Okay, first off my hair is naturally ashy blonde but I always thought I looked better with darker or red hair.
For as longs as I remember I’ve had scalp issues dandruff, itching, and greasy hair within 12 hours of washing.
If you section your hair into small sections with sections on the back and each side and start with the back. Wait at least a few days before you bawl your eyes out because you hate the color and either shave it off or run the the salon for them to get rid of it.
I am by far no expert so I suggest you talk to one if you have questions concerns or problems relating to henna before doing anything too drastic that can’t be undone. I used the proper temperature of water and made a paste that was about brownie batter consistency. I suppose it is mostly my fault because I did choose to apply this dye to my hair, and it did add more red.
I’ve been chemically dyeing my hair red for probably 20 years, and I HATE how fast the chemical color strips out of my grays around my face. My gray roots are a LOVELY shade of bright auburn, but it turned the rest of my hair a dark brown, almost black.
I ordered 4 packages of auburn in the Super bundle along with a single package of the ginger blonde.
Until now, my hair stylist (a family friend of mine) hadn’t seen henna in a while, and I’m glad I could take my henna to her, because it definitely reduced the mess!! This color is a shade lighter than Natural Black and flirts with some dark chocolate undertones.
By adding extra natural conditioning agents (alma and centella), we can separate the red & black pigment release to make a mahogany-wood hue.
Natural indigo, natural henna, red clay, false daisy, alma gooseberry, centella leaves, myrobalan seeds…that’s it. I’ve been using henna and indigo mixes for years, and this is the best henna mix I’ve used! My hair color is a natural dark brunette, nearly black, and has never been dyed or chemically treated.
The color was frighteningly red the first few days after coloring but definitely changed to more natural looking and more brown after a week. Have to say that the colour itself I do like, and the only reason I’m giving this 4 stars is due to the consistency.
I’m very sad to have to give a negative rating, because I absolutely LOVED the color (the first couple days after coloring, and not washing), and the texture and shine was outstanding.
The effort, mess, odor and lengthy coloring time would’ve well worth it for a color that was even SEMI-permanent (as in the typical 28 washes). I’d read that it can take a couple doses for the natural color to take, so I spent $ on another round. However, it’s a little more tolerable if you mix in nutmeg and cinnamon (large amounts) with this henna. I’ve been hennaing my dark brown hair for the past decade with baq henna (Yemen was my favorite but is now hard to come by) to achieve a rich, plummy red.
I was so excited to use this product, but was afraid that it would not show up on my dark hair. My only other complaint is that I did this in mid-December and until a few weeks ago, my hair was still dripping out a faint yellowish color every time I washed (even washing with sulfate-free shampoo). October 18, 2012 Leave a Comment Henna is an excellent herb that can be used to condition and color your hair. You can prepare a simple henna hair pack by mixing henna (you would need about 100g of henna powder for chin length hair) with hot water (preferably distilled water), sufficient enough to form a smooth paste with the consistency similar to that of toothpaste or soft yogurt.
Leave this paste overnight or at least 6-8 hours and then apply it generously on your hair. It helps balance the pH of the scalp, seals the cuticles, makes your hair thick, reduces dandruff, restricts premature graying of hair, prevents hair fall by strengthening the roots, and promotes hair growth. The penny-colored highlights reflect to a toasty auburn-orange in direct light—simply smashing.
Ingredients: natural henna, natural indigo, false daisy, centella leaves, myrobalan seeds, beleric seeds, red clay…(that’s it).
Natural henna, natural indigo, false daisy, centella leaves, myrobalan seeds, beleric seeds, red clay…that’s it.
On my natural hair journey, I wanted to do something different but natural organic and sticking to the no chemicals regimen I had been on for 6 months. Depending on your natural hair color and how long you leave it on will almost certainly determine how red it is!! I have medium to dark brown hair naturally and this definitely made my hair a dark burgundy color more so than a copper.
After donating the majority of my hair, I decided to celebrate by getting what was left of my (naturally dark brown) hair highlighted blonde. We tweaked our black formula (added in some additional henna and blended in some light reflective conditioners) to express a glorious dark chocolatey brown. Getting the perfect dark brown is tricky, and using only natural ingredients makes it even more challenging. We found that tweaking a variation of our Natural Black formula (adding some additional henna and blending in some light reflective conditioners) we could get a glorious dark chocolatey brown. A strong rich brown sets the base while delicate walnut & coffee notes dance on the highlights. I bought Henna Color Lab’s dark brown henna because I wanted to dye my hair a little bit darker and have it still look natural. Application was a little more complicated, but the smell at least was much more pleasant than the ammonia smell of chemical dyes (it reminded me a lot of cooked spinach).
