If you’ve ever wondered about using henna for your hair, then this is the guide for you. I’ve used henna in my hair in the past, but then ended up switching to an herbal color because I wanted a deeper red than I had been able to achieve in the past. Using the herbal color was really drying out my hair, and I was having constant issues with trying to find some sort of remedy. I remembered that thicker, stronger, and softer hair were all benefits of henna hair and decided it was time to switch back.
But I didn’t just want to switch back to the old ways. I wanted to find a way to achieve the deep “Ariel” red color that I have been striving for for so many years.
If you guys have followed my channels for any amount of time, you know that my hair color has changed shades of red so many times that I might as well be called the “50 shades of red girl.”
So I went on a journey to see if I could achieve this red, and filmed the process along the way. In my first attempt, I achieved a more natural red (minus all the spots I missed…I really should get someone to help me do my hair). So if you are looking for a more natural red color, here is the video for you:
As you can see, by the end of the video I didn’t achieve the vibrant “Ariel” color that I was hoping for, so I made a second attempt. You can watch the process here, and I think you and I can both agree that I most definitely need help applying so that I don’t miss any spots. But besides that, we can also agree that I finally achieved the right color. Here’s the video:
So now that you can see the process I took, let’s talk about some of the benefits and potential drawbacks.
Benefits of Henna Hair:
- Over time, the hair becomes fuller.
- Hair becomes shinier.
- Henna hair is stronger.
- Henna hair is softer.
- You aren’t putting toxins on your scalp by using a chemical-ridden hair color.
- You aren’t breathing in the fumes of toxic hair color.
- Henna acts as a natural hair growth remedy.
- Henna is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
- It doesn’t penetrate the hair, but coats it and protects it.
- Henna is a permanent dye, and lasts longer than other hair colors.
Potential Drawbacks of Henna Hair:
- If you do use Henna, you should note that last benefit as it could also be seen as a drawback. Henna is pretty permanent and can actually interfere with chemical colors if you try to use them while henna is still in your hair. To remove henna completely, you will need to do a mineral oil treatment.
- What works for one person may not work for another. Henna can take some trial and error (as you all saw that it took me three different attempts to find what I was wanting).
- Henna cannot make your hair lighter. You can only go darker with henna. If you have darker hair and wish to get a nice red or strawberry blonde with henna, you will first need to bleach your hair.
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