Dying Hair with Red Henna

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Jul 09, 2012

Livi H.

Is it safe?? Where can I buy henna?? Is it permanent?? Thank youu:)

Henna is fine for hair. I have used it in the past. You can normally get it from Indian/Middle Eastern stores. Be careful there are two types of henna. You will need the powder form which will then require mixing with water, etc. The other form is for hands and feet which does contain some chemicals.
If you have blonde hair, there is a high chance your hair will go a dark orange. I put henna in my hair when it was med brown and I went a deep red colour.
It is permanent, and the only way to get rid of it is to grow it out or bleach your hair like crazy which isn't a good option.
Henna is safe and all natural. It has a bit of a weird smell (earthy) and looks and feels like mud when you are putting it in your hair.
Be careful not to get any on your skin, it is really hard to get out.
Got any more questions that I haven't covered feel free to ask :)

Jul 11, 2012

Livi H.

Thanks! That was very helpful:)

No problem :)

Jul 12, 2012

Livi H.

Oh yeah, how much do you have to grow it out to get the henna out?? How long does that take?

Jul 12, 2012

Erin S.

I'm a licensed cosmetologist and I will tell you from my experience that henna is more bad news than good. If you have henna in your hair, you cant get most chemical treatments. Perms and relaxers are completely off limits. Most salons wont bleach over henna colored hair because many types of henna contain metallic salts that react with the lifting agents in hair color and cause the hair strand to break off wherever the henna starts. Some salons won't even color. I would suggest just using a hair color that's a similar shade to henna if that's the effect you want. Most salons don't offer henna services because of how unpredictable the results are and because they just tend to react horribly when you decide you want to change your hair. 

Jul 12, 2012

Erin S.

Contrary to popular belief, henna is not permanent unless it's mixed with permanent dyes. It stains the hair and fades slowly. Henna that's sold for hair color has much more than just the henna plant in it. If you're looking for a natural form of color, find an Aveda salon. Aveda hair color is 99 percent natural, not tested on animals, and offers tons of customizable red and auburn shades. 

Jul 12, 2012

Erin S.

And after prolonged use, the minerals and metallic salts in henna build up on your hair shaft and make it hard and brittle, potentially causing it to break off.
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