One of many largest struggles I’ve as a cruelty-free way of life fanatic is discovering a cruelty-free and fairly pure hair dye. In a super situation, I might select to not dye my hair in any respect. I’ve nevertheless been blessed with some early gray hair genes, so I dye my hair to cover them. I’ve been utilizing a non cruelty free hair dye for a very long time which I received’t point out the identify of as a result of I don’t wish to put it up for sale however I’ve lastly determined that I don’t wish to pay for such merchandise no extra! Henna was the best way to go.
From what I’ve learn, henna can solely enhance the situation of hair. It may be utilized as regularly as we want, it’s cruelty-free, it’s pure, it’s principally all fabulous. I made a decision to check out the CaCa henna from Lush as a result of I may bodily go to the shop and choose one up. Shopping for henna on-line didn’t sound nice to me primarily as a result of I’ve by no means been anyplace close to henna earlier than.
It turned out that Lush presents samples of henna earlier than one decides to purchase a complete block. It was really helpful that if I wish to cowl the greys, I ought to apply CaCa Rouge henna first, which tends to cowl mild shaded hair higher, after which apply the Brun or Noir that are the brown and black. I made a decision to not go along with that method as a result of if I needed to dye my hair twice each time the roots wanted touching up, I’d be caught at residence for two days. An excessive amount of work. Single coat was the one technique to go.
The strand exams
Assessments have been based mostly on Caca Brun and I carried out them for a couple of causes.
- To see if the non-brown hair can be lined.
- To make sure that my hair received’t flip inexperienced.
- Allergic response wasn’t actually a fear for me however I needed to see how henna would react with already chemically dyed hair.
Strand check 1:
A very failed try as a result of there was no distinction in my hair what so ever. NADA. That’s as a result of I’ve made the henna combine too runny.
Strand check 2:
One other day, one other strand check. This time the greys have been affected. They have been positively much less silver shiny however nonetheless not fully lined. The combination was in all probability too thick this time.
The henna day! What did I do?
Lastly I made a decision to simply go for it and apply Caca Brun on my total head.
I’ve later completed some extra digging and found that additional heating is really helpful if we wish redder hair whereas cooling is really helpful once we need a darkish shade.
I ought to have learn that earlier…
This was the day after my henna utility. As you possibly can see, the purple undertones are fairly sturdy:
Henna day, take 2
To sharpen/darken the colour I’ve purchased Caca Noir and combined it with Brun hoping I’ll discover the proper center floor and do away with the redness. I’m conscious that at this level I already had a layer of henna in my hair.
I used about 50% of Brun and 70% of Noir blocks and reduce every into little items to ensure it can all soften properly collectively. The method was the identical as earlier than with a distinction in safety of my hair afterwards. I nonetheless wrapped it in a skinny, plastic hair cap primarily as a result of I didn’t wish to sprinkle henna items throughout my home. I reduce little holes within the cap to let some air in for a cooling impact. This fashion I needed to keep away from additional warmth and be sure that the henna truly dries strong.
The ultimate shade was fabulous!
I liked the top impact. My hair was darkish brown, the greys have been partially brown, partially mild brown which I truly didn’t thoughts. Hair felt gentle, pure, smelled pretty and I knew I harmed no animals within the course of. Sadly the brown light shortly and after a 2-Three weeks my silvers have been absolutely seen once more.
Study from my errors:
- Don’t make your combine too runny.
- Don’t make your combine too thick.
- Slice/chop your henna block earlier than melting.
- Use a bigger bowl than you thought you want.
- Cowl up your surroundings much more that you just deliberate. These things is messy.
- Don’t wrap your hair excessively if you would like brown hair.
- Don’t apply additional heating if you would like brown hair.
- I stored the henna on for four hours the primary time spherical – no want. 2 was sufficient the second time spherical
Remaining thought on henna
The beauty of henna is that I may reapply it again and again, day after day, I may overheat it, and my hair wasn’t broken in any respect. Think about what would occur if we adopted this course of with a chemical hair dye.
It’s a real disgrace that henna didn’t work out for me this time. All I would like it to have a single shade on my hair which henna supplied me with initially, however then it light out shortly.
I would give one other henna model a go sooner or later or experiment with CaCa once more. For now, I’m nonetheless on a hunt for a pure, cruelty-free hair dye that’s lengthy lasting and doesn’t take a complete weekend and a number of other makes an attempt to use. Now that I’ve made a step away from chemical dyes, I don’t wish to return.
I’ve my eye on a cruelty-free hair dye already which I’ll check out and assessment for you shortly. #staytuned
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