Thursday, February 14, 2013

Things they don't tell you about henna...

Remember this? This is from right after I hennaed my hair the first time. I was so in love with that red color, and I still am!

The last time I was touching up my roots, I was thinking about all the things I've learned about dying my hair with henna that weren't covered in the information provided by the seller, and I thought maybe I should blog about it. Here you go:

1. I think the seller actually said this, but I will restate it just in case. It is a LOT easier to henna your hair with help, especially if you have long hair. I tend to miss spots when I do it myself.

2. Wear something that you don't mind staining. Sometimes little blobs fall out of your hair and land on your clothes.

3. No matter how carefully you apply Vaseline around your hairline, you will still manage to get some henna stains on your face. I like to use an exfoliating facial scrub to make those stains go away faster. I also like to make sure to touch up my roots a few days before a gig or photo shoot so the stains are gone by then.

4. You will get henna everywhere! On the counter, on the floor, even the wall. If you're worried about the surface staining, put down some paper or a tarp or something. Otherwise keep paper towels or wipes nearby and clean up before it can dry.

5. Henna stains nails, too! You will probably manage to get some on and under your nails during the rinsing process, so just plan on giving yourself a manicure after all is said and done.

6. I like to bring a comb into the shower to help work the mud out of my hair. Actually, I don't know if it helps but it gives me something to do.

7. Seriously, if you have long hair it will take forever to rinse that stuff out. Plan on spending about 45 minutes in the shower. You might want to bring some music or a podcast.

8. If there's any soap scum in your tub, it will now be henna colored. Don't clean your tub before you rinse the henna out, because you'll definitely need to clean it after.

9. Now that you're a fabulous redhead, you'll want to color your brows accordingly. I'm afraid of putting mud on my eyebrows, so I just color them in with a nice red-brown eyeshadow.

10. Again, if you have long hair, all that henna-mud is pretty heavy for the several hours that you need to let it sit. Plan on spending your waiting time doing something pretty relaxing, like reading a book or watching movies. If you move around too much, your Saran Wrap turban might come undone and then the edges will dry and you'll get itchy henna mud patches behind your ears.

This may make henna sound annoying, and to be sure it is a bit of a pain to do and maintain. But on the other hand, you get a vibrant, natural-looking red hair color that is permanent and doesn't harm your hair, so I think it's worth the hassle.

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