vibrant. It didn’t quite work out for me. My hair is redder but not as bright as I wanted it to be. I was hoping for more of an orangy-red rather then dark auburn.
My thoughts on the whole experience? I’m not sure I would do it again since I had no guarantee of the color I want. It’s great that it doesn’t damage my hair like other dyes do but I didn’t love the process. When I was trying to wash it out, I had a lot of trouble. I think it took over five minutes of massaging my scalp before I could get the product out.
What I may try is adding additional ingredients to my Henna. I’ve read of people adding honey, tea, coffee, etc. to manipulate the color. I’ve also been reading up on Henna glazes and those seem nice to add a little color but not too drastic of a change.
Henna is permanent so I’m stuck with this color for awhile. What I’m going to do to make it more to my liking is using honey lighting treatments to make the color brighter. We’ll see how that goes!
I’d like to note though that I do look better now in pink! Haha.
Have you used Henna before? What was your experience? Do you have any tips?
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