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Old 05-31-2010, 10:01 AM   #1
 
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Hi! Was curious about coloring w/ Henna. I noticed they have the boxed henna color at my Sprouts. Any experiences w/ coloring brown hair w/ henna out there?

I've been getting my hair colored brunette w/ demi-perm. color & a few (20 vol.) bleached peekaboos from underneath. Now that I'm cg, wondering how I would like doing the henna as it's supposed to be natrual right?

How long does it last?
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:19 AM   #2
 
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You have to be very, very careful with boxed henna. Only 100% pure henna is safe to use, anything else can cause serious problems with hair.

Henna is completely permanent, it isn't removable. Unlike normal hair color, that can be bleached, even if you bleach henna the chances of getting it comletely out without destroying your hair are slim to none. It's a big choice, and if you may want to change your color, henna isn't a good option.

I have henna'd and I loved it, but it's a big decision.

True henna only comes in red, nothing else.

If you want true henna experiences and opinions, you should check out Henna For Hair.
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^^ everything she said. Hennaforhair.com is a fab resource.

I will add:

I've used the Surya pre-boxed "henna" -- which is a compound, mostly vegetable dye with no metallic salts. It's very temporary (lasted maybe 6 washes for me) and was fine over previously chemically processed hair. Anything else, I'd tread lightly.

I have used hendigo in the past (henna + indigo = varying shades of brunette/black, depending on the mix and process). I decided to try lifting it, after about a year, and went 3 rounds with a color remover, plus 2 full bleaching processes and I managed to get it from black . . . to a dark auburn. Per.Ma.Nent. From what I understand, it's a little less maddening lifting straight henna.

Additionally, it's quite imprecise -- because it will take a bit differently on everyone's hair, and you mix your own, it's not like picking a box of fine-tuned color and knowing exactly what the results will be. You have to strand test and tweak in order to get close to a color you like. It's also cumulative, so if you get the perfect color on your length, you can't do a full-head application when you touch up roots, because it will darken with repeated application.

My hair is naturally dark brown, with about 30% grey. One application of Yemeni henna brought me to a dark, fabulous auburn, and my greys are flaming red. Results are a bit less life-or-death on dark hair, in that the results are less blazingly obvious than on, say, light brown or blonde hair.

It can also relax curl pretty noticeably. It does mine, even when I add amla.

I absolutely love henna and will probably not use box dye again -- it was starting to make my scalp tight, anyway, so I might as well quit before my head swells up -- but make sure you've really checked it out and strand tested before you take the plunge, unless you're the kind of person who can just roll with anything. And if you are fickle with your hair color (wishing, in particular, to go back and forth between lighter and darker levels) then it's probably not worth it.

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Henna, despite its benefits can loosen curl over time. The coiler girls love that about it, but you may not.
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While the henna dye is permanent, the curl loosening is not. The normal curl pattern returns in just a few weeks. I've been henna'ing for a little over a year now and LOVE the conditioning effects, don't mind the temporary curl loosening but I'm getting bored with the color, which I can only grow out now.
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I'm a 2c/3a and it never affected my curl pattern, however, I always used a little amla in the mix just in case.

ITA about checking out the henna website and its discussion boards thoroughly before proceeding - it took me a couple of months before I felt comfortable enough to take the plunge.
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I'm a 2c/3a and it never affected my curl pattern, however, I always used a little amla in the mix just in case.

ITA about checking out the henna website and its discussion boards thoroughly before proceeding - it took me a couple of months before I felt comfortable enough to take the plunge.
Yep. Amla is an excellent curl definer/curl enhancer (among its other benefits). Some folks for that reason use it as a straight paste.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:02 PM   #8
 
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Thanks guys! Wow i didn't know that henna is permanent! I will take your advice & continue to look into it b4 making a decision!

Nice things about curly hair, it DOES hide greys better
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