Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

  1. #1
    Member cdonald2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    543
    Length
    10 in/10 in/33 in
    Type
    1b/F/ii

    Default How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Any idea how to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair for a subtle effect in the light that is non damaging? I have tried red in the past with henna and it looked awful. As of right now i have virgin hair, and i know gold compliments my hair but i wouldnt want to add damaging dyes to it.
    ~chin~neck~shoulder length~collar bone length~ APL~ BSB~BSL~MBL~WL
    "And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God." — Les Miserables

  2. #2
    Member Larki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    1,831
    Length
    MBL/TBL/Long
    Type
    1c/F/ii/iii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Cassia, maybe?

    Waist ~ Hip ~ TBL ~ Classic ~ Knee

  3. #3
    Member ARG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    589
    Length
    18/31/48
    Type
    1a/1b/F/M/ii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Seconding Larki, what you're looking for is Cassia. It doesn't lighten your hair, but brightens it, by adding a translucent golden gloss to it. Very similar to henna in application and method, but without the henna permanency. Check out the Recipes, Henna, and Herbal Hair Care part of the forums. There's a Cassia thread there, as well as some others that might interest you. Hope this helps!


  4. #4
    Member PraiseCheeses's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Boston MA
    Age
    35
    Posts
    715
    Length
    18/37/???
    Type
    2c/3a/F/ii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Larki View Post
    Cassia, maybe?
    Came in here to say exactly this. The senna from herbco.com works really well and isn't terribly expensive.


    Collarbone --> Hip --> ??


  5. #5
    Member cdonald2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    543
    Length
    10 in/10 in/33 in
    Type
    1b/F/ii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Hmm, ive heard that henna clogs pores in the hair and damages it. Is this true? or will it make it thicker and more conditioned like i hear from others?
    ~chin~neck~shoulder length~collar bone length~ APL~ BSB~BSL~MBL~WL
    "And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God." — Les Miserables

  6. #6
    Member PraiseCheeses's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Boston MA
    Age
    35
    Posts
    715
    Length
    18/37/???
    Type
    2c/3a/F/ii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Quote Originally Posted by cdonald2 View Post
    Hmm, ive heard that henna clogs pores in the hair and damages it. Is this true? or will it make it thicker and more conditioned like i hear from others?

    Whaaa??... I wonder if it's something that people are putting into their henna mixtures that's producing these effects. Henna and cassia/senna work very similarly in how they penetrate and coat the hair; cassia/senna is missing the lawsone molecule that binds to the hair protein and gives it the red/orange pigment. Some people report that henna dries their hair (nothing works for everyone) but most people report a strengthening/thickening result.

    I've never used henna because I'm terrified I won't look good with red hair, but I love what cassia/senna does for my hair. It initially feels a bit dry immediately after the treatment, but after an extra deep conditioning my hair is at its absolute best in both appearance and feel. As far as blocking pores in the scalp, the senna I use from herbco is a finely ground leaf and acts as a gentle exfoliant! I mix it with only water (no conditioner or yogurt or anything) and it's done nothing but great things for my hair.


    Collarbone --> Hip --> ??


  7. #7
    Member Ingrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    1,340
    Length
    Pixie/Class/Dunno
    Type
    1c/M/C/iii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    You could try a chamomile tea rinse. It's quite effective at imparting gold tones on hair. It's not permanent so if you don't like it, it washes out.

  8. #8
    Account Closed by Member Request
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    2,798

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    One word: Turmeric!

    It's strong enough to boost the gold at any level exept 1.

    ETA: http://rawcowgirl.blogspot.de/2011/0...periement.html
    Last edited by MINAKO; August 8th, 2014 at 02:11 AM.

  9. #9
    Member Ingrid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    1,340
    Length
    Pixie/Class/Dunno
    Type
    1c/M/C/iii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Turmeric will add gold to anything... hair, and the whole bathroom included

  10. #10
    Wittingly Unpronounceable fišrildi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Iceland
    Age
    28
    Posts
    1,656
    Length
    26"/40"/CL
    Type
    2b/2c/M/ii

    Default Re: How to add a golden sheen to dark brown hair

    Cassia and rhubarb. You could tell that my hair is light brown (even if it's dark blonde), and 50% Cassia, 50% Rhubarb makes my hair shine as a golden yellow. I've just left my mask on overnight, and washed my hair this morning. I'm waiting for my hair to get dry, and after that I'll take a picture and post it so that you can see the (subtle) difference.

    This is how I do it: 200g for BSL hair, mix in a non-metalic bowl with a non-metalic spoon, with 50cl of hot chamomile tea. Add lemon juice, a bit of honey and olive oil (conditioning properties). Let the mix sit for 4 hours, and apply to hair.
    I do it this way when I don't have time, but the ideal way is to mix it with lemon juice instead of tea, and let the mix sit for 12 hours before applying.

    The best thing about this mask, is that you'll get all the benefits from Cassia (which are similar than the ones you get with Henna), and if you don't like the golden sheen, you can wash it out in a couple of washes. If you just do a Cassia mask, you'll likely not get any golden sheen, because your hair is too dark.
    I'll come back with a photo later

    Lady Anairė of the Bow and Arrow, Wizardess of the Tundra Waterfalls in the Order of the Long Haired Knights
    BSL • MBL • WL • HL • BCL • TBL • Classic

Posting Permissions

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