Post # 1
Any bees out there have experience with Henna hair dye?
I have a mean grey streak that I want to take care of but I’m terribly allergic to chemical hair dye. Therefore, I’m considering trying henna.I’m a bit nervous to try it and a bit weary of what a long process it is to use.
Any bees out there have experiences with henna? Anyone have success finding a hair dresser that’s expereienced in applying henna?
Post # 3
I have used the Henna Hair Dye from Lush. My major complaints were the smell and the mess. I was happy with how the color turned out though! It could have been more even, but I’m sure it would be much easier to do on someone else if you are looking at getting it done somewhere.
Post # 4
I also used the henna from Lush, and it was very messy. I liked the colour but thought it was too much fuss (you leave it on for 6-8 hours). Also even if I felt my hair was thoroughly coated, after sitting with it on for 8 hours and washing it out would find patches that didn’t take up any colour. I really liked the colour it made my hair (I used the colour Marron, I think is what it was called) but only went through one bar of it before giving up.
Post # 5
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I buy my henna from the mehandi shop. I am actually over due. I mix henna and indigo. You should mix the henna halfway (like putty/playdough) and let it sit over night on a vent, then mix it to yoghurt consistancy and apply. I use lemon juice in mine since the acid makes the color come out. The indigo you mix right before you add it to the henna. Indigo dye releases immediatly.
I’m allergic to PPD so I henna. Warning your hair will smell like grass for days afterwards, I add cloves for scent and to alter the dye. It is also extremely messy. I have an indian salon apply mine sleep on it then rinse it out. My hair is typically super frizzy the next day but then as the color oxidizes it becomes super shiny. I use a special conditioner to help lock the dye and keep the color leaking down a little bit since henna will run for a few days after the fact.
If you have aPPD allergy you need body grade henna. Many cheap hennas still have PPD.
Post # 6
I use henna all the time for my hair. I do the Lush one. Caca Rouge, I think it is.
It is a bit of a hassle and a mess. I once ruined the carpet in my bedroom when I dropped the container that I was going to apply.
I do love the color, though. It is so unlike chemical haircolor in how it covers and colors. When I used to use regular dyes, my hair color was so flat that I really felt I needed to do hilights and lowlights to get it to look good. But with the henna, the color seems to work with your hair’s natural color so that your naturally lighter hair is naturally lighter after the henna. Your darker hair is still darker after the henna. And it covers grey very nicely.
Also it doesn’t really fade like I had with my box color. So really I only have to do my roots now with the henna. When I had box color it used to fade down and I’d always have to reapply to whole head.
For my applications, I cut up a portion of the bar of henna into small chunks, and “cook” it with water in a pot on the stove for a while. I try to make my mix a little thin because it doesn’t go as dark and is easier (although a little messier) to apply. I clear an area of the bathroom where there’s nothing cloth, and I have a sponge on hand, and gloves. I use my gloved fingers to apply the henna, and a wide-tooth comb to comb the hair sections for application. I usually apply the henna naked except for panties, to keep from damaging clothing.
After putting it on, I wrap my hair up in a couple plastic bags. I use the sponge to clean any dabs on my skin around my neck, face, etc, or any drips onto my shoulders, as well as the bathroom sink, etc. I wait for anything that got on the floor tiles to dry and then vacuum it up. I get dressed and putter around the house for about 3-4 hours. Then I rinse it out in the shower, and wash and condition.
My color usually comes out a little more orange than I like, but after a couple days and a couple washes, it sort of cures down a bit.
Post # 7
I bought a product called “Light Mountain Natural Cover the Grey”. The only ingredients it lists are henna and indigo. I looked at the indigo and it’s green in colour (which apparently means it hasn’t had PPD added – in which case it would be black in colour and not safe to use). I got it at a health food store.
Anyone have an opinion on whether this is safe to use?
For those of you who didn’t really want to change the colour of your hair, just get rid of grey – did you find that henna changed your natural hair colour dramatically? You can’t really match the colour as closely as you can with chemical dye so I’m nervous about this. Espeically when I’m only 4 months from my wedding and have never had dyed hair before!
Post # 8
And thanks for all the great tips ladies! I hear the mess and hassle is annoying…but I’ll be it is way better than a horrible rash that lasts for weeks! (Stupid normal hair dye).
Post # 9
@cbgg: I’m naturally a redhead, but with age my hair faded a bit. The henna brings it back to about where it used to be in brightness when I was younger. It is a pretty big change from the current, though. I know when I mix mine thinner and leave it on longer, the color isn’t as bright, but it is really hard to control and I just have to accept whatever outcome I get (although I can re-henna again to deepen the color).
I don’t think I’d really count on being able to match your haircolor with henna to cover gray. It just seems too variable.
Of course you could try strand testing to see. Some people get pretty good at their henna mixes, adding in different things to get the color they want.
Post # 10
I used henna when I was a teenager it’s the only thing that changed my hair colour as my hair is dark brown, almost black. I don’t remember the time or the smell but it’s good for your hair