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Hair Coloring with Henna


Last year I started eating better via Atkins. I lost weight, lowered my cholesterol, and have enjoyed eating throughout my living a low carb lifestyle. I get to eat good food and enjoy my coffee with cream. None of that fat-free stuff full of chemicals on Atkins.

I have also started cleaning up other areas too, like shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc. I have in the past been aware of all the yucky stuff they put in these things and have made an effort to get rid of them but over the past 12 months I’ve really switched from chemicals to chemical free.
Not 100% there yet but a lot less chemicals are in our house.
Before Henna
I have been wanting to dye my hair for over a year now but didn’t want to use the stuff full of chemicals.

I was thankful to have found a natural hair dye: Henna!
In the picture above I had not put any coconut oil in my hair for a week. It was really getting frizzy and not feeling good.

I wanted to make sure all the oil was gone before using Henna. You don’t have to wait a week but I just wanted to make sure.

When my order came I was pretty excited. I was tired of my grey. Especially around my hair line, there was lots of grey. I am disappointed I didn’t get a close-up picture of how much there really was. You can’t tell from the above picture.

With Henna you have to be patient. It’s not like the chemical stuff where you buy it, go home, and apply.
Henna
Nope, you have to mix it with raw apple cider vinegar and black tea (for dark hair). Then let it sit for 8-10 hours.

After the 8-10 hours it is no longer green but brown. I used Henna’s medium brown.
Henna
I used a paint brush to apply Henna. It was recommended on their website.
Once you apply the dye you need to wrap your hair up with plastic wrap. I used a disposable shower cap that I happened to have. This was also recommended (I watched a video that shows how to apply it, although it was someone with short hair). I then put a towel over the shower cap to hold it all in place.
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I can’t believe I’m sharing this photo. As you can see I have a lot of hair and it makes me look deformed but that’s okay. It’s all good.

Once you have your hair wrapped up you need to wait at least 2 hours before you can rinse it out. NOT wash, rinse. It is messy getting the Henna out. I used their Scalp Massager and that helped get the Henna clay-like particles out.

Henna doesn’t actually dye your hair like the traditional hair coloring treatments that use chemicals. Henna coats your hair.
After Henna
Henna is super safe and not only did I get rid of my greys but I also got a wonderful hair treatment. Henna conditions the hair as well. It helps with tangles too!

The color will last from 8-10 weeks but you can apply Henna before as I did.

I  did two treatments of Henna. I have some reddish highlights. I want to do a few more applications so my hair will reap the conditioning and detangling benefits.

You’ll want to read how to mix and such because again it’s not your ordinary hair dye. Henna is not an exact science. You have to experiment a little and you don’t want to mix certain ones or you can end up with orange-y hair.
Next time I’d like to try mixing the dark brown with the the light brown to really cover-up the grey. No highlights.

You can visit Empowered Sustenance for a 15% off coupon code. Each plastic jar of Henna cost $10.50. I was able to get two uses. If you have shorter hair it will last longer.

At the time I wrote this post the coupon code was valid. I was in such a hurry when I first ordered that I forgot to use the code. My 2nd order (a few days ago) I remembered and it worked!

4 comments

  1. Lovely! Happy Mother's Day, sweet Mama friend!

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  2. Thank you and Happy Mother's Day to you too!!!

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  3. Wow! What a beautiful color! I've wanted to do Henna for awhile now. Neat that it conditions your hair as well. If I already have highlights will it cover those up?

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  4. Michele, it will some what. MM has since changed where they purchase the Henna so I'm not sure about that. They are on FB and I've texted questions before. They have great customer service.

    So sorry I am just now answering. I meant to at the time you originally posted but let it slip. :/

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