I have a lot of gray hair and I am not ready to show it off with a salt and pepper fro. I know many women who do show off their gray hair, and they look beautiful, but they are much older and the look suits them. I have so many gray strands I could easily rock a salt and pepper fro but I’m not going to do it. Not yet anyway.
I dye my hair often to keep every strand the same color. The various colorings I have used were not from a natural brand. They boosted to be ammonia free but still possessed PPD. p-Phenylenediamine may also be referred to as phenylenediame, phenylenediame dihydrochloride, benzenediamine dihydrochloride or aminoaniline dihydrochloride is a harsh chemical in many hair coloring products, including hennas.
When PPD makes contact with the skin it may cause rashes and contact dermatitis. Eye contact may cause irritation, redness and pain. Corneal damage and loss of vision has been reported in some very isolated cases. Chronic exposures to PPD may affect kidney or liver function and can cause bluish discoloration of the lips or tongue.
With all of that I went on a search to find something natural. During my search for a natural henna I found Light Mountain Natural hair color & conditioner. This product boosts to be:
- Cruelty Free
- No animal ingredients
- No animal testing
- 100% pure botanical hair color
- Chemical free
The ingredients are 100% Organic and certified. They include:
- Indigoferae tinctoria (indigo)
- Leaf powder and Lawsonia inermis (henna)
- Leaf powder
I heard of Light Mountain Natural a few months ago but just got around to using it. I processed the henna as I do all of my hennas (click HERE to see the post) but focused on rosemary as the selected oils.
Overall I am not happy with how my hair turned out. I used Dark Brown and my gray hairs are red. They stand out and look weird. Matter of fact, the product didn’t dye all of my gray. There are still white strands that are very visible. I left the henna on for 7 hours so I feel the turn out should have been much better.
Will I use this particular product again – no. But guess what? I found out that this company has a line designed to cover gray hair exclusively. I’ll probably check that out and write another post.
Below is how everything was done.
I started with a Horsetail and Nettle hair rinse designed to promote healthy thick hair. To read my post on that topic click HERE.
Light Mountain Natural box
The henna packaged
The instructions stressed using plastic everything while mixing the henna. I used my plastic cup I always use when mixing henna. You can see old henna stains in it.
I incorporated a Rosemary theme for this henna mixture. In the henna I combined my homemade rosemary oil (click HERE to read the post) and rosemary essential oil.
After leaving the henna on my hair for 7 hours I still had visiable gray stands with a red mixture. Yulk!