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    Default How to tone down too orange henna??

    Hi all,

    i recently went back to henna and am so happy! I used henna mixed with a tiny bit of amla and a little fenugreek. However I applied it over bleached very yellow hair and the henna came out very very bright orange. It just looks too unnatural for my taste…I’ve washed it a few times and waited about a week for it to calm down but it really hasn’t lol.
    I want to stay a light red but don’t want to use chemical dyes if possible to try and tone this down just a bit.
    any suggestions? Maybe use a tiny bit of indigo mixed with cassia?
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    Default Re: How to tone down too orange henna??

    To tone down orange you need blue
    Maybe not cassia with indigo, but indigo only? Small amount and just for 30 minutes for exemple. Maybe in a gloss?
    I'm pretty happy with Fanola No Orange shampoo
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    Default Re: How to tone down too orange henna??

    I would strand test before throwing any indigo on there; to me that sounds like the worst idea ever! If you don't want to risk it turning a brown: don't.

    *strand test* s t r a n d t e s t ! Honestly, I can't say that enough, it seems! Yes, it means collecting shed hair for a number of weeks, and trying it on there first, risk free, I might add.

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    Default Re: How to tone down too orange henna??

    True, indigo on henna can turn brown or even black
    So test first
    Sorry, Lapushka, but I have to confess that I never strand test. I used henna, indigo, cassia in different configurations over many years now but I never got any disaster on my head
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulownia View Post
    True, indigo on henna can turn brown or even black
    So test first
    Sorry, Lapushka, but I have to confess that I never strand test. I used henna, indigo, cassia in different configurations over many years now but I never got any disaster on my head
    But that's just me and rules. Always a rebel
    Plus you may be easy going on the results. A lot of people are not and expect henna to come out like chemical dye. First thing is to lose that expectation. (just a general remark)
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    Default Re: How to tone down too orange henna??

    What color are you after? I'd suggest some more henna to get a slightly darker and more redish colour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TatsuOni View Post
    What color are you after? I'd suggest some more henna to get a slightly darker and more redish colour.
    Yes, more full head applications will help, just have the wherewithall to stop when you achieve your perfect color. What color are your roots?
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    Default Re: How to tone down too orange henna??

    Aye knowing what color you're trying to get to would be helpful.

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    Default Re: How to tone down too orange henna??

    A light natural ginger
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleghost View Post
    A light natural ginger
    Then I would not go (much) darker than the root area, for sure.
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