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Has anyone dyed their hair over henna?

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StormyLovesOdd Wed 15-Mar-17 11:22:06

Looking for some advice.

I lost all my hair to chemo last year, it has now grown back but its still very short (cropped). I've been using henna from Lush ever since it grew back as box colours are too harsh for chemo hair but I think its too dark and I'd really like to try a lighter colour now. Its been 11 months since my last chemo so normal dyes should be okay.

I last used henna about 6 weeks ago and its really faded. I also have a good scattering of white in my hair to add to the mix.

I've looked on google and scared myself with stories of the hair breaking after dying over henna, has anyone tried it and does anyone have any recommendations on what to use. I can't afford to go to the hairdressers so it needs to be a home colour.

clairethewitch70 Wed 15-Mar-17 11:25:52

I used Lush Henna as I was advised by my GP not to use hair dye. My hair is ginger, lush does a lovely shade? why not try that. I would be nervous with your history of using a hair dye at the moment.

clairethewitch70 Wed 15-Mar-17 11:28:26

Here is an example of the rouge henna colour

StormyLovesOdd Wed 15-Mar-17 11:34:26

Thanks Claire - I have tried Lush rouge, it was not a good look with my colouring and I immediately went back to the brown version but its too dark and makes me look washed out.

Normal hair dye should be okay now as my last chemo was April 2016 but I'm scared in case it reacts with the henna.

LoupGarou Wed 15-Mar-17 11:37:20

I have done. I have naturally very pale blonde hair and used to get bored with it. I had the stupid idea a of using henna and I may as well have slapped a traffic cone on my head it was so neon. I read that bleach drives the henna in further, so decided to dye it very dark brown with an at home box dye.
I got bored of that too so started bleaching it back to my natural colour. It trashed my hair and I had a weird orange tint in some sections of it for about a year afterwards. confused

I would say have a consultation at a salon and get some professional advice if you want to go lighter.

45DegreestoReality Wed 15-Mar-17 11:42:36

From what I understand the Lush henna doesn't have the metallic salts in that some others do. The metallic salts are what can cause the problems with dying over with standard box dyes.
Some hair gurus might be be on here soon to help us further!

RumbleRoar Wed 15-Mar-17 11:43:05

If you want to go lighter, then I'm guessing that will involve bleach. I think the lush henna also has indigo in it (to make it brown). Indigo and bleach go green!
There is a forum called long hair forum (I think) which has whole sections on removing henna and indigo.
I think some used colour B4/colour oops and some used vit c.
Also on Facebook there is henna pages where people may be able to help.

RumbleRoar Wed 15-Mar-17 11:49:21

StormyLovesOdd Wed 15-Mar-17 11:58:44

Thanks will have a read of the link but I'm thinking again now after reading Loup's horror story :@ I'm grateful to have my hair back and really don't want it to go green now.

Might see what a salon says, what I'd really like it a few lighter bits I think rather than an all over colour but thats gonna be expensive.

RumbleRoar Wed 15-Mar-17 12:11:18

I used the vit c and clarifying shampoo to remove hair coloured build up, so maybe give that a go if you want to lighten it a bit. I used high strength tablets, the ones you put in water, that I got from lidl and mixed with clarifying shampoo. Apply to towel dryed hair, wrap in clingfilm and a warm towel and leave a hour. Repeat a few times. I have also used honey and cardamom to lighten.
My hair has had all sorts on itgrin

StormyLovesOdd Wed 15-Mar-17 12:40:08

Thanks Rumble - never heard that before about natural ways of lightening. I've had my hair all colours in the past too but this is my first time with Henna. I love the condition of my hair now but don't think henna is for me long term because I get bored with it too quickly

RumbleRoar Wed 15-Mar-17 13:19:38

I'm the same. I have hair commitment issues grin
Don't think I've ever had the same colour twice
If you like the condition henna leaves your hair you could try cassia, look on Henna boy

StormyLovesOdd Wed 15-Mar-17 14:03:17

Heehee love the hair commitment comment.

Thanks for the link, lots of fun things to try on there, now I just need a ginepig to try them all out on grin

Shanshay Wed 15-Mar-17 14:11:20

I put peroxide over mine and it went green even though the henna was about a year old! The hairdresser had to put loads of Tibet on to cover it up.

Shanshay Wed 15-Mar-17 14:12:33

Mine was lush henna as well. After dying over it it trashed my hair loads came off in my hands. I wouldn't recommend it the henna by itself is fine but don't dye over it.

Sherlock35 Wed 15-Mar-17 14:13:56

Please wait for the henna to grow out before you dye your hair as you can have a potential allergic reaction. This happened to my grandmother and her entire face swelled up and she had difficulty breathing...

Batgrrrl Wed 15-Mar-17 14:16:11

I'm dying to dye over my henna but like you I'm too scared gringuess I'm stuck with it confused

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