has anyone ever made their own henna gloss before?
I read (think it was on one of the henna LJ comms) that if you make a little henna paste and add it to conditioner it makes your hair super shiny and adds a little depth to your hair colour.
Im in two minds about whether to henna my hair again or leave it as it is (Im a natural redhead but its fast becoming a light-mid brown colour ) and thought a gloss would be a good idea. I had something similar done in a salon but it didnt last 5 seconds...not sure if they used henna though.
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actually, as long as you get a henna that doesn't have the metallic dye compound in it, you're fine with other dyes...i thought the same thing and hesitated to do it for a long time, but there's certain brands of henna that are safe to use under or on top of chemical dyes...
I have been interested in going red for a while now, but keep on getting actively discouraged to do so by every salon professional that I meet.
I am medium, ashy blonde with no previous dye experience, and my hair is longish with a fringe. I have a slightly pale face and blue eyes. Not sure why the pro's keep telling me not to go red, for they all give me different reasons.
Some of them are as follows:
* Your roots will be dreadful even though theyre blonde, it will cost you a fortune to upkeep.
* It will make your slightly pink cheeks look ridiculous and clash with your complexion (one salon says i'm warm toned, the other says i'm cool....figure that out!)
* I was offered, as the only alternative, some hideous orange streaks that would sit on top of my blonde.
* Was warned never to dye with a kit at home for the chemicals would destroy my hair. Conversely, i was told that salon chemicals with semi/perm dyes would actually not do this.
So, over all i am really confused, and will likely just remain my natural colour for the time being. Colouring for the first time is always a bit nerve wracking, so all of the negative advice I have been given has scared me off a bit.
If anyone here has any kind advice I would be so grateful!.
for images of me and my hair, this blog post of mine is a probably the best example ive got.
Lapin de Lune - Hi! this is so weird, but I literally--just minutes ago--right-click saved your before-and-after bangs pic from the bang thread! I absolutely loved your transition and decided I might go that way this weekend when I visit my stylist!
Anyway, I'm so sorry you've had so many nay-saying stylists. Frankly, it sounds to me they have absolutely no business being stylists in the first place giving such shoddy advice and all.
Can I tell you what I think?
Firstly, you'd be PERFECT for red! You have the porcelain skin, blue-green colored eyes and light hair that all natural redheads have! So with that out of the way, all that's left is finding a stylist who gets this! Try googling salons that cater to "extreme" color, those are the places that are going to be the most open minded, experienced and able to give you the right shade of red. In the world of color, especially at salons, red is horribly under stocked. There are one zillions shades of blonde, brown and black (blue-black!) but maybe five for red--and they're usually brown-based, ruddy or auburn. For your gorgeous coloring, the natural choice would be a carrot-orange red shade. Think baby blonde golden orange. That color will be absolutely ravishing on you and, really, is only a shade different from your natural blonde color. Blonde-based red (orange) will be so lovely on you, I wish I could reach through the computer screen and do it for you!
Be sure to take pictures of the exact color you want with you to the salon, and emphasize what you're looking for: natural looking, blonde-based, not brown based. If they still say no, for whatever reason, keep looking for another salon. The trick is to find the right stylist-- someone who's truly experienced in the realm of color, especially red!
Now if you can't find a salon, I would happily PM you all the necessary ingredients you'd need to do it on your own (really easy, NOT harsh on the hair at all! it's not necessary, your hair is already so light so there's no need to lift with peroxide). If so, just let me know!
Good luck and please post pics if you do end up going red!
Amethyst, thanks so much for such a thoughtful reply! I'm glad the silly fringe pics were useful to you, i was a bit embarrassed after putting them up
You have certainly cheered me with regards to colouring, and I will definitely ask around more, there are a few town centre salons which i ought to check out before giving up. Your advice is really helpful though, and I agree with you about the carroty shades.
I am still quite wary about the root issue, but i suppose this is a problem for anyone considering colouring their hair. I was just so surprised that the salons made such a deal of that for me, considering they must turn brunettes into blondes every day. Nobody likes regrowth, but i was shocked to hear that it would be so expensive to maintain - i had thought the initial full colour would be more expensive than a root touch up, surely?
Lots to think about!
I will certainly post pics if i ever have the courage to do it - and thanks again for your help