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  Andy's Mix

I am 17, and have always wanted to try something different with my hair color, but didn't want to use chemical dyes because of the harmful effects they could have on my hair and my health.  Henna seemed like a good alternative, especially for someone who likes to grow her hair long and donate it, like I do.  I needed something that would help keep my hair strong while it was long and make it look nice, so after looking at a lot of different mixes on the internet, I decided to give henna a shot.

For my mix, I purchased 100 grams of Yemen henna from castleart.com.  I spent an evening squeezing lemons until I had 3/4 of a cup of fresh juice, to which I added a tablespoon of red wine and 3/4 of a cup of hot water.  I mixed the resulting liquid into the henna in a ceramic bowl with a plastic spatula until it was a little thicker than glue.  I added nine drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil, and three drops of peppermint and covered the resulting slop with saran wrap.  Because I live in a warm climate, I decided to leave the mix in my garage overnight to help the dye release.  I let the henna sit for twelve hours and then had my mother help get it all in my hair.  The mix I had created was a bit too thick to be easily worked into the hair, so we enlisted the aid of my niece and had her spray my head with a water bottle in places so as to soften up the henna.  I would suggest adding more of the liquid portion of the mix in order to get it to a thinner consistancy.  After my hair was thoroughly hennaed, I wrapped it in aluminum foil and a towel and lazed about in the sun for an hour or so.  I wouldn't suggest the foil - it became uncomfortable after about three hours.  Next time I'll try saran wrap.

Four hours later I washed my hair and blow-dried it.  The lavender, tea tree, and peppermint oil gave my hair a beautiful smell that worked nicely with the hay scent of the henna, and made my hair smell like tea for two days afterwards.  The color is iridescent and absolutely beautiful.  The picture was taken outside in the sun - indoors and in the shade, my hair is a lovely dark auburn that's not too different from my original dark brown.  My hair has always been very healthy, but the henna has made it even shinier and smoother than before.  It has also weighed my short baby hairs down and given my hair a sleeker look.  Thanks for the information!



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