Henna Day

It’s time, my gray is taking over my edges.

I took all 4 of these pictures yesterday, the lighting shows the copper highlights that used to be gray.

I’ve been coloring my hair with Henna for 3 years. I didn’t want to use regular hair dye because of the ingredients and I wanted to try something “natural”. Henna applies to the surface, not inside the cortex. It is permanent and I liked how it gave my hair that reddish-brown color and my gray hair had a copper color. I looks like I highlight my hair.

I first heard about dying your hair with Henna from Curly Nikki, please read her article before you decide to dye your hair using Henna. I also purchased her first book, “Better Than Good Hair”. In her book, she gives a basic guide to use when dying your hair with Henna, the rest you develop as you become familiar with using Henna and how often you apply it. I apply it about every 3 months, or when my gray hair starts to really grow out. I used to leave it on for 12 hours, but that’s too long for me and it made my hair feel hard and stiff for a few days. I now leave it about 6 no more than 8 hours.

Henna is a plant, Lawsonia genius and when the leaves of this plant is dried and becomes a powder, and has a hay smell. I use a natural Henna. My family hates the smell, I’m used to it. I mix mine with green tea, apple cider vinegar and a little honey. It needs to have a paste consistency. I also let it sit for 2 hours before I apply it to my hair. It adds protein to your hair and I highly recommend doing a strand test before using. This I learned from my cosmetology days. I was once a licensed cosmetologist in California.

I applied the Henna with plastic gloves, then put on a plastic cap and sat under the dryer yesterday to speed up the process. I don’t know how speedy it was because as you know sitting under the dryer is hot and time-consuming. I didn’t get much done yesterday except crochet.

I love using Henna on my hair, my hair is nice and conditioned my curl pattern pops after using it. I normally do a wash and go after I dye mine. I considered just letting my gray grow out, that didn’t last very long.

Please note that this is my opinion of how I dye my hair using Henna. The results you achieve will be different than mine.