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Henna is a hair dye for all the people who want to have wonderful red hair and are not afraid of a bit of mess and a bit of imponderability (not sure about the right word..) Henna is the right choice to dye their hair.

Imponderability because this stuff is part of a grown plant and nothing out of a lab. So changes in quality are given. And also the results depend a lot on your personal hair colour and the structure of your hair

I started using Henna to dye my hair about 12 years ago.
My natural colour is a medium blond and the structure is rather flimsy
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About 3 years ago I was kind of fed up with all the red and decided that it was time to see my natural hair colour again.
That turned out to be a mistake as I couldn't get my hair as shiny and manageable as all the previous years.

So last year I started to dye again and today is the day to renew my colour :)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henna

 
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Step 1: What you will need


- powdered Henna (Lawsonia inermis) Quantity depends on the length of your hair, I use about   100g which is plenty

- rubber gloves ( you don't have to bother about them but then you will get nice copper coloured hands and, especially, fingern nails :)

- old clothes

- a washcloth

- hot water (you could also use black tea or diluted apple juice, in this case I used black tea)

- a bowl large enough

- spoon or fork to mix the dye

- plastic bag to cover your head

- a towel which should not be too new and certainly not white ;)

- about 2h of time


slalomqueen8511 months ago
Hey I have a question. I have medium dark brown hair, but unfortunately, I have developed quite a bit of grey around my hairline. (and I'm not even 30! :o( grrr) But I really want to start covering the Grey (and having a red tint all over would be cool too. If i do this.... What would it look like? Will the grey be like bright red compared to the rest of my head?
stoeff (author)  slalomqueen8511 months ago
Hello, as I have medium blond hair I don't really know how visible gray hair will be in darker hair after dying. It will certainly be brighter but of course is also depends on the amount of gray. Try it if you are adventurous ;) (and your hair is rather short...)
Hi, I really want to try this, but my hair is extremely dark naturally (looks black, even though I know black hair shouldn't exist :P) Do you think henna would work?
stoeff (author)  Bernice Spiteri1 year ago
Hi, if you have really dark hair you will only get a red shimmer in bright light. I have seen it and think it looks very nice in sunlight but you will not become a redhead with this method :)
mponceloz1 year ago
I learn a very nice trick in Bangladesh, when I went to a saloon there. They start applying the henna at the top of your head leaving all your mane down; as they advance on the application they make a round bun on the top of the head and the last thing they color is around the hair line , is less mess and more control. They also apply vaseline all around the sking near the hair line and the ears, so is foul proof. Many of the ladies there used to go to the salon only for application and they will go home with the henna under a plastic cap and them since they cover their head with the scarf nobody notice. I though it was very cool.
stoeff (author)  mponceloz1 year ago
Thank you, this is a neat trick!
Unfortunately my hair isn't long enough to do so, but if I will ever go for long hair I will certainly give it a try :)
ohnotyou22 years ago
If you rub vaseline (preferably) or lotion around the areas of your face and neck that meet your hair line, then that will prevent the henna from staining your skin.

Love your tutorial, very helpful!
Dragontrap3 years ago
Oh wow! Loving the color henna gives, totally going to have to try this myself!
Ninerini3 years ago
I use to color my hair with henna all the time. Absolutely loved it! I'm not saying your instructable is wrong, however I wanted to put my two cents in. First only use Body Art Quality Henna. Some of the boxed "henna dyes" contain salts and can fry/ turn the hair green. Second it's recommended to always use an acidic base (even if it's mild ie: Camille tea) and hot water as the henna mixed with hot water tends to fade faster. I used lemon and lime juice because my scalp could handle them. Third it is better to cover the bowl and let the henna sit at room temp about 12 hours for optimal dye release. I added enough juice to make a mashed potatoe like base and then after the time laps mixed in more to a yogurt consistency. . And last a tip for the stains on skin. Rubbing alcohol can help lighten/remove the stains faster. This is how I did it for years.
stoeff (author)  Ninerini3 years ago
Thank you. It's always good to learn new tricks :)