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Old 06-08-2013, 06:27 AM   #1
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Red face Henna vs. Box Dye for Dark Auburn Hair

I recently started dying my hair dark auburn using Garnier Nutrisse Ultra-Color in Light Intense Auburn, but I am curious about using henna to dye my 3B hair.

Here are my questions:
  • Can I use henna over permanent color, and if not, how do I remove the box dye (should I use Color Oops or something else)?
  • What are the pros and cons to using henna over box dye?
  • What type(s)/brand(s) of henna do you recommend for someone with naturally reddish medium brown hair?
Thanks very much!
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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Yes you can use 100% natural henna over box color, if the henna is not 100% natural it can contain metallic salts and other ingredients that are not too good for your hair especially over chemically altered hair.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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Also henna only naturally dyes red, so if it comes in colors it has something added. I have had no cons in using henna over my box dyed hair, and have done so 4 times.
A con that some people experience is loosening of the curl pattern. My coils were slightly loosened in the front where my pattern isn't as strong, but I didn't care.
There is a thread about henna if you'd like to check it out
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:37 AM   #4
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Only use body art quality henna, and do strand tests with shed plughole hair and ideally on a hidden part of your head if the shed hair looks promising. Do not use your head as an laboratory because henna has to be grown or cut out to remove. Not all box dyes play nicely with henna.

Whether you should use a peroxide-free colour remover depends what base colour your hair is (your natural slightly lightened by the peroxide in the box dye), how different it is to your roots, how bright or deep you want the henna (orange-red on whites, down to visible glow in sunlight on very dark hair). The more layers of henna you do the darker it goes, eventually to burgundy. Remember your virgin roots may not come out the same with henna as your previously dyed lengths. Again do strand tests, worst case scenario you waste a few $$$.
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