+ characterssssssIím getting frustrated here. I miss my henna-ed hair Not the colour, but how full and healthy it felt and looked. Iím getting THIS close to henna it again :@ I donít know where else to go with this so Iím extremely grateful Iím already a LHC member
Ok, a bit of background info:
January 2016 I cut my hair short to remove the henna I had since June 2009. Iím growing out my short pixie since April and by now itís a jaw length bob. I want to grow it long again (for me ďlongĒ; past shoulders, maybe APL) but Iím afraid itíll be too thin to still look ok at that length. There are pictures in my ďWhen I was a henna headĒ photo album of how it looked when I used to henna and I secretly like to go back to that length.
I totally love my virgin hair colour, Iím just noticing how different it feels and looks compared to my henna-ed hair. Itís less full then when I was using henna the shine and everything is ok, itís super healthy.
I am considering using henna again just to make it thicker even though I know that cutting it short would be a total waste and I donít want to be red anymore, hence why I cut it all out in the first place.
Yesterday I did my first castor oil/jojoba mix, I plan to do that at least two times per week, hoping it will thicken my hair a bit. I canít win much on food and general health wise: I workout about four times a week and eat Ďcleaní 80-90%. I take a bunch of supplements, also for my hair, like biotin, folic acid and MSM.
Onto the questions I have regarding cassia (and amla):
Will cassia give me the results pure henna gave me? Iím prepared to apply it every week if I have to since cassia isnít as permanent as henna.
It varies. For some people it does nothing. For me it's a bit more conditioning than henna but also a bit less thickening. The conditioning effect of henna, however, is just semi-permanent on my hair for some reason... so I can't answer this question properly
I found an online shop here in the Netherlands that also sells amla. Would a combination of cassia AND amla be a good idea?
Why do you want the amla? Probably not a bad idea, but I think amla could shift the colour. It can help retain curl for people who get loosening from henna/cassia, so if you don't mind that, go for it.
I donít mind if my hair colour changes, Iím a dark blonde with warm undertones which means I can look a bit red-ish in certain lights.
How should I mix this? I always mixed the henna with fresh orange juice, it didnít dry out my hair and it gave me good dye release. I applied it to dry hair.
Would the same work for cassia? How long should I keep it on my hair? How much colour change can I expect?
More acidic cassia gave me some reddish tones, but the colour was not so bright as with chammomile tea. I also apply it to dry hair. You could also turn it into a gloss by mixing with conditioner. Again, the amount of colour you get varies. But it's really just a translucent golden tint. I leave it on for 2 hours max, like I did with henna because longer is uncomfortable.
Is there anything else I should consider?
Um, I'd consider accepting your hair. Look for inspiration - there are many bloggers with thin hair and it's just as pretty. But I just looked and you are ii so your hair probably isn't even that thin and you plan to grow to a relatively shortish length so you'd have very little taper. Don't worry!
You pixied to remove henna. That's a pretty good argument not to do it again.
Thanks so much for the help!