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Korkscrew 10-03-2012 03:00 AM

Amla & Cassia - from Gray to Blond w/out Curl Loss?
I've had it with chem dyes and searched this site plus the web for a natural way to transform my gray hair to blond (not too light - tan maybe). I don't want my curls loosened either.

I read that cassia will tint hair yellow and alma helps define curls. Could both be used together to blond my gray and preserve my curls? The reason I don't wanna use henna is I don't want any shade of red.

I appreciate any info you have. Thanks!

Korkscrew 10-05-2012 04:50 PM

How to lift hair from gray to gold/brown w/out losing curl
The bad news is I didn't get any responses to this question from the hair community. The good news is I was able to fetch an answer from a rep for the henna company called She claims to be a cosmetologist and a user of their plant-based products. ...

She says, if you want to use an all-natural formula to transform your grays to dark blond/light-brown and you have long, dark brown hair to begin with, mix ...

250 gm.s henna
100 gm.s indigo
50 gm.s of amla

(She said there's no reason to bother with cassia, which is semi-perm. and needs to be reapplied about every 2 weeks).

For monthly retouches:

50 gm.s henna
25 gm.s indigo
25 gm.s amla

She said place on freshly cleaned hair and don't add oil. Can be used on damp or dry hair.

She said to add ACV instead of lemon juice to the mix (less harsh). Forgot to ask how much to add.

Supposed to leave it on for 3-4 hr.s. If you leave it on overnight, deeper red tones develop, which I don't want. ... I forgot to ask how long to let the concoction stand prior to use.

Deep condition it afterward.

It was $63.40. Ouch. This is what my vanity has cost me.

SusieSuze 10-06-2012 10:27 AM

I have not looked for a good source of cheap indigo yet, but the henna I buy is excellent.

I get 1 kg bags for $8 (1000 grams!) from an Indian grocery store. That's $2 per application on quite long hair.

I will bet you can find indigo somewhere else. I know that Lush sells a henna indigo combination to achieve brown results.

I would guess that if you used it and left it on for just a short time it could give you lighter brown/dark blonde results.

$63 sounds like a lot of money for a product that is actually very inexpensive.

good luck!

Korkscrew 10-06-2012 11:59 AM

Thanks Susie. Appreciate you telling me about Lush.

I decided on Mehandi because I was impatient and desperate and just wanted a reliable and safe product following hair damage. ... That said, I think I just figured out exactly what caused the damage and I may cancel the expensive henna order. (More about this on my latest thread on the general hair forum.)

ETA: That thread is called "I Officially Give Up".

poemaXX 10-06-2012 12:23 PM

Thanks so much for this info, Korkscrew! Do let us know how it turns out. :wav:

Korkscrew 10-07-2012 02:19 AM

No problem! Thanks for following this thread. I'll keep you posted :)

Btw, your hair reminds me of my own in terms of curl pattern. I love your cut :love5:

poemaXX 10-07-2012 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by Korkscrew (Post 2047472)
No problem! Thanks for following this thread. I'll keep you posted :)

Btw, your hair reminds me of my own in terms of curl pattern. I love your cut :love5:

Aw, thanks! This is actually an old pic and I'm now in the process of growing it out. I'm in a phase where I want wild Amazon curls! :D That's gonna take a while to grow...

Korkscrew 10-08-2012 12:19 AM

Your welcome! I'm sure your hair will look stunning (probably already does) :mrgreen:

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