Seriously, HennaHut says they have fresh henna and based on the smell... Let's just say I feel like I should be rollin' and firing it up man - woooahhhh that's a potently fresh and natural scent!! I added about 20 drops of tangerine EO and I could still smell the two distinctly Caribbean scents wafting into my nostrils!
If you haven't yet guessed, I'm a henna virgin and am attempting to apply henna by myself tonight. HennaHut has videos and simple instructions, I'm pretty confident about going ahead on my own.
Here's the before pic. I originally had dark brown hair, added some ash blond highlights and my hair and highlights have lightened from using apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse to the point where my blond is WAY too blond. That coupled with seven white hairs has led me to henna :)
Pretty obvious blonde highlights, I'm looking forward to seeing what the henna does to them!
So, here goes. I shampooed twice using a sulphate & paraben free shampoo, then let my hair air dry for about an hour.
Update: I was told washing with low poo isn't necessary and doesn't change the outcome. As a henna virgin, I wanted to do everything right though. I also devoured the free eBook to the right of the pic here before starting my research. It's really helped my application technique. No need to repeat those instruction except a warning to use Vaseline on the skin of your hairline and ears and wear gloves!!
Applying henna is fun, much like playing in mud! It feels heavy quickly though, but smooshy, so now that I'm sufficiently smooshed, I've got a French roll on top of my head and nothing holding it - lol. Not to worry, I've got an old black T-shirt on in case it falls out. No need for the TouchUp applicator, nor the shower cap!
Next time I think I should use 200g... I feel like although I used 50g of Amla and 100g of henna I could have used a 200g total so I didn't have to stretch it. But smooshing pretty much took care of an even coverage.
Thirty hours later I'm deciding if I'm going to do a deep condition, then deciding how I'll style my hair for this week, curly or straight :). I'm tempted to go straight because I want to see all the colour though.
Update: I finally mastered how to combat dryness with henna.
Here's my lovely cool-brown colour thanks to the Amla I added. I obviously missed some grey at the hairline!
Update: my hair looks shiny, feels soft and my sebum production seems to have slowed down. Its day 9 and I just flat ironed my hair to truly see the colour. I've oiled my ends and I did headband curls for 4 hours and it didn't really take, I need to do them overnight! Here's my finger combed hair. I love the colour! I'll definitely do henna again!