For everyone worrying about the actual process of applying the henna, it’s really not that hard. I was very excited to discover henna this past year after dying my hair on and off the traditional route with harsh chemicals since my early teen years.
Hey Dara, Sometimes it may take a few applications for deepest color depth with the browns.
There are so many rave reviews about the dark brown, but it did not work well for me at all. I tried the dark brown for the first time yesterday and I have to say that I am sold on this product. Let me start by saying that I wish they had emphasized the importance of aftercare when using this dye.
Thank you for the good work your company is doing, quality, great shipping and a good product! Once mixed, the two bold colors are resisted just enough by the added conditioners to bind at slightly different rates. I’ve been using the mahogany color for about a year now, and was basically happy with it. I am 30 years old and have been dying my hair since high school (just because I like change and also shiny, healthy looking hair).
About 4 years ago I switched to sulfate free shampoos and the greasiness and most of the itching and dandruff went away. To make it darker I know all I have to do is another layer of henna and it will build up, which is another wonderful plus. If you expect it to be EXACTLY the color it shows and are going to be an unhappy camper and complain you should just leave your hair alone.
Then twist all the hennaed parts into a dreadlock state doing it yourself is no problem at all. I didn’t want to try to do this myself so i took it to a professional to have her do the coloring.
I have been dying my hair for almost ten years and the most recent bleaching, color oopsing left it with tons of split ends, unmanageable and a very awkward yellow blonde.(Also in the past my hair always grew fast and it literally stopped growing for like three months) The Auburn covered my hair perfectly and reinvigorated it with shine and thickness and by the third or fourth use my hair was growing fast again.
I also accept that henna is unpredictable in the way it reacts with every person’s hair color. Lately I’ve been having a reaction to chemical dyes and went in search of a natural alternative. Unfortunately, the only time i attempted to dye my hair with conventional chemical dyes, my hair became brittle and fell out.
I had previously dyed it last month with the medium brown and loved it, but I’m now in the mood to add some red hues. I have nothing but good things to say about this product- I used 2 auburn for myself and my mum used an auburn mixed with the ginger blonde. Ive never dyed all of my hair before, but previously before I used the henna, I had light brown hair with blonde ombre tips.
Once mixed, the two strong colors are resisted just enough by the added conditioners to bind at slightly different rates.
It took a couple of days to really darken into a rich mahogany, but once it did the color was stellar.
As a cosmetologist, I prefer to use the best organic and (mostly) chemical free products I can find.
Now that I have more stuborn greys, I was looking for a henna that wouldn’t leave them bright orange. Not really a problem, but it goes to show that the color didn’t stick well in my hair. For example, you may add in henna an infusion of green walnut leaves boiled in water to get rich brown shades. To make the henna darker, add essential oils such as lavender oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, etc.
Penny-colored highlights reflect to a toasty auburn-orange in direct light—simply smashing. I have black Asian hair naturally, and at the time of coloring it had been previously dyed auburn. This color captures all the cool depth of the Natural Black, yet still warms the hair with its mocha rich browns. For my second application I just did my roots and found separating my hair and using a natural bristle basting brush made things so much easier, just painted it on! I also wanted to add some moisture to my damaged hair, and as it had been previously dyed with traditional box dye, I needed something that was all herbal and wouldn’t react with the dye in my hair. I will say that the gloves that came with the kit tore pretty easily, but the staining on my hands scrubbed off easily. I had sort of a milk chocolate brown color with reddish tones in certain lighting and after application it came out a rich dark chocolate brown that is absolutely gorgeous. This stuff was so great, I had an intense ombre prior to henna-ing, and the Dark Brown dye completely covered up any trace of ombre that I had.
I studied up on the product and was confident in my order, so confident that I purchased an extra packet for root touch ups for later. The indigo can be slightly stubborn on some hair types (especially if the hair was previously chemically colored). I use henna die from another company but it always made my hair so brittle and dry, it did not cover my greys at all and it alway came out so orange so after searching online I came accross Henna color lab dark brown and decided to order it.
