Henna over Bleached Hair

This is my second time going natural.

The first time i did it i bleached and colored my hair. It came out beautiful but once i put the relaxer in, it fell out. That is NOT a mistake i will be making twice.

So once again i am on my natural journey but i am thinking about coloring my hair again. This time with Henna though.

I have never tried Henna at all, not even for conditioning purposes. Reason being, the first time i went natural, i didn't fully educate myself. (well not at all)

My hair reacts fine to bleach but i wanted to know has anyone bleached there hair and then colored it with Henna. Is this safe?

I don't want my hair to fall out again and so i am being extremely cautious about what i do this time around.
So in feb I henna my hair. It is a dusty brown and about 8 months prior (maybe a year) I had caramel highlights done. I was tried of the light color so I henna my hair with mostly henna and about 1/4 indigo (got the ratio from the mehandi online book) and the highlight were about a reddy auburn and fine. The color was much more noticable on the henna'd section. Also I did a true henna session (henna/water/lemon juice) not a gloss. It now July I have rehenna'd since then (the color didn't fade I just redid it) and everything is fine. Hope that helps.
Last relaxer: Feb 2,2009
Currently transitioning
Currently hovering at/above APL
goal MBL??
So in feb I henna my hair. It is a dusty brown and about 8 months prior (maybe a year) I had caramel highlights done. I was tried of the light color so I henna my hair with mostly henna and about 1/4 indigo (got the ratio from the mehandi online book) and the highlight were about a reddy auburn and fine. The color was much more noticable on the henna'd section. Also I did a true henna session (henna/water/lemon juice) not a gloss. It now July I have rehenna'd since then (the color didn't fade I just redid it) and everything is fine. Hope that helps.
Originally Posted by Kiffany
it kinda helped a little but not really.
Hi, I would always recomend a test strand before doing anything. Henna one piece of bleached hair and wait a week, see what happens. I know if you put color or bleach over the wrong kind of henna it will smoke off your head, so I would check a strand first. Now this is coming from a stylist that doesn't use henna so I can't tell you what it will do. When we are not sure in the professional arena WE TEST! It is the only way to avoid disaster.
Good luck, let us know how the strand test works out.
Cynthia
Pure body art grade henna won't harm your hair, bleached or not, however, the bleached part will likely really pick up the red color. My highlights weren't even from bleach and they did - more than I wanted. With BAG henna, you can safely color over it. See www.hennaforhair.com for mor info.

Henna that is not body art grade can contain metals, salts, and other things that can cause all sorts of unexpected results, including damage, if you try to use it over old chemical color or color over it.

Any henna is permanent, so you should definitely always test on hair from your hair brush or on a strand in an inconspicuous place on your head.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
Pure body art grade henna won't harm your hair, bleached or not, however, the bleached part will likely really pick up the red color. My highlights weren't even from bleach and they did - more than I wanted. With BAG henna, you can safely color over it. See www.hennaforhair.com for mor info.

Henna that is not body art grade can contain metals, salts, and other things that can cause all sorts of unexpected results, including damage, if you try to use it over old chemical color or color over it.

Any henna is permanent, so you should definitely always test on hair from your hair brush or on a strand in an inconspicuous place on your head.
Originally Posted by auntnett
I am so glad you know the difference between the Henna's, I didn't know what to tell her I still say test strand, even if it's just for color results.
Cynthia
I've been using henna for close to 10 years. Nearly 6 years ago I started having highlights added to my hair without any problems. I have my color lifted with peroxide only - absolutely no toners!!! The lifing takes approx 30-45 minutes since it's cutting through henna that approx 2 months old. But it's totally successful. Then I wait approx 4-6 days before I henna over all. The results are a fantastic golden highlight to my red color. I'm a natural redhead but as I age my hair color also fades. I use a mix of strawberry blond henna with Topaz powder, approx 2 T olive oil or conditioner, and approx 1/2 - 3/4 cup hot water to mix the product. I order my henna produce from Ball Beauty Supply out of California (Just For Redheads carries the same product but a nearly double the price).
Yeah, I've read of others who highlight after henna. One just needs to be aware that the next time you henna, the highlighted parts will take up the henna even more than virgin hair, especially if the highlights are bleached - at least, that's what I've read and what I experienced even on my own non-bleach highlights.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

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