Hi Ladies and Jellyspoons
I finally got the courage to colour my hair with Henna again. I initially wanted to get Caca Noir from LUSH (Yes, that means black poop in French), but South Korea doesn’t stock any of their Henna products so I was forced search for alternatives. Luckily we have access to iHerb.com and I was able to find this lovely product on their site for a mere $6 US.
If you’ve ever tried henna, you’ll know that it’s an incredibly messy procedure, but it’s totally worth it. Why Indian women swear by it is that it not only colours the hair to the most perfect natural looking colour, and they have many shades to choose from, it also colours grey and it is completely chemical free. It’t also supposed to condition the hair, which I haven’t found to be true, but we’ll get into that a little later.
What it is:
Henna is a dye from a tropical shrub with small red, white and pink flowers. It was originally used in India and parts of northern Africa to dye hair, nails and for temporary tattoos on the skin. It is available in black, brown, different shades of red, burgundy and orange, as well as lilac or lavender colours. Henna only penetrates the outer layer of the hair, so it is a somewhat similar to a temporary hair dye kit, but it’s completely natural, and one has to reapply it every 4 to 6 weeks.
The instruction says to mix the powder with a strong brew of black tea or coffee to make it extra dark. I used a strong brew of coffee from Juicy. Then you apply to damp hair and comb it into the hair with a wide toothed comb. Warning, it might be hot if the coffee is super hot. The heat is important since the henna reacts to the it. You then wrap you head with cling wrap and allow the product to sit for 4-7 hours, depending on the results you are looking for. I wanted my hair extra dark, so I left mine on for 7 full hours.
Here is what it looks like: (on the left is the powder itself. On the right is the mixture)
I wanted the blackest black colour, since it doesn’t make you hair orangy in any way. Here are some pictures of before and after the procedure:
Before and after:
Notice how my hair not only looks much darker but much more sleek and smooth after the procedure. I guess that it what they mean but ‘henna is a natural moisturizer or treatment.’ I must say that my hair did feel quit dry afterwards and what I found most noticeable is that I smelt like a freshly brewed pot of green tea, or like I’ve been living in a barn with hay, for a good week after application. I also noticed that the water in my shower ran blue every time I washed my hair for a week as well. I guess that’s from the indigo that is added to black henna, to make the colour darker and more vibrant.
Pros: Cheap, DIY, natural, non chemical, non permanent.
Cons: Messy, smelly, long process.
All in all I am very satisfied with the end results and I will definitely be trying this again in a good 6 weeks or so.
Have you ever used henna? Did you have good or bad experiences. Have you tried Caca Noir or any of the other Lush Caca products? Let me know in the comment section.