I have been henna-ing on and off for about a year but when I decided to go back to school and stay on campus I was afraid that the henna would stain too many things so I went back to chemical hair dye. I was worried about my 5 month old highlighted hair strands picking up red tones which is something I did not want, however the color is beautiful and I am so happy with the results. And then you have the rich chocolate base, with the rusty auburn-red henna hugging the outside. I am so glad that I decided to purchase from henna color lab (instead of trying lush’s bars) because my hair turned out wonderfully perfect, and my curls couldn’t be happier!
However, there is a lot of indigo in that mix, so my hair has been getting blacker and blacker. I was hesitant to try this because I was fearful that the years of dying would turn it a funky orange (not what I wanted). The color bleeding and fading I’m guessing is connected, once the bleeding stopped so did the fading. My hair is a natural light brown with red highlights that I had never dyed before in my twenty one years of life.
When buying this product remember that it is not an exact science and funny looking, cool toned red (cool is a description of shade of red). I had my hair chemically dyed a light auburn, so I went with the auburn, figuring better too dark than too light. Recently, I went vegan and in changing over my beauty products to cruelty-free options I learned that henna is vegan and all natural! Up close this separation is gorgeous and as you pull away they blend together to make a smashing reddish-dark brown that becomes nearly a rich black at a distance.
Beyond the natural-looking color, the mix also coats my individual hair shafts and strengthens and straightens them. As a first timer, I ordered 1 packet thinking this would be enough for my middle of the neck length curly hair.
I did some research and decided to order the mahogany henna dye and the trial size lavender and geranium shampoo and conditioner.
This was supposed to be a PERMANENT dye, and the color faded rapidly in the course of one week, and appeared to be gone completely by week 2.
Gorgeous color and shine for a few wonderful days, half-strength color in a week, and not even noticeable (except for vaguely yellowed greys) in a couple weeks. I was very intimidated to try an indigo mix on my own, so I was overjoyed when I saw this mahogany blend! I used a diffuser on my waist length curls and they were springy and well formed with little frizz. If I had done it alone though, I don’t think I could have thoroughly covered my hair (I have a LOT of hair!). For convenience, divide your hair in various sections and then apply the paste in each section and roll it up. For example, you can make a mixture of four teaspoons each of henna powder, yogurt, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey. Finally, apply this oil mixed with lemon juice or yogurt, leave it for about an hour or two, and then wash it off.
I have natural African American hair and it loosened my curl pattern, but not much and I did not mind. It was easy to apply and thanks to the clear-cut instructions, gloves and cap that came in the package.
I was surprised the first time I used it…although I really liked this color and continue to use it. After coloring, my blonde hair turned a pretty orange-copper, and my dark hair turned an interesting burgundy-red, the overall effect being a dark reddish color (which was actually really pretty). It isn’t a huge difference from my natural hair color but i would definitely prefer this. Also, upon first rinsing my hair out and blow drying, I noticed the top of my head (the last section I did, because I followed the instructions) was way lighter than the back of my head.
I spent carful time making sure each section of hair was covered evenly by the henna mix and left it on for the full allotted time. I am a worrier so I had back up plans in case my hair turned out some crazy red color, but my hair is gorgeous – it is fuller and some of the wave and frizz was taken out. I love the amount that they put in each package, I have a little longer then BSL and I had more then enough product with the 2 packs, I was very happy about that. I followed the directions exactly and left the dark brown henna dye on my hair for two hours, washed it out, blow dried and was blown away with how gorgeous the color was.
I love this color, it shows up quickly, and by the next day its almost at its full color ?? I will never stop using this product! Undertones can range from light red to green to blue before fully maturing—very normal (most blend within hours). The color is beautiful, although mine ended up much darker than in the picture shown, so make sure you look at the color result chart before you pick your color. Due to the extra redness, I actually washed the original hair treatment out with conditioner, as advised, mixed with a nickel worth of shampoo, which lessened the red some what, and made it look more like this picture.
There is also something about the buildup of indigo that makes my over-40 hair dry and frizzy. However, after i was rinsed and styled according to the instructions there was no color change :-(. At first I was very nervous to put it in my dreads, I was fearing that I was not going to be able to get all of the henna dye out, but it wasn’t all of that difficult. I must say, I am glad I got the 4 pack dye and I will be purchasing larger shampoo and conditioner!! Henna has thickened, nourished, fixed my most of my split ends and makes my hair glimmer in the sun. A difference could only be seen when examining my hair very closely and it was still barely visible.
