June 6, 2012
Dyeing Hair with Henna, Part 2
The blog post that gets looked at the most is the one I wrote after dyeing my hair with henna the first time. That was written about a year and a half ago, and I’ve learned a lot since then, and thought I would share that information.
First, let me note that I’ve only used Light Mountain Natural Henna products. I’ve not been paid by that company to write this blog. It is the only henna product I’ve tried. Others might be just as good, better, not as good—I don’t know.
My intent in dyeing my hair is to hide the gray. The first few times I used henna, I was not successful in that goal. The henna seemed to slide off the gray hairs a few days after dyeing. Doing a little research, I discovered that there are henna products made especially for hiding the gray, and I switched Light Mountain Natural’s Color the Gray (light brown)!
Unfortunately, this new product requires two steps. You mix the first packet, let it cure, apply it, let it sit, rinse it out. On me, the first dyeing turns the gray hair bright orange:
Next, you mix the second packet, let it cure, apply it, let it sit, rinse it out. This second henna dye covers the orange and makes my hair uniformly light brown with reddish highlights (which is pretty close to my original color).
I’ve been extremely happy with the results.
Drawbacks: This whole process usually takes about three hours, and then I can’t wash my hair for another 12 to 24 hours. (Forget swimming, which I try to do regularly). I almost always get a crick in my neck because of the difficulty of applying the dye.
Advantages: Huge money savings. Each package of dye contains a lot of dye. At first, I used one package for a dyeing, but I had a lot left over. After awhile, I decided to divide the packages in half, use half and save the rest in a plastic baggie for the next time, and I still had plenty of dye. I have quite a bit of hair, too. After doing that for a number of months, I now divide the packages into thirds. This seems to be the perfect amount of dye for my shoulder-length hair.
The product I buy costs $7; that’s $2.33 per dye. A lot less than the $70 I used to pay at the salon.
And, of course, the henna is plant-based and doesn’t make me sick, which the chemical dyes did.
Don’t worry about getting the dye on your forehead, ears, fingers, etc. You need to get it close to the scalp to cover the gray, and I’ve found that the dye washes off my skin easily. That said, I have fair skin that is still (at age 46) extremely oily, so I can’t promise this will be true for everyone.
Save plastic shower caps from hotel rooms to use to cover your hair. The plastic head covering that comes with the box isn’t very good.
Those are all the tips I can think of right now. If you have any questions, ask them in the comment section below, and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.