Blonde Henna; does herbal colouring work for blondes?
Do blonde henna and herbal colouring work on blonde hair?
Is blonde henna effective? When it comes to herbal hair colouring, you’d be forgiven for assuming that it only applies to dark hair. After all, the most popular ingredients (henna and indigo) create darker tones. But blondes can also get in on the action – yes, there is a way to ‘lighten’ your hair without nasty chemicals like bleach, and I’m going to show you how*!
*A lot of the information gathered here is courtesy of the amazing Morrocco Method Blog.
First of all, there isn’t any henna in blonde henna. It actually contains a plant called cassia obovata, (also known as neutral henna). When applied with acidic ingredients like lemon juice, it can impart your hair with blonde shades. You can further boost your blonde with chamomile and calendula (this can also be found on the Morrocco Method website).
Unlike commercial dyes or bleach, this method is completely natural, plant-based, paleo, cruelty- free and can help improve your hair, leaving it shinier and stronger. Lighter hair, in particular, is prone to damage and can easily lose its lustre and shine, so it’s imperative that you steer clear of those nasty chemicals.
Now, it’s worth noting that blonde henna can’t actually make you go from brunette to blonde, nor can it give you a platinum blonde colour! But, for those with light hair, it can intensify the tone and give hair a beautiful golden glow. Think sun-kissed, but without being exposed to harmful UV rays 😉
This method can also be used to cover greys and deeply condition the hair giving it a beautiful, healthy shine.
tips for applying “blonde henna”
FYI, Khadi has three different shades of readymade “blonde henna mixtures”; golden tint, light blonde and middle blonde. I have tried the light blonde mixture on my sister’s hair, and she was super happy with the results. It looked very natural and covered all her grey hair. The biggest challenge was to apply it very fast, as after 30 minutes the colour can turn out to strawberry blonde. Phew 🙂
As with all herbal colour treatments, blonde henna will adhere to the hair better if it is completely clean and free of chemicals and residue. As I’ve recommended before, the best way to do this is to wash prior to shikakai powder.
The effect of cassia obovata’s dye depends a lot on the environment that you apply it in, particularly the temperature. Blonde henna will release more dye in warm temperatures, and less so in cold environments. To get the most out of your blonde henna spend some time outside, making sure your hair gets enough sun, while the mixed paste is soaking in your hair. The lemon in your henna mixture will also benefit from the light, creating a more intense, sunkissed effect.
Oiling hair prior to applying your blonde henna mixture
Oil your hair prior to hennaing (in the Moroccan method they recommend adding some oil to the mix, but I’ve never tried this. You can experiment with it but don’t use more than three teaspoons). To ensure a potent tea mixture that lightens your locks, you need to check the colour, which should always be a rich golden tone, indicating that it’s potent enough.
Cassia obovata may not stick to hair the first-time round, but it can stick to itself quite well, creating many layers of cassia obovata. Think of it as coats of paint, the more coats you put on, the intenser the colour! If your blonde henna still refuses to stick try a neutral henna treatment first. This will provide a nice base of cassia obovata for your blonde henna dye to stick to.
Maximise blonde henna shades with these tips
There’s a great video, which you can view online: http://www.morroccomethod.com/blog/5-tips- maximizing-blonde-henna-hair-color/ that shows how you can lighten blonde hair naturally using henna and a special recipe. The results are amazing!
Experiment with other natural herbal colouring solutions for blonde shades
I’m not blonde, so I’ve never tried this recipe, but I would suggest swapping the coconut oil as it can be very drying and damaging as a standalone oil on some hair types.
If you live in sunny climes, you can also experiment with strong chamomile or marigold tea. Make the rinse, let it cool off, rinse your hair, and sit in the sun for 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing off one last time.
Combine 5 drops chamomile essential oil with a tablespoon of sea salt and one-third cup of baking soda. Use warm water to create a paste and apply the mixture to your hair. Massage it into your scalp and at the base of your hair, then allow it to sit for about half an hour before rinsing it out. If you want a bolder effect, keep the paste on as you sit in the sun.
If you are looking for natural ways to help lighten your hair, you can give Chamomile essential oil a try. You can add a few drops to your Chamomile Hair rinse, or you can try the following mixture of Dr Axe, medical researcher and founder of www.draxe.com
During my research, I also found a great recipe to lighten and deeply nourish your hair from @ holistichabits. Her tips are so helpful and she is such an amazing, beautiful person! I’d definitely recommend visiting her website or Instagram page for tips on holistic and natural living.
DIY natural hair lightening treatment from @holistichabits
You will need:
- Raw Honey (better to lighten the hair)
- Olive oil
- Water (preferably distilled, but tap water works too)
- Olive oil
Method for this natural hair lightening treatment
Raw honey, olive oil and cinnamon are natural hydrogen peroxide boosters. Mix all the ingredients listed above, and leave it to sit for one hour before applying evenly on damp hair.
Let it sit for 1 to 2 hours, or even overnight, then wash it out with a gentle shampoo.
Although I don’t have any ambitions to go blonde, I have tried this treatment and I loved how my hair looked and felt afterwards.
REMEMBER! Don’t expect dramatic results from this gentle natural hair lightening treatment, and you would need to repeat it several times.
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