View Full Version : Are henna glosses good for newbies?
January 7th, 2011, 12:20 PM
I posted "my story" here several times......had great auburn hair most of life, but it's started to "age fade" (it's gotten duller/ashier/browner) so I dyed it 3 weeks ago. I love the color, but it faded already! So, I'm ready to take the henna plunge and get my red hair back!
I'm really desiring something close to the pic in my avatar....coppery/auburn red. I've been graciously advised by many of you to go with a quality 50% Henna/Cassia mixture, so that's what I've ordered and am planning!
I can't help but wonder though.......should I take baby steps? Don't get me wrong....I'm 150% commited to be a redhead for life. I wonder if henna glosses would be a "safer" way to get to the color I want OR I wonder if they would just prolonge the process too much? I'm a bit impatient by nature!
Thoughts? If you were me, what would you do?
January 7th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Strand test first with your 50/50 mix. If you like the color after 2 hours, go all the way.
January 7th, 2011, 02:46 PM
you could try a 50:50 cassia/henna mix that would give you the colour you want
January 8th, 2011, 01:05 PM
Definitely strand-test! And I would go with baby steps, because you have rather light hair and I bet flaming orange wouldn't be much to your liking. You can make a more potent henna gloss by adding more henna, so you still take steps and don't plunge in head-first.
January 8th, 2011, 01:18 PM
I'd suggest baby steps, because with henna there's no going back once you get it too dark. Maybe a henna gloss to start out with?
I also had faded red/auburn hair I was trying to get back and hennaed for the first time about six months ago. I did straight henna, and have since been scaling it progressively back every time I do my roots. It was waaaaay darker than what I was shooting for. (I did strand test, and was so excited by the amount of red I saw on the test that I couldn't wait to henna!) Next I tried 50/50 henna/cassia, then 35/65 henna/cassia. Now I'm thinking I should have just started out with a henna gloss to begin with, since there's still a good amount of red left in my hair naturally.
Anyway, strand test, but if you want to take baby steps, start with a henna gloss!
January 8th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Definitely take baby steps! A gloss is an excellent way to start, especially if you really just want to boost your natural color and not have an "oh, you dyed your hair" moment.
January 8th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Absolutely strand test - and I agree with mixing with cassia at first. If necessary you can try again with more henna if your first try is too pale, since henna is so very permanent.
I hope to see you among the ranks of the dedicated henna-heads!:D
January 8th, 2011, 04:38 PM
What is a henna gloss?
January 8th, 2011, 05:33 PM
That would be a small amount of henna (or henna/cassia) mixed into conditioner and left on the hair for a relatively short time.
January 8th, 2011, 07:13 PM
What is a henna gloss?
I'm a newbie too. I found the recipe for the Henna gloss under Articles on the horizontal nav bar at the top of the page.
January 9th, 2011, 12:10 AM
So jealous always wanted auburn hair!
January 9th, 2011, 06:43 AM
I can tell you that my henna glosses have been perfect. I followed Nightshade's instructions in the articles section, strand tested, left it on for fifty-five minutes, and walked away with perfect, coppery tresses. Of course, now I'm dealing with roots galore, because it's been too cold in our home for dye release the past two weeks (burst boiler) but as soon as that is fixed, I'm doing my next one!! I highly recommend it for newbie hennaheads, because it's diluted as a gloss, so not as extreme. :)
January 9th, 2011, 10:34 PM
I might try the gloss. From what I understand you can make it as strong or as weak as you want but I am wondering how much lighter will it take if I start slow. Less color tends to turn me more orange/pink lol :eek:
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