I’ve always been envious of friends with red hair. I think it is beautiful. I’ve been coloring my hair red since I was thirteen. The first time I did it with koolaid. I soon graduated to the real stuff. The sucky thing about going red is that it fades SO fast.
Then a friend introduced me to henna.
Henna body art is made of a natural plant dye (latin name: lawsonia inermis) which stains the skin and hair a reddish-brown color. Henna is never-ever black. Henna paste should always be made with body art quality, 100% natural henna. I mix mine with lemon juice and oils to make it into the paste that is applied to the skin.
I’ve been hennaing my hair for three years now. I love how it makes my hair smooth and strong- I have crazy frizzy/curly hair. I keep it long to pull a little of that down with weight. Whenever I wear my hair up I get this halo of frizz that sticks up all over my head. A few days after I tried henna for the first time I suddenly had these long pieces of hair hanging in my face, kind of like bangs. And the I realized those were my frizzies- all smoothed out.
The other neat thing? It doesn’t really fade.
I have a sweet deal with my friend Jessica- she does my hair for me and I do fancy henna designs for her. I briefly tried coloring my hair RED RED in March, but I missed how soft and silky my hair feels when treated with henna.
How we henna my hair:
(Everyone has their own recipe and system, but this is what we do for my hair- written by Jessica)
When you’re ready to wash it out, take a bath. Soaking the henna out of the hair in the tub is the easiest way. Once it feels like most of the henna is out work a few gobs of cheap conditioner into the hair and scalp. Rinse that out. You may have to do that one more time to get it all out. Don’t shampoo for at least a day.
Joni here again: Instead of a bath, I take a shower and alternate scrubbing furiously under the shower head with kneeling in the tub with my head tipped under the tub faucet. It is like a scene from Carrie- I swear.
I am not fond of the process, but I truly LOVE the result and it is worth all the annoying bits.
If you want to purchase henna for yourself, whether for hair or body art, I suggest you use Artistic Adornment- which I can personally vouch for because it is run by a friend and it is where I get my henna. This is super fresh and pure body art quality henna.
Oh yeah- and here is what I did for Jessica in exchange for my muddy hair (cough) I mean AWESOME HENNA JOB ON MY HAIR:
Pretty! The OCD part of me is noticing a few lines aren’t laid out straight, but hell- I did a decent job considering it was two o’clock in the morning!