Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

  1. #1
    Dragon Seeress Medievalmaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Somewhere between the 12th century and now
    Posts
    2,448
    Length
    Bald/18"/FTP
    Type
    2b/2c/M/i/ii

    Default Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

    Hey, everybody!

    I have a henna troubleshooting question for y'all. I did a full-head henna back in August 2013, then used Nightshade's sun-in lightening method to achieve the coppery color I was going for. It worked perfectly, and since then I have been doing roots-only applications of 65% cassia 35% henna.

    Over the past few months, my husband and I both noticed that my hair was going less red and more brownish. I decided to do a full gloss with what was left of my stash to try to brighten things up. So today I did the gloss, and left it on for 2 hours. The color is definitely brighter, but I think it also went too dark. Here's the story in photos for you to work with (two posts, because there are a lot of them.)

    Here's the color I started with:

    You can see that it isn't very coppery, more a golden brownish tone. I could still see the orange flair in direct sun, but I wasn't happy with indoors at all.

    Here are the results of the henna gloss, in a variety of lighting:


    Outdoors, direct sun


    Outdoors, shade


    Indoors, fluorescent lighting


    Indoors, indirect sunlight


    Indoors, indirect sunlight facing the other way


    Indoors natural light


    Indoors sunlight


    outdoor, direct sunlight. This is actually a beautiful color, but a shade off of what I'm after.


    Outdoors, direct sun from further overhead.

    continued in my next post.....
    Lady Frolics in the Sunlight-Dappled Faerie Linn & Del in the OLHK


  2. #2
    Dragon Seeress Medievalmaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Somewhere between the 12th century and now
    Posts
    2,448
    Length
    Bald/18"/FTP
    Type
    2b/2c/M/i/ii

    Default Re: Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

    Henna troubleshooting, hive mind, part two!


    outdoors, indirect sunshine


    Indoors, natural lighting (no bulbs on, no direct sun)

    And, the all-important buns:







    So--it's definitely brighter, which I wanted most out of the wish list this go-around, and DH says it looks better. He is of the mind that I should try to Sun-in method again to get the color I'm really after:











    So--as I said, the color is definitely brighter, but I'm worried that once it oxidizes, it is going to go too dark. DH thinks I can hit my goal color or very close to it using the Sun-in lightening method. But based on the last results, I'm worried about losing the redness to brown again if I do that. Would the honey lightening method work better, or perhaps a straight Cassia just to brighten everything? Based on these photos, what would you do to achieve the copper at this point? Help me, LHC Hive Mind, you're my only hope!
    Lady Frolics in the Sunlight-Dappled Faerie Linn & Del in the OLHK


  3. #3
    Member lapushka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    13,118
    Length
    15.4/TBL/CL
    Type
    2b/2c/F/iii

    Default Re: Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

    It's definitely a nice shade of a very light bright orangy red, especially in clear broad daylight, and that's the *only* light you should be viewing this in!
    Lady Senua of the Golden Mask in the Order of the Long Haired Knights
    WCC method (washing) + LOC method (styling)

  4. #4
    Member leilani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    619
    Length
    34"/32"/BCL
    Type
    1b/M/iii

    Default Re: Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

    I'm confused, is that long copper hair yours in the last five pics? From the last round of sun-in?

    I've never seen my adult natural color! microtrimming bleach & henna out
    Battling postpartum hair loss & a fussy scalp.
    I love DIY conditioning treatments!

  5. #5
    Henna Seeress Nightshade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Terre D'Ange
    Age
    34
    Posts
    17,577
    Length
    BSL/~Clsc/FrTip
    Type
    2a/M/ii

    Default Re: Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

    I'd try the Sun in and then do a light gloss over it if it seems too blonde. Fwiw, honey lightening never did a thing for me.

  6. #6
    Dragon Seeress Medievalmaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Somewhere between the 12th century and now
    Posts
    2,448
    Length
    Bald/18"/FTP
    Type
    2b/2c/M/i/ii

    Default Re: Henna Troubleshooting: Hive Mind, Help!

    Lapushka--I know, I know! lol But, sadly, I don't have my own personal, non-cancer causing sun to travel around with me and always shine on the hair.

    Leilani-- I'm sorry to confuse! The last several images in the second post--those with the long hair--are my hair prior to chemo. I'm trying to get back to that color and length.

    Nightshade--I'll definitely keep that in mind, since our hair is so similar in nature. I've never tried honey lightening anyway, and the Sun-in method worked well last time--I'm just confused about why it faded so much; I've been doing full-strength applications to the roots for the past year so if anything, the top 1/3 should have been too red. Crazy hair!

    So, perhaps it might be best for me to do the Sun-in, then glosses to build to my goal color, and then re-evaluate how to maintain the color. Although my hair is similar to what it was pre-shave, it seems to behave a little differently (probably a combination of aging and changes in the regrowth?) Looks like it's just going to take some time and tinkering to get there, but it's definitely worth it!
    Lady Frolics in the Sunlight-Dappled Faerie Linn & Del in the OLHK


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •