Avoid colour build up but still condition the hair with henna

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Avoid colour build up but still condition the hair with henna

I am worried about color build up. My hair is naturally medium mousy brown near to the roots and lighter in the rest with some white hairs. I have hennaed 2 times so far, 1 week apart between applications, about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I'd like to keep as much as possible to a orange / cooper shade than to have build up until it goes deep red / auburn but in the same time I need the henna conditioning properties like air as my hair is so so thin, week and dry towards the ends. I was thinking to use a henna gloss on the length of my hair every 3 - 4  weeks and proper henna mix only on my roots. Or maybe use demised henna or use henna without any acidic liquid or camomile tea mixed and put in my hair without waiting for dye release... All I want on the length of the hair is a little bit of touching up the colour as it seems to fade with washing but DESPERATELY need the henna conditioning. Does anybody have any thouthts / comments  / words of wisdom on those methods?

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Re: Avoid colour build up but still condition the hair with ...

For the conditioning effects, you need the dye to be released. See if your hair likes cassia. Roughly the same effects, no color.

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Hi. Thanks for your reply. I have thought of cassia but could not find any  where I live.

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Is there a way to avoid or tone down oxidation after using henna in your hair as I understand that darkens the shade? Maybe using week camomile tea  / water instead of lemon juice ?

Or if I use lukewarm water to prepare the henna in order to get it to fade in time and this way prevent too much color build up but still get my henna fixes regulary?

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Henna is always going to oxidize, you cant stop that.

 

Lukewarm water would not cause fading. Hot to boiling water will. But again, its still going to oxidize. If you want it to remain more copper, either add cassia or do a diluted gloss.

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Mehandi.com sells it if you can do online orders. Beyond that, I would stick to fairly diluted glosses. About a half tablespoon to a tablespoon at most of henna for every cup of conditioner needed to saturate your hair.

 

Something else to try, if you can find it, is hair cholesterol. Its basically a super thick conditioner. It makes for a very nice no drip gloss that only works on previously henna-ed hair. Just remember to keep the henna to conditioner ratio as low as possible to avoid too much color build up.

 

 

But, if you find you are getting too much build up (which will happen eventually), you can try equal parts lemon juice and conditioner (or cholesterol) and that might lighten your color back up.

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Maybe I should have mentioned I live in UK, London. I could order from Mehandi but I would pay delivery and customs more than for the cassia. Also we have nothing called hair cholesterol here.. :( On the other hand, over the years I have tried several hair treatments  / conditioners and nothing worked except henna. Conditioner either light or rich only helps with detangling but does nothing for improving my hair condition. Thank you for all your advice, I shall try the diluted glosses and hope to find some shop that sells cassia around here. I remember trying it a long time ago from the french make Henne Color - Golden Blonde (ingredients: Cassia italica,Rheum rhaponticum, Chamomile recutia, Rosmarinus officinalis, Lawsonia inermis) and it was ok. I was hoping back then for golden highlights but my hair was too dark and hennaed to show any golden highlights but it did got a lot of conditioning.

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You can thicken your gloss by adding small amounts of corn starch or instant pudding mix into the gloss. Go slow and mix well, you should be able to get it pretty thick. If you use pudding (like vanilla), it will make the mix smell nice too.

 

 

There is a company called hennaboy that sells indigo and cassia and the like as well, at least I think so. I believe they're a UK company, so you can check them out. Their stuff is suppose to be pretty good.

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Re: Avoid colour build up but still condition the hair with ...

Zizyphus spina christi will condition hair without color, but the effect is not permanent.  However, the zizyphys shampoo bar seems to fatten/condition up hair without color, and as long as you're using it, your hair stays fat and happy.

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