How to Create Your Henna Mix

Are you allergic to chemical hair dye?  Do you want to cover your gray?

Learn to dye your hair with safe, pure Ancient SunriseŽ henna, indigo and cassia mixed with fruit juices.
Learn to mix dozens of colors, and your PERFECT color with the
free
Ancient SunriseŽ Henna for Hair ebook.
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For five thousand years, women knew how to create the perfect henna mixes for hair.  Each woman probably learned the mix from her family or a friend, and used only plants growing in the area. When chemical dyes were introduced, the intimate person-to person transmission of henna knowledge stopped.

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Pre-packaged henna with unlisted ingredients, chemicals, and chemical salts became consumer products.  Adulterated mixes comprise over 90% of the henna hair dye market and have given henna a terrible reputation because they cross-react, often disastrously, with oxidative hair dyes.  

You can do better.  Ancient SunriseŽ will help you.
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Mixing henna requires both science and art.  The basic natural chemistry of the plants must be respected.  Learn here how to get the results you want. You cannot box up the powders together, pour boiling water on them and expect good results; the molecules will not play nice together. 

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Working with plant dyes does not quite follow the color theory of crayons or chemical dyes.  Plant dye molecules are different sizes and shapes, and those shapes fit differently on the dye molecule attachment points of keratin molecules, just as different tetromino shapes lock down in the game of Tetris.  Plant dye molecules also change with time, heat, oxidation and pH.  The acidic fruit juices you mix into henna also vary the dye color when they contain anthocyanins or anti-oxidants.
How do you get all of these colors from three plants, some fruit, and some time?  We can show you how!

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Once, each woman knew the perfect henna mix for her hair.  She probably learned the mix from her family or a friend. When chemical dyes were introduced, the intimate person-to person transmission of henna knowledge stopped. 

Some people get info about henna on packages for sale, and the information is is always woefully inadequate. Pre-mixed henna colors often contain unlisted additives, chemicals, and adulterants.  Simply mixing all the powders together will never work very well; the dye chemistry is conflicted.  Other people look for information about henna online, and most of the henna info online is dead wrong. I wrote
the Ancient SunriseŽ Henna for Hair ebook to provide people with thorough, accurate information about henna so they can have lovely, healthy hair. This may seem complicated and confusing at first, but we'll answer your questions!   I think you deserve the best research, solid science, and reliable techniques, and not something dumbed down.  

If you're confused, or just want convenience, we have kits that have everything you need.
 http://www.mehandi.com/shop/AShairkits/index.html 

If you want to learn more and save money by buying the supplies separately, or in bulk, keep reading.
Learn to dye your hair permanently, beautifully, with nothing other than plants from the following links.  

The images below are links are to PDF files of complete chapters of the Ancient SunriseŽ Henna for Hair ebook

Learn about the plants.  

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Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 5: Plants that Dye Hair

This chapter discusses henna, indigo, and cassia, (lawsonia inermis, indigofera tinctoria, and cassia obovata) and the chemistry of each of these dye plants. Understanding the botany of these plants will help you understand how to get the best results from your henna hair dye.

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"Ancient SunriseŽ Henna for Hair" is a FREE ebook researched and written by Catherine Cartwright-Jones PhD, a researcher who focused her graduate and doctoral work on henna. Ancient SunriseŽ Henna for Hair is meant to help you understand how to dye their hair without chemicals, to protect your own health and the health of the planet you live on, to correct the misconceptions that have lead to chemical hair dye industry replacing henna, and to dispel the abundant misinformation about henna.

You may share information in this book online as long as you cite source and post a link to this URL.  
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Citation format: Catherine Cartwright-Jones PhD.  2015.  "Ancient SunriseŽ Henna for Hair" TapDancing Lizard LLC.  tapdancinglizard.com/AS_henna_for_hair/  Accessible also via hennaforhair.com, mehandi.com, and ancientsunrise.com

Learn the chemistry of mixing your plants.

Chapter 6


Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 6
Henna and Acidic Mixes

This chapter discusses the necessary chemistry of mixing henna and cassia with a mildly acidic liquid.  This chapter discusses several sources of fruit acids, and how each has a different effect on henna.

This chapter discusses the necessary chemistry of mixing henna and cassia with a mildly acidic liquid.  This chapter discusses several sources of fruit acids, and how each has a different effect on henna.

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Learn to formulate your mix and test it.

Chapter 7


Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 7
Mixing and Testing your Henna Mix


This chapter discusses the mixing, dye release, formulation, and testing of a wide range of non-chemical permanent colors from henna, indigo, and cassia.  This chapter includes step-by-step instructions to produce the color you want for your hair.

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Learn to apply your mix.

Mix and apply

Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 8
How to Henna Your Hair


This chapter has step-by-step instructions for first time users dyeing hair blonde, red, brunette or black with henna indigo, and cassia.

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Learn to do your roots and maintain your beautiful hair.

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Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 9
Gray Hair and 'Doing Your Roots'


This chapter has step-by-step instructions for maintaining your gray roots as they grow in; dyeing them red, brunette, or black.

Do you want to lighten and henna your hair?  You can do this, but ONLY with Ancient SunriseŽ henna.   Here's how and why.

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Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 10
Lightening your Hennaed Hair


This chapter discusses the application of henna over chemically lightened hair, and chemically lightening hennaed hair.
The outcome of your Ancient SunriseŽ dye will be a color overlay over your base color, unless you work with bleach.  Yes, you can lighten your hair before and after using Ancient SunriseŽ henna!

This chapter demonstrates the technique of highlights with henna and foils.
 
Do you want to henna your relaxed or natural hair or your locs?  Here's how to do this, here's why Ancient SunriseŽ does it best.  

 
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Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 11
Henna for Relaxed and Natural Hair


This chapter contains step-by-step instructions for mixing and using henna, cassia, and indigo to dye relaxed hair, natural hair, and locs.
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Not every person gets perfect results on the first try, but everyone can achieve perfection.  Here's your guide to troubleshooting.  

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Ancient SunriseŽ Chapter 12
Troubleshooting

This chapter provides answers to the most frequent questions from people who henna their hair; these include problems with hard water, slight adjustments in color, getting complete and permanent color, and the occasional surprise.

Links to specific topics in this chapter:
  • Why Are My Cassia and Henna Turning Brownish, or Worse? (hard water problems)
  • Henna and You
    • I Itch
    • Why Is My Urine Green the Morning After Applying Henna? (harmless but startling)
    • I Don’t Have Enough Time
    • My Hair Feels Dry After Henna
    • I Have a Headache
  • Troubleshooting Paste and Application
    • I Missed a Spot.
    • I Want to Slightly Change My Hair Color
    • My Roots didn’t Take Up Enough Color
    • I Mixed My Paste and it’s Too Tunny
    • I Mixed My Paste and It Is Too Thick
    • I Mixed My Henna, Got Interrupted, and Forgot About It
  • Understanding the Nature of Henna
    • My Hair Smells Like a Wet Dog
    • Indigo Turned My Hair Green
    • My hennaed hair is getting too dark
    • I Just Hennaed My Hair and It Is Too Orange
    • I Don’t Know What I Have
    • I Made a Mess
    • I Mixed My Indigo, Got Interrupted, and Forgot About It
    • My Forehead and Ears are Orange
    • My Hands are Orange 
    • I Hate This, I Want My Chemicals Back
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