How can i use henna just for the conditioning effect n not for colour as my hair is already coloured

Yea i've used henna and loved the conditioning effects on my hair, it was also the beginning of my hair colouring journey. I however wanted my colour change immediately to so use the Shea moisture Colour system in Bright Auburn and then a few months later i used Dark n Lovely Spicy Red. I love my hair colour now but am wondering can i still use Henna on my coloured hair? I just want the conditioning effect of henna and not the colour can i achieve this pls?Has anyone used henna on her already chemically coloured hair ?

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use a neutral color henna. 
Look for "neutral henna," a.k.a. Cassia obovata.  It has very similar effects to regular henna and indigo and is still technically a dye herb, but its color molecule is a very pale, weak golden-yellow.  It really doesn't show up on anything but the palest hair (think white).  Because of that, you can use it on darker hair types in order to get the conditioning effects of henna and indigo without altering the color at all.  Including on blondes; most blondes aren't pale enough for this dye to show as anything other than slightly-more-warm-toned-than-usual highlights.You can also mix it with henna or henna-indigo mixes to get lighter or more golden shades of red (again, depending on your natural hair color).As with henna, be very careful about checking the ingredients to make sure you are getting pure Cassia without any additional chemicals added in.  Also be careful with what you use to make the mix: you want a sour mix that is somewhat acidic to increase the dye release, and you can add a wide variety of essential oils, herbs, spices, and random stuff you have lying around your kitchen (vanilla extract, anyone?), just make sure to test the mix on a small patch of skin and hair (because it can have different effects on either) to make sure you don't have a reaction to any of the ingredients.  Some spices, such as cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, and paprika, can have really interesting effects on the color but can also be a major skin irritant at too high a concentration.  And never ever ever use undiluted cinnamon or clove essential oil on bare skin!  Terrible things happen, chemical-burn style.  Just because it's 100% natural doesn't guarantee that it's safe.Two brands of henna (that also have indigo and cassia available) that I've found in a local grocery store (Haggen) are really good:  Rainbow Henna and Light Mountain.  I think Haggen might be a local Pacific Northwest chain, though, so I'm not sure if those brands would appear elsewhere.If that doesn't work, and you're having trouble finding a place nearby that reliably carries the real deal, try this site: even have mixes or dyes that are recommended for curly hair in particular!They also have a forum and a website that has articles explaining the science behind how henna and similar herbs work, recipes that people have tried for different colors (at least half of them seem to have different degrees of naturally curly hair, so it's an especially good resource), and even a free e-book that goes into step-by-step instructions for henna, indigo, AND cassia (also has samples showing how each one shows on different base hair colors). this helps!