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Katharine G's Mix
Thank you for this wonderful site.
This is my first time trying this. I came across the site, and was excited and inspired to try for myself. I'm trying to grow my fine hair out and was hoping for color without the damage. I studied all the info and mixes and then made up my own based on what I had put together. I liked Elektra's, Sarah l's, & Kim's colors so they were my main helpers.
My natural hair is a blah light ashy brown. Before my mix it was that blah color at the roots and the rest had a faded reddish/brownish tinge from old chemical color. I wanted a deep rich brown with a touch of burgundy and hoped the roots would blend in better with the rest. It worked!
100g body quality henna (Catherine's)
100g indigo (Catherine's)
3 Tablespoons alma (Catherine's)
apple cider vinegar
ylang ylang oil
I used apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice because I remembered reading somewhere it might be less drying than lemon juice. Also, someone said it might make the color less brassy. I added alma because Elektra and others said it creates a more brownsh than reddish color.
I mixed the henna with 1/2 water, 1/2 ACV until it was a nice yogurty consistency and let it sit for 12 hours. Then I mixed the indigo with warm water and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes. In a third bowl I mixed the 3 T alma with water and stuck it in the microwave for 25 seconds (per the instructions that came with it).
Then I mixed it all together in a big bowl, added the lavender, ylang ylang oil and rosewater for scent and an extra dash of beauty. I used a plastic bag with a hole cut in the corner to glop it on my hair. (Next time I'm going to try a carrot bag). It was a very messy procedure because I didn't get the bag closed properly and it was coming out both ends! Once on- I got it warm and cozy wrapped in plastic wrap and a towel. Left it on for 3 hours. I peeked once in a while to try to get a preview of what color was coming. I got a little scared thinking that the goop looked almost black and maybe I had used too much indigo- but no, it came out the rich brown that I wanted. Rinsing was yucky and gritty feeling. I used conditioner to help soften the feel.
I never felt comfortable going to a salon, because I never knew what I was going to get, and I hated the damage on my fine hair. I am so happy to have found a way to color my own hair with plants instead of harsh chemicals. I will never go back to letting someone else do it the "old way"! Thank you!
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