Henna for hair color

on Mar 01, 2011 @ 10:52 am

Has anyone tried to dye their hair with henna before? I want to look for a more natural alternative to hair dye, but haven't heard anyones experiences with Henna before. If you've tried it, please let me know about the process and the results!

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I have .. on Mar 01, 2011 @ 11:06 am

I have, and for dark hair (such as mine) natural Henna won't show up. It'll make your hair healthier, glossier, etc. but there won't be an effective colour difference. Now I'm talking about really natural henna, aka puree henna leaves. It does colour grays (makes them a bright reddish orange) but I've yet to see someone who that colour actually flatters.

I've also tried the hair dye that are "made with" henna (not sure how natural those really are) and the quality / colour pay off / hair feel is ....meh...

You use the the "made with" hennah dyes just as you would use an at home hair colour.

The natural puree henna leaves you would mix with water to make it a consistency you like (not too watery or it'll drip!). I've heard some people mix egg whites with the henna. You saturate your dry hair with it and leave it to settle. Make sure it doesn't touch your ears, forehead or any skin because henna will dye your skin very noticeably, and the colour won't rub off like other hair colours. You'll have to wait for it to fade (skin to shed naturally) to get it off. So be really careful about that. The henna will harden once it fully dries, at which point you crumble it and take it out of your hair. I strongly suggest you crumble/remove all the henna from your hair before getting into the shower, because you risk making a messy clogged up bathtub if the larger henna bits come off while showering.

Quite honestly I don't recommend henna for hair colour. The pay off doesn't come close to the amount of effort involved.

If you're thinking of using henna to make your hair healthier, I don't really recommend that either because there are other, much easier, truly natural alternatives to healthier hair. Examples are pure coconut oil, almond oil, etc. Go to your local Indian store and ask for coconut oil. That's really the best thing you can do for your hair. It's easy as pie, and very good for your hair and scalp. You smear your dry hair with the oil, I like to leave it overnight, you can leave it on for however long you want. And then shampoo off. Use a conditioner too for best results. You come out with manageable shiny healthy looking hair. It's a very inexpensive, natural leave in conditioner. The ones I've used and highly recommend is Alma and Vatika.

thanks becky! on Mar 01, 2011 @ 11:10 am

this is really, VERY informative. Thanks!!

Cool on Mar 01, 2011 @ 03:17 pm

I had no idea you could use henna in your hair... very cool becky

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