Guest Post and a Giveaway: Henna

Posted by: Deanna

This Giveaway is now closed.

Hello Shoe readers!

As some of you know, and some of you don’t, I dyed my hair with Pure Henna from Henna Color Lab over the weekend. It was the first time I ever dyed my hair and I have to say, I’m hooked. I love the way my hair looks and the application was surprisingly easy.

I chose henna over regular chemical dyes because unlike most dyes, it’s really good for your hair. It deep conditions and also detoxes your scalp and hair, and heals split ends. My hair was getting some really bad split ends on the underside where it doesn’t get much sun and I was considering chopping it all off, which would have been a real shame since I’ve been trying to grow it out for over a year now. I did some research about henna, and when I read about all the healing and cleansing it does for hair, I decided to give it a shot before I headed over to the ol’ guillotine.

Colorwise, I chose henna because unlike regular dyes it works with your natural color. It’s a stain, not a paint. If you are a darker colored person, but want your hair to end up bright red instead of chestnut or auburn, you can bleach your hair before you use henna, but that sort of defeats the purpose of using a dye that replenishes and builds up your hair. Also, I’ve heard that it doesn’t always turn out too well  for some people. Do your research, and tread lightly.


As for the supplier, I chose Henna Color Lab because they are all natural, chemical free, vegan, and animal cruelty free. I’m not a vegan, but when it comes to soaking my entire head and all my hair, I prefer that it be in something produced by people who care about my health and the environment and what we do to it, rather than in a vat of commercially produced toxic waste.

Now there are some draw backs to using henna. It’s very permanent. Dyeing over it doesn’t always work, and if you don’t like the way it looks, then you’re out of luck. I have a formerly blonde friend with flowing waist length hair who dyed her hair with henna, and though it looks amazing on her, she’s basically stuck with it. Kaitlyn says that she researched it and found that a good long soak in some vodka will take off henna, but I don’t intend to try it.


See how cute I am? It took 2 packs of henna to do my hair. I used my red bowl so it wouldn’t end up stained and added 1 1/2 cups of hot water to it. The instructions say to add water until it  is the consistency of ketchup or pudding. First I smeared petroleum jelly along my hairline to make sure I wouldn’t end up with orange spots on my face and neck. Then I used the gloves that came with the henna and just smeared and worked it all in root to tip, strand by strand and coiled each strand on top of my head when I was finished with it. Due to the pasty and slightly sticky consistency of the henna, the coils stayed put rather well.

I had heard that henna has a very strong earthy smell to it, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was less dirt, and more like a freshly mowed yard. It’s been 3 days since I did it and the smell is almost gone. It didn’t bother me much in the first place because freshly cut grass has always been one of my favorite smells.


After I had methodically coated each strand of hair, I still had a good 1/3 of my henna left over. I just slathered it over the top of my head and worked it in deep with my fingers. As you can see, I didn’t get right in front of my ears or the veerrryy bottom of my hairline as well as I could have. I am considering reapplication, but my Husband insists that my hair is his very favorite hair color right now and is begging me not to change it in any way. Silver tongued devil that he is, how can I resist? 😉


When I was done, I put on the cap that came with the henna, wrapped a hot towel around it, and sat down to wait. The instructions say to leave it in for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but that leaving it in longer means more herbal conditioning and detoxing. I left it in for 4 1/2 hours. I was going to go for 6 hours, but it would have been 2 am by then and I had to work the next day. It wasn’t worth it.

As you can see from this exceedingly blurry photo, I got a few spots of henna on my forehead. Not to worry, it washed right off. My fingertips were a very pale shade of orange the next day from washing it out, but as of this morning, I am spot free.

Washing it out was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The instructions say to be patient, but it only took me 10 minutes to get it all out. After I was done, I toweled my hair dry, and used a blow dryer to dry it because the extra heat helps to accelerate the color changing process.



After (day 1)




Okay fine, it doesn’t always look this bright. It only looks like this when the sun hits it just right.


This is what it looks like now. As you can see, it didn’t lighten the color of my hair, it just reddened it. It turned me from a dark brunette to “an handsome auburn”.

One thing it did change that I’m not sure I’m real happy about is the texture. I’ve read from many people that henna will tend to loosen the curl of your hair, or as in my case, make slightly wavy hair straight. My waves were but the faintest voluminous bounce, so I won’t miss them too badly, but if you’re terribly  attached to yours, you might want to consider this carefully.



Now for the exciting part.

I am authorized to award 2 winners with their choice of one Henna Hair Dye and also one Henna Hair Treatment.

All you have to do is mosey on over to their website at, take a leisurely look at the different options they offer, decide what color you would like, and comment on this post telling me which you would choose. For contacting purposes, make sure you fill in the email field with a valid address that you check regularly!

This giveaway will remain open for one week. Multiple entries are permitted, but no more than 2 each.

At the end of the week I will randomly choose 2 winners. If I randomly pick the same person twice, I will pick again. One win per person.

Kudos if you caught the Anne Of Green Gables reference. 😉

This Giveaway is now closed


  1. The photos aren’t working 🙁

  2. Did you choose a winner? Maybe you posted it and I missed it??

    • Yes, Deanna chose and notified a winner (actually I think it was 2 winners) but it looks like she forgot to post about it. I’ll ask her to update the post.

  3. Pure Henna Red!!!

  4. Pure Henna!! The bright red shade!

  5. I’d like to try ginger blonde!

  6. Natalia R. says:

    I would choose Pure Indigo Hair Dye. Thanks for the chance, cool.. Henna… I’ve heard of Henna tattoos, but not hair dye!

