Re: Hair


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Posted by Maureen on July 18, 2002 at 14:56:24:

In reply to: Hair posted by Jen on July 18, 2002 at 02:12:21:

Hi Jen,

How long ago was it that you put the henna on your hair? If it is
still at the roots and hasn't grown out, I am guessing that it was
not very long ago. The problem you are facing is that with any henna
product, you can't make a darker color go lighter. So if the orangey
color you got is darker than the other henna colors you are using,
they won't have much effect on the orange. Henna products can take a
color darker but not lighter.

Problem with going to a chemical dye is that chemical dyes are not
compatible with henna products and can damage your hair. It is hard
to switch back from a henna product to a chemical product. Plus the
chemical product you would want to use would be one that bleached out
the color. Those are even more harsh to the hair and potentially
more incompatible with the henna products. The way you can make sure
would be to do a test. Using the hair you get from your brush or
comb, apply the chemical product to it per instructions. Then see
what the results are. What those results are will be pretty much
what you can expect to happen to your head of hair as well.

You can get better results with henna powders than the orange you
describe. You can take the color darker, but not lighter with henna
owders. So look for those products that are darker in color than the
red or orange color of your roots. The other option is to wait until
your hair grows out more. It is possible to take the color of the
orange down to a more acceptible brown or reddish without hennaing or
coloring the roots. You would basically just be getting a color on
the orange that you can live with while allowing your hair to grow
out to its natural color. Henna is like other hair coloring. You
really can put it on the hair where you want it to be. You don't
have to color all of your hair with it. So it is possible to let
your hair grow out and at the same time, find a color for the rest of
your hair that you can live with. Just takes some experimentation.

Keep in mind also that different henna powders stain different
colors. Some will take your hair to a deeper darker more red color
and others will take your hair to that orange. It does have to do
with the henna powders and the original color of your hair. I have a
henna powder for hair, Ahmad, that stains deeper and darker red than
others. The Kimia will do the same thing. It is a body quality
henna powder. Repeat applications will darken the color of the henna
coloring over time. But it will darken it to the capacity of the
henna powder. So make sure you are using a henna powder that
naturally goes to the color you are seeking on hair.

Just saying that you might not be able to use a chemical dye on your
hair right now, and you can not get a henna product to take a darker
color lighter...But, you also don't have to live with an orange color
that is distasteful to you.

Hope some of this helps.

Maureen

 


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