I started colouring my hair at a fairly young age. Lured by the opportunity to change my look as often as I wanted, I have continued to dye my hair for the last 13 years. I’ve been pillar box red, ghostly jet black, bleached to an inch of its life blonde, and what can only be described as neon Ribena berry indigo…
Despite causing a few embarrassing moments, and costing a small fortune in heavy duty conditioner; I can’t help but love colouring my hair!
But since deciding to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I have refrained from putting any chemical concoctions in my hair and have – quite lazily indeed – left it to its own devices. And that actually suited me quite fine.
That was until I looked in the mirror recently, and realised that a summer of sea, sun and chorine had stripped the last remnants of my last red hair dye, and left my locks looking very sad and neglected! I needed a spruce up fast!
But as though by some divine intervention, the day I was thinking about giving in and reaching for the Loreal, I saw a fantastic post by You Hippies all about using henna as a natural hair dye.
The best thing about henna is its chemical free, vegan friendly and you have complete control over what colour and strength you have; simply by experimenting and mixing up your own dye!
However, as clear and straightforward as Meagan’s instructions were for mixing up her henna; I must admit it did seem like a little too much effort for lazy old me! So I did the next best thing and followed the advice of one of my colleagues (who by some coincidence had come into work that day with henna working its magic under her scarf…) and bought ready mixed henna hair dye.
Under recommendation I bought a bottle of Henne Colour in chestnut brown which was about £3.79 on ebay. You apply it exactly how you would any other dye, only you can leave it in for 1 hour up to 1 day. The longer you leave it in the deeper the colour. I left mine in for about 6 hours and sat back with a bottle of wine and watched multiple episodes of Orphan Black…
What surprised me the most was what a pleasant, earthy smell the henna dye had; even my cats were happy to chill out beside me with no nasty fumes.
I’m really happy with the colour and my hair feels really full and soft; its not what I was expeting at all! The only thing which could prove a drawback is that the dye is only really temporary and I have noticed it colouring the water when I shampoo. As I swim a lot, I think that it could end up coming out much quicker when mixed with chlorine. But I’m happy with the trade off when my hair is happy and chemical free!