Note: So while I was henna-ing the ends I decided I was NOT going to do all of my hair because of the mess and everything and I had an appointment later in the afternoon so I didn't really have the time for it.
I only did the dip dye thing and some highlights... I left it for about 1 hour before rinsing.
♦ Q&A ♦
- Whait whut, ombre? Where?
As you see, the ombre effect is very subtle, but that's what I like! I want it to look natural. You get the best results if you're new to henna and dipdye it for the first time... Keep dip-dying with the henna and it will get much redder... However, the longer you henna your whole hair and the more treatments you've done, the less you'll see the dip dye effect. It's best if you're new to henna as I said. The henna works with your own hair color, so the red tone gets richer and richer. If you already have a quite rich red tone, the color difference won't really show up on the ends.
- What kind of henna do I need?
Don't pick a box with henna hairdye! It has to be pure henna powder with nothing else. You need body art quality (BAQ) henna. Read more on www.hennaforhair.com.
The henna I use is from the brand Jacob Hooy. One package costs €3,69.
- What color do I get on my virgin hair?
If you're light blonde, your first henna application will make it orange. But.... The more applications and the longer you leave it in your hair, the redder it gets.
The darker your hair, the less redness. If you have black hair, it won't really show.
Also remember that the color changes in different lightning. My hair looks just brown indoors, but in sunlight it looks fiery red!
**Be careful with already dyed hair! Google it, look for information, I never really dyed my hair so I can't tell you about henna on dyed hair!**
Always do a strand test first!
- What is a strand test?
Collect hairs from your hairbrush or comb. Make a tiny henna mixture, apply it to the hair strand, let it sit for some time (1-3 hours) and rinse it... Now you can see how the henna will affect your hair colour.
- Does henna lighten my hair?
No not really. The henna works with your own virgin hair color. I do notice however, that the henna gives my hair more shine and therefore, it can look lighter and brighter in certain light.
- Is henna harmful for your hair?
NO! My hair is silkier, healthier and shinier than ever! Henna is pure natural stuff - it's actually a plant - and thus less harmful than chemical dye stuff.
There are some people however that have experienced some negative side effects, you can google it. Make sure you're not allergic if you want to use henna.
The thing in my mixture that can cause dryness is the lemon juice. As I said, adding lemon juice to your mixture is optional.
- How long do I leave it in my hair?
The longer, the redder your hair will be. I let it sit for about 1-2 hours... Some women leave it for 6 hours or overnight! It depends on the color you want to achieve.
- What can I put in my henna mixture?
Whatever you want. Honey, olive oil, mayonaise, coconut oil, almond oil, yoghurt, conditioner... Try to put moisturizing good things in it. Don't put dumb things in it like cereals or french fries though...
I'm lazy that's why I use warm water for the henna paste, for quick dye release. It seems to be better to use cold water and leave the henna for some time (a few hours - overnight) so it can release it's dye.
I'm not an expert about the scientific part of this, therefore... GOOGLE IT.
- How do I rinse it out?
Just rinse like crazy with warm water. You will see your hair will 'bleed', orange color will wash out. Apply some cone free conditioner to remove clumps (I never do this but it seems to work). I wash it with SLS free shampoo once.
- Should I blow-dry?
I choose to blow-dry my hair. The heat of the blow dryer causes faster oxidation of the henna, thus the red gets richer and deeper more soon.
But you don't need to. Blow-drying is still harmful and damaging to your hair.
----- Keep in mind: Henna colour is extremely difficult, almost impossible to remove! Henna is PERMANENT hair dye! -----
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