Henna Hair Colour Help
Welcome to the World of *Natural Herbal Henna Hair Colouring! I put the below notes together after years of personal experience, both with the Natural Henna Hair Colouring product and speaking with customers who have used this great product too - offering their regular feedback over many many years! It is our great pleasure to offer a real natural alternative to chemical hair dyes. We hope the following will help you with any queries you may have:
*[Please note that we generalise the term Henna Hair colouring to mean any natural ingredient suitable and safe for natural herbal hair colouring, including the natural ingredients: henna, indigo, walnuts & turmeric to name but a few].
Frequently Asked Questions with regards to our Natural Henna Hair Colouring:
1. How does Natural Henna Hair Colour work?
Natural Henna Hair colouring is different to chemical hair colouring. The Natural Henna Hair Colour coats the hair shaft. The chemical hair colour invades the hair shaft, neutralises the natural colour pigment and replaces it with its own chemical colour. In this way, chemical hair colouring is a more 'precise' procedure. As Natural Henna Hair Colour coats the hair shaft, it uses the original hair colour as its canvass. In this way, Natural Henna Hair colouring is a little more unpredictable than its chemical colour alternative. If you have more than 20% grey hair, we recommend the layering technique.
2. What is the Natural Henna Hair colouring layering technique?
When Natural Henna colour coats the hair shaft - covering grey can be a little scary at first! Natural Henna’s first application can look orange/copper on grey hair. But DO NOT fret! Keep layering, as the more Henna colour you layer on your hair, the darker the canvass turns. [It is well worth the effort!].
Important: if you have more than 20% grey hair – carry out your hair strand test on a some grey hair that won’t be so noticeable. This way, you can acquire some practice and ensure you are aware of the possible results. Practice the layering technique this way, until you gather some confidence for the whole head of hair.
3. How can I maintain my Natural Henna Hair colour?
Using soap based shampoos is a bad idea when you've gone to the effort of Henna hair colouring. Natural soap is great, but not for Henna coloured hair, it will make your vibrant colours fade all too quickly! Rather, use the shampoos suggested for hair natural henna hair colouring. We can highly recommend Shampoos for Colour Treated Hair. Use any Hair Conditioner to follow if needed.
4. I have had allergies/problems with chemical PPD / phenylenediamine hair dyes, will I have a problem with this Natural Henna Hair Colour?
Firstly, this Natural Henna Hair Colour does not contain PPD / phenylenediamine and we never make promises, nor offer guarantees in relation to allergies. Allergies are personal and unique. For example, take nut allergies, most of us can enjoy this wonderful nutritious food, but to others it can be fatal. Always skin patch test FIRST for any potential allergies before natural henna hair colouring your whole head of hair.
Important: if you are still recovering from a nasty allergy and your scalp was seriously affected, do not use this Natural Henna Hair Colour until your scalp has healed. This includes itching and flaking. Introducing a new product whilst your immune system is on RED ALERT is a bad idea, and you may be creating new allergies by introducing a new product at such a sensitive time. Use a very basic natural shampoo, and only shampoo when you really really really really have to. A great product for helping recovery for sore scalps is our Viridian 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil. Use by massaging a dollop into the scalp, gently. Wrap the hair in a plastic cap and wrap a towel around the head. Leave on the scalp for 2 hours. Then Shampoo with a very basic unscented shampoo. Continue every few days until the scalp feels better, and most importantly, has stopped itching/flaking. Usually, after 4 weeks [general skin recovery time] it will be ok to start considering using a Natural Henna Hair Colour.
5. What is the best way to prepare for a Natural Henna Hair Colour?
We suggest clarifying your hair to start with. If you have used any styling products, leave in conditioners, or if your hair is slightly on the oily side, this will mean your hair shaft will repel the henna hair colouring, so you may experience a patchy colour coverage. We suggest shampoos from our Clarifying Hair Shampoo range as a preparation shampoo before colouring your hair. It is also a great clarifying shampoo when your normal shampoo ‘appears’ to stop working. Using once every two weeks will help you stick with your favourite natural shampoo!
6. Which Natural Henna Hair Colour will suit me best? Dark Brown or Mahogany?
There are no hard or fast rules with Natural Henna colouring. However, this may help you when first starting out: if your natural hair colouring is/was black or dark brown, then the Dark Brown colours may suit you better. However, if your natural hair colour was blonde to light brown, then perhaps the Mahogany/lighter types of colours will suit you better?
Incidentally, we have many adventurous customers who like to use the darker browns and mahogany henna colours together [mixed separately] the darker browns henna hair colour is used as a base colour and the mahogany/lighter henna hair colours as a natural highlight. But this kind of experimenting usually comes with lots of practice, and sometimes originally with a talented hairdresser who has a good understanding of Natural Henna Hair colouring.
7. Can I highlight my hair with Natural Henna Hair Colour?
No. You cannot lighten your current hair colour, you can only enhance or darken your current hair colour.
8. I am undergoing cancer treatment, is this Natural Henna Hair Colour safe to use?
If you have any doubts as to whether a product is suitable to use, please check with your Oncologist/Doctor before using this product. However, we can confirm we have many happy and satisfied customers who have undergone/who are having cancer treatment, and are happy to use this product alongside their treatment. But, again, if you have any doubts, you must speak with your Doctor first.
9. I have used a Chemical Hair Colour recently; can I use Natural Henna Hair Colour now?
We always suggest leaving natural henna hair colouring for about 6 weeks to 2 months after using a chemical hair colourant. The mixing of a chemical hair dye and henna will be unpredictable. It is best to leave a considerable time gap before trying a Natural Henna Hair Colour.
10. How often can I use the Natural Henna Hair Colour? As often as you like, the Henna layering technique for example may take a few attempts over a few days. There are no restrictions in this area.
Finally, these products work really well for most of our customers. I and many family members and friends use these great products, and we’ve all experienced great results, especially more so as we’re avoiding the potential toxic nasties in chemical hair dyes!
If you are like most of our first timers, a little bit wary to go for a Natural Henna Hair Colour right now - just be patient. It can take some time to gain confidence to colour your own hair. Personally, it took me quite a few months to pluck up the courage to apply a colour to my hair! I thought I'd be walking around with a bag over my head, or spending quite a bit at a local hairdressers to put my mistake right! But that never happened. I really don't know why I waited so long! But now, it is like second nature to me and our regular Natural Henna Hair Colour customers. Give yourself some space, and psychologically prepare yourself for this new adventure! Our head of hair is our crowning glory, and of course, on show all the time. It is important to understand, if mistakes happen, the world will see it! So be patient… take your time, and natural henna hair colour in your own sweet time!
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Lots of Love, Angie xx
Notes created by Angie Coleman.