Thinking of taking the henna plunge

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But just a little bit scared! I have psoriasis on my scalp and the dye jobs I have done at the hairdresser are taking their toll, so I thought I might try henna and see if it's less irritating, can't imagine it'll be any worse. I have really only ever dyed my hair to cover the grey and that's what I'm worried about as I have the 'skunk stripe' thing going on - most of the grey is on the top of my head with odd strands here and there throughout the rest of my hair. My colour is naturally a dark brown and that's generally what I've stuck with until recently when I've dabbled with a bit of coppery red, the grey roots on top when I've done this have been really quite bright and I can only imagine it will be more so with the henna. Any insight as to how best to deal with that? I'll probably lean towards more of a brown, with indigo, but will the henna still be obvious on the grey? I don't have an issue with the red being through my hair but the root thing is a worry!
I've been doing a bit of reading and have found a couple of blogs and things where people have actually found that henna works as a treatment for their psoriasis, which would be a bonus, I'll be content with less irritation. I've also read that it adds a bit more body and weight to the hair which would also be good as mine does tend to be quite weightless, with little movement.
All in all I'd really like to give it a go but if someone could give me some pointers or reassurance about the grey, that would be a big help.
TIA.
Sorry about the long-windedness!
3b in South Australia.
Henna tends to help scalp problems, so it may be just the thing that you need.

If you're covering grays, you will need a decent lawsone % amount. I get Rajasthani Twilight and it covers my gray beautifully. You may have brighter streaks where the gray is, but it seems to blend in pretty well. Unless you have solid chunks, then it may be a bit brighter than the rest of your hair. What you could do for that is do a few spot treatments to get it the same color as the rest of your hair - if you dye a henna mix on top of henna mix, it will just keep getting darker with every application. So if you have total gray roots, you may have to do a couple different applications. I have medium brown hair, so I do a henna mix of 2:1:1 of henna:amla:indigo. It gives off a nice auburn color. Remember henna will take 3 days to fully oxidize. Your hair will be BRIGHT on the first day, darker on the 2nd, and finally on the 3rd it will be the color it is going to be. So it's important to do a strand test and wait 3 days to know what it will look like. I touch up my roots every month or two, and do a full application on my hair twice a year.

Be sure to get Body Art Quality (BAQ) henna. If it doesnt say it's BAQ henna on the package, then it's not. "Natural" isn't the same. If it;'s not BAQ, it can do all sorts of bad things when it reacts with the chemical hair dye.
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Last edited by sixelamy; 01-31-2015 at 01:57 PM.
Thanks for the reply. I do have a solid chunk of grey on top so doing spot treatments first may be the way to go. I found a website here in Australia (Henna Moon) that sells BAQ henna and has lots of info about the different colours you can get from different blends of the various products, so I'll study that a bit more. What do you find the amla does for you? It sounded good as it helps with the absorption of colour but then it said it makes colours cooler and I'm not sure I'd want that (though I'm not entirely sure whether the colours I usually get are warm, cool or what!).
3b in South Australia.
I like that you can get away with only doing the whole lot a couple of times a year as it looks a very messy and labour intensive process!
3b in South Australia.
It's really not as messy as everyone says it is. It's just different than chemical hair dye. You have control over how thick you want it. I might make mine a bit too thick, but it's the way I liked it, and it doesn't drip. The only hard part is getting the back of your head, but it's really easy to fudge - I just get it at the root as best I can, then massage my scalp when I'm done.

