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    Default A teeny tiny henna rant - may I?

    I *knew* I would be in this situation eventually but I somehow ignored the warning sound in my head and thought I'd deal with it when the time came. Yes, I'm trying to grow out my henna. I just got a personal colour analysis and it turns out I'm much cooler toned than I thought, I was thinking I would be mostly neutral. However I always knew henna didn't really suit me, but I kept at it for 5 years. My natural mid ash brown is the *perfect* colour for me, but it'll take years for me to have it back and you all know one cannot get rid of the henna or cover over it without the orangy-ness showing through. Even if I wear my best colours now it always looks off unless I pull the hair out and away from my face. But I love wearing it down

    Thanks for letting me rant and please think twice, thrice, quadruple before hennaing!
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    Default Re: A teeny tiny henna rant - may I?

    I'm sorry for your predicament. I've been wanting to try henna for a while but this is precisely why I haven't taken the plunge... *sigh* decisions, decisions...

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    Default Re: A teeny tiny henna rant - may I?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoRush View Post
    I'm sorry for your predicament. I've been wanting to try henna for a while but this is precisely why I haven't taken the plunge... *sigh* decisions, decisions...
    I second this, I love love love the look of henna on others and I (usually) read such good things about it on here but I cannot for the life of me imagine how it'd look on me, if it would suit me, etc etc, sigh. I'm not quite brave enough to take the plunge with a temporary dye, let alone henna... maybe on day...

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    Default Re: A teeny tiny henna rant - may I?

    maybe you could use a purple toner to try to neutralize it?

    I almost henindigoed a year ago and I'm so glad I didnt!

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    Well, I can certainly say "don't do it unless you KNOW that orangy red will suit you" The temporary dyes are a good way to try it out, I wish I had done that. But then again I'm almost sure I would henna anyway because I thought being a redhead would suit me. A few people have actually mistaken me for a natural redhead, auburn really, but it looks so off IMO.
    Right now I'm toning it a bit down with blue toners, but it can only take the orange into the almost golden territory, any more and it looks like "blue over gold".
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    Well, I am a Summer with natural Ash Brown hair and Blue eyes that have flecks of yellow/gold that make them look green sometimes. My skin tone is light-med with no discernible blue/pink undertone. I've always worn summer/winter colors by choice and still do. I've Hennaed with Red Raj and do roots only or occasionally a strong gloss. I don't find the Henna color "wrong" on me. I suspect it has to do with my "neutral skin tone as well as that bit of yellow/gold in my eyes. My maternal Grandmother was a natural Strawberry Blond so I may have her skin tone? Anyway, I will continue to Henna for the great conditioning benefits and grey coverage. The day I decide it's too much work, I'll see what my options are for growing it out.
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    I'd probably henna if it weren't for the time/effort investment in keeping roots covered with any kind of color treatment. I know it'd work for me, because I am a Spring in a family full of Autumns; we have the same slightly flushed skintone, but I have chestnut hair to their orangey-red.

    Ah well, my favorite colors wouldn't look good on me if I made the change. My mom and sister can't wear the jewel tones and brights that really shine on me, and I'm not a big fan of the olives and golds and russets that look best on them. The closest I ever come is a red with a hint of orange in it, and one olivey dress that looks good on me (but would look better if my hair was redder). Of course, on the other hand, if I went all the way to a deep auburn (which is what I'd want to do), I suppose I might be able to still carry off my favorite colors. My hands and shoulders just wouldn't appreciate the work of applying the henna at ALL, nor would the cost be good on my very thin wallet.
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    Default Re: A teeny tiny henna rant - may I?

    How does everyone even know what their 'seasons' are?!
    Anyhow, I'm sorry you want rid of your henna. There's some great ideas around here for disguising the grow out good luck!
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    Default Re: A teeny tiny henna rant - may I?

    You can check out some blogs about "seasonal" color analysis or some websites to figure it out on your own, or you can get an analysis done by a pro. My favorite is the "truth is beauty" website, very helpful in figuring out your colors. But it is not an exact science, obviously. I am a true summer flowing into true winter since I have a tiny bit more contrast than the regular summer but some winter colors are overpowering on me.

    And you can also check out pinterest boards for combinations, outfit ideas, makeup colors etc. in your season when you figure it out. I'm having a great time playing with colors lately.
    Last edited by Domino; October 6th, 2013 at 06:34 AM.
    Growing out 5 years' worth of henna
    Shoulder Length --> Armpit Length --> Bra-strap Lenght Wurly --> Midback Abyss

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    I understand what you are going through I too am growing out full henna. I started earlier this year. I can't have a strong demarcation line with my job (plus, I hate they way they look). I am doing roots only and slowly changing the concentration of my henna cassia mix. My plan is to end up doing 25/75 henna cassia. I started the switch with 75/25 henna cassia. I am now at 50/50 mix. I love the gradual fade of bright red to more toned down red of the henna cassia mix.

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