I have been coloring my hair since I was in my 20’s, graying early and not loving it. I opted for color. Twice I have grown my hair out, and only left it for about 2 weeks, to return to the bottle.
My lymph nodes in my neck swelled up and my doctor suggested that it was due to my hair color. So the research into henna began. I liked the natural side to it, and if you get tattoo grade henna, the color is fabulous. (so they say)
All of my research has also captured the attention of a co worker and we are going to jump into this adventure together.
The best henna side I have found is: Henna for Hair
It explains more than you every wanted to know about henna. So our henna is in the main and on the way…
Nov 17th, Yes Henna in the mail.
Nov 24th evening, we have let our henna and lemon juice mix “release” its’ dye for about 20 hours, now we mix some ground cloves, ground cinnamon brewed in chamomile tea into the paste.
We have beer and are ready to apply, “warning, you should not drink and dye”
Rachel and myself, ready to get started, this was a long and gooey process…..lasting about 4 hours to apply to both of us.
Me getting henna applied, and then Rachel, of course we have help.
This is me after I rinse it out, brace yourself
No photo of Rachel yet, the Henna will darken over the next 3-5 days, as the Lawsone migrates from the henna into the hair shaft and binds with the keratin.
At first, henna may seem coppery bright. Don't panic. (OK, this is my mantra at the moment, don’t panic, don’t panic….This will darken during the next several days if you used an acidic mix.
Your hair will take 3 days to settle into the true color. This is an oxidation process like a cut apple turning brown when left out in the air. Be patient and do not panic. OK, don’t panic…..
Any words of wisdom out there from some veteran henna users?
Keep knitting, and Happy Thanksgiving!!