african American hair with gray roots

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Dena
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african American hair with gray roots

I have gray roots and the remainder of my hair is light brown with dark brown ends. My hair is damaged from coloring and over pressing. I woud like my hair to be a dark plum color and healthy. My natural color is dark brown. What kind of henna or combination should I use.?

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Re: african American hair with gray roots

Many people get deep plum with repeated applications of the henna from Ancient Sunrise Yemen (2.4% lawsone).  The only problem with Yemen is that the sift isn't as good as some of the others.   Yemen will definitely totally cover gray! 

Easiest, gentlest rinsing comes when you lie back in the bathtub and play swamp maiden for a while to loosen it up.  Then you can shower the rest out.

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Re: African American hair with gray roots

I have Medium Brunette for Gary and Medium brunette for African Hair will either of these products give me the same results. Both were purchased from Mehandi. Also is the application process the same for Ancient Sunrise Yemen and the above two other products. The Ancient Sunrise Yemen comes in three different color kits. Should I purchase a  color kit or Ancient Sunrise Yemen Henna (#2221). Thanks for your help.

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Re: African American hair with gray roots

Medium brunette for gray is 2.4% lawsone, and medium brunette for African is 2.2% lawsone.  If you want to push that gray coverage content way up without rinsing problems, go to Celebration: 3.4% dye content!

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Re: african American hair with gray roots

I agree that Yemen will probably be your best bet.  Remember that multiple applications will be necessary for your grays to darken to the color you want.  I have many gray hairs and I've been hennaing (with Jamila) for 2 years now.  All of my gray hairs are a rich, auburn color. It's absolutely gorgeous!  When new grays come in, I simply apply an overnight treatment, and after a couple of days it oxidizes to a nice bronzey red.  AFter another treatment, the roots match the length-- auburn.

For you the key will be:

1. 4 hour (or more) long treatments

2. Lots of conditioning before and after (to keep your hair moisturized, elastic, and supple)

3. Multiple applications (for darker results)

hth!

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Re: african American hair with gray roots

I agree that Yemen will probably be your best bet.  Remember that multiple applications will be necessary for your grays to darken to the color you want.  I have many gray hairs and I've been hennaing (with Jamila) for 2 years now.  All of my gray hairs are a rich, auburn color. It's absolutely gorgeous!  When new grays come in, I simply apply an overnight treatment, and after a couple of days it oxidizes to a nice bronzey red.  AFter another treatment, the roots match the length-- auburn.

For you the key will be:

1. 4 hour (or more) long treatments

2. Lots of conditioning before and after (to keep your hair moisturized, elastic, and supple)

3. Multiple applications (for darker results)

hth!

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Re: african American hair with gray roots
Hi Everyone; Thanks for your comments , however I need some more suggestions and I have a few questions. Is dye release when the henna turns brown? How soon can you apply the henna after dye release? I can not use organge juice and I can not use indigo, because of headaches and itchy scalp. I used Apple juice with Celebration(Jamila 2009). I let it sit for about six hours before I put it on my hair. I left it on my hair for seven hours. most of my hair is chocolate brown, however my grays roots are orange/cooper color. I want my gray roots darker. What can I do if indigo is not an option. I really want auburn is that possible.
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Re: african American hair with gray roots

Henna does turn brown, but its not a particularly good way to watch for dye release. The best way is to put a little dab on the heal of your hand, leave it there a few minutes and wipe it off. If its bright orange (not pale gold or yellow!) its ready.

First of all, make sure that your starting with very clean hair. Try a clarifying shampoo or dish soap and don't condition after. That will make sure that the natural oils of your scalp will be out of the way so the dye can make the best contact with your hair. Also make certain that your paste isn't too thick. The paste can pull away from the scalp while the paste is on giving the hair nearest the scalp less time to absorb dye. You want it thin enough to move freely around the hairs, but just thick enough to stay in your hair without much dripping.

Have you considered buxus? Its not as dark or as permanent as indigo, but it may be the compromise you need. Another solution, although time consuming, would be to do multiple applications on your roots as the grow in.

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