Update on my hair! *Excuse the terrible bathroom lighting.*
Sooooooo, I am INCREDIBLY happy with how everything turned out and thought I would elaborate on the process a bit more. The first three pictures are showing each step I took in lightening up my hair so I could get it a lighter copper/ginger shade. By the last before picture, I had quite an obvious difference between my length and the top of my head. Surprisingly, it’s not that noticeable after applying the henna..which I was really impressed with and one of the things I was most worried about going wrong.
75% Jamila Henna/25% Zenia Cassia Obovata
I think I used about 1 cup henna and .5 cup cassia.
For the dye release, I steeped 7 bags of chamomile tea in 3.5 cups of water.
Added a bit of ginger powder to take away from the smell and a tiny bit of lemon juice for good measure.
Mixed everything together until it was smoothed out, but still relatively thick and let it sit for 4.5/5 hours for dye release.
After that I started applying it to my head and it was a lot easier/less annoying then I thought it would be. I didn’t find it to be all that messy (which could be the consistency of my mixture) and I didn’t feel rushed due to being afraid of damaging my hair by having it on one section too long. Also, it didn’t burn my nostrils, eyeballs, or skin..which is one of my biggest issues with chemical dyes. After I’d evenly coated it throughout my hair, I piled it all on top of my head and placed two shower caps and one hat over the top and let it sit for around 5 hours.
Washing it out was fairly simple too. All I did was let it soak under the water on each side, working it gently with my hands until the water ran mostly clear. After that I used a generous portion of Coconut Conditioner from Sauve to get the last of the grainy bits out. I then applied Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner and let that sit for a few minutes, washed it out.
Came out with super bright hairs that I’m extremely pleased with. Henna oxidizes, so I’m waiting to see if the color deepens a bit over the next few days. If not, I might do another or possibly gloss, just to deepen the color slightly. I’m also going to go buy some bleach specifically for my eyebrows so I can lighten them up a couple shades and fill them in to match.
Overall, I’m really happy with my decision to go the Henna route as far as my hair goes. Considering how much my hair has been through in the past couple weeks, it doesn’t feel brittle or gross or all that damaged.