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Color Me Henna Directions

This henna kit will change your hair color without damaging your hair, instead conditioning and making hair healthier. Be naturally beautiful with henna.

Color will last 4 – 8 weeks depending on what you use on your hair and how often you wash it. Treating hair to a vinegar rinse instead of soap or shampoo all the time will make the color last longer.

Henna is a natural hair dye that is safe and without chemicals. A good-quality henna dye will leave hair vibrant, soft, shiny and healthy. Do not use any henna mixed with ammonia or alcohol, which most commercially available boxes contain.

Henna is reflected through the hair while enhancing your hair’s natural color. It is also a conditioner.  The cuticle is tight and flatter. The hair is protected from atmospheric conditions such as sun and air pollution. Regular use of henna texturizes hair, giving it more body – this becomes more evident with each application. Henna can be used every 4-6 weeks. Color blends naturally and fades gradually, with never a noticeable regrowth area.

The herbal properties penetrate only the broken part of the hair shafts. The lemon juice helps the henna penetrate the gray hair. If you use old coffee as the liquid it will darken the results.

The actual color you get will depend on your starting color as with any hair color and the length of time you leave it in your hair.

Approximate blend amount needed:   Short length hair: 2-4 oz; Medium length hair: 3-6 oz.;  Long length hair:  4-8 oz.

Tips and Warnings

Before dyeing your hair, you should do a strand test (see page 3). It may take a couple of days before the hair settles into it’s hue. The color may be a bit bright at first. Henna will stain fabrics, clothes, floors, skin.

What you need:

Henna blend

Lemons or lemon juice (helps hair absorb herbs)

Distilled water and maybe old brewed coffee or espresso

Extra virgin olive oil or other cold-pressed oil, yogurt (my fav), eggs

Large glass bowl

Gloves

Wooden or stainless steel spoon

Ultimate Lotion, or whipped butter

Old large dark towel

Thick headband

Large plastic bag –-The larger the bag, the easier it is to cover the sides of head by your face.

Old shirt, or one you want to splotch dye

***Directions for Neutral colors:

Read all information before starting.

Medium hair length; start with ½ cup henna blend. Put in large glass bowl.

  1. Heat 1/2 cup water until very hot, but not boiling if boiled…wait about 10-15 minutes. Coffee, espresso, herbal teas can all be used to darken the hair.
  2. Pour it slowly on the henna blend. Keep stirring.
  3. If less than 15% grey; add juice from 2 lemons or ¼ cup lemon juice or ¼ cup vinegar for reddish highlights. Add oil/yogurt/eggs and stir in well if using (see Special Recipes and Hints). The object is a yogurt-like consistency.
  4. Cover bowl tightly with plastic and towel. Let sit 2-12 hours. (I know decide how long you want to wait).
  5. Put heavy old towel around neck.  –This will get stained with henna.
  6. Put Ultimate Lotion or Whipped butter all around areas you do not want tinted. Put on gloves. Have ready the large plastic bag you will cover your head with. If henna blend seems too thick thin with more water. Too thin and it will run down your neck.
  7. Apply the henna blend. You can put it in a small bag and squeeze out or just apply with gloved fingers. Start with roots. You want to concentrate the majority of the mixture on the roots. Work it through hair leaving no dry spots.
  8. Gather hair together and wrap head in your plastic bag to keep the henna dye warm. Wipe off any henna that may be left on your skin. Put on the headband or fasten whatever way you devised.
  9. Wrap with the towel. Let the henna remain on your head for some time (1 – 5 hours). Course hair will take longer than fine hair. You can use heat from a dryer, heat lamp or thermal heat cap to shorten time.
  10. Rinse the henna dye out of your hair with water until it runs clear. Clean off any walls around you or you will have dyed splotches. You can apply Vinegar or, Conditioner (may make hair feel heavy/greasy) and rinse out.
  11. Do not wash with any soaps or shampoos for several days. Color will change after washing. Using the vinegar rinse instead of soaps will prolong the color. Treating it with Intensive Hair Treatment will prolong the beauty of the color. Depending on what you use on your hair, color will last 4 – 8 weeks.

 

Learn from your mistakes to improve results. This can be a wonderful science experiment for children.

