I'm a 3a who also follows this thread so I hope it's okay to mention my experiences (I seem to be plugging henna all the time ). I tried Lexie's experiments for the golden blonde and ended up going for it on my whole head. I had most of a head of dyed chemical light chestnut (Naturtint) and a lot of grey roots. I'm about 50% grey and didn't want orange roots. I found the one-step method gave me light golden brown/blonde on the grey, and reddish golden brown on the length. Lexie's two step gave me the same colour on the grey but a much darker brown on the length. So I did a one-step. My hair is definitely turning redder, but there's no hint of orange on the grey. That's staying golden brown/blonde and it doesn't seem to fade on me. I altered her mix slightly, using equal quantities of henna, indigo and cassia mixed with chamomile tea and honey. I only leave it on for an hour. The second time I did the roots, then made a gloss with a bowl of cassia and a spoonful of the henna mix and put it on the length.Hello! Hope you ladies don't mind a 3a/b stopping by, but you have this nice henna thread
I see that Lexie, in some of her experiments, has managed to create a golden blonde mix. So that is one option. It does kind of make me nervous getting the henna/indigo mix right though. I don't want to end up green, or dark brown.
I'm seriously considering hennaing all of it red. But it's such a drastic change and so permanent, it will never lift like the drugstore product did. Plus I'll have to shelve all my brown eyeliner and yellow gold jewelry
My tentative plan is this: first, see how the strand tests/skin tests go. Assuming no disaster there, I will at least cassia my whole head and see how I like that. If I liked how the golden blonde strand test turned out, I will try that too. I will buy enough henna so that if I turn out green or something from the golden blonde attempt, I can straight up henna over the top.
This way I do miss out on the best conditioning of pure all-over henna, but what I do get is some great conditioning.
On the green bit: BAQ henna is so powerful that even if you put a henna/indigo mix straight on your head without waiting for any dye release, you'd most likely get enough dye activation from your own body heat to kill the green. I use hot tea so it kick-starts dye release straight away for me. Getting blonde/light brown seems to rely on not too much dye release from the henna, and waiting for some of indigo's potency to have died off.
Also, I've read that Feria is a metallic dye (but that might not be right), so henna on top may cause different reactions/colours.
I've got a few pics in my fotki (PW: frizzy) but they make my hair look darker than it is, and don't show the golden blonde on grey.