How to use henna to cover gray hair naturally:
The video on how to cover gray hair naturally is one of the video tutorials that has been most requested in the past months and I was so happy to see that there are lots of persons willing to give up using the traditional, chemical hair dyes they had used for years to start using a natural hair dye.
I found myself quite confused when I was doing my own researches by the multitude of information and advises given on how to use henna to cover gray hair naturally (click to read the related blog post).
This video tutorial has been quite a challenge because I wanted to share with you as many details as possible making the best use of the experience I gained in the past 5 years that I’ve been using henna to successfully cover my grey hair naturally.
The above video-tutorial is in english with italian subtitles available.
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I am in love with the pure quality of these herbal hair colors, otherwise I would not have continued using them, nor would I have thought to recommend them on my online store. The producers of the lawsonia inermis and cassia obovata are located in Rajasthan (India) while the indigo comes from a more southern Indian district. The katam and sidr plant powders come both from Yemen.
Sidr is a plant which is a “cousin” of Shikakai but it has the advantage of washing the hair that has been colored (especially with Indigo or Katam) without making them lose color, instead fastening and setting the color to the hair. Rich in mucilage and astringent, this leaf powder is also used to soothe the scalp diseases and fight against dandruff.
I’m using both sidr and my homemade 100% natural shampoo, chemicals free, alternating them.
Red Henna otherwise known as lawsonia inermis is the only herbal hair color able to cover gray hair naturally. It gives:
- light blonde or grey/white hair a bright natural reddish shade with hints of orange
- gorgeous unique red tones, when applied on dark brown hair
- different shades of brown hair, from light brown to dark brown hair tones when mixed it with katam.
You might want to also check out the “FAQ & facts you should know about henna” video I uploaded to answer all of the questions I had received in this past year since I had uploaded the first tutorial on henna.
Using various percentages of red henna and black henna you may cover your gray hair naturally obtainining different shades of brown hair.
You might as well obtain dark purple hair, blue black hair or jet black hair using Katam or Indigo powder (click to read the related blog post).
Keep in mind when purchasing your natural hair dye: some brands that sell henna already boxed and labeled contain metallic compounds that will react with the ammonia activator in synthetic hair dyes. If you are approaching a henna treatment for the 1st time you need to make sure that it is 100% pure with other unlisted ingredients in it which can lead to dramas like green purple fried and brittle hair. The ingredients list should only contain the name of the herbal hair powder: cassia obovata, lawsonia inermis, indigofera tinctoria or buxus dioica.
Unfortunately, there are still too many henna hair dye producers that do not provide accurate labeling. I myself applied henna on my hair for the 1st time after only 2 weeks from the most recent chemical dye! Fortunately, my henna was 100% pure and in fact it was body art quality (best quality available on the market!)..therefore no drama occurred 😀
Remember to always test any mixture you might wanna try, on some hair you collect from you comb or hairbrush.
But henna does not only cover your gray hair naturally, but it also leaves it stronger, fuller, thicker and healthier looking. If you apply it on a regular basis, it will strengthen your hair and it will make it look stronger and brighter, adding a natural shine (click to read the related blog post). The great thing about henna is that it will penetrate your hair and it will build up in time the thickness of your strand which in turn will increase the volume of your hair.
Henna is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and it restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp without affecting the natural balance of your hair.
I advice you to store your plant powders in a dry, dark and relatively cool place like your wardrobe or a cupboard, because the light might diminish the power of plants.
There are some sources on the internet advising to store henna and other plant powders in the fridge or freezer. Don’t do it!!! All plant powders develop their color by fermentation and you run the risk that the powders will absorb humidity while kept in the fridge or in the freezer.
Feel free to experiment till you get the right mix of plant powders for your type of hair. It took me around 3 months to get the right mixture that would both cover my gray hair and be close to the hair color I have dreamt of. I did not share the exact percentages in the video tutorial as the final color you’ll end up with, depends a lot on your hair’s history and on the original color of your hair.
I am actually applying a henna mixture on my gray roots every 3-4 weeks while I apply on my ends a different henna mixture every 2 months. I use a 5% cassia obovata, 35% lawsonia inermis and 60% katam to cover my gray hair while on my ends I lower the percentage of lawsonia inermis as the ends are already dyed, therefore I do not have the need to cover any white hair and I do not want the ends to become redder and darker in time. Remember that the final result of the henna treatment can be seen after 3 days you made the treatment.
You might want as well check the The Ultimate Guide to Henna & Herbal Hair Dyes Preparation and Application blog post where you will find a detailed guide on the preparation and application of henna and herbal hair dyes.
If you still have doubts or some questions on how to cover your gray hair naturally I have not yet answered in my blog post or video, you might find them on my other blog, www.beautiliciousdelights.com.
UPDATE APRIL 2017: I am updating the BLOG and some of the links may not work for the moment. Don’t lose faith, all the articles I’ve dedicated in these past 3 years to how to consciously use herbal hair colors will be up online asap. Thank you for your patience!
Are you still willing to stick to the chemical dyes just to get a quicker result but unhealthy hair when there are so many benefits from using henna? 😉
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