 

Strand test:

  1. Collect hair from brush, or clip a small sampling from your head. 2. mix up a small amount (1 tsp) of henna paste. 3. When mixed, place hair into the bowl. 4. Stir around until hair is covered with henna paste. 5. Leave the hair for 1-4 hours. The longer you leave it in the richer the color. 6. Rinse out the hair. This is not the final color. It takes 2-3 days for the colors to settle down to the final color.

 

Directions for > 15% gray hair:

Remember that God says Gray hair is beautiful.

Medium hair length start with ½ cup henna blend. Put in large glass bowl.

  1. Juice from 4-6 lemons or ½ cup lemon juice.
  2. Pour it slowly on the henna. Keep stirring.  If necessary, add more liquid—yogurt, egg, oil, water, lemon juice. The object is a yogurt-like consistency.
  3. Cover bowl tightly with towel. Let sit 2-12 hours. (I know just work with it).
  4. Put Ultimate Lotion or Whipped butter all around areas you do not want tinted. Put on gloves. Have ready the bag you will cover your head with. If henna blend seems too thick thin with more water. Too thin and it will run down your neck. You can thicken with small amount of flour or arrowroot.
  5. Apply the henna blend. You can put it in a small bag and squeeze out or just apply with fingers. Start with temples and roots. You want to concentrate the majority of the mixture on gray areas. Then work through hair leaving no dry spots.
  6. Gather hair together and wrap head in your plastic bag to keep the henna dye warm. Wipe off any henna that may be left on your skin. Put on the headband or fasten whatever way you devised.
  7. Wrap with the towel. With much gray hair, let the henna remain on your head for some time (several hours or overnight).  Course hair takes longer than fine hair. You can use heat from a dryer, heat lamp, or thermal heat cap to shorten time.
  8. Rinse the henna dye out of your hair with water until it runs clear. Clean off any walls around you or you will have dyed splotches. You can apply Vinegar or, Conditioner and rinse out.
  9. Do not wash with any soaps or shampoos for several days. Color will change after washing. Using the vinegar rinse instead of soaps will prolong the color. Treating it with Intensive Hair Treatment will prolong the beauty of the color. Depending on what you use on your hair, color will last 4 – 8 weeks.

Learn from your mistakes to improve results. This can be a wonderful science experiment for children.

Special Recipes and Hints

Perming…wait 2 weeks before applying henna. This will help the hair be free of the chemical residues.

Perming after henna…Henna coats the hair shaft and can prevent the chemicals from penetrating. Prior to a perm, remove henna (see next question).

Remove Henna:  Apply warm mineral oil to the hair. Leave on 20 – 25 minutes. Rinse with warm water. The volcano (Baking soda and vinegar) will also help remove henna from hair.

Using henna over a chemical tint…If hair is good condition you can use over a chemical tint. Do not continue to use both henna and chemicals tint unless you are only using the neutral henna. Henna should never be used on overbleached or white hair. The color will be harsh.

Henna does not lighten hair.  Do not try to chemically lighten henna hair.

Henna can be used every 4 to 5 weeks. Henna coats each hair shaft with color. Smooths and seals the hair’s cuticle for greater shine. Texturizes hair and gives it body. Blends naturally. Fades gradually. Last 4-6 weeks.

Coffee:  helps tone down red tones, deepen brown-red tones, or cover grey, substitute coffee for water. Use brewed black coffee (not instant or decaffeinated).

Teas:  any black tea will help add gold highlights to light brown shades. Can enrich red tones. Brightens and adds highlights to neutral shades.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  helps hold color on grey hair.

Lemon juice:  lightens blonde shades.

Dry hair…add 1 egg, 2 -4 Tbls. olive oil or plain yogurt to henna mixture. These natural ingredients not only condition, but help with the application and rinsing process.

Just Shine Directions

Our Cassia obavata gives shine, body, health to hair. Used to strengthen and condition hair. Cassia can also dye pale or gray hair a golden wheat color. Does not stress the hair.

Very thick hair or abundant locks require more paste. It is better to mix more than you think you’ll need. If you have leftover paste, you can put it in your freezer in a plastic freezer bag, and thaw it for later use. If you freeze leftover paste regularly, you will always have some leftover to use if you run short.

