Pure Rajasthani henna, cassia and indigo that I import directly from India and that I use on my own hair.
Body art quality (BAQ) henna, triple sifted. Cassia and indigo are very finely sifted.
Your choice: pure henna, cassia and/or indigo or a self mix dye made from the same quality hennas.
Henna is GOOD for your hair. Don't damage your hair with chemical color, condition it as you color with henna.
Quick Overview of the Self Mix Process
What does henna look and smell like? Henna, cassia and indigo powders are the ground up dried leaves from the respective plants. They all are shades of green, as you would expect dried leaves to look. The powder is very fine, like flour. Cassia (cassia obovata) is light green. When wet it becomes fairly bright green and smells like cut grass. Henna (lawsonia inermis) is green and sometimes has a faint orange tint. When wet it will look orange and smells like hay. Indigo (indigoferra tinctoria) is green with a faint blue tinge. When wet it first looks dark green then changes to dark blue and smells like frozen peas.
Via Email 3-12-12 My last highlighting session at the salon ended up with me much too blonde and with my hair a bit dried out. And, when the roots started coming in, it wasn't pretty. So, I ordered the henna shampoo bar and henna [self mix] dye. I used the Henna Shampoo Bar for about a week, but I wasn't getting the desired effect fast enough. So, I mixed equal parts of the Chestnut and Henna dyes with hot water, and left it on my hair for an hour (love these new dyes: easy easy to mix and no drip, no waste, no mess). Rinse, wash and creme rinse, and my hair is perfect. The color is the honey-blonde that I prefer, the root line is totally gone and my hair is shiny, soft and manageable. And I should note that I have NO talent for coloring my own hair. It comes out uneven, the wrong color, you name it. But, this stuff is like magic. My hair looks like it had a very expensive coloring and deep conditioning job done at a fancy salon. For less than ten bucks! Thank you Linda!!! --Amy K
Some help with color choices
If you have a lot of grey to color, go with the lighter shades. Henna is translucent, which means your white/grey or other base color is going to affect your final color, although continued use will build up color along your length. A blonde, strawberry blonde or chestnut will give you less visible roots as your hair grows in. Red, brunette and henndigo will have a more obvious root line due to the color contrast with white/grey. Using one of our henna shampoos will help your henna applications "take" better because it will build up a thin layer of henna. If you want a less dramatic color change go a shade lighter color than you think. It's easy to make it darker, but more difficult to make it lighter. Henna does not bleach hair like a chemical dye can. You can lighten your shade by using Blonde (cassia) but that will not take brunette hair to a blonde. Think of coloring over brown crayon with a yellow crayon. You can easily mix our henna colors to get a custom shade. Want a little darker golden blonde? Mix the Blonde and Chestnut. A little lighter Strawberry Blonde? Mix Blonde and Strawberry Blonde.
What are strand tests and patch tests?
A strand test is a test you do to preview color, before applying dye to all of your hair. You can save hairs from your hairbrush or cut a small snip of hair. Mix a small quantity of henna (a teaspoon/5 cc. is enough) with water. If you are using the self-mix dye add twice the amount of water as you used henna. If you are using plain henna powder, mix it to about yogurt consistency. Put the hair sample partly in the henna leaving enough to grab when it's time to remove it. I generally suggest people check at about an hour but your strand test is your chance to see if your hair is colored as richly as you'd like, and in what time period. A tip: when applied to your hair and covered, the dye is going to be warmer than the room temperature your strand test is at and will therefore give you more color than you see in the strand test since heat makes dye take stronger and more quickly. A patch test can be done at the same time you're doing your strand test and is done to be sure you're not allergic to anything in the dye mixture. Simply apply a bit of the henna paste to your inner arm, wash it off in an hour and then observe over the next day for any reaction. You may have some temporary skin stain. Do not use the dye if you have any adverse reaction such as redness, burning or itching.