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RCW turned me onto henna and got me hooked. Pusher. (btw: thanks) It's an addiction I can live with.
Originally Posted by Speckla
You're going to get me addicted to henna if my hair turns out like your's - it's gorgeous! I can't really see the red tones - it looks about the shade I want mine to be. I don't mind a slight reddishness, but I can't picture how my hair would look with red tones since, unlike most dark brown hair, it has natural blonde highlights versus red.

RCW - I don't think reddish brown hair looks bad at all. The color I'm thinking about is more of a dark red that looks like it used to be brown, like this: http://yfrog.com/jnredhairgmj
Are you guys using loose henna? What do you mix with it to make your solution, and how long do you leave it on?

I'm thinking about this one, because it looks like a more natural solution than some of the other ones, though I'd really rather have a cream: http://www.amazon.com/Godrej-Nupur-H...607477&sr=8-15 Though I've mixed powder solutions before when I've highlighted my hair, I really hate working with them.
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RCW turned me onto henna and got me hooked. Pusher. (btw: thanks) It's an addiction I can live with.
Originally Posted by Speckla
You're going to get me addicted to henna if my hair turns out like your's - it's gorgeous! I can't really see the red tones - it looks about the shade I want mine to be. I don't mind a slight reddishness, but I can't picture how my hair would look with red tones since, unlike most dark brown hair, it has natural blonde highlights versus red.

RCW - I don't think reddish brown hair looks bad at all. The color I'm thinking about is more of a dark red that looks like it used to be brown, like this: http://yfrog.com/jnredhairgmj
Are you guys using loose henna? What do you mix with it to make your solution, and how long do you leave it on?

I'm thinking about this one, because it looks like a more natural solution than some of the other ones, though I'd really rather have a cream: http://www.amazon.com/Godrej-Nupur-H...607477&sr=8-15 Though I've mixed powder solutions before when I've highlighted my hair, I really hate working with them.
Originally Posted by ElsaG

Maybe we differ on what reddish brown looks like, because I think that picture looks like reddish brown. That's what my hair looks like (although may be not quite as bright, because my hair was very dark to start with), and I love it. I have some gray streaks in my hair, which turn out redder than the rest...natural red highlights.

I think you probably won't get much color from that Nupur henna, because it's got other random herbs in it, which probably only serve to dilute the amount of henna it actually contains. I would definitely strand test before putting that all over my head. The ingredient bhringraj isn't one that I've heard of used to dye black very often, so I'm thinking it doesn't work all that well. Most people use indigo mixed with henna if they want black or brown, because it actually works.

I use pure henna from this site: http://www.mehandi.com/shop/index.html The owner, Catherine, carries the best/freshest henna of anyone, and she's constantly testing her hennas and getting the best crops through her suppliers. She's not an ordinary retailer. She has lots of information on her site on how to do it.

There is no right or wrong way to mix henna. I mix my henna with flaxseed gel (which I make myself). It makes the henna into a gel that is almost like commercial hairdye in texture. It's super easy to rinse out (henna can be a real chore to rinse out without the gel as a base). Catherine's site says to mix it with all lemon juice, but I don't. I find using so much juice is unnecessary and expensive/wasteful. Henna only needs a little acid to release dye, so I usually use a splash of tea (I use hibiscus, but most any tea will work, as will any acidic juice, or even coffee [coffee stinks bad]). I leave it on my hair for about 4+ hours. Once you get your color the way you want it with henna, it's not necessary to do the entire length of the hair anymore. After 2/3/4 entire head henna treatments, you can back off to just doing roots. I only do my entire head maybe once a year. The rest of the time, I just squish some henna into my roots. I do my roots about every 2 weeks. Often I sleep overnight with it on, so it doesn't feel like a chore to have to sit around for 4 hours with glop on my head.

Henna is kind of a lifestyle choice. It's time consuming, but it doesn't feel like work if you love it. If you want fast, look elsewhere, because henna isn't fast.
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RCW turned me onto henna and got me hooked. Pusher. (btw: thanks) It's an addiction I can live with.
Originally Posted by Speckla
You're going to get me addicted to henna if my hair turns out like your's - it's gorgeous! I can't really see the red tones - it looks about the shade I want mine to be. I don't mind a slight reddishness, but I can't picture how my hair would look with red tones since, unlike most dark brown hair, it has natural blonde highlights versus red.

RCW - I don't think reddish brown hair looks bad at all. The color I'm thinking about is more of a dark red that looks like it used to be brown, like this: http://yfrog.com/jnredhairgmj
Are you guys using loose henna? What do you mix with it to make your solution, and how long do you leave it on?

