Click HERE or on the image below to watch a "how to" video. Learn how to cover the gray in your beard with Ancient SunriseŽ. It's not difficult. It's inexpensive. It won't fade.
What is the simplest way to do this? Ask someone who's already dyeing their hair with Ancient SunriseŽ to help you. If that person will share their leftovers with you, that makes everything very easy. If not, please read the following instructions and purchase your supplies.
Use the same mixes for the gray in your hair as your beard; the mixes are the same for men as for women.
Ancient SunriseŽ henna, indigo and cassia will completely cover your gray permanently, and safely.
If you want a red or auburn beard, purchase only henna. If you want a brown or black beard, purchase henna and indigo. If you want to brighten your graying blonde beard and hair, purchase cassia.
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Ancient SunriseŽ Rajasthani Twilight Henna, 100g = $8.00 #2559
Ancient Sunrise Ž Sudina Indigo, 100g = $7.50 #2547
Ancient SunriseŽ Cassia Obovata, 100g = $8.00 #2551
To apply henna easily, purchase carrot bags.
3 carrot bags = $1.50To keep your hands from being stained, purchase nitrile gloves.
6 nitrile gloves are $2Would you like samples to test?
Ancient SunriseŽ Rajasthani Twilight henna, 3 g sample (just enough to test on hair harvested from your hairbrush) = $1.50 # 2558
Ancient SunriseŽ Sudina Indigo, 3g sample (just enough to test on hair harvested from your hairbrush)= $1.50 #2545
Ancient SunriseŽ Cassia Obovata, 3 gram sample (just enough to test on hair harvested from your hairbrush) = $1.50 #2550
Test your mix first.
Gather up some spare hair and test your mix first. The instructions are at the links below.
Click HERE for black hair dye instructions.
Click HERE for dark and light brunette hair dye instructions.
Click HERE for red and auburn hair dye instructions.
Click HERE for blonde and strawberry blonde instructions.
Wrap up your henna and hair test and let it sit overnight. Then, rinse it out. Always allow several days for the color to mature. Henna is always bright at first, then oxidizes to a deep, rich, natural color. The basic instructions for beards are identical to the basic instructions for hair.
Beards require smaller amounts of henna than hair.
Beard hair is more sparse, and the area covered is smaller. For this reason, we recommend making up a 100g batch of henna, dividing it into useful-sized amounts, and freezing it for later use. That way, you can make your henna once, do your full beard, and thaw out small amounts as roots grow in. It's a nuisance measuring and mixing up a few grams of henna every time you see roots.
Start by mixing 100g of henna with a mildly acidic liquid. Diluted lemon juice or Citric Acid Crystals will do a great job. Stir in enough liquid to make a mix as thick as mashed potatoes.
Cover the henna paste with plastic and let it sit overnight at room temperature. The next day, the finished paste should be as thick as toothpaste. The browner color indicates dye release.
Divide and freeze your henna paste for future use.
Spoon the finished henna paste into zip lock bags, a spoonful to each baggie.
Or divide the henna, a spoonful at a time or into an old ice cube tray. Don't use this ice cube tray for anything other than henna, because it will taste peculiar. Put these in a heavy zip lock bag marked HENNA so you won't confuse it for frozen dinner.
Press plastic wrap over the henna cubes. Put the entire tray of henna cubes into a heavy zip lock bag and clearly label it, "HENNA. DO NOT EAT."
When you are ready to dye your beard, thaw some henna paste. Read below for how many henna lumps to thaw, and what to do next.
Mixing a brown color?
Mix until you think your paste is well blended.
Then, keep mixing a while longer.
The reason for dividing henna into cubes, baggies, or otherwise separating it into lumps is that you do not want to have to thaw and refreeze henna paste. Keep your henna paste frozen until you're ready to use it, and only thaw as much as you need for your application. The dye content will be lower if you freeze and thaw again.
For a mustache and small beard, or if you're just touching up your roots, thaw ONE lump of frozen henna paste. Follow mixing instructions below to get the color you want. If your beard and mustache is short, you will not need to section your hair, just push it down to the skin with your fingertips (wear gloves!).