This last time I used it I tried using honey instead of conditioner and oh my gods this was the best idea I have had in a while! The only thing I had a hard time with was washing it out, but they said that was to be expected. I did use my own latex gloves, since I found the ones included in the package were not adequate for the job. I have strawberry blonde hair so this is a dramatic change, but it looks pretty and the intensity calms down after a couple weeks and looks very natural. It took almost a full week for my color to develop fully, and now it is the same color seen on the model (though my highlights are a shade lighter- it usually takes a couple applications to get bleached hair to fully accept other colors).
Last time I dyed my hair, I used chemical dye, and spent weeks trying to make my hair feel like hair again instead of straw.
The day after application my hair had kind of a weird green tint to it and smelled strongly of grass and I didn’t notice my hair hair get any softer. The first time I used this product it was a bit messy but after i completed the back section I became a pro.
I can’t wait to see how the color develops over the next week, but I think I am already hooked on natural and not going back. I’ve been using henna for around 15 years, and I have been regularly using the Mahogany color of Henna Color Labs henna for the last year or so. My hair does not feel brittle and dry, as a matter of fact they are really smooth and soft. I washed it after 24 hours instead of waiting the full 48, and I used some anti-frizz cream (oil-based) the day after dying it. After several months of black hair dye my ends are fried and my hair color only looks shiny for a week,also I had terrible scabbing and itching on my scalp.
The dark brown covered my highlights with a pretty brown color and my base is a darker brown, it took about 48 hours for the color to fully develop into a deep rich brown! It faded after my first shampooing and now is so silky, I might have to get product that makes it less so. However, the original color is also very pretty and I would recommend this product to anyone!! I had a demarcation line between my old and new growth that was about three inches or maybe four inches. I have hair a few inches past my shoulders and I mixed half a pack of Auburn color with one pack of medium brown.
The auburn has indigo in it so the more you use it the darker it gets, so I switched to the copper which is a little more orange, but nice too. I am now going to spend the remainder of my night Googling ways to remove henna in a timely fashion. Definitely going to experiment with some of their other colors this fall, namely the mahogany, and probably the wine red to add even MORE red goodness to the hair! I’ve had friends say that my hair is now more of a dark auburn color and that it warms up my skin tone. It looks like the dark brown with a rich red undertone; almost a black cherry haircolor effect. The change in color was subtle, which is fine, as I wasn’t looking for something dramatically darker.
The only complaint of mine would be that the gloves were thin and tore very easily, I got henna all over my hands and they were pretty stained but it went away after a few days.
When I conditioned it the next morning, the water turned kind of blue as it ran through my hair, but when my hair was dry and styled it was a beautiful chocolate brown and my hair is SUPER soft!
I actually slept that night with the henna on my hair because I needed some serious conditioning. Unfortunately it faded rapidly over the period of two weeks, and when it did, showed unevenness of color.
Also it did cover my greys a lot better then the one I used before, it is not perfect but it is more then I expected. Minor offenses, I thought., but the color started to fade almost immediately and after about a week and a half I could barely tell I had dyed it. With a saddened heart I cut off the hair I had been trying to grow out and went back to the internet for research. The henna I was using (purchased elsewhere)turned my new growth a pretty medium to dark auburn, but the old damaged hair was a very bright coppery color. The auburn turned my medium dark brown hair a rich auburn with vibrant red hues in the sunlight. Your hair will have a fusion of deep rich black, dark chocolate brown, and intense cherry red.
I use Dark Brown on my roots with 2 applications to cover the gray and add Mahogany over my whole head for the 3rd application.
My hair before using the product was dyed black, with about 8 inches of undyed medium brown roots.
As for application, it’s no harder to apply this than it is to color your hair with anything else. It was more the tone that changed; it went from a kind of mousy dark brown to a rich chocolate that I love.
The next morning I woke up and rinsed the henna out of my hair which by the way took forever but it was sooooooo worth it.
The second time I didn’t touch it with anything for 48 hours after dying it, and it turned out exactly the way it looks on the model. I tried the dark brown, and that didn’t seem to work on my hair at all (very poor gray coverage). The color looks even better than what I would pay in a salon; natural, glossy, and healthy looking.
