I have never had such great red color from a commercial tint, rich and realistic to boot.
Repeat applications (3 months now) have deepened the red tones. I think this will be the permanent color from now on.
Henna, like natural color looks a bit different in various lighting.
Outdoors it is vibrant and nearly electric. Indoors it is more subtle - richer looking under regular bulbs - toned down under florescent lighting.
The first photo is how it looks directly under an incandescent lamp, warm and golden red. It really brings out the gloss too.
This one is near direct sunlight - here you see the more intense, coppery red effect.
This last photo is inside the shop where there is only fluorescent and halogen lighting. Here the color is muted by the blue hued lighting.
One of the benefits of henna is that it really works as a stain - adding color to your natural color - so where you had highlights before, you still do.
It makes the effect so much more natural and the outgrowth is barely noticable if you are a medium range color to start with ( I hennaed over auburn tinted hair of about the same depth).
Starting with light hair will result in very, vibrant red and darker hair will have less of a noticable color change but the effects will be evident in sunlight.
Henna is tricky to use on completely grey/white hair as it will be very bright. I do have some grey in the front, the henna did cover it but it was quite a bit brighter than the other sections. I did touch up that one spot with a permanent color.
It will work for scattered grey as each henna application will add more color to the grey strands making them a brighter auburn highlight amongst the deeper base. It really is a nice effect, so I think I will only occasionally touch up the grey so I keep that highlight going.
If you like auburn/red and you don't mind a bit of extra time and effort to get away from chemical haircolor (or like me, you are having bad reactions to it) henna is worth a try.
My experience with Natural Henna For Hair Coloring
I decided to switch to all natural Henna this year after a bad reaction to my traditional hair color made me want to scream. The itching, and irritation were getting worse, sometimes lasting weeks after the coloring (and red needs to be done every 4 weeks ... ugh).
Since I wanted a nice rich, red shade Henna was the natural choice.
Real henna - ie: Body Art quality henna is the only way to go for a deep natural red hair color with incredible shine. The photo is 20 hours after my first time using it and the results were quite good. The color is a bit more coppery-orange the first day, but will "oxidize" and become a deeper auburn in 3-5 days and the richness and depth will increase with each repeated use.
For those who want browns or less red, mixing with natural Indigo is the way to go. More on that in the next issue.
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Grey-Blue-Aqua Eye Color
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The example above is my eye color - it falls in the grey-blue-aqua range, and the eyecolor shown above is one of my favorites for a perfect color match.
It is called Tornado and is a lovely, muted, blue-green shade. This is an idea color for those of us who have green-gray , or blue-green eye color.
It compliments perfectly without overshadowing your natural color - it just magnifies it. This color could be used lightly over the entire lid or with a wet angle brush for a more intense color to use along the lashline.
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