Hello hello! I hope all of you out there on the internet have been well since last we met a week ago. It’s been a busy week with lots of henna, massage, and housecleaning. Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with the fantastic henna I’ve been doing on my Facebook page!!
I’ve been excited to update you on the progress of the tress-tinkering that I’ve been doing!
When we last met, I had just mixed up the henna portion (15g of dry powder for 1 root application) of my dye and left it to oxidize overnight. The next evening, I added my indigo powder (also mixed with the warm sage tea and a bit of salt to help with dye release) and let that sit for 15 minutes to release. This is what I ended up with:
After it had sat a little while it was even bluer than this! So pretty. Makes me want to re-think my logo…
Anyway! This was the first time that I had applied my own henna and I wanted to do it in front of the mirror, so I decided to go with the squeeze-bottle applicator route. And boy was I glad for it! Virtually mess-free, yay!
I suppose I should mention that before I started mixing my indigo, I took a shower and shampooed my hair followed by a club soda rinse. Here’s a picture of the before application clean hair:
and after I put the goo on my roots:
I let this sit over night (beneath a layer of plastic wrap and a shower cap) and rinsed it out in the morning, using only conditioner to loosen the mud. I read that you’re not supposed to use a cleanser until the final color is reached (after 2-4 days of oxidization), so I waited until Sunday night to use shampoo, but I did wash it every day with water and club soda or baking soda.
SO here’s the final result!
As you can see (kindof),
the roots are MUCH closer to the color of the ends. There’s still a redder tone to them, but the color is more even over all. (sorry about the blurry photo!!)
I think from here my plan is to do one more application exactly like this, and then follow it up with a fun tinted gloss. I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, I’m enjoying a much more evenly colored, shiny and soft head of hair! And I’ve gotten so many compliments! Yay!