I’m trying the medium brown this week cause I want to return to my natural color, and the henna treatments for the summer.
Instead of a natural looking auburn I now have an extremely unnatural cool red coloring to my hair. The red tint is visible upon close inspection in the light, but only enough that I can notice, no one else.
As my hair grows quite fast I’m not a fan of waiting for color to fade to perfection as by that time my roots are visible and ready to be covered again. When I detangled and dried my hair, I noticed a deep chocolate brown color, a shine, and softer hair. It looks like I paid a professional to dye my hair with multiple colors and had a treatment done; it looks awesome. I am extremely satisfied of this product and will surely become a very faithful customer of Henna color lab. Henna colorlab is easy to use, inexpensive, has fast delivery and is really an all around great product. I will repeat again that I have never dyed my hair before and did not expect this result to be so far from what was advertised. I wouldn’t necessarily say its a BAD color, but it is not what was expected from reading the description and seeing the pictures. After 48 hours, it darkened and toned down quite a bit and now my hair is a dark, reddish brown. Gonna try mixing remaining Copper Brown with light brown or ginger blonde to tame initial expression and still cover grays (about 35% gray). My boyfriend did notice it right away, and my mother complimented me on the pretty reddish highlights that developed. I noticed a week later when I washed my hair that my curl pattern loosened a little bit, which I didn’t mind at all because my hair is so thick and tightly coiled that a little loosenen will help my arms from burning while detangling.
It did however work as a good filler color as you need to replace the red when going from blonde to brown. Sally told me to be very careful because henna could be unpredictable and this auburn may turn out dark or not take depending on if my hair had hit the saturation point.
Yes, the earthy smell and pasty application take some getting used to, but it’s so worth it! They also constantly have great deals-so much cheaper than salon or even drugstore hair dye and sooo much better for your hair. It smelt like a tea almost ?? after dying my dreads with the henna, my hair got redder throughout the next day.
If you go to the dark brown and auburn product pages and look at those models, this color is like a mix between the two. Also noted issues with temple coverage so I will need concentrate more product there where cap does not cover to help mitigate dry out. I still looked pretty rooty, even though I had carefully massaged the henna down into my roots all over my crown and around my face. That said, I absolutely love this dye (and its lack of harmful chemicals), and now that I know how to make it stick, I plan to be a lifelong customer. I decided to give the auburn a try, because my demarcation line was getting really tacky, and I refuse to use anymore hair dye and chemicals.
If you want a change go for Henna and don’t be scared by the clay, it’s kind of fun to think women have been doing this for thousands of years! The first day after I applied it before washing with shampoo it was almost red orange (and it did startle me) but after washing it twice it is still very deep and darker then I expected, nothing like the picture of the girl or the swatch of hair in the pictures.
I don’t know that I will buy this color again although I will continue to purchase my henna dyes from this company.
I love black hair but I think I am not ready for the two step process so dark brown over my faded dull chemical black hair it is. Auburn turns my gray hairs an Irish Setter red, and gives my dark brown (and indigo black) hair a reddish glow. I just dyed my hair with the pure Henna yesterday to cover some spots I had initially missed. As soon as I got my product in the mail (which was speedy!) I mixed it up with some tap water and lemon juice that I popped in the microwave for about a minute until the powder was a pudding like consistency. I parted and applied to my hair (thank you so much for the inclusion of gloves and a shower cap!
There is no hard line between the indigo dyed hair and the auburn colored roots, so the red seems to flow naturally into the brown and black.
Two hours and some change later I went into the shower to rinse, again I was surprised at how easily this rinsed from my head I didn’t spend an hour fighting with it. If you have a lot of gray, I do warn you that your hair will be a whole lot redder than the example photos. It also rinsed very unusually cleanly for me, did not stain my skin anywhere, and did not give me any red highlights whatsoever.
After my hair dried it was this beautiful deep chocolate brown color, and it is so soft and shiny.
If you have made it to the bottom of this review I guess what I am trying to say in summary is that you can have beautiful hair, this product is simple to use and all natural…as well as cost effective. Also, for a few days after using, I do scratch my head more than normal and I pick up henna under my nails which makes them appear dirty… my own fault. It took about 5 shampoos to completely rinse the excess henna, and it took about four days for the color to develop completely.
Pictures about freedom|
Heart tattoo under arm