Real People, Real Henna: "Ann P."
Closeup of Ann's hair after treatment
As for my mix I had a luxurious four day weekend and had a ball mixing away like a mad scientist and doing my strand tests. Here is what I did:
Henna paste--1 tbsp. of Ancient Sunrise henna (www.mehandi.com) and mildly acidic kitchen mix. This was mixed together and put in a baggie overnight for dye release.
Cassia paste--1/2 cup Ancient Sunrise cassia, 1 tbsp. of Ancient sunrise Amla (www.mehandi.com) and a mildly acidic kitchen mix.
I mixed together 1/2 cup of the henna paste to 1cup of the cassia paste, thinned it out a touch more and applied it using a squeeze bottle with pointed tip. I also wore a cheap $3.00 clear raincoat which was perfect for this! My bathroom is black so cleanup was a breeze. I put some coconut oil around my hairline so I wouldn't get colored forehead. Covered in saran wrap and a shower cap and puttered around my house for 4 1/2 hours. I rinsed with conditioner and lots and lots of water.
I love the results, soft, strong, shiny, nice gentle color!
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
Henna time and temperature: https://www.tapdancinglizard.com/mixing-and-testing-your-henna-mix pp. 10-13
Going red with henna: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/739464950