Henna on blonde hair

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xavcat
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Henna on blonde hair

Hi all,

I have naturally medium ash blonde hair that I dyed lighter chemically for many years.  I'm at the end of a six month deployment to Iraq and not only do I have some really beautiful roots that look gray against the golden blonde of the dyed parts, all the bleached ends are TRASHED.  Ordinarily, I'd say highlights are in order but I don't think my hair can survive another chemical treatment after all the hot winds and harsh sun and it's the longest it's been in years so I'd like to start babying it.  I'd like to dye my hair a light auburn using henna/indigo and would love your recommendations on a proper ratio between the two.  My hair is about at the top of my shoulder blades, maybe a little longer, and it's fine and wavy.

Thank you!

--Kate

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Re: Henna on blonde hair

Hmm, my reply went away ...

I suggest you do some strand tests with cassia-based mixes if you want a lighter color. Henna/indigo mixes will get pretty dark pretty fast and you say you prefer a light auburn. Using at least half cassia (and probably more) and perhaps a 60/40 ratio of henna/indigo for the remainder would help you stay on the lighter side.  You could use about 150 gm total for your first application but get some extra for those strand tests :)

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Re: Henna on blonde hair

To go with Carrie's advice...

 

We seem to have noticed that chemically damaged hair often takes indigo a LOT more than virgin hair, so it could be that even a little indigo will go a REALLY long way on your length. You might need to cut way back on the indigo for your length, but keep it around the ratio Carrie suggested for your virgin roots.

 

Strand test for sure!

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Re: Henna on blonde hair

Would it be better to try amla than indigo?  Basically, I wanted to look into the browns because I'm deathly afraid of coming out with orange hair and thought that'd tone it down.

I'm completely open to suggestions!  I had only suggested indigo because I LOVE the results Clare got here: http://www.hennaforhair.com/mixes/clare/  My goal is something just a shade or two lighter than that.

Thanks,

Kate

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Re: Henna on blonde hair

I would try buxus (AKA katam) then. It does the same job as indigo, just not so much. That makes it better for lighter shades of brown, especially if you want the warm tones to remain.

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Re: Henna on blonde hair

I'm also going to go out on a limb here and suggest something you can try before you colour. Try Olive oil treatments on your hair in it's current state. I'm a natural blonde and I've had very dry damaged hair many times (from sun, or that time I went platinum). Within a few treatments you may notice quite an improvement in the texture and shine of your hair. I'm not saying don't colour with Henna + other to get a brown shade, but if you're encouraged to colour for the texture treatment as well as the actual colour effect why not see if you can get a healthier texture first and then see if you still want the colour change as badly.

I mention this because I went to Henna to fix the texture of my hair. But if you're mixing henna with other plant dyes it's sometimes really difficult to go blonde again later (Indigo goes green if you bleach your hair for example).  

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