Anyone out there dyes hair with henna?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I dyed my hair for several years with BAQ henna. It covered the grey well and it did last. My hair still glows red in the sun. 

I started using Maddison Reed dye because the red didn’t suit me and I started to get breakage around my roots. 

Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Oh, I hope bees who use henna can give more insight. I’ve never used henna, and have been playing with the idea of trying it! Henna is the most permanent red hair color one can get, and “stains” the hair. It is supposed to be very healthy for the hair. YouTube has some good tutorials about how to mix, but personal stories, and tips would be great!

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I use henna and in my experience, it’s very healthy for the hair as long as you use body art quality henna (pure henna powder with no add-ins). It strengthens my hair but I always follow with a deep condition, otherwise it can be drying (my hair is naturally dry though, so this may vary). My hair is quite dark, so it only tints it red in the sunlight and the color difference isn’t noticeable on me if it grows out. It’s true that you can only dye your hair darker with henna, and it’s mostly permanent due to the binding of the lawsone molecule to the hair. Lawsone is the name of the dye molecule that gives henna (Lawsonia inermis) its red color. You can also mix henna with indigo to make a natural black dye, or mix henna with cassia powder for a brown dye. You can find color mix recipes online. Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

As a former hairdresser i can tell you that while yes it is healthier you probably wont find anybody willing to try and remove the color so just be very sure its what you want before you do it haha

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

  appleblossom217 :  Henna is considered permanent and contains heavy metals that do not mix well with permanent hair color. So if you use henna in your hair, but then decide you want to use regular hair color, you’re limited in your options. Going lighter is trickier and the color potentially will not come out the way you expected. You can use semipermanent color on top of it if you decide you want a change. Because of these complications, I never bothered with it. But if you know you aren’t planning on going lighter or using regular hair color, then henna might be a good option for you!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have been using pure henna from website called henna color labs (don’t think I’m allowed to post the link?) for years. I love it so much. I use it to color grays and I love having a red tint to my hair. I think it smells like grass and my husband loves the smell. It’s very earthy. I put the henna on, wrap it in saran wrap, put a beanie over that and just putter around the house for a few hours, then rinse it out. I don’t intend to ever use chemical dyes again, so I’m not worried about that. This reminds me, I’m due for a touchup! This photo is a pretty good example of what color the henna makes my hair. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

The long hair forum has a TON of info about henna and tons of ladies who use it. I’d start your research there! 

Personally, I would not. You basically have to keep using it or grow it out – it does not mix well with regular hair dye and can seriously mess up your colour if you tried to colour over it. Many hair dressers will not even attempt to work with it. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

desertgypsy :   I love the smell too! that’s a beautiful color 😍

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

ladyvictoria :  does henna contain heavy metals? please could you give the link to where you have read this. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

anni57 :  I learned about it in cosmetology school (years ago) but a quick google search should give you some more information: 

“THE REAL DEAL ON HENNA

Sorry to burst this little bubble, but Henna is not always a totally natural or safe hair color option either. While “pure” henna is safer than the toxin containing dyes,  henna often contains heavy metals.  These metals can alter the color, create brassy tones and even cause breakage if you use another type of color on top of it. In some cases manufacturers also include additives, toxic ingredients and color stabilizers. Don’t trade in your silver highlights for “real” metallic ones unless you know what you are doing and what you’re using. If you desire to use henna make sure to seek a reputable manufacturer that assures you it has no added salts or harmful metals.  And keep in mind, if you use progressive hair color AFTER henna, your hair could break off so proceed with caution no matter what you opt for.

If you can’t kick the hair dye, including the henna, see our tips for safer hair coloring below.” 

Taken from http://www.nobullbeauty.com/hair-dye-lies-cutting-through-the-safe-hair-color-crap

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

appleblossom217 :  I use Lush henna, mostly because I’m too lazy to take the time to mix my own, and I LOVE it. I’m a total hippie and don’t really use any products on my hair besides shampoo and a hair mask (also from Lush lol), so I’m not worried about switching back to regular hair dye. Here’s a pic of the color I get from it over my light brown natural hair. It’s been a year since I did it last and the color is still pretty good, but it looks better/brighter if I do it every 4 months or so. It’s also really tangled and ugh today because at 32 weeks preggo I can barely be bothered to get out of bed lol I love having reddish hair but hated getting it dyed at a salon, both for cost and because I couldn’t get the color I was looking for, so henna is perfect for me.

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