Using Henna Hair Dye. Pros & Cons | Simple Living Swaps | Henna for Gray Hair

Using Henna Hair Dye. Pros & Cons | Simple Living Swaps | Henna for Gray Hair


I want to talk about why I use henna and
also some of the pitfalls that I experience. and I’m sure you can look at
my hair and at least figure out that I’m not the intended audience for
Brad Mando’s videos, but his video came up in my recommended and he was talking
about henna which I use. and I wanted to make a response and share a bit of my
own experience. if you are curious about henna and you want to hear about it from
someone who is using it. my list of why I use henna… number one at the top I am
just one of many people that you may be interacting with on a daily basis that
has sensitivities to chemicals. for this reason I cannot even go into a
hair salon or a nail salon, which is why my hair looks like this. because I cut it
myself and I consider this style the wake up out of bed style. so of course when you’re talking about
plant powders it is completely chemical free. even if you don’t have chemical
sensitivities or chronic illnesses like I do, you may want to avoid chemical
products not only for your own health but also for the health of people around
you. the second reason has more to do with
skin conditions. I’m sure you know someone that has skin conditions where
traditional hair dyes containing chemicals cause them to have very
uncomfortable flare-ups and extreme rashes. in my case because I follow a
plant-based diet I’ve actually put into remission my own experiences with
seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. because of the way I manage these
issues with diet, thankfully, I no longer have any of those skin conditions. but if
you do, you may actually find that henna can improve them, at least on a
short-term basis. all of the products are completely natural. in my case the
product I use… I’ll go and grab it and I’ll bring it back and show
you… this is the product that I use. it’s called Light Mountain Natural and it’s
Color the Gray. I’ll talk about that in a little bit. the ingredients of this are:
henna leaf powder, indigo leaf powder, and senna leaf powder. that’s it. 3 plant
powders. not only are they chemical free but they’re also completely vegan. so not
only are they not animal derived also importantly no one ingredient has ever
been tested on animals. and it is completely cruelty free. it is simply a
plant powder and over time it doesn’t really stain. you don’t have to worry too
much about getting it on your forehead or any of the skin on your neck when
you’re doing it. and I have a white bathroom and I haven’t had any problems
with staining yet. so the reason that I use henna is to cover my gray hair. I’ll
just try to zoom in to let you know this is what we’re working with. and I’m fully
gray coming in at all of my roots and only
gray at the back of my hair. I didn’t know why I had to do the two-step
process in order to cover my gray I just knew that I did have to do it. so it will
produce a very orange hair as Brad showed in the clip. and I’ll talk about
this in the cons but sometimes that orange can be tough to cover up. those
are just a few of the reasons that I really like using henna. here are some of
the cons. so I’ll try to zoom in again, but I’ll also show you the footage of
outside. this is actually pretty good coverage for me. but Brad is right,
it’s his area of expertise and not mine. I’m a librarian after all. it is not
flawless coverage. I have to be very careful in trying to put on as even of
an application as possible of the henna. and unfortunately for me because I have
gray hair I have to do that twice. so annoying 🙁 so it is not flawless coverage
and I’m sure you can already tell looking at my hair .to me the pros far
outweigh that con, but I thought it was worth mentioning that Brad is right. you
will have uneven coverage no matter how hard you try. I’m sure you can tell by
looking at my hair that my hair is very coarse and naturally curly. it is very
very thick. in fact I actually buzzcut a pretty good amount of my hair in the
back just to manage the thickness of it. I’ll go ahead and turn around just so
you can see that. and again I’ll also show you outside in the light. I took out
a little too much so I’m letting some of this grow in now, but as you can see my
hair is pretty thick considering how little of it I actually left long. the
reason I bring up thickness is because these packages come with a predetermined
amount of the product. in my case even though I keep my hair short now I’m
still having to use more than one box of product just to cover the thickness of
my hair. when I used to have waist long hair,
I was having to use up to three boxes of henna. so even though that is still far