  7. I’m still liking copper brown the best.

  8. I’m torn between mahogany and cooper brown!

  9. Copper Brown, please 🙂 I’ve been looking for a healthy hair dye forever! Even if I don’t win I’ll probably purchase some of this stuff 🙂

  10. Or a risky wine red! 🙂

  11. Copper brown perhaps?

  12. Serenity says:

    Love the Anne of Green Gables reference 🙂 I truly wish I could pull off a handsome auburn!!!

  13. Serenity says:

    I would love to try the ginger blond. Before having kiddos I was blond but with each baby my hair has darkened until it is light brown. It would be nice to lighten it up a bit and cover the gray the kiddos have graciously given me 🙂

  14. Natalie-Kay says:

    For post #2 I’ll go with light brown 🙂

  15. Still going with mahogany. 🙂

  16. LaCosta says:

    I would love to win the copper brown or the ginger!

  17. Joanna Kaniewski says:

    This is so perfect! I had been searching for a reputable henna site that wasn’t too expensive. I was so excited when my mom sent me here. I need to read your blog more often. 🙂 I am looking for pure Henna, as I am going for making my already reddish hair the bright red it was when I was a kid 🙂

  18. Natalie-Kay says:

    Copper brown for me please! What a coincidence- I almost bought a box of henna hair dye yesterday!

  19. Great post! If I were to win, I would choose copper brown 🙂

  20. I would probably pick the dark brown or maybe the mahogany!

  21. I guess the giveaway is for the US only? They usually are.

    In case it miraculously isn’t…
    I’m just starting a process of growing out my pixie cut and a nice new color would ease the pain of the ordeal. I’m intrigued by the copper brown.

    Your hair looks great!

  22. Wondering how well this works on gray hair?

  23. Light Brown would be the one for me.

  24. I have used henna for years and just love it. Have had trouble finding it so am glad to see this post and link.
    I like the light brown color.

  25. Michelle Stephens says:

    I’d pick the mahogany henna kit. What a great color. Thanks for the link and info on henna. My teenage/young adult DDs are going to try them as well.

  26. Lexie N. says:

    Mahogany definitely looks cool 🙂

  27. I had no idea that henna could be used to color hair! I would love to try the ginger blond! Thanks for the fun post 🙂

  28. OOh-ooh! This is so exciting! I’ve been looking for a way to dye my hair without destroying my natural highlights. I had about given up! I’m also sure my hubby is sick of me complaining about all my grey hair. I do want to age “gracefully”, BUT I don’t want grey hair thankyou very much 😉 Ginger blonde would do nicely for me…

    BTW, you look great girl! Awesome find, and thanks for sharing it!

  29. A handsome auburn! I love it 🙂

  30. Probably the cooper-brown, I am not sure I’d be brave enough to go with the mahogany. I frankly don’t want to much change my colour as *cough cough* cover the grey. 😉 Thanks for the pics and review

  31. Sheila Mom to Seven says:

    Ooohh, I think I like the Pure Henna. I need a “Hmm, I didn’t remember that she had reddish hair” kind of look. The double take, but not “Wow – you dyed your hair” look. Sweet giveaway, thanks Deanna!

  32. brittany says:

    mahogany! wine red scares me but if i was challenged to do it, i would! im a dirty blonde with more dirt than blonde; but i do have red undertones, so this could be totally awesome or a total failure

  33. KariAnn says:

    I’ve been thnking about coloring with henna. How timely that you would try it to give me confidence to do it. Why is this so intimidating?

  34. Maybe I just missed it while I was reading your post, but which tint did you use? It came out very nice. My starting hair color is similar to yours and I like the finished look so knowing which one you used would be helpful, thanks.

  35. I am torn between the mahogony and the dark brown. What color did you use Deanna?

  36. jennifer c says:

    I like the mahogany!!! I’ve been looking for a natural hair dye.

  37. Marion yoder says:

    i think i’d try the mahogany, or the dark brown, which is the closest to my natural color. my mom uses the pure henna and it’s a little to red for my taste 🙂

  38. I got a kick out of opening the site and seeing it was for beards too… I just never thought about anyone dying a beard before. My henna is two and a half years old and almost all grown out and I liked the color, so I would love just the pure henna to color it again.

  39. I’d love a hair treatment or the ginger blonde henna! My hair is waist length and I am contemplating cutting it off, so if I hated it, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, I cut and donate it every three years, I am at about 2 1/2 right now:D

  40. It's Just Laura says:

    I’ve never died before, but ginger blonde looks good…

  41. molly schultz says:

    I would love to try the wine-red henna.. so fun!

  42. Ooh, this looks interesting. I’d love to give the ginger blond a try.

  43. Lynne Singleton says:

    Ooh, looks like fun! I’m growing my hair out too, so this would be fun!

  44. I would try the Mahogony colored. I definitely dye my hair. It would be great to do this naturally, with a product good for my hair and the environment.

  45. Katrina says:

    I’ve been wanting to try Henna for a little while but have been so scared to take the leap! Winning this will definitely give me the courage to try it. 🙂 I want to try the Copper Brown henna dye.

  46. If I were to win, I’d go for either the Wine Red or the Pure henna dye.

  47. I think the mahogany color would work best with my skin tone and current hair color. I haven’t colored my hair in a long time and was thinking about trying again. This sounds like an excellent option! *fingers crossed*

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