Amla just brings the copper tone down a bit, and I don't look good with copper hair. It still comes out very red, but it's just not as in your face bright. It also darkens it ever so slightly. You can use what additions you want, you don't have to use amla if you like the bright copper tones.
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Thanks, I think I might need to do a bit more reading and look at more pictures. I know I'm going to dither for ages before I make a decision, but the more I think about it the more convinced I am that it's the way to go. Need to cancel my next colour appointment.
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3b in South Australia.
Good for you! I think you will be pleased with it when you decide to take the plunge. It can give off some beautiful colors.
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COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
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Well here we are, over a month later and I finally ordered some henna today! My grey is dreadful, I don't think I realised just how widespread it was so I'm looking forward to getting some colour on there. I have some hairballs collected to do some testing on but they don't seem to have any grey bits in them so I might have to somehow get to some underneath bits on my head and test there too - hope I don't end up with stripy hair!
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Yay!! Good luck!! You may have to do a couple or a few applications to cover everything. But once you've got your base color set, you should only need to do 1 application when your roots grow in. I had to do 2 when I first did mine, or I'd have bright copper orange hair lol
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COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
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I'm still tossing up whether to try a one-step hendigo and see if it works to cover my grey. My hair, even the grey, takes chemical colours really well but I know henna is a different animal so I don't know if I'll be as lucky with it. I'll probably do a two-step, I'm just lazy and would rather not if I can get away with it! I'll just see what happens with the strand testing.
3b in South Australia.
My hair takes up dye really well, and takes up the henna really well too. If you want a darker color, I'd probably do the 2 step. Which henna did you get? I need to order some more, my roots are pretty bad
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I don't particularly want it darker, that's my second fear after the orange roots! I think I'm getting too old to be getting darker with my hair. My henna arrived today, I don't know what kind it is, the website just has 'henna', I also got some indigo and cassia. I thought I might dilute the hendigo with cassia if I thought it was going to be too dark, now I'm contemplating a gloss with conditioner or coconut milk - I think I've been reading too much and may just need to keep it simple. Decisions, decisions!
3b in South Australia.
Not to complicate things for you further, but amla mixed in will tone down the red of henna (and help prevent curl loss). Something to contemplate in the future.

If you're tentative about the henna maybe a gloss is a good way to go. I used coconut milk in my mixes but didn't find it to lessen the effects of henna (though I only used a little milk). I've heard of people doing glosses with mostly conditioner with just a touch of henna, and it lasted maybe a few weeks.

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Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
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I wondered about amla but decided against it as, from different things I read, it seemed that it may make hair a bit darker which I don't really want, and give a cooler tone which I don't think I want either. I'm not fussed about my curl loosening tbh (heresy on here lol!). With a bit of luck I'll get my strand testing under way tomorrow, don't know when I'll actually get around to doing my hair, it's hard for me to find a three day window when I don't have to be anywhere or see anyone (just in case it all goes pear-shaped, which of course I'm totally expecting!).
3b in South Australia.
If you don't want it dark you may want to mix henna and indigo together. I use a mix of ratio 2:1:1 henna, amla, indigo. Amla doesn't make it "darker" it just tones down the red like naturecat said. I also always mix in some conditioner. If you have leftovers, frozen henna mix is very potent, I love it! Just be sure to use right away after thawing. I have no patience so I end up putting it in a bag and running hot water over it.

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Totally agree about the freezer henna! I use it to paint my toes (henna that is), and when I use it after thawing from the freezer it is much more powerful. The ice is supposed to break up and release the cells holding the dye.
Yup, I also find that amla is colorless. It only works when combined with henna and indigo, to cool down the red; otherwise it's neutral.

PS: I'm sitting here with cassia on my head, only a tiny bit of my entire mix. We'll see if it's as powerful as henna in terms of being able to color in such a tiny proportion.
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Leave in: SS PT
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Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
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I didn't think that amla had any colour, just that it helps the indigo to take better, therefore making it darker (potentially).
I'm going to try different ratios of henna, indigo, cassia and see what happens. I didn't get round to doing the tests today as I've been busy. I'm going to be completely grey at this rate!
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3b in South Australia.
Best of luck! My cassia color didn't work… could have been that I didn't let it sit out long enough, or by mixing it with very hot tea the dye release was too quick, or there wasn't enough cassia…. though I have only a few grey hairs, by the time I figure out how to dye with cassia, I too shall be completely grey.
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2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP),
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
IA Girl's PT
Using a 2:1:1 ratio, I don't find it helps the indigo to take better. The indigo actually fades after a while, I notice my hair become lighter - even if I'm not out in the sun. (It's nothing noticeable to anybody else, I'm sure.) But everybody's hair is different, so..
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COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
There's the thing - everyone's hair is different, no reliable results and no guarantees!
I still haven't done my testing, time got away from me on Monday and now I'm working so no time to play. I think next Tuesday will be D-Day, I've got no plans for a few days after so I'll have time to adjust things if it all goes wrong and it'll give it a chance to settle.
3b in South Australia.

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