I bought some Henna and indigo off you a few weeks back and we have tried out 2 applications of it and so far so good.
Attached are 4 photos of a before and after nature, except that I forgot to take a ‘before I started’ photograph unfortunately – I was halfway through trying to stick the stuff to my wife’s head before I remembered about it, sorry.
Some background info: My wife is Thai, and she has that very jet black hair which is so characteristic of asians. She started going grey early and has been dying her hair using chemical products but we were worried about the possible side-effects – more so when I started finding out more about chemical dyes. So we decided to try a natural alternative, see what happened and if it didn’t work then just let her hair go its natural colour.
We waited six weeks after the last chemical dye, then twice used a Henna/indigo mix bought in a health shop but the results were disappointing = so even if I had taken a ‘before starting’ photo it would have been much the same as the ones taken after the 1st application. I looked at a few internet sites selling natural dyes but decided on trying yours out first since the information you give is pretty comprehensive.
The problem with my wife’s hair is that it is not just grey, but a startling white, there is virtually no natural colour left in probably more than 50% of it. So I knew we would have to apply it more than once before we’d start to get good results.
Application 1 was rather messy – I’m no hairdresser, so she had to endure me trying to plaster her head with this stuff but we got through it. The photos I took are a bit overexposed but you can see the chestnut colour that we were left with, the overexposure exaggerates it a bit, it wasn’t really as obvious as that. Even though the colour was not great there was no white showing, the lighter hairs were not all that noticeable as the top had gone dark (probably got the application right on the top). Her hair felt lovely and had a really beautiful shine to it. The henna was left on for 3 hours and the indigo for 2.
Application 2 (four weeks later) was less messy – I’m getting better at it. The results were much better this time and I was really impressed, more because I think I managed to actually get at the hairs better and coat most of them properly – that must be the trick? Given that the hairs would be startling white otherwise I think the results are pretty good. The next one should be even better and with any luck will go completely black. This time we left the indigo on for 3 hours. The photos were taken the day after.
It’s a bit of a palaver putting the stuff on, but really it’s a small price to pay considering the only alternative is to put some pretty nasty chemicals on your head. Even if it never goes completely black we rather like the deep chestnut colour that it gives so even if that was the best colour we can get we’d be happy, but I suspect that it’s my poor technique that means we’re not getting a really dark colour rather than any shortcoming in the dyes. Do you have any suggestions?
You’re welcome to use the photos on your website if you want but I’m not sure they illustrate the results well enough for that.
I’ll be ordering some more off you sometime soon.