more affordable than buying at-home hair dyes or going to a hair salon, I do just
want to note that you may have to use more or less of the product depending on
the thickness and the length of your hair. if you have gray hair a con is that
covering it requires the two-step process Brad showed it in one of the
clips. you have to first start by putting a very orange application of henna on.
one thing that I wasn’t doing was following the instructions really
carefully. I would get busy doing something else and I would leave on that
first step of coloring the gray for more than one hour. if you leave it on longer
than that, the second step where you add your chosen color won’t seem to saturate
the color. so I’ll try to put in some footage here to show you that this was
even after applying the second color. it never really took to the areas of my
hair that were gray that had then been dyed orange .so as part of that you also
don’t want to let your grays grow out too long. so I have to stay on a pretty
strict four-week dyeing schedule. maybe that’s common place for a lot of other
people, but I find it’s so annoying. but I have to stick with it because the more
that my gray grows out, the more of the orange colored hair I then have to
color over .so I found it’s helpful for me to stick with pretty small root
growth in order to have a more even hair color. I don’t personally find the henna
to be difficult to put on. I just use the same little container and the same
little spatula every month. I just store them in my bathroom. it’s so easy and
it’s just like putting a hair mask on. so it doesn’t bother me. what is a problem
is actually after you’ve done the henna. I have to spend, probably because my hair
is so thick, I have to spend a lot of time in the shower combing through it
over and over to make sure that I get all of the henna out. and even though I’m
being really careful, the next morning when I wake up there’s still some fine
powder on my pillow and I’ll still have some fine powder on my shoulders and
neck from it falling from my head. I have found a trick for that is to make
sure that you’re combing it through in the shower with a wide tooth comb and
I’ve also found just dunking your hair in a tub of water after you’ve done that step it
can be really helpful just to remove any of those fine powders of henna
that still get stuck to your scalp. so while over time I’ve gotten better and I
have less and less of the powder, I do find for the next two days or so that
the smell of the henna is still pretty strong. I don’t quite think it smells
like matcha. I don’t think it’s necessarily bad, but when you’re trying
to fall asleep at night and your hair is wet it’s bad. what I have found that
works to manage this is to just wash my pillows and pillowcases after I’ve
slept the night of the henna. and that just removes any of the smell. and for
the next two days even though I like to shower at night and let my curly hair
dry mostly overnight, I just avoid a night shower for two days. and finally
this might be difficult for some but not difficult for me. if you use any kind of
chemical hair shampoos or conditioners those can also affect the color of your
hair. so that I think is why they mentioned not to shampoo or condition
your hair for a period of 24 hours following. I don’t have that problem. I’m
able to condition which I encourage you to do either by adding a little bit of
oil in the mixture as you put it on or adding a little bit of oil to your hair
or a good conditioner following. although in some ways the henna does seem to be
conditioning my hair, it does have more of a kind of bounce to it. and it helps my
curls a little bit. it can be a bit drying. so I do find putting some
conditioner on afterwards can be really helpful. and that’s it. those are my pros
and cons about doing henna. I’m so glad that Brad’s video came up in my
recommended. I didn’t know that people were talking about henna and I’m glad
that he covered it. if you’re looking to give it a try this little product only
costs me I think $6. to me it’s worth a try if you are wanting to get away from
chemical and cruel products. I think it’s great. if you’re using henna and you have
any tips of things that are working please do comment below and share. i’m
always looking to find ways to simplify my process and make it better overall. if
you have any questions at all I’m a small channel I have the time to respond
to the comments. please let me know if you have questions about henna, I’d be
happy to answer them from my own experience. maybe I’ll see you in the
next video. take care bye! 🙂

1 Comment

  • Crafty Corner says:

    Great pros and cons video! Now many who use this product will know everything about it.👏🏽👏🏽❤️❤️😊😊😄😄

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