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Old 07-23-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
 
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Default Removing henna? Please, please, please

I have naturally light brown hair, but in November, I wanted to try a red color, so I used henna. It looked lovely for a while, but it did not fade as the bag had advertised. Now, my hair is completely two-toned, and I just want it to look uniform again. Would this method work?
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I don't want to bleach it (damage) or dye it because I heard dye doesn't react well with henna. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I want the brown color back Thank you!
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
 
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Now Im no expert but Ive read that there is no way to remove henna. You may just have to let it grow out. Or you might try mixing indigo with henna to dye your hair brown.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
 
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If you used pure henna there's no risk of the hair reacting badly, you might wanna wait a little bit though just to be safe from extra damage!
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The Morrocco Method website is somewhat misleading in regards to henna because it refers to "henna" when it actually means cassia ("neutral henna") or a mix of henna/indigo. It won't hurt to try oiling, and it's possible it could work, but many people use oil on hennaed hair regularly with no change in color. I also suspect that what you used wasn't pure henna, because henna is usually very permanent. It does fade on a few people, but that's not typical, and a bag of BAQ henna certainly wouldn't make that claim. It would be a good idea to do some research online to see if you can find out what exactly was in your henna because that may affect what you need to do to try to lighten it. Removal may be difficult. If it was pure BAQ henna, you can dye over it, but if it wasn't you need to be careful. If there was any indigo in it, don't bleach! Bleach over indigo will turn hair green.

Here's a couple of threads that may help you: Successful henna removal. Yes, you are reading this correctly.
for the desperate: henndigo & chemical dye removal tip!
You can also try searching for information here on NC. Good luck!

ETA: Just adding this as a warning to anyone reading this thread who's considering henna and isn't sure. It should be considered VERY permanent, as in you have to grow it out permanent. If it's BAQ you can dye over it, but sometimes you will still get red shine in the sun. I have henna on my ends that's over three years old and still bright copper on my grays. If you're not sure you want the color, use something else instead. And strand testing first is always a good idea!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #5
 
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Henna also imparts a temporary resin, which can easily be removed with a clarifying baking soda rinse (which is followed by a diluted vinegar rinse of 2tsp vinegar to 2.5 cups of water and a deep moisturising treatment), or sulfate-based shampoo followed by a deep moisturising treatment.

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Henna also imparts a temporary resin, which can easily be removed with a clarifying baking soda rinse (which is followed by a diluted vinegar rinse of 2tsp vinegar to 2.5 cups of water and a deep moisturising treatment), or sulfate-based shampoo followed by a deep moisturising treatment.

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This will not remove the henna itself--henna bonds to the keratin, which is why it's so difficult or impossible to remove. It just removes the resin coating. The lawsone (dye) is not removed.
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