Friday, 6 February 2009

Washing the henna out!

OK.. its now quarter past five and the henna has been on my hair since about 11am.
Things I did with my hair full of henna:

I cleaned the upstairs bathroom, I hoovered the sitting room, I washed some dishes, I made an apple and rhubarb crumble cake, I learned how to upload my articles on natural beauty to 'scribd' and then how to link it to my blog (thank you Julia), and I made several cups of tea.

Now it's a good time to wash the henna off.
You have to rinse and rinse until the water runs clear. This takes ALOT of water... and if water were rationed (and if you are trying to be green then surely it is!) then you would probably not want to do this very often... and you would have to save water elsewhere to make it viable... (hey for all you know I could have collected snow these past two days!)
Once the water runs clear you can shampoo your hair. Its best to use a gentle shampoo or a natural soap shampoo bar. When you start drying your hair you will notice that the previously grey or white hairs will look very orange... ta da...........
This is normal at this stage and there is no need to panic. Henna changes colour with exposure to oxygene and in two or three days time the orange coloured roots will be a nice red colour to match the rest of my hair. I will post another picture in a couple of days to prove it!
The real beauty of henna is that it is natural... and can't possibly damage your hair even if you were to colour it every day for a week (unless you have previously used a chemical hair dye ... that can be tricky), it leaves my hair soft and silky and doesn't irritate my scalp in any way. The depth of colour can be amazing and it looks its best in sunlight. In the middle of summer people come up to me and tell me how great my hair colour is... I wish that I had known about it when I was young and gorgeous instead of ruining my hair with all the rubbish I used to use. If you would like to know more about henna then watch for the link on the right hand side under articles on natural beauty.

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