Starting a Henna FAQ

I'll hit up Sally's then. Also, I am trying to figure out where on earth I'm going to do this because most of my house is carpeted. My bathroom is rather tiny, and the vanity/sink/mirror isn't attached the the tiled part...
You might not want to do it in there if a wall's going to be close behind you - it's easy to get splatters on the wall. If you do, remove them quickly.

How about at the kitchen table with a make-up mirror so you can see what you're doing? I did mine in the bathroom the first time, on carpet, but had the problem with the wall being too close. After that I moved it to my bedroom now do any of that kind of stuff at my desk with my make-up mirror on it. I drape a sheet over that side of my bed and put one on the floor.
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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!

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Maybe I could just sit in my tub and slather it on... I just need to find someone who is a good enough friend to help me smear goop on my head...
If you have someone to help you, you can probably do it standing/sitting in front of the sink - they can better control where it gets slung (is that a word?) than you can on yourself. Maybe you could hold the bowl so they don't have far to carry it up to your hair - less chance of it slopping onto everything.

I never had anyone around when I was doing it and just had to learn what worked the hard way, LOL.

Bye, now, I'm out - good luck, again!
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
Anyone have any experience dying gray hair black?
My sister is mid 30's and going gray quickly. Her hair is jet black (reflects blue) with gray. Her stylist described her hair as being some of the most resistant gray hair she has ever seen. She would love a non chemical dye.
1)Since her hair is difficult to dye, what happens if the indigo won't hold. Is is possible to dye over henna/indago, or do you just have to grow it out?
2)Do you find the indago fades quickly? How often do you need to redo the indago?
3)Do you think my sister's resistant grays will dye with the henna/indago? Or is she better off sticking to conventional dye?
4) I know henna/indago dyed hair doesn't reflect blue. What did you think of the henna/indago black hair color? Did you think it looked natural? Looked good?
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to answer your quesiton about cartilage piercings, I henna-ed my hair, and the day after I got my cartilage pierced. I never had any problems!


Okay, so I had to do a stupid test in order to see how I would look with red hair. So, obviously I went to the internet.
On the bright side, my mom said it looked pretty, which means she's more open to the idea.
You totally have the coloring for it

just an FYI, I doubt it'll be QUITE that light of a red, since your makeover pic seems to be lighter than your natural hair. You could very very easily get that same copper/strawberry blond hue, it'll just be a tad bit darker unless you wanted to lighten your natural hair some before putting on the henna.

I think it's going to look fabulous no matter what though
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I think it'll really suit you, though I agree that it'll probably be a little darker - thought at first you'd actually done it, LOL! You remind me of Amy Adams in the picture, though lighter. IRL, maybe your color would be near what hers usually is. This is what I think of as her usual color:

www.imdb.com/media/rm3171138048/nm0010736

As Mims said, you could lighten first, but that'll just be an additional step of maintenance, probably with more visible roots and the potential for some damage, whereas the henna itself is actually good for your hair. More to grow out or cover if you decide to stop, too.

Pedaheh, you and your sister need to look at the section on two step hendigo for black-colored hair in the e-book from the henna site. It sounds like it's more permanent than just mixing them together in a typical mix - like there's less chance of it fading.

I'm sure you'd find some threads about it on their message boards, too.
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

Last edited by auntnett; 05-09-2011 at 08:07 AM.
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My hair was dark red when I was little, but now it's mostly brown. BUT, if I spend enough time in the sun, I get a lot of bright red streaks (esp around the hairline and on top)

The red is also more evident when I have no product in my hair. And if I were to brush out my curls to make a frizzball, for some reason, the red is more evident....even WITH product in.

I HATE how dull/dark it gets when I have product in, particularly oils. See pic of adult me--sorry, I'd just gotten up in that pic. That's the color of my hair when I have products in. Whatever color change I get in the summer, is completely negated when I use hair products.

I try to use light products but I DO NEED some oil in my hair.

If I were to henna, would the henna "catch" the red that's still in my hair and make it too "Ronald McDonald-y"?

Or, would a henna gloss be more what I need?

Looking at my adult pic, can anyone tell what color I might end up with if I were to henna. Like the OP, I don't use color---I got permanent blond highlights over 10 years ago and that's been my only experience. The stylist did NOT tell me the highlights were permanent--I did NOT ask for permanent color--and in the end I experienced breakage.

Ideally, I would love to have the same color I had when I was a little girl, WITH products in my hair. Either streaks or overall color would be fine. Esp the photo of me in the red--I love how sunny and bright my color is in that picture.

Thanks so much to all, this thread has been very thorough and I'm learning a lot.
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Last edited by sinistral55; 05-09-2011 at 09:10 AM.
I'm glad this is here, in a place that I already frequent. I did my first henna 3 weeks ago. Did some more research before doing that than when I went CG. I went CG after like 2 days of research. Fortunately I had been trying to find a way to color my hair without using chemicals and spent quite a bit of time looking into henna but didn't ask anyone any questions.

I used 300 grams of Celebration henna (REALLY thick hair) but will try to use 200 grams from now on since I got that base color on. I didn't want to stray and risk messing it up so I used lemon juice as suggested. Yeah, I'm using tea from now on. The top of my scalp burned for a week! I know that what you mix with the henna can adjust the color but is that the color after it oxidizes or imidiately after you rinse? And when you do a second henna (I will do my 2nd one no later than 6 weeks after the first cause my roots are already driving me nuts, very noticible) will my Ronald McDonald hair be just on my roots? I really only had that really bright orange on the top of my head where my hair was the lightest, just naturally lightening and more gray than I thought.