For a mustache and bushy sideburns, thaw TWO lumps of frozen henna paste. Follow mixing instructions below to get the color you want. As you apply your paste, section your beard and hair so you can cover the gray down to the roots.
For a medium beard and gray hair at the temples, thaw FOUR lumps of frozen henna paste. Follow mixing instructions below to get the color you want. As you apply your paste, section your beard and hair so you can cover the gray down to the roots.
Start by your ear, and work towards your chin. Section your beard, and apply the henna down to the roots. Push the henna into your hair.
For a big beard and gray hair at the temples, thaw SIX lumps of frozen henna paste. Follow mixing instructions below to get the color you want. As you apply your paste, section your beard and hair so you can cover the gray down to the roots.
If you have a large beard, or are doing this for the first time, ask for some assistance. It is difficult to get a perfectly even dye job in areas you can't see.
Plan ahead of time. Natural dyes take longer to penetrate hair than chemical dyes. Choose a time when you have nothing in particular to do, when you can safely relax with green paste on your face.
If you have somewhere important to go, dye your hair several days before the event. Natural dyes take some time to oxidize to their full, natural color. The color can be rather startling when you first remove the paste.
|Would you like more complete instructions? Scroll down.||Scroll down and click the links for your color instructions.|
|Dye your graying beard and hair black by applying indigo over henna. |
Click HERE for black hair dye instructions!
The general instructions for dyeing your beard black with Ancient SunriseŽ henna and indigo are the same as for hair.
Click HERE for a printable PDF of instructions for black.
your graying beard and hair dark or medium brown by mixing henna and
indigo. Different colors come from different proportions of henna and
Click HERE for dark and light brunette hair dye instructions!
The general instructions for dyeing your beard any shade of brown with Ancient SunriseŽ henna and indigo are the same as for hair.
Click HERE for a printable PDF of instructions for brunette.
Dye your light or gray beard and hair vibrant red or auburn with henna.
Click HERE for red and auburn hair dye instructions!
The general instructions for dyeing your beard red or auburn with Ancient SunriseŽ henna are thee same as for hair.
your drab blonde or graying blonde beard and hair a fresh golden color
with cassia. Add a little henna for strawberry blonde and light copper
Click HERE for blonde and strawberry blonde instructions!
The general instructions for conditioning or dyeing your beard blonde with Ancient SunriseŽ cassia and henna are the same as for hair.
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Why should you use Ancient SunriseŽ henna, indigo, and cassia?
All Ancient SunriseŽ products have been certified by an independent laboratory to contain only pure plant powder and no chemicals, no sand or clay, no pesticides, no lead, and no contaminants of any kind.
Do the warnings in fine print on the packages of chemical hair dye worry you?
If you ever had a temporary tattoo that made a black stain on your skin in less than two hours, you should start worrying right now!
|Did you ever have a 'black henna' temporary tattoo?|
That was not henna. Henna is NOT black.
If you ever had a "black henna" temporary tattoo, your skin was painted with a paste made of para-phenylenediamine, the chemical that is in all chemical permanent hair dyes. If you had a "black henna" temporary tattoo even ONCE, you were probably sensitized to chemical hair dye.
See the text where I have marked it with yellow dots? If you ever had a black henna temporary tattoo, do not use chemical hair dye. A 48-hour patch test is probably not going to be useful, because the delayed hypersensitivity reaction can take three weeks to manifest.
If you had a black henna temporary tattoo,
DO NOT USE CHEMICAL HAIR DYES.
not use chemical hair dye if you ever had a 'black henna' temporary
tattoo! These products all contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD).|
If that "black henna" temporary tattoo itched or blistered, you are now DEFINITELY allergic to para-phenylenediamine. This means that if you use a product that contains para-phenylenediamine to dye your beard, you are going to have an allergic reaction that may be life-threatening. All of the above products contain para-phenylenediamine, and so do all other permanent oxidative hair dyes.
All of the products above contain para-phenylenediamine and closely related chemicals. These chemicals are specifically forbidden for use on skin. How are you going to dye your beard without getting this chemical on your skin? Really?
Contact dermatitis to para-phenylenediamine in hair dye following sensitization to black henna tattoos - an ongoing problem.
Temporary holiday "tattoos" may cause lifelong allergic contact dermatitis when henna is mixed with PPD.