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Ooh, thanks butterflies. I had heard that henna makes tour hair darker after repeated applications - I don't want to get too dark, so was wondering if a lighter brown would be better in the long term.
Fluffy, I just use henna because peroxide dyes had dried my ends out a lot. I'm not bothered about chemicals (henna extract contains plenty of chemicals too, I guess). I wanted to cover my ever-expanding grey without drying it out too much.
Henna can be amazing or really dodgy. It's a plant so there are a gazillion different qualities that give different results. Body quality henna is the best you can buy - lots of information here
I have been dyeing my 90% grey hair with a henna / indigo mix which gives a chocolately colour - it's gorgeous - but it accumulates so you have to colour just the roots after a while otherwise the ends take on loads of colour and get very dark. Henna mixes with real results are here
Henna is totally natural Fluffy77. No nasties and it makes your hair shine. But, it can be dodgy if you have any grey. Mine was shiny brown with orangey highlights until it faded a week later. (quite a lot of grey)
Won't help much now, but I add essential oils - lavender and other things, when making it up. However I do struggle to use it as I find the smell comes back every time my hair is wet for a few days. Good luck!