Real People, Real Henna: "Alison G."
Alison tries a basic henna mix and application
Throughout the years, hairdressers always told me that henna wasn't good for my hair and that it dried it out - although I never saw any evidence of that. Anyway, when I was about 30 years old, I decided to get highlights and stopped using henna. For the past 8 years I had various hairdressers dye my hair chemically and I have NEVER gotten the beautiful, natural color I used to get from henna. And on top of that, the color faded quickly, I had very obvious roots and my hair always felt dry and damaged.
So I recently started researching henna and found this site. After reading all the info and people's comments I decided to buy some [Ancient Sunrise] henna and WOW, I love the results! First of all, the quality of the henna is fabulous compared to what I used to use and the color and shine is amazing! The picture was taken 1 day after hennaing my hair and the color was still a little bright but now, a week later, the color is less orange more coppery/Irish Setter like. Here's the mix I used.
100 grams Ancient Sunrise body art quality henna (Mehandi)
Added a mildly acidic liquid mix to make henna paste
I mixed this all together to a yoghurt-like consistency and then let it sit for 12 hours for the dye release. Then I put some henna on my roots first and left it on for 20 minutes. Then I covered the rest of my hair with the remaining henna, covered my hair with a plastic shower cap and left if on for just over 1 hour. Although the picture doesn't show it, my roots are still a little too noticeable for my liking. Next time I will again do the roots first and leave the henna on them for about 1 hour before putting henna on the rest of my hair.
Notes and references
Don’t have fruit juice on hand? Keep some fruit acid powders in your cupboard.
Mildly acidic liquid: https://www.mehandi.com/Fruit-Acid-for-henna-dye-release-s/299.htm
More info on mildly acidic mixes: https://www.tapdancinglizard.com/henna-and-acidic-mixes/
Ancient Sunrise henna for hair kits with everything included: https://www.mehandi.com/Mehandi-com-Ancient-Sunrise-Henna-for-Hair-Kits-s/124.htm
Going red with henna: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/739464950