I’ve been itching to add some colour to my hair because it’s the perfect length to have all kinds of fun. I didn’t want to add any chemicals, though, because of how healthy it has been. I did plan to try Ash’s Lightening with Vitamin C but I just kept forgetting to buy the darn vitamins! Then I thought, hey why not henna? So while at the neighbourhood natural foods store I picked up a box of Colora henna powder.
What it looks like: a fine powder the same consistency as flour that once mixed with water looks like mud.
Ingredients: Well, it’s all natural so…. Henna.
What it smells like: Mud!
How I used it: I pre-poo’d my hair as usual with Olive oil for about an hour then shampoo’d and t-shirt dried (I don’t use a towel on my hair). I also let my hair air dry for a bit before applying the henna paste. You were supposed to use a brush, which I didn’t have so since they strongly suggested using gloves, I put one on (why would I have two?!?) and massaged the paste into my hair the best I could, considering my lack of resources. The instructions say if you want a deeper colour, leave it in for longer, so I then went about my chores for a couple of hours. I also only used 1/3 of the pack, since my hair is short. Upon later, closer review of my hair I could have slapped on some more of that paste, because there are patches.
After a couple of hours, I rinsed and went through my usual deep conditioning routine (which includes sitting underneath my Huetiful) and was like ummmmm my hair is the same. However, If you look closely, there is a slight muddy brown tint! YAY!
When I had styled my hair (just flat twists), I noticed that it was stretched to the heavens. I didn’t do anything spectacular (style-wise) with it for the first couple days, but it remained nice and stretched. By day 3, I two-stranded twisted/bantu-knotted my hair using Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer. I enlisted the assistance of a friend to get pictures by natural light, but there’s a LOT of natural light so the pictures aren’t the greatest. The instructions also said dark brown hair should be a lighter mahogany, but such is not the case.
I hadn’t given up hope though, especially since this was my first attempt at dying my hair a-la-henna. So since I had half, almost 2/3rd of the pack left, I tried again a week later. This time, I used the entire packet and made a huge batch of the thick paste and slathered it on, using my regular brush (which I hastily rinsed right afterwards) to distribute more evenly throughout my hair.
I left the henna in my hair for well over 3 hours, to give it a chance to really marinate. I was determined to see results. And it looked like it was working, because it seemed to soak into my hair after a while:
I then completely the same steps as before: rinsed, shampoo’d, deep conditioned underneath my Huetiful and…. noticed no real change.
Okay, no problem… I just need natural lighting to see the real results, right? So I applied my leave in (Cantu) and moisturizer (Earthtones hair butter) then styled with Naturalista Juicy Leave In. Below are pictures from the following morning:
Once again, only I would really notice that my hair is… browner than usual. Is that what mahogany looks like?
Overall Impression: I will list my impression as pro’s and con’s:
- All natural product
- Affordable ($8.99 at the natural store)
- My hair didn’t feel stripped of moisture
- My hair stretched beautifully
- Not as messy to apply as other (chemical) hair dyes
- I think I would still use the product again but….
- The instructions said black hair would turn brown and dark brown hair would look “mahogany”, but there was no real difference. So this would mean, to get any noticeable results on darker hair colours, using “gold brown” and lighter would attribute some kind of difference. You know – as opposed to looking in the mirror and wondering why your hair looks tinted then it hits.
If you’ve used this product to colour your hair, please share your comments below!