Henna Craziness

8 Jan

This is going to be quite the saga, so bear with me please.
Okay, so at Thanksgiving, my sister was visiting and we decided to dye my hair. My hair is naturally a blondish-brownish honey color with occasional reddish highlights, especially after I have had a baby. Very nice really, but I was bored and you know what happens when you hang out with your sisters for several days…. Here is a pic of my natural hair color.

Okay we had actually dyed my hair once before, using a wash out color called “chestnut” which hardly changed the color of my hair at all. It just added more red tones in sunlight. So this time, I wanted a real change, so we picked one called “red.” Here is the only picture I have of that color.

Actually it looks pretty nice in this picture. The red dyed my hair a very fake reddish-purplish color. At the time it seemed very halloweenish to me, but it was probably just the shock of drastic change. I probably would have left it alone, but my sister didn’t get the dye in good enough along my hairline, so it was like the roots were already grown out.

So 3 days later, my AUNT mixed up a batch of henna and we over-dyed the red with henna. IN A BIT I WILL EXPLAIN HOW CRAZY THIS WAS, THOUGH I DID NOT KNOW IT AT THE TIME!!! For about a week my hair was a brilliant copper and then it mellowed to a really nice, very natural looking red- as if I had been born with red hair. Here is a pic of my henna hair, now 5-6 weeks after. You can see the lovely color. And, you can see my brown roots coming in.

I decided I wanted to do something about my roots and that I wanted to go back to brown, so I bought some brown chemical dye. I was reading through the instructions and it said “If you have previously dyed your hair with henna, you must wait until it is grown out and cut off before using this dye.” WOA!!

WHY? I wondered. So I googled Henna plus chemical dye and found some crazy people saying that henna plus chemical dye will either turn your hair frog-butt green or melt your hair off. CRAZY! I researched some more and found some really good info at MOOKY CHICK and here at Henna for Hair

Actually, it is only cheap, commercially mixed henna dyes that have metallic salts in them that react with the ammonia in chemical hair dye. If you get the pure stuff and mix it yourself, you are safe. So, I am really lucky that my aunt does things the homemade, all natural way–I could have melted my hair off!!!!!

The good news is that henna is way delicious to your hair. It makes it smooth and shiny and repairs damage that chemical dyes have done to it. If you have naturally frizzy curly hair, henna relaxes and straitens it. (My sister and aunt can both testify to that. I can’t because my hair never curls or frizzes ever.) You can even get henna that does not add any color, just relaxes the hair. Wow! (see Henna for hair link above for details)

The bad news is, for me, that when you henna your hair, it fills up all the cracks and seals the hair shaft. So, subsequent dyes have nowhere to bond with. You just have to let the henna grow and cut it off. So all this boils down to no brown hair for me and living with the roots growing in, which look pretty natural and not bad at all, my Dear Husband says. I could re-henna my hair, but then I have red hair still.

Henna is beautiful and delicious to your hair, but make sure you get pure henna and only do it if you want your hair dyed for keeps because it isn’t the “gone in 28 washes” type of dye.


5 Responses to “Henna Craziness”

  1. Lucy January 9, 2008 at 2:55 AM #

    You can do the quicky henna treatment with the cheap conditioner she talks about on the Henna for Hair site. It tints your roots so that the fade is gradual and you can eventually cut it all off.

  2. Rebecca Lesue January 9, 2008 at 4:08 AM #

    Okay, I found the details for root treatment in the forum on Henna for Hair. It is a little bit of henna mixed with any conditioner that does not contain silicones. I need to say that I am not sorry that I henna’d my hair. I really love the red color and how natural it looks. I recieved many compliments about it. Plus, the chemical red burned my scalp and the henna didn’t.I re-read my post and I am not sure if it sounds like I regret the henna. I don’t. I just freaked out about the whole hair-melting thing, which actually wasn’t a problem for me because we were using good stuff and not compound henna. But just the idea of it happening was so crazy. I do want to gracefully get back to my natural hair color someday (though I did see on henna for hair that you can mix henna with indigo to get brown hair. hmm……..)

  3. Jeanne January 10, 2008 at 2:20 AM #

    Well my fine straight henna hair is so sillky soft that I can’t curl it very well. This is a problem. So I am trying to decide what to do about the little gray that is starting to peek out.

  4. manders January 12, 2008 at 3:32 AM #

    May I just chime in right here and say that I am loving what the henna has done to may hair. The smoothness, the silkiness, the unfrizziness, the pure wonderfulness. what I am trying to say is that henna has tamed the beast and I may never be the same again. 🙂

  5. Em March 15, 2008 at 11:42 PM #

    I love your henna-red hair – I think it does look fabulous, and even though I’ve only ever dyed my hair once, It makes me want to try it sometime just to see how it looks!

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