Anyone out there dyes hair with henna?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

appleblossom217 :  I’ve uses henna for the past, 6 years I LOVE IT.  The biggest thing to remember is to ONLY use BAQ henna.  The henna you buy from the Indian grocery store might have a lot of additives and dyes you don’t know about them.  Some can LITERALLY melt off your hair!  I started using henna for my hair because I developed a hair dye allergy.

I only use 100% pure henna that has been tested in a lab.  I can lighten my hair with bleach or sun in, but the red tint will always show.  I also think you can only do this with a Henna or Cassia Mix.  If you mix it with indigo to make brunette or black shades, I don’t know if you can lighten it.

I love my hair with henna.  It makes it thicker and shiny and healthy. I CONSTANTLY receive compliments about my hair.  It is more work to be sure, but I take hot showers every day and my awesome red never fades.  I have very fine hair too, so I try to get max coverage with it to give my hair more volume.   My main complain with henna is that I can’t really get a fire engine red, and I definitely can’t do the crazy colors I did in college.

Henna for hair  is a great resource!  Catherine Cartright Jones wrote her PHD in henna!  It has all this scientific and practical guides to henna and they keep adding more. 

Here is how my hair looked in my engagement pics 🙂

Post # 17
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

ladyvictoria :   ladyvictoria :  This is exactly why I only get my henna from a company that tests it’s henna in a lab to make sre it’s 100% pure.  It’s sad that the good stuff gets a bad repuation because of the shady selllers!

FWIT, regular hair dye is really bad for you too.  I developed an allergy to hair dye after using it for years.  Henna and sun in are the only dyes  Ican use without getting a rash or a headache.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

I dyed my hair with henna for years. If you are using pure, body-art quality henna, it does NOT have heavy metals and is much better for your hair than chemical dyes. Beware of hair dye marketed as henna or pre-mixed hennas which may have other ingredients, including heavy metals. I have brown hair and the red from the henna mostly showed up in the sunlight.  I loved the color and how healthy my hair was. It’s true that it is very permanent and cannot be removed.

 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Long time (7ish +years) henna user here! 

I only use body art quality (BAQ), pure henna on my hair, my go to source is hennaforhair.com, but I’ve occasionally used stuff from the Indian grocery store a few times. I stopped doing full head dye jobs years ago, and only do root touch ups, as the ends of my hip to tailbonelength hair look pretty much as good as the roots after they are done oxidizing. 

Many “henna” hair dyes found in stores contain metalic salts, which when mixed with any type of commercial hair dye can melt/damage the hair depending on the chemical reactions taking place. Pure henna from a trusted source can be dyed over, but you rarely get the results you are going for due to the nature of how it bonds to the hair folicle. Henna has in very rare cases been successfully removed, but the damage is immense to bleach it out, but since I knew I’d never change my color until I was ready to grow in my silver/grey hair, I am personally okay with that. 

I mix my henna 8-12 hours in advance, 100grams usually does it for me (I’m lazy, so I do this every 3-4 months), I heat up lemon juice (mixing with an acid helps the henna stain better) and mix to my desired consistency. It smells very earthy, hay/grass/baby poop, I’ve occasionally tried adding essential oils to it to reduce the smell for my husband, but I don’t mind it. I let it sit for 3–4 hours, hair wrapped in plastic wrap, then tinfoil, then a hat over it to keep it warm. 

Rinsing is a pain, for me the best way to go about it is to use the removeable shower head and just move it around my hair for 15 or so minutes until the water is fairly clear, then I wash multiple times with a cheap conditioner (Suave works well), until that also runs clear. Your hair will rinse an orange color for the next week or so, and your scalp will smell earthy too. It takes 4-6 days for my henna color to finalize, at first you have this neon orange glow to your hair that then oxidizes to a darker red color. 

My mom uses henna and indigo to get a dark brown color. 

You do want to do a good deep conditioning treatment after henna though, as it dries out your hair pretty bad. 

I’ve heard that if you do too many full head applications, the layers of bonded henna dye can actually prevent your hair from getting moisture, leading to frizz, breakage, and split ends, which is why I only do root touch ups, but it definitely strengthens my hair and leaves a nice shine to it. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

MrsCassie :  I love Henna for Hair!  Such a great resource.

For rinsing the henna out, I like to do take a bath and just soak.  Sure the water looks awful but I love the smell. I just love the mermaid soak!  when my hair is that bright it looks really pretty in the water.

Because I LOVE full head applications, I do a henna cassia gloss once a month.  I mix it half conditioner, 1/4 cassia 1/4 henna.  I leave it on overnight.  Seems to do the trick. I am DEFINITELY doing a gloss the day before my wedding.  I love how fresh henna looks!  Also, the gloss method is crazy easy to rinse out. 

Oh and with the try out thing, you hair isn’t ACTUALLY dried out.  Your hair follicles are just raised but they settle down with the oxidation process.

An excerpt from the Henna for hair ebook

“If your hair feels dry or ‘crunchy’ after dyeing it with henna, your hair isn’t damaged, and it will return to normal in a few days.13 The cuticle was slightly raised by moisture and lawsone from the henna paste migrating into your hair and making it plump up stick out out a bit. It will settle back down if you wash it another time or two and use conditioner. This is similar to the wrinkles that form on your fingertips when you’ve been swimming all afternoon. Those wrinkles are dead skin cells that have soaked up water and expanded. They’ll flatten back out just as the keratin scales will settle back down.”

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 1997

I’ve been using caca marron from lush for 10 years.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

desertgypsy :  Do you have a hard time rinsing it out? Does it stain your sink or shower? I’ve really been wanting to try this as an alternative to chemical dyes (I am chemical free otherwise) but I have been really hesitent to lose my security deposit over henna – that’s part of the reason I have my hair dyed by my hairstylist and not at home. I am notoriously not graceful. 

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