Real People, Real Henna: "Anne-Gaelle"

Anne-Gaelle used henna to go from ash blonde to auburn

Because of my allergies - fragrance,chrome, nickel, cobalt - I now use organic shampoo and hadn’t had any color for one year and a half because my scalp was itching with the chemical products. I was so happy to find at least Henna to change my hair color.I just cut my hair so there are no more traces of the bleaching (just 2 cm). I’m medium blond and some hair dressers say I’m ash blond.

The Real Thing:
I mixed Ancient Sunrise henna from with a mildly acidic mix. I let it sit till dye release. It was a hot day so in 3 hours i had an orange stain on the paper. I mixed10 grams of Ancient Sunrise indigo and added it to the henna. I put saran wrap on my head and then a towel. Every 15 min i used the hair dryer to warm the towel. I let it sit for 7 hours and rinsed it easily in the shower.

The result is a dark copper with a few auburn highlights. I had a few centimeters of bleached hair left which turned more copper as you can see on the photo. I did one more application three days later and got the color I wanted and the copper highlights were gone.

Notes and References
Chemical hair dye allergy: pp. 18-26
Don’t have fruit juice on hand? Keep some fruit acid powders in your cupboard.
Mildly acidic liquid:
More info on mildly acidic mixes:
Ancient Sunrise henna for hair kits with everything included:

Video How-To
Going red with henna: