Back in April of 2011, I started using henna to dye my hair. I constantly use henna as a verb nowadays. “I’ve got to henna my hair” “Time to henna my hair.”

I decided to share some things that I do nowadays that I didn’t do back when I first started. I seem to have the process pretty streamlined. (more…)


After over a year of not knowing what to do with my hair, I finally decided to dye it with henna. I blogged about my decision here.

blonde hair with 4" gray roots

I had blonde hair with 4" gray roots

Around 7 or 8pm the night before, I boiled 2 mugs of water in the microwave.  I put 3 teabags of chai tea in one, and 2 teabags of chamomile in the other.  I was using the rest of the chai, & wasn’t sure if one mug would be enough water, so I brewed the chamomile to have on hand just in case.  The chamomile was years old.

I bought 500g of celebration, but when I found each 100g were separate packs, I decided to freeze one pk of powder & whatever paste I had leftover.  My hair was to my bra strap in the back so I figured 300g would be enough but would rather have too much than too little.

8:15 jumped out of bed like xmas morning

By 8:55, the henna was mixed.  I didn’t have enough tea brewed, but I didn’t have any more chamomile, so I used pomegranate blueberry.  I also brewed more pomergranate blueberry tea so it’d be ready to mix in after the dye release, but I didn’t end up needing it.  It was cold in my house, so I turned up the heat, & put the bag in the bathroom & closed the door.

Around 10:55, I checked but no dye release yet.   I realized the bathroom was still pretty cold, so I took it to my computer & turned on my monitor & put it on top.  After piddling around on my computer for a bit, I noticed the monitor wasn’t getting that warm, so I put the bag against my body under my shirt.   By noon, the dye was released and I started putting it into my hair.  I was done by 1:00pm.   I put the rest of the paste in the freezer, and relaxed in bed under the electric blanket & 4 other blankets.

When I sat in the bathtub to rinse it out, the water looked like I had had a massive case of diarreah!  It was hilarious.  I rinsed the henna out, and used cheap VO5 conditioner.

The end result is a bright orangy red.  It’s definitely more orange than I wanted, but it is a deep red-orange, so I can live with it.  But, I have never been good at dying my hair myself, and I missed a lot of spots on my scalp, and my roots didn’t seem to take it up as much, so they seem somewhat yellow.  I’ll probably do it again soon so I can get what I missed, and also add more applications to get to a deeper red instead of so orange.  It’s mostly blended between the gray roots and the bleached blonde, so that’s awesome.


After 1st henna

After the first henna application

All in all, I’m really happy with it!

After 1st henna application


UPDATE: Here’s a picture of me in the sun.

Vicky & Carolyn at Pizza MaGills

Vicky & Carolyn at Pizza MaGills for National Sibling's Day

For those who don’t know, I got my first gray hair when I was 15.  My father had salt-n-pepper hair when he was 17, and of the 3 children, I was the one who got the curse of premature gray.  I also found out my mom’s father was premature gray as well.  So I got the genes from both sides of the family.  My siblings seemed to have been spared so far, though Vicky’s is becoming more and more gray in recent years (she says, but I haven’t seen any evidence).

It wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but I was also cursed with sensitive skin.  Any random thing can set me off into a full-body rash.  Over the years, I’ve been reacting more and more to hair dye.  My head will get numb, I’ll get weird lumps in my neck and head, and it would itch and itch and burn and burn.  Not fun.  So I wouldn’t touch up my roots like a normal human being.  The doctor advised taking a benadryl before dying my hair, and that has helped some, but then I have to sleep for 3-5 hours afterwards.

Back in 2005ish, I decided to go blonde.  Clint likes it, and I like it, but I have really been missing the red.  I liked myself better with dark hair.  So, when the hair salon got too expensive for my taste, I started wondering what I should do.  It’s been months of “do I dye it, or do I let it go gray and natural.” and “if I do dye it, do I stay blonde or go red? Do I do it myself or go to a salon?  If I do it myself, do I get a store-bought color, or do I get henna?” 

Well, after much hemming and hawing about what to do with my hair, I finally made a decision.  With the help of the Simpsons, I decided to dye it (I can go gray in 10 or 20 years). I’ve been blonde for about 5 years now, so I’ll go henna for 5 years and see how it goes… then after that, I can cross that bridge when I come to it and decide if I want to go gray, blonde, or continue with henna..

It feels good to finally be decided.  Oh, and Angel, Tabbitha and Parthena will be happy to know I threw out the mysterious box of open hennalucent that I had found in the back of my linen closet and had no recollection of buying.  I got 4 samples from a recommended website of body-art quality henna so I will test the different colors out to see which one works best on my hair.

This is the website that was recommended to me: