An experience of a first try of henna

Trying henna together

I think all people who have ever tried hair colouring already heard about henna, too. But hearing or reading about it doesn’t equal with trying. You may feel that trying henna at home can be something like a challenge. If you have ever read about it you know that it will get messy and getting the desired colour may take you long hours with the mixture on your hair. To be honest I think these are the reasons why a lot of women choose „normal” dyes. They are much more simpler. You can find an hour for it even if you’re busy. You can go to a salon or you can even invite a friend to make it for you while you both talk about all the week’s stories with each other. Why not, it’s fun. Nevertheless there’s still some really important benefits about henna. It’s natural with no chemicals so it’s worth a try for sure.

Henna's benefit is having no chemicals

This post is rather sharing some experience with you about henna instead of just listing a few facts. After collecting some pieces of information my friend decided to try it and share this „adventure” with me. Some people make fast decisions while others think longer about making a change. Regarding hair colour, I think it’s always better to think it through twice.  If it’s henna, the reason is the fact that you cannot just switch to „normal dyes” after using it if you prefer another colour with less mess. So – get back to us – the decision was made, the dye was bought and we were ready for having fun.

Given we read kind of scary opinions about elbow-grease work of breaking henna bricks into pieces we chose powder for the first try. Also read about several natural ingredients that can be added to the dye like lemon, beetroot, coffee, tea, olive oil, egg and many more (It could be another, separate post) and we decided to make a mixture with lemon, beetroot and some tea. We didn’t do anything special in advance, I mean no mixture was made the day before. We used the cream almost immediately. Have I told you it was fun? Look at the nasty smiling face in the bowl:

Making the henna mixture

So we tried to make the bathroom prepared and my friend didn’t forget about using some cream on her forehead, back of the neck, ears and also along the hairline. She wanted to avoid coloured spots on her skin for sure. Later it came out that it was a really good and effective act. Okay, so all was fine, rubber gloves were on and we were ready to make it. We didn’t succeed with applying henna with a hair dye brush so we switched to applying with hands very early.  Comparing the mixture with „normal” hair dyes it seemed to be less spreadable and a little dryer. (Maybe we didn’t catch the perfect percentages about the ingredients for the first time.) Well, small pieces of henna were all around the bathroom and my friend said to have a scary feeling after applying the dye. She had the impression that her hair will dry with the mixture and it’ll be like an old bough and can break into pieces at any time. Of course it didn’t happen.

We thought that we were very mindful about everything. Yes. Expect one little thing. We didn’t lock the bathroom door. Someone came in of course and turned out immediately with loud laughing. Another friend of us. Although he knew what was going on, he was not prepared to the view of strange and kind of suspicious spots all around the bathroom. After this shock … we covered her hair with a plastic firm then used also a towel to prevent even more pieces of hair dye anywhere and get prepared to the rest of the day (and night) with some snacks ’nd films together.

The mixture was on her hair for about ten hours and washing it out takes quiet long time but the result was soft, shiny hair with a thicker texture. I can understand that traditional henna applications are done in groups because it’s a long procedure with a lot of mess. While making it together is fun.

First try of henna

I’ve got to tell that later I found different opinions about adding more ingredients to henna. Just for an example while some think coffee can make the colour darker, others say it to be false given there’s no dyeing agents in it. You can read more about it in this post.
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An alternative way for hair dyeing

A little more about henna

I’ve been hearing the name Henna quiet often for many years now. That’s why I suppose there’s nothing new about this option of hair colour. Nevertheless I haven’t look any deeper into it so far. It happened that a friend of mine tried it recently for the first time so she gave me the idea to write about it a little more. What is Henna at all? Where does it come from? What is it made of? Is it all natural? Can you be sure that you do only good to your hair and scalp when you use it? How long we used it for this purpose? What other purposes can it be used. If you already know the answers for these questions you can stop and check another post. 😉 If not… stay with me and learn a little more about it together.

An alternative way of hair colour: henna.

What is it actually?

Okay. Henna is a dye, we’ve caught that already. Natural, made of a plant, that has been used for such purposes since ancient times. All the same it became so popular in the Western culture only in the last 50 years. It’s said that even Egyptian mummies’ hair was coloured with it. It has been used not only for hair dyeing but for skin decoration, too. In some countries it’s very popular to apply it before weddings. It symbolizes fertility and they believe it can help about having a happy family. The dye itself is made of Lawsonia inermis. Maybe you have heard about henna tree or Egyptian pivet. Well, these are different names for the same plant that is growing originally in Africa, South-Asia and North-Australia.

Henna has been used since ancient times

How can it be used?

Lawsonia inermis holds lawsone what is the reason of the usability in colouring the skin, hair, nails or other materials that contain protein but only after mashing it. The whole leaves will not help you about staining. In regions where it grows they make a dry powder from it then add some liquid. Some essential oils – like tea tree or lavender – are able to make colouring more effective while others – like eucalyptus – are better to avoid because of skin irritation. If you decided to try henna you are in a simpler situation. You don’t need to make any mixtures because ready blocks are available on the market.

Henna can be mixed with essential oils

What hair colour can I have after using henna?

The result depends on the original colour of your hair but this solution is for you mainly if you dream about some tone of red. The lightest can be similar to orange and the darkest is auburn. I suppose you disagree now if you have ever checked it on the internet. Maybe you saw such dyes for blond or even black hair. This is true but those are not pure Henna. The colouring agent is not lawsone but other natural dyes. In some cases chemicals. I have always prefered natural solutions nevertheless keep in mind that there are experiences to claim that this solution will not completely cover grey hair and keep the highlights you had before colouring.

Henna is natural and keeps your highlights

Is it all natural?

My opinion is that as long as you don’t live in a region where it’s grown and mixed you cannot be 100 percent sure. Unfortunately. It’s possible that you paid for henna dye but you got a product with another colouring ingredient. As long as these other ingredients are still natural – like cassia obovata – it shouldn’t cause a problem but some products can contain metal salts or chemicals. They can cause itching or allergic reactions. It’s better to be careful because you can find products with the name Henna although they don’t even contain it. The best example is neutral henna which is not even a dye but still a really good option as a conditioner. Or black henna which sounds really good. We could think: Finally there’s some healthy solution for black hair but you need to think it twice because of a possible extra ingredient, coal-tar. It contains PPD which can cause even lifelong problems.

And now you can tell about some companies who promise you to have black hair with Henna and still in a healthy way. Well, real henna will never turn your hair black. These products are indigo-based and safe but calling them henna is a mistake. These names can be confusing if one doesn’t read a little more about this topic. Choosing this option to have black hair is a good decision as long as it’s indigo-based. Clicking here you can read more about Clicking here you can read more about how can you achieve black hair with only natural solutions.

In case you want to use natural solutions as many parts of your life as possible you can do it also about hair colour.  I wouldn’t say that applying henna is as simple and fast as other dyes but keeping your health is a big thing. But what if after trying it you feel that it’s not for you? There are different opinions about using „normal” dyes after henna. Because of these opposite opinions I would suggest to wait as long as your hair grows out this natural dye.

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What to know about ammonia

Think before hair colour

I am sure that most of the adult women have tried hair colouring at last ones. As we are getting old it is even more likely to try a few. I am sure also about the fact that choosing the colour itself often depends rather on the latest fashion instead of the personal characteristics like the skin tone or the colour of the eyes. Choosing the products most of us would like to find the ones providing the desired colour as long as possible. It means more effective but usually harmful solutions. Before choosing a hair colour product it is worth to check the ingredients and better search for something without ammonia. These days there are more and more products on the market being not toxic. Although ammonia is very often used in hair colour and also in other cosmetic products you can choose organic colours as well.

Your Beauty Hair about ammonia in hair colour

What are the dangerous effects of ammonia

  • It damages the hair cuticle and make your hair dry, brittle and thin
  • It can cause allergy and problems like hair loss or itchy scalp
  • Ammonia may destroy not only your hair but the cells in your body as well
  • Long-term use may cause depression
  • Daily exposures can cause problems like high blood pressure or bronchitis
  • If you are continously contact with ammonia hydoxide you run the risk of serious skin complications
  • Ammonia fumes can damage your eyes, lungs or kidneys

Because of the long list above it is highly recommended to think the whole procedure through and find a non-toxic solution for home or visit a salon working with organic products. Henna can be a gentle way of hair colour but even such dyes may contain other harmful components. Black henna contain PPD, another dangerous agent.

Your Beauty Hair abour hair colour and ammonia

The decision is up to you but whatever you choose regarding hair colour it is still very important to take good care of your hair before and after the colouring. Knowing your own needs, using quality products and moisturizing is essential for healthy head of hair whether it is coloured or not. This deep conditioning hair mask can provide hydratation to your hair and triple the strength of it. The innovative component of CS7 can strengthen each cuticle and make your hair smooth shiny and managable. For a more favourable price feel free to contact me at info@yourbeautyhair.co.uk or click here.

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Choose your option for hair colour

Dyes from temporary to permanent results

There are so many different tones of human hair that it is really unbelievable that only two types of melanin create the whole scale. These two types are eumelanin and pheomelanin. If you have more from the former one your hair can be brown or black while the letter one creates blonds and reds. Of course it doesn’t mean that you have only one kind. It is rather about what is more and what is less. Anyway people have made efforts to change their hair colour already from ancient times. Even Egyptians used some tricks to have an influence on their hair colours. As time passed by people find more and more options to do it and today the opportunities are really wide.

Hair colouring is easy today

Temporary hair colours

As the naming shows such dyes  last the shortest time. They are perfect for Halloween or New Year’s Eve. With this solution you can try the craziest colours, vivid tones given they last only for 1-2 shampoos. Beside creams another option is using hair chalk. In this case the results last for 2-4 shampoos but you can easily separate a few locks and colour them different tones if you want to play with colours. Just run the chalk down on the wet locks. The third way of applying temporary results is coloured hair spray. It also lasts for 2-4 shampoos but it depends on the original colour of your hair.

Temporary hair colours are often intense

Semi-permanent hair colours

If you wish a little longer result but want to protect your hair from ammonia you can choose semi-permanent colours. Such dyes stay on the hair surface without going any deep but give you more natural colours. If you don’t bleach your hair before using them the result will not be vivid for a long time and the colour itself will last for about 4-12 shampoos.

More natural colours with semi-permanent solutions

 

Permanent hair colours

Given this type lasts longest you need to care about colouring rarely if you choose this way. From a certain point of view there is the price for it because such products contains ammonia and oxidizer which are not really good for hair. Even if you choose top quality products from big brands you cannot avoid certain damages regarding hair cuticle.

Permanent hair colours can damage your hair

Henna

In case you don’t want any chemicals on your hair and scalp henna is for you. It is a natural alternative to synthetic dyes for a wide range of colours. Such products contain conditioning ingredients like essential oils, cocoa butter and of course henna but be careful with permanent dyes after henna. If you don’t like the colour anymore it is better to choose semi-permanent colour.

Try henna for natural hair colouring

Beside the mentioned options there are still a few whole natural ways to influence hair colour. If you have lighter hair and the aim is having just a little difference you can try washing your hair with lemon juice or camomile tea to make it even lighter.

Try lemon juice or camomille tea for for light hair

Whatever colours or dyes you choose it is always important to take good care of your hair. Feel free to contact me at info@yourbeautyhair.co.uk for more information.

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