|Henna paste -not my photo (NMP)|
|Before Natural blonde|
|Henna Mud in hair- NMP|
sectioned and damp hair starting at my roots. Making sure to coat every strand took almost 45 mins. I also used some chapstick around my hair line to prevent my skin and ears from dying. You should wear gloves otherwise your hands will also be red. I didn't have any gloves on hand so I had reddish hands for a few days, frequent washings will lighten it up quicker, but my finger nails are still dyed a reddish tone (5 weeks later), which is slowly growing out. Then I wrapped my head in a plastic bag to hold in the heat for about three and a half hours. The henna smelled like spinach, with a touch of lemon, so much more pleasant than chemical dyes!
The Henna was harder to wash out than chemical dyes- it's ends up being a crusted mass of mud. It took over 45 mins in the shower to get clear water. Make sure to use a good conditioner while in the shower.
|Henna after 4 days|
|Messy Henna hair 5 weeks later|
Now five almost six weeks later my hair has faded a bit, it is now a natural looking light auburn color, although it still can look like it is glowing sometimes in the bright sunlight!
This color has faded so much less than chemical color reds. Normally I dye my red hair darker than the henna did, and by the time six weeks go by the color is just a light strawberry blonde, just a touch more red than my natural color. Plus I have less split ends! So far the only downside is the fact that you can actually tell I have blonde roots....