Well, yeah, I totally should not have referred to dyeing with henna “non-chemical.” As a couple of you pointed out, henna is a chemical. I should have said “non-commercial hair color.” Or maybe “non-man-made chemcials.” Mea culpa.
It was interesting to read comments from several of you who have been doing henna dyeing, and to see that you have had the same positive experience I had.
I had one comment from some who strongly believes I am full of it, and she told me so, but in a very nice way. She claimed that she can get results just as good as mine from $3.00 store bought hair dye. This intrigues me. While this may be true for her (as everyone’s hair is different), I can tell you I have never, EVER, gotten decent coverage of my grey with commercial hair dye, be it $3.00 dye or an expensive salon job. The henna and indigo I used covered every blessed grey hair on my head. (While I am less than 10% grey, it is mostly around the temples, so it shows badly when I pull my hair back.) And I’ve never had a commercial dye job that did not fade almost immediately.
Whether it stays covered and non-faded remains to be seen. Time will tell.
This is sort of what it looks like today in artificial light — but in real life, it’s not quite this red.
I did email the commenter back and asked her if she has ever tried henna dyeing so that she has a basis for comparison, but have not received a response.
Anyhow, your mileage may vary. Anyone who has done both have any comments to support the theory that I am full of it and $3.00 hair dye works just as well to color, condition, and strengthen your hair?
And I can tell you, my hair looks even better today. The color has deepened slightly and my hair feels fabulous. I did use twice as much WEN conditioner on it in the shower this morning (yep, still shampoo-free) because, as another commenter pointed out, the lemon juice I used to activate the dye release in the henna can be very drying, so I wanted to make sure I conditioned enough. I rinsed it out thoroughly and ended up with soft, thick shiny hair.
I’ll take a picture a few days out, when I’m pretty sure it has reached its “final” color.
This is still a knitting blog, and I am still knitting, by the way.
I’m about at the halfway point on my Hanging Garden Stole.
Progress has been somewhat slow because I’m not spending as much time as I’d like working on it. I’ve got other non-bloggable stuff I need to be working on. My conscience nags at me when I don’t work on them, so less of the fun stuff for now.
Lucy is pleased (some might say smug) that she is a natural beauty.