I'm thinking about this one, because it looks like a more natural solution than some of the other ones, though I'd really rather have a cream: http://www.amazon.com/Godrej-Nupur-H...607477&sr=8-15 Though I've mixed powder solutions before when I've highlighted my hair, I really hate working with them.
Originally Posted by ElsaG
I don't think that looks like some sort of failure going from brown to red - I think it's a cool color and would definitely assume it was on purpose.
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RCW turned me onto henna and got me hooked. Pusher. (btw: thanks) It's an addiction I can live with.
Originally Posted by Speckla
You're going to get me addicted to henna if my hair turns out like your's - it's gorgeous! I can't really see the red tones - it looks about the shade I want mine to be. I don't mind a slight reddishness, but I can't picture how my hair would look with red tones since, unlike most dark brown hair, it has natural blonde highlights versus red.

RCW - I don't think reddish brown hair looks bad at all. The color I'm thinking about is more of a dark red that looks like it used to be brown, like this: http://yfrog.com/jnredhairgmj
Are you guys using loose henna? What do you mix with it to make your solution, and how long do you leave it on?

I'm thinking about this one, because it looks like a more natural solution than some of the other ones, though I'd really rather have a cream: http://www.amazon.com/Godrej-Nupur-H...607477&sr=8-15 Though I've mixed powder solutions before when I've highlighted my hair, I really hate working with them.
Originally Posted by ElsaG
I don't think that looks like some sort of failure going from brown to red - I think it's a cool color and would definitely assume it was on purpose.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
That's not the exact color that I wanted to show, though it's close. I couldn't find a good pic from an image search. What I'm thinking of errs on the purple side, and the underneath is brown like they just plopped some red hair color on top. The only pics I found online were from Fotki albums and I couldn't post them, but I see it in person all the time around town. If they want their hair that color, that's great - they shouldn't care what I think about it. I just don't want mine turning out like that. A hint of it is fine, but I think red would look bad on me.
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You're going to get me addicted to henna if my hair turns out like your's - it's gorgeous! I can't really see the red tones - it looks about the shade I want mine to be. I don't mind a slight reddishness, but I can't picture how my hair would look with red tones since, unlike most dark brown hair, it has natural blonde highlights versus red.

RCW - I don't think reddish brown hair looks bad at all. The color I'm thinking about is more of a dark red that looks like it used to be brown, like this: http://yfrog.com/jnredhairgmj
Are you guys using loose henna? What do you mix with it to make your solution, and how long do you leave it on?

I'm thinking about this one, because it looks like a more natural solution than some of the other ones, though I'd really rather have a cream: http://www.amazon.com/Godrej-Nupur-H...607477&sr=8-15 Though I've mixed powder solutions before when I've highlighted my hair, I really hate working with them.
Originally Posted by ElsaG
I don't think that looks like some sort of failure going from brown to red - I think it's a cool color and would definitely assume it was on purpose.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
That's not the exact color that I wanted to show, though it's close. I couldn't find a good pic from an image search. What I'm thinking of errs on the purple side, and the underneath is brown like they just plopped some red hair color on top. The only pics I found online were from Fotki albums and I couldn't post them, but I see it in person all the time around town. If they want their hair that color, that's great - they shouldn't care what I think about it. I just don't want mine turning out like that. A hint of it is fine, but I think red would look bad on me.
Originally Posted by ElsaG
You can buy samples of henna and test it on hair. Collect some hair from your hair brush and do a color test on that.
I think you probably won't get much color from that Nupur henna, because it's got other random herbs in it, which probably only serve to dilute the amount of henna it actually contains. I would definitely strand test before putting that all over my head. The ingredient bhringraj isn't one that I've heard of used to dye black very often, so I'm thinking it doesn't work all that well. Most people use indigo mixed with henna if they want black or brown, because it actually works.

That may be a good thing because I mainly want to cover up my growing-out blond highlights a little bit. I think it would be good to still have some blond tones showing through. I've colored with permanent boxed color in dark brown, but it fades quickly. Someone on the coloring board mentioned doing a two step henna/indigo process, but she said it's very time-consuming and that it dried her hair out badly (which is surprising to me).

I may just go ahead and get the product that I posted. From the reviews, it sounds very good for the hair, and I spose the worst it would do is come out a color that I don't want. In that case, I would think I could at least mask it with Fanciful (a temp rinse out dye). My hair has been all kinds of colors so I really don't even fear those reds too much. Though, I work in a pretty conservative environment and try not to stand out.
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I don't think that looks like some sort of failure going from brown to red - I think it's a cool color and would definitely assume it was on purpose.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
That's not the exact color that I wanted to show, though it's close. I couldn't find a good pic from an image search. What I'm thinking of errs on the purple side, and the underneath is brown like they just plopped some red hair color on top. The only pics I found online were from Fotki albums and I couldn't post them, but I see it in person all the time around town. If they want their hair that color, that's great - they shouldn't care what I think about it. I just don't want mine turning out like that. A hint of it is fine, but I think red would look bad on me.
Originally Posted by ElsaG
You can buy samples of henna and test it on hair. Collect some hair from your hair brush and do a color test on that.
Originally Posted by Speckla
That's a good idea. I'll definitely do that if I go with real (plain) henna. Thanks ya'll for the advice.
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Ouch. I have a bruise on my right butt cheek that's shaped like Texas.
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