COMPARISON OF a 25% HENNA AND 75% AMLA MIX LEFT ON FOR 1 HOUR AND 12 HOURS ON ASH BLONDE HAIR
The photograph above shows the range of colours that can be achieved with a 25% henna and 75% amla mix. The hair used in these tests is exactly the same dark, ash blonde hair, and the photos were taken a week after application. Products used are from the Hennacat webstore.
‘Henn-Amla’ is a term I use to describe this hair application made from two pure herbal plant powders – Amla (Phyllanthus emblica) and Henna (Lawsonia Inermis).
Notes / Observations
- A henn-amla mix made with cool tea gives a range of darker shades.
- The longer you leave the application on, the more saturated the shades will be.
The simplest and the best recipe for Henn-indigo hair dye treatment from Hennacat
There are two ways you can prepare your henn-amla mix
- You can sift your henna and amla powders together several times to blend the powders and then add the liquid.
- Make two separate pastes with the liquids and then blend the two pastes.
Sift the powder/s into a bowl and then add the liquid (I like to use cold black tea, see results photos above). Mix to a yoghurt like consistency, and then leave for 1 hour to brew. Make sure you cover the henn-amla paste with a couple of layers of cling film to ensure it does not dry out. Use a large cone to apply the henn-amla paste to your hair, paying particular attention to the roots.
There are a seven main things to remember to ensure that the application is a success.
- Use clarifying shampoo
- Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots
- Wear gloves
- Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour
- Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair
- Mermaid your hair before rinsing
- Wait for three days to let the colour fully develop
- Use beautiful natural henna
Here is each tip in more detail:
1. Use clarifying shampoo
Preparation is everything as build-up of natural oils, shampoo, conditioning and styling products can shield the hair shaft from henn-amla, especially if you use silicon containing products.
It is therefore really important to remove this product build up by using a ‘clarifying shampoo’ on your hair before applying henn-amla. Clarifying shampoos cut through natural oils and product build up to leave your hair squeaky clean and ready for henna application.
2. Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots
The simplest and least messy way to get henna paste to your roots is to use a large cone or icing bag, to direct the paste right on to your roots. You can then use your fingers to push the henn-amla paste down onto the hair shaft. Ensure that all your hair is completely covered in henn-amla, otherwise you will get an uneven colour. Pay attention to the crown of your head, back of your neck and the full length of your hair, as that can miss out on the paste.
3. Wear gloves
Henn-amla paste will stain quickly, and it just loves to stain skin and nails, so make sure you wear gloves for both application and rinsing out of henna. If you don’t wear gloves you will stain your hands orange, and your nails as well (this will be permanent until your nails grow out)
4. Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour
The longer you leave henn-amla on, the stronger the colour. I usually leave my henn-amla on for a minimum of 3 hours, but if I want a particularly strong colour, I’ll leave it on for up to 12 hours.
5. Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair
I have conducted experiments that show that if the henn-amla dries on the hair, it essentially stops the dying process. To ensure that you get the best colour, wrap your head in cling film, and foil, to keep the henna paste nice and sticky.
When it comes to rinsing out your henn-amla, you will find that my henna / amla products rinse out like a dream. To make the process even less messy why not ‘mermaid’ your hair? To do this you fill your kitchen sink or other large bowl with warm water and soak your hair for a few minutes. This loosens and removes a lot of henn-amla and means that you can then rinse your henn-amla very quickly out of your hair with a shower attachment. Remember that whatever the henn-amla comes into contact with, it will stain.
7. Leave for three days to let the colour fully develop
Dry and style your hair as normal, and make sure that you wait for three days for the colour to develop. The first two days you will notice an almost pale orange glow which soon settles.
8. Use beautiful natural henna
You should notice much improved condition and shine when you use henn-amla on your hair – so keep on using it. But do make sure you buy from a reputable henna supplier. Here at Hennacat™, independent henna suppliers, we use our products all the time and make sure that they are of the highest quality. Where possible we work with organic suppliers, and always buy direct from the manufacturers to ensure the provenance of our products. You can check out our products over at our shop site.
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