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Should I try henna (pic included)

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MamMamMam Thu 10-Nov-16 14:12:27

Things are a bit tight financial at the moment and im trying to cut down on spending but my regrowth is awful. I think I'd like to try henna. I really like a coppery colour in my hair, it's close to my natural colour before years of colour and grey. I'm worried though.

What colour would my hair turn out?

If you re apply henna alot will it start to look over dyed and unnatural?

Will it cover the grey?

What one should I buy? I'll be ordering on line.

Sorry about all the questions but i haven't coloured my own hair since in was 18 (20years ago)

AlchemySchmidtsSmile Thu 10-Nov-16 14:22:21

Hopefully someone more useful will be along in a minute but I did think you couldn't use henna on dyed hair (unless it was henna on henna). I have used those wash in copper shampoos before and they have taken well.

Dulcimena Thu 10-Nov-16 14:26:41

I'd proceed with caution, henna on white/grey hair can turn very orange and takes forever to fade. You can add indigo to counter that it's a faff and honestly (unless there are any reasons why not) I'd go for a standard dye. I can recommend Majirel.

winterblue Thu 10-Nov-16 14:31:05

Whatever you do, do a patch test first. I turned out to be very allergic to henna; not pleasant.

MamMamMam Thu 10-Nov-16 14:35:20

I definitely don't want to go orange grin I'll take a look at majirel now.

I like the idea of henna but not if I end up looking like an old hippy with bright orange hair where the grey used to be.

RhuBarbarella Thu 10-Nov-16 14:35:57

I've just gotten back from the hairdresser's for a cut and he complimented me on my beautiful coppery colour! I'm going very grey and without dye it would be mousy and it would make me look very old. I'm 47 by the way. I buy my henna off ebay, but I am not afraid of bright colours in my hair. I buy this brand: Henna
It covers the grey. It looks natural on me as it matches my skin tones. I look like a proper Scottish redhead. smile

RhuBarbarella Thu 10-Nov-16 14:36:52

oh, am old hippy though grin

MamMamMam Thu 10-Nov-16 14:46:08

Rhu I didn't mean to offendgrinflowers your hair sound amazing and that comes from a naturally dark red irish girl. My hsir had darkened is I've got older.

The grey has only appeared in the last year and I'm terrified of the result being beautifully glossy henna hair with a bright orange blob in front of my forehead where it's going grey.

RhuBarbarella Thu 10-Nov-16 14:56:13

No offence taken brew
I haven't got the bright blob thing. You could try the lush henna, that's not as bright and I think more predictable in its result. It is very healthy for your hair, unlike the chemical stuff. No thin dry hair!

ScoobyDoosTinklyLaugh Thu 10-Nov-16 15:01:03

Mam I love henna but I highly suspect you would end up with bright orange but where the grey bits are. Henna is not for people scared of orange or averse to hippy tendencies.

neveradullmoment99 Thu 10-Nov-16 17:53:15

You can mix henna with indigo to make a brown red shade. I buy henna for from henna cat. There are lots of leaflets/booklets you can download for free off the henna cat website aswell as buying stuff. I buy a pack of henna and a pack of indigo and dye it every 4 weeks or so. I get a lovely brownish red with mine. Its true that you can get a bright red by using henna alone. I would definetly buy some indigo but read the booklets on hennacat as they are great.

neveradullmoment99 Thu 10-Nov-16 17:54:13

You will not get orange if you mix indigo with the henna.

Veterinari Thu 10-Nov-16 17:56:30

I use this

It's super easy to apply, non-messy and I've used it on top of my previous highlights

CallarMorvern Thu 10-Nov-16 18:04:13

I used henna for donkey's years, but once I got to a certain level of greyness I had to stop as I was getting a two tone result. It would have been fine if my grey was evenly sprinkled, for a highlighted type effect. But my grey is in one big clump at the front. You can mix henna with other things, I dulled it with very strong coffee, but I would have had to mix two seperate colours, one for the grey and one for the rest.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 10-Nov-16 18:08:13

A word of warning' once you have Henna in your hair it's near on impossible to remove, dye over or lighten so consider it carefully before committing.

A strand test is a good idea.

Bluntness100 Thu 10-Nov-16 18:11:35

Google this, there is plenty of images of women who tried it and yup the roots went orange,

mirpuppet Thu 10-Nov-16 18:51:51

It will be orange unless you mix with indigo.

It is a huge faff. I do it.

If you are not adverse to dye -- i would probably be easier.

Google henna for hair -- there is a forum where people list their "recipes"

neveradullmoment99 Thu 10-Nov-16 21:18:46

It is a huge faff but OMG it is worth it. Your hair has a mirror shine. I love everytime i colour it. Its beautiful.

Veterinari Thu 10-Nov-16 21:26:09

The premixed henna I linked to earlier doesn't need to be mixed with indigo and isn't orange. It's already premixed and a lovely coppery-auburn

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