A lot of you may know this but I like to use henna every couple of months to dye my hair/strengthen my hair.
I dyed my hair with a cheap boxed dye last November and my hair started falling out like crazy! With some research, I found that a lot of people got good results from using a henna hair treatment mask to help with reducing hair falling-outage.
I was in luck because my mom actually used henna at the time and was able to experiment with it.
Used the simple wikihow and other blogs to find out what to do. All you need is a box of henna (green powder), water, plastic bowl and spoon, a shower cap, and lots of time. It is optional for you to use Vaseline around your hairline so your skin doesn’t turn orange-ish.
^The one on the left with the picture of the lady is just 100% henna (about $2 for the whole box, which can be used at least two times, depending on how thick or long your hair is. Purchased it from Indian food store in Sunnyvale). The box with the cheetah is from Whole Foods and cost about $6 (not 100% henna… there are some other things mixed in). You can use a shower cap or a plastic bag:
Depending on what you want, you can also mix in other things. I try different things every time (such as mixing in cinnamon and chamomile tea to lighten it).
I mix in the ingredients and let it sit, covered, in a dark cabinet for like 8 hours (overnight):
Then in the morning, on a day when I’m ready to get in a bunch of studying or Netflix-watching, I apply it to my hair, put on the plastic bag, and let it do it’s thing.
So color-wise, you can only tell in certain lighting that it’s red/lighter:
In the room:
Vs. Out in the sunlight:
Do be warned… the results are pretty different depending on your initial hair color. If you have blonde hair, you will come out with bright red or orange-ish hair! If you have dark hair, there is only so much you can do to “lighten” it (it’s pretty much not possible to lighten dark hair several shades without the use of harsh chemicals. Any lightening you see will be minimal).
Pros of using a henna hair treatment/dye mask:
-It’s pretty much the most natural way to dye hair
-Stopped my hair from falling out like crazy after chemical treatment
-Gives my hair a nice subtle change of color (my roots won’t be too obvious even if I go several months without using henna)
-I can experiment with it by adding other natural ingredients and seeing what kinds of results I get (apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, chamomile tea, etc).
-Inexpensive! $2 for a box that can last at least two times is always great. I shared one box with my mom, who has short hair, and we both got two dye jobs out of it!
Cons of using a henna hair treatment/dye mask:
-Takes a buttload of time. My mom only puts it on for an hour and her greys get covered up. For me, I have to leave it on for about 3 to 4 hours. Also, I hear if you mix it and apply it right away, it doesn’t really do the dye job (it has to sit with the liquid for a while to activate? But this is all just anecdotal… it’s just what I read from other people’s experiences).
This was just for anyone who was curious about it 🙂
In other random news, check this out:
My adorable friend, Michelle, who is now in Canada (*sniffles*), gave me the cutest gift!
HOW CUTE, YEAH?
We will be in busy wedding-planning mode come next year.
Ooooh check out these pictures from when I did the Tri Santa Cruz back in August!
This is probably the only photo ever where I’ll look comfortable on a bike (though I was probably going like 10mph, hehe):
Still not sure if I’ll be doing it again next year… but I’d definitely be down to do a Dip and Dash/Aquathlon!
Oh, not sure if I mentioned… but I got into BOSTON MARATHON 2015! Yahooooo~ 😀
This is the race that got me in.
Do you dye your hair?
Any at-home hair masks you’ve tried? Please share!
Who’s running Boston next year?