What do you need?

Medium hair length start with ½ cup Just Shine. Put in large glass bowl.

  1. Juice from 4-6 lemons or ½ cup lemon juice.
  2. Pour it slowly in the powder. Keep stirring. If necessary, add more liquid—oil, water, apple juice. The object is a yogurt-like consistency.
  3. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and towel. Let sit 2-12 hours. (The longer it sets, the stronger is the paste. I know just work with it).
  4. Put Ultimate Lotion or Whipped butter all around areas you do not want tinted. Put on gloves. Have ready the bag you will cover your head with. If the blend seems too thick, thin with more liquid. Too thin and it will run down your neck. You can thicken with small amount of flour or arrowroot.
  5. Apply the blend. This is a messy step especially if you have longer hair. You can put it in a small bag and squeeze out or just apply with fingers. Start with temples and roots. You want to concentrate the majority of the mixture on gray areas. Then work through hair leaving no dry spots.
  6. Gather hair together and wrap head in your plastic bag to keep the head warm. Wipe off any blend that may be left on your skin. Put on the headband or fasten whatever way you devised.
  7. Wrap with the towel. With much gray hair, let remain on your head for some time (several hours or overnight). Course hair takes longer than fine hair. You can use heat from a dryer, heat lamp, or thermal heat cap to shorten time.
  8. Rinse your hair with water until it runs clear. Clean off any walls around you or you will have dyed splotches. You can apply Vinegar or Conditioner and rinse out.
  9. Do not wash with soaps or shampoos for several days. Color will change after washing. Using the vinegar rinse instead of soaps will prolong the color. Treating it with Intensive Hair Treatment will prolong the beauty of the color. Depending on what you use on your hair, color will last 4 – 8 weeks.

Learn from your mistakes to improve results. This can be a wonderful science experiment for children.

Do Essential Oils help hair re-growth?

As many of you, my regular customers know, I have been targeted by the FDA for scrutiny.

One of the issues the FDA has is our Reverse Hair Loss products.

Here are a listing of four studies on the positive effects some essential oils have been proven to help:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23305186  Hair growth-promoting activity of hot water extract of Thuja orientalis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25584150/  Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9828867/  Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10328210/ Randomized trial of aromatherapy: successful treatment for alopecia areata

Through extensive research, I have come up with the essential oils I find to have a beneficial effect on hair growth.

Thank you . Kathleen

Help!! My Hair feels heavy, gunky and greasy!!

Chemical Free Hair Products –Your scalp WILL go through a detox!

 HELP!! My hair feels heavy, gunky, and greasy!!!  This is an email or call I get most often!

 Don’t give up! You are getting there! IT TAKES TIME! There are many chemicals clogging the pores in your scalp.

 Our hope is that this little flyer (and blog post) will help you stay determined in your quest to become less chemically toxic.

 Our first and foremost recommendation is to use our Bar Soaps. (If you have a handcrafter who make a real bar of soap locally, or you want to try your hand at a real bar soap will work too) We recommend using the vinegar rinse every time you shampoo and for the off days when you are not using soap. I use vinegar every time I shower. It is very balancing to your skin and helps keep the bacteria in check. If you start, soon you will love what it does for your hair. It conditions, and helps clean up your scalp.

That gunky stuff is coming from the pores of your scalp. If you can use your nails and scrape junk from the back of your head. Just think of where it is coming from. Your whole head is in the detox process; not just your hair. That stuff has been building up in there all your life. Now you are getting rid of it.

If you have long hair it can be a difficult switch to Castile shampoos, but worth it. I really recommend cutting hair short, donating it to help others and start with fresher non-chemical polluted hair for best results.  Our Clarifying Shampoo really does help get rid of some of the gunk; but, it is castile soap with decyl-polyglucoside. One of the first “natural” surfactant. I do not recommend it for constant use; but that said; it is better than any alternative in the commercial marketplace.

 Here are the hair care tips I give those who are struggling to switch to liquid castile soaps:

 There is a best way to use our Shampoo and Conditioner. We recommend using the Shampoo for 8 – 10 washings (about 2 weeks; shampooing every other day) before ever using the Conditioner. This is to really start the process of cleaning the chemicals out of your scalp. This is the time when you really need to use the vinegar rinse.

