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    Default Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    Hi,
    apparently some people who use henna have been using this recipe to brighten their hair. I just recently came across it browsing some random Polish sites.
    The recipe calls for:
    1 teaspoon of malic acid
    some warm water to dissolve it
    4 table spoons of conditioner/mask
    leave it for 30 min on shampooed hair and than rinse and wash/condition as usual. Avoid scalp and roots since the mixture is quite acidic.

    I did strand test and honestly it didn't work at all, but since there was no visible damage I decided to try it out anyway. My hair is now more orange on the length, the difference is not big but it's noticeable to me.



    I hope to hear from others who might have tried this method of chelating/brightening before. I wonder how often I can repeat the mask without over drying my hair and if it will re-oxidize?

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    Default Re: Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    Have you seen this thread? It might be relevant to your interests.

    https://forums.longhaircommunity.com...ad.php?t=19317

    It documents how Nightshade successfully lightened her henna to a more copper shade
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    Default Re: Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    Thank you akurah, yes I did try the peroxide based spray to lighten. It did something, not so spectacular like Nightshade's results, but some lightening for sure. Unfortunately my spray contains protein and it doesn't agree with my hair at all. I could buy another brand but I decided to try this first.

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    Default Re: Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    I've read a few mentions on here about tea tree oil pulling out some henna, so it could be worth doing a search for that
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    Default Re: Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicalSpoons View Post
    I've read a few mentions on here about tea tree oil pulling out some henna, so it could be worth doing a search for that
    Thank you as it happens I got bad allergic reaction to tea tree products so I try to avoid it. So tea tree method is not for me personally, but it was nice to see some great results posted here on the forum.

    My hair is a little dry after chelating and I saw more splits today than usual. I think it striped all the good buildup from leave-ins and serums. I'm going to load my hair with silicone and oils for some time and then try again. Some people recommend to chelate before hennaing (about once a month) others just do it time after time to get the lighter shade.

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    Default Re: Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    Ah! Definitely not tea tree oil then!

    Some people report some success with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) but it seems quite drying - it might even be virtually the same principle as malic acid and not worth trying.

    I hope loading up on products makes your hair feel better
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    Default Re: Chelating hair mask with potential to brighten henna

    Quote Originally Posted by poli View Post
    My hair is now more orange on the length, the difference is not big but it's noticeable to me.




    I just hennaed my roots they took better then last time so I think my color is more even now. This is before oxidizing. I did not touch the length and I think it's as bright as it was after the chelating mask.

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