I like my hair color now and can't wait to see what it is like after multiple applications. I used to be really red most of my life but lately it's been turning almost strawberry blonde and was too light for me. I like my hair darker.
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sally-you would look great red! but you do look pretty blonde too

for what its worth, not sure if anyone mentioned this, but apple juice has been better on my scalp(which hated lemon juice) and comparable to tea-but i have found the apple juice skips the "ronald mcdonald stage" more for me than tea. i have to mix my henna about 8hrs in advance with apple juice. i love celebration henna as well-because in my experience it helps skip the orange stage more than some others i've seen. to help with rinsing/dryness, you can mix your henna with your acid, let it sit for the alloted time, and when you are thinning it a bit more to apply, add some honey or conditioner. there are a lot of beliefs on whether you should add anything to your mix that may interfere with dye uptake, but maybe after you have tried it once and seen what you want to change, this is worth a try! i found rinsing challenging without it.

as for products, after henna my hair has loved oils...lately bbabe's flax seed gel with hempseed oil and honey has been wonderful after a henna treatment, my hair usually freaks out for the first week during showers but the hemp seed oil and flaxx gel calm it right down

*I have learned to keep on hand a super moisturizing conditioner with great slip and oils in the ingredients, in large quantities for the first week after hennaing, too.

stainless piercings-absolutely not a problem. my hair is past bsl, and i usually use 200g, as it is very absorbent!
Hair type: 3a, fine, porous (too much hair dye on lengths), hennaed
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Last edited by jenimkat; 05-09-2011 at 11:41 AM. Reason: apparently i had "orange" on the brain. i meant apple juice, not orange:)
My hair was dark red when I was little, but now it's mostly brown. BUT, if I spend enough time in the sun, I get a lot of bright red streaks (esp around the hairline and on top)

The red is also more evident when I have no product in my hair. And if I were to brush out my curls to make a frizzball, for some reason, the red is more evident....even WITH product in.

I HATE how dull/dark it gets when I have product in, particularly oils. See pic of adult me--sorry, I'd just gotten up in that pic. That's the color of my hair when I have products in. Whatever color change I get in the summer, is completely negated when I use hair products.

I try to use light products but I DO NEED some oil in my hair.

If I were to henna, would the henna "catch" the red that's still in my hair and make it too "Ronald McDonald-y"?

Or, would a henna gloss be more what I need?

Looking at my adult pic, can anyone tell what color I might end up with if I were to henna. Like the OP, I don't use color---I got permanent blond highlights over 10 years ago and that's been my only experience. The stylist did NOT tell me the highlights were permanent--I did NOT ask for permanent color--and in the end I experienced breakage.

Ideally, I would love to have the same color I had when I was a little girl, WITH products in my hair. Either streaks or overall color would be fine. Esp the photo of me in the red--I love how sunny and bright my color is in that picture.

Thanks so much to all, this thread has been very thorough and I'm learning a lot.
Originally Posted by sinistral55
As dark as your hair appears in the third pic, I doubt that you'd be able to tell a difference with just a gloss - my hair's not as dark as yours, but the gloss has little to no effect on it, just on the grays.

Henna doesn't make your hair any lighter, it just deposits red on top of whatever color you already are. My guess is that even with full-strength henna yours would just have a dark reddish tone in full sun - like deep ruby highlights. You might not see much, if any, difference at all indoors.
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
Haha, I know it won't be that light, but it was the closest color to what I wanted without being too brown. =]

And jenimkat, I'll probably try that apple juice thing when I'm doing strand tests! Thanks for the suggestion!
I'm ordering the henna now! =D
And 200 grams should be enough, correct?
Do it! The red looks great on you in the makeover pic!
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Okay, question... What do I do about my eyebrows? Will it look strange to have blonde eyebrows and red hair? Are there eyebrow pencils for red hair? Should I try dyeing my eyebrows? Would it be better to do a chemical dye or henna for eyebrows?
I've done the henna on my brows... and it DOES work, but you'll look like Groucho Marx's redheaded brother for a few days, as it'll dye the skin UNDER the eyebrows as well :/ not a good look.

i've been using smashbox's eyebrow color in auburn:
Amazon.com: Smashbox Brow Tech Duo, Auburn 1 set: Beauty

works like a charm
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Styling loves: DIFFUSING! CK, KCNT, KCCC, FOTE (on dry hair only), Re:coil, Proclaim gel
Not sure about: Boots, Tweek, KBB Milk, DMHJ
HATE: plopping, FOTE on wet hair, BRHG
Okay, so I should be getting my henna in the mail today, according to the tracking service. And before I dye my whole head, I'm experimenting on some hair that I trimmed off about a month ago. I had to buy 100 grams of celebration, 100 grams of the lowest dye content henna, and 300 grams of cassia. I was thinking of using 100 of the celebration, 50 of the low dye content henna, and 150 of the cassia [the other 150 of the cassia is for my mom, and the 50 grams of low dye content I'll save for later] for my henna mix. Is that a little crazy? Also, How would I do a sample size, exactly? Just treat the 100 grams as a teaspoon? Like, 1 teaspoon of celebration henna, 1/2 teaspoon of the low dye content henna, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cassia? How long do I allow for dye release?
I have 5 locks of hair to test, and I wanted to try two different ways. One with lemon juice and one with tea. Should the tea be warm or cool? And I was planning on allowing each lock of hair to sit for a certain amount of time like, 1 hour, 3 hours, and 5 hours. Would I just slather them in henna and put them in plastic bags for a while? What do I do? I know how to do my head, but not samples...

Sorry if I sound crazy, I'm a little OCD.

Last edited by RawrSally; 05-14-2011 at 10:16 AM.

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