 Most of our newer customers can scrape gunk from the scalp after starting our products. That is chemical buildup coming out. This process will take time. It seems to come in waves. After two weeks; it will lessen. But, those chemicals will take time to work out from the deep dermal layers.

 For the liquid shampoos: A dime-quarter size amount. We have been taught to use way too much shampoo. …Put this small amount on your fingers; massage into the scalp…not the hair. It goes much farther than you realize. Too much soap can’t be washed out easily.  Less is better. Continue using the vinegar; it’s amazing what it will do for your scalp, hair, body, feet. Washing your hair more may not make the process any faster. But the vinegar rinse will. It takes time for those chemicals to rise up through the dermal layer. To truly detox takes time….there are no instant cures to detoxing our body; inside or out.

 We suggest using one of our great Bar soaps for your hair; yes, it is great for hair too…and easier to use. Our customers seem to have an easier time with the scalp detox because the bar soaps help to break the gunk down more easily than the liquid shampoos.

 Apply Shampoo two times. Use another dime-quarter size amount (amount depends on how thick and/or long hair is). Too much soap will not work better. It will not get washed out easily and will contribute to the gunkiness. Work from scalp down. Remember, you are cleaning the scalp; not the hair. This is very important with a natural castile soap. You do not need a lot of lather for this. We recommend this even with the bar soap; at least until you are finished detoxing your scalp.

 Vinegar Rinse.  We strongly recommend using a vinegar rinse. This helps get the gummy chemical residue out of your scalp.  Use 1/2 – 1 cup plain white vinegar (apple cider or wine vinegar, if you prefer). After the two latherings, slowly pour and working through hair. Concentrate on the base of the skull. (You can dilute the vinegar with water; but the best results come from using it full strength.) Rinse.

Fly-away Hair after using Vinegar. If your hair seems “fly-away” after using the vinegar; The Whipped Body Butter, Ultimate Body Lotion; Forever Young Face Cream or Oil, Men’s Face Lotion and the Liquid Gold all help control your hair. Just use the left-overs from the palms of your hands after you use one of these.

 Another detoxing method….baking soda:   Mix 2 Tbsp. baking soda in 2 quarts hot water.  Stir to dissolve. Slowly pour on hair. Work through. Repeat several times.  Rinse well with warm water. Follow with a quick vinegar rinse.

 Combing and brushing your hair. Your hair needs the oils the scalp produces. You need to gently brush or comb your hair 25-100 strokes per day. Your hair will respond quickly; looking and being healthier. We recommend using a wood comb; or a natural rubber bristle brush. Some of our customers have found dog brushes have great rubber bristles. Plastic create static and can break hair. This will not cause you to lose hair. You will be stimulating the scalp; waking up the hair follicles and helping the gunk to get out of your deep dermal layers faster. This will really help the detox process. You have been putting chemicals into your scalp for (how old are you?) years…this is what is coming out! It will take time.

 You will have less trouble if you cut your hair short….and let it grow back out. You will have healthy hair growing and will be much better than trying to resurrect dead and damaged chemical laden hair.

I colored my hair with commercial products for at least 5 years before I started using henna and became comfortable with my gray. Gray or silver is to be a crowning glory of our wisdom. God is pleased with our wisdom….we have to stop thinking like the world around us. Continue with the detox and you will be much happier and healthier by next year….enjoy the journey; looking forward not back.

 You will have better scalp and hair if you continue…. using a handcrafted bar of soap. Every soapmaker’s soap is different.  Only handcrafters who make their soaps the “old-fashioned” way can provide chemical free soaps.  We created our own soaps because I could not find a real soap I liked that was pure.  Because their “secret” ingredient is surfactant; Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps lather really well. But, this doesn’t make for a healthy scalp.  When a company makes product in huge batches for consumer retail; something is lacking. Other so-called Organic companies make compromises to produce huge batches of product that last for years on the shelf. It happened to Avalon Organics, Burts Bees, Jason, Nature’s Gate….these all use surfactants and other toxic chemical substances. Check your ingredients against EWG’s cosmeticdatabase.com

We would love feedback on your journey. You can even post your testimonials on our blog page.

Kathleen Hembree, HealingScents.com