Saturday, July 11, 2009

Natural and Organic Henna Hair Dye

I decided to henna my hair, so I've got my head wrapped in plastic wrap, trying not to drip on the camera. I haven't tried this for years, and now I know why. It's messy, and you have to walk around with saran wrap on your head for at least an hour. On the flip side, it's all natural and conditions the hair as well as adds color. This particular henna covers gray. I didn't purchase the indigo which may be mixed with henna for brown. I am hoping for auburn, not a carrot red.

I'm wearing my husband's old t-shirt, and an old towel around my neck to catch drips which happens every time I look down. If I had some cotton strands, I'd stick that under the edges of the wrap. Plastic gloves are a must, and a little Vaseline on the skin around the hairline and ears keep the henna from dyeing your skin.

"After" pictures later....

It turned out great, and my hair is back to normal, dark auburn and curly. I had been getting a light golden color at the ends(?) with dark roots, peppered with gray. This is so much better than the gray, two toned stringy look that I had developed. Completely worth the hassle.

This store sells bundles for different hair colors and types - long and African hair. You just have to scroll all the way down to the Hair Care Directory at the bottom. There is also a free ebook at this link for first timers.

9 comments:

elena maria vidal said...

I was thinking about henna. Thanks for the recommendation, Alexandra. It looks lovely!

Alexandra said...

Thanks! I needed a little mid-summer boost - I feel like myself again. I should mention that henna may dye your tub or shower. I rinse over my metal kitchen sink.

Myrnie said...

Well look at you, getting all fancy-pretty! Looks gorgeous :) It's amazing what a BOOST the little things can give us :)

Marcy said...

cool...i just went a little lighter on my hair color, and i like the change...i didn't use henna, but a store-bought "natural instincts" brand, which works well for me...happy hair...

Aussie Therese said...

Wow Alexandra,

It looks great.

Latte Lady said...

It looks very nice! I had a dream last night that I was picking super wirey silver hair out of my head!

Sounds like henna is dangerously wonderful stuff!

Lola said...

You look Marvelous!

Does this cover 'color'? I just had my hair 'highlighted' with the foil/color technique in golden blond, in order to lessen the mousey look.

And I'm underwhelmed.

Also I was reminded why I never liked getting a layered cut. Because that was just what I got along with the 'highlights'. More work involved to get presentable.

Alexandra said...

Thanks so much. :)

Lola, I'd Google it, but the link in the post says you can dye over synthetic dyed hair, so I'd think lightened hair would be okay too. I'll add their "How To" ebook to my post.

Esther said...

Looks like a lot of work but definitely worth it by the looks of your hair. Thanks for sharing Alexandra!