HELP!! Dying hair after HENNA

Okay, so as a "friendly" experiment. I did a henna treatment about a month ago. My hair was completely natural before that and it was platinum blonde in some places. So, my roots grow in gray-looking.


Now it has been exactly a month since I've done the treatment, my roots have grown in to a dangerous place. I don't know what to do, I don't want to do the henna on top of the roots because it will turn flaming red and before the oxidation , which will take about 2 weeks, my hair will be red/orange.

My mom suggested that I go in and dye my hair a light brown or a shade lighter blonde then I used to be. Is this possible??? I'm sure I used pure henna that was bought at an Indian store. Now I'm reading up more about it and henna is permanently coating the hair shaft, not even bleach lifts it out.

What can I do to save my hair I dont want to be a redhead forever!!!

**Edit: I've only done ONE henna treatment.

Sorry an inch away to being completely hysterical at this point. Please help.
I've just done the mineral oil treatment, and the red isn't really coming out. It has in some places.

I'm running out of ideas here..
You can try to put a darker dye over it, the red still might shine through to some degree.

This is if you used BAQ, compound hennas can react badly with subsequent chemical processes. But if you already tested bleach on it and nothing happened, it's probably OK.
Thank you for the reply, I sent you a PM about this thread.


Hmm, is there ANY way I can go lighter and be a true blonde?

Last edited by Irina; 06-27-2008 at 01:58 PM.
Many have tried, but it's really really difficult to lift henna color, and most times it's just not possible. You could dye it darker, but then you'll have the same problem of your blonde roots coming in. Henna is a committment, but so is any hairdye. Even with commercial hairdye, you cannot go from blonde to dark and back to blonde without sustaining substantial damage. I wish I had better news for you, but I think you're going to have to grow it out.
Thanks for everything!! After spending a lot of time looking at stylists I found one that would actually touch my hair. She just put regular permanent blue toned brown and mixed it with some ash to take away the red, and it worked!!

I'm sooo happy. No more orange hair
That's good news. Toning it, if you are happy with it, is probably the less damaging and most successful option than trying to remove it.
Thanks for everything!! After spending a lot of time looking at stylists I found one that would actually touch my hair. She just put regular permanent blue toned brown and mixed it with some ash to take away the red, and it worked!!

I'm sooo happy. No more orange hair
Originally Posted by Irina
I'm glad you're happy with it. What are you going to do about the brown? Keep it brown as the blonde roots grow in? or let it grow out?
Thanks for everything!! After spending a lot of time looking at stylists I found one that would actually touch my hair. She just put regular permanent blue toned brown and mixed it with some ash to take away the red, and it worked!!

I'm sooo happy. No more orange hair
Originally Posted by Irina
I'm glad you're happy with it. What are you going to do about the brown? Keep it brown as the blonde roots grow in? or let it grow out?
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

I think I'm going to keep it up for maybe a year and a half, then I really want to bleach it and wear it blonde for the years ahead. I know it damages hair badly and the time that would be spent doing a LOT of DTs. But I understand and I'm ready for the upkeep.

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