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    Default Chestnut brown with henna and?

    Hello, I would like to ask you how to at least get close to the shade of chestnut brown or reddish brown with pure henna? Do I have to use indigo? How much of it? Or can I add maybe amla into the henna? I am quite hesitant about indigo because I have never used it and I heard that in case you want to get rid of it it turns your hair green.

    I have used pure henna before and it turned my hair sort of reddish brown after a while but it took some months so I would like to go there straight away. I have no prior experience with indigo.

    Thank you for your advice!

    Edit: pictures to get the idea of the shade
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    If you got there before with just henna I recommend to do it this way. You can repeat henna every week to get there faster. I know some people use katam (purple color) to darker henna, but I don't have experience with this herb. Adding amla don't do much to overall color.

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    Default Re: Chestnut brown with henna and?

    Quote Originally Posted by poli View Post
    If you got there before with just henna I recommend to do it this way. You can repeat henna every week to get there faster. I know some people use katam (purple color) to darker henna, but I don't have experience with this herb. Adding amla don't do much to overall color.
    Thank you! Yes, it is my plan if nothing else works. Don't know why but I don't trust indigo

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    I don't recommend using indigo unless you're sure you'll never want to bleach or go lighter. It's incredibly difficult (read: impossible) to remove. It bleaches out the same way henna does in that the color sticks to the hair. So you'll end up with blue hair no matter what - ask me how I know In my experience, it's also really difficult to get the shade right without lots of practice.

    What's your hair color naturally? I have medium brown, and ended up with a color similar to what you posted after several full strength layers of henna. Leaving it on longer definitely helps it get deeper, too, if you can stand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary_whitney View Post
    I don't recommend using indigo unless you're sure you'll never want to bleach or go lighter. It's incredibly difficult (read: impossible) to remove. It bleaches out the same way henna does in that the color sticks to the hair. So you'll end up with blue hair no matter what - ask me how I know In my experience, it's also really difficult to get the shade right without lots of practice.

    What's your hair color naturally? I have medium brown, and ended up with a color similar to what you posted after several full strength layers of henna. Leaving it on longer definitely helps it get deeper, too, if you can stand it.
    Thank you, my natural hair colour is very light brown but right now I use semi-permanent reddish browns so it is a bit darker although it will wash out eventually. I have used henna before and it did give me a similar shade although I am scared it would go into the ruby red territory which doesn't look natural.

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    I would adhere to some great advice always given out here: *strand test*.

    Collect lots and lots of shed hair, weeks even a few months, and try different combo's on that until you find a "recipe" that is the shade you want. You can mix with indigo (if you are sure you will *never* ever want to bleach it out or put chemical dye on it (might react as well as the developer/peroxide = bleach)), with cassia, with amla, or some other herbs.

    Have fun with it.

    And if that doesn't work; I would go chemical semi's.
    WCC method (washing) --- Rinse-out oil (MO) --- LOC/LCO method (styling)

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