Posted by: Deanna
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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.
All you have to do is mosey on over to their website at hennacolorlab.com, 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. 😉
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