Henna Hair Dye - a natural alternative
**Disclaimer: Please check with your physician before trying this. This is only MY experience.**
After 3 open head surgeries, putting harsh chemicals on my head for hours doesn't seem like the best idea. I talked about it with my physiatrist, and I was laughed at for such a 'ridiculous' question. I was told "Yes, of course it's fine as long as the incisions are healed."
But is it? Of course you should listen to what your doctors tell you, but I really just didn't/don't feel right about putting those harsh chemicals on my head. Not to mention before my TBI the smells gave me a migraine, I couldn't imagine what they would do after the TBI.
SO, after 3 years, I finally decided to try it out. I wanted a change. After researching, I decided to go with Lush Henna Hair Dye - Caca Brun. My virgin hair is a light brown, so I wanted it a touch darker. Dyeing hair with Henna is supposed to be more natural, so I thought why not.
The ingredients are listed as (pulled from Lush website):
Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) Indigo herb (Fera tinctoria) Red Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) Ground Coffee (Coffea Arabica) Nettle Powder (Urtica Dioica) Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus Crispus) Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllus) *Citral *Eugenol *Geraniol *Citronellol *Limonene *Linalool Fragrance
That does seem better than regular hair dye, but I'm sure some of those crazy words have some type of chemical in them. Oh well, let's try it.
A few things to note about dyeing hair with Henna:
- There are different colors at Lush: Brun, Rouge, Marron & Noir. Pick what's best for you, note even the Brun and Noir have a TOUCH of red to it.
- This collection is normally suited for brunettes, but can also work with natural blondes.
- It's permanent. Needs to be done on virgin hair and I would recommend starting out with a minimal amount, and if you don't think it's enough then add to it (but wait a few days, the color takes a bit to come out fully.)
- Instead of adding hot water to the mix, I added half a cup of organic decaf coffee (it's supposed to bring out the brown more.)
- It's messy. I'm not exaggerating, it's messy. Get over it.
- Dress in old clothes, put newspaper everywhere.
- Rubber gloves and hair clips is a must.
- Rub Vasaline around your hairline to prevent the dye from coloring your skin.
- It's tough to get everything even because it's so messy, so you could have someone help you with it if your precision is off.
- You have to leave it in your hair for 2-4 hours. I did 2 1/2 hours.
- Leave you hair in the open for a more browner shade and closed up in a shower cap for a more redder shade.
- When washing out, it's very dry and goes everywhere. I washed mine out with Dove Dryness Shampoo and Conditioner. I found the conditioner worked very well with the dryness.
- This is subtle. As you can see in the picture, don't expect a dramatic change.
- Henna also conditions your hair and makes it softer and smoother after the initial dry phase.
This experience worked very well for me. Yes it was annoyingly messy, but worth it. I got a subtle change and didn't get a headache at all. The worst part was waiting around for 3 hours with this mess on my head.
I really enjoyed using Henna for my hair change, but I have heard and read about horrible experiences. Really think about if you want to take this risk. In my case, I'm glad I took it. I got the change I was looking for.
Reach out if you have any questions about dyeing your hair with henna that I didn't cover here!