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Why on earth would anyone be excited and delighted by their gray hair turning white???

Here’s why I’m turning carwheels: Henna, I’ve discovered, works beautifully on white hair.

I love henna, and when my hair turned (prematurely - runs in the family) gray, I did figure out a way to keep it a lovely reddish-brown with henna. But it was a long, involved process.

I was just about to give up and let the gray hang out, when I realized the roots growing in were not gray at all - they were white. Yes, this was shocking, I’m not going to pretend my first reaction wasn’t “I still have so much left to accomplish in my life!“, but then I thought: Let’s give this henna hair color one more try.  

Staying away from commercial hair color has been important to me, because most hair color companies do animal testing.  

Henna, as you probably know, is the root of a plant, and many companies, including Rainbow Henna and Light Mountain Henna, sell their pure henna in kits that I get at the health food store. No animal testing at all.

So I got Light Mountain in “light brown,” mixed it with hot water (and I usually add in a beaten egg or so) and left it on my hair for 1 1/2 hours, and ... IT WORKED!!!!! I’m thrilled.  

If you‘re going to try it, I should warn you that on white hair, you‘re going to get a redder color than the picture on the box. So my next touch-up will be with the “dark brown” kit, hopefully achieving a more natural color.

But it “took.” After each shampoo (I’ve done 5 shampoos since the “light brown” kit), the color gets a little more natural looking (read: fades). But color does stay. I see no roots yet.  

White hair? Color me happy!

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 18, 2008
    • When I was back in England ages ago, I had several friends from Iran or Iraq.  They gave me the real herbal Henna.  They mixed that with raw eggs and olive oil.  That best hair treatment I ever had.  Also my hair got a subtle red highlight.  It was so natural.  I wish I could get some real stuff again from their countries.

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      Suzann wrote Dec 18, 2008
    • Wow, Chinadoll, I bet that was awesome.

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      Maria Louise Van Deuson wrote Jan 1, 2009
    • I buy ground Henna at my health food store. I mix chestnut brown with Persian red to make a brown/auburn color which is the closest match to my natural color. My white hair (20% of my head) absorbs the red greatly and it looks like lighter highlights against my darker hair.

      Do you use a warming cap or hair dryer or wrap your head it plastic? I have LOTS of hair and although I cut 6 inches off recently, I have difficulty getting the henna to ‘take’ evenly.

      It’s still in the experimental stage of figuring out the best way to Henna my hair.

      Do you Henna every 4 weeks?

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      Destinyboutique wrote Mar 6, 2009
    • I am very picky as to where to get my hair care stuff.  I found henna that is high end with no extra chemicals nor metals.  Now, I am trying to formulate this henna into a natural shampoo so that instead of having to color your hair separately, the coloring would be taken care of while shampooing.  

      I am soooooo tired of having to go see a haordresser every few months to cover the roots. It is a relieve there is something you can so that is actually safer than commercial colors and it is something you can do at home.  Henna rocks!

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