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After having a hair color experience I did not like using Light Mountain Henna I decided to give the brand another try.
But this time I used Light Mountain Henna – Color the Gray, in hopes this line would make my gray disappear into the rest of my hair color.
I like the ingredients on this product, and because of that, I didn’t mind giving it another shot.
I selected the color Mahogany because the box read if your hair color is black than Mahogany would make it warm black. So I thought that would be a cool color for me. But, I guess, what I should have done was consider the color of my gray hair and not the color of my actual hair.
My gray before the henna.
My hair after the Henna. I don’t like this color. I just wanted the gray to turn black or something close to it. When will I learn?
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!
After my first Henna experience failed to cover my gray hair, Sharron, blogger of Beautiful, Naturally…Inside and Out… suggested I try a recipe she used to color her mother’s gray hair. The results looked great so I followed the same procedure in hopes of getting the same results. This is what I did:
What is needed to Henna
100 to 150 grams of Henna. I used 150 grams. I used Black Rose Kali Mehandi henna in color black. Natural hair bloggers like Jamila henna. I was told at an Indian specialty store that it only comes in red so I used a different brand.
2 cups of hot water (not boiling)
4 bags of Green Tea
2 tablespoons of honey or agave. I used agave which is a natural liquid sweetener from a cactus.
2 tablespoons of oil. I used Sunflower Oil
10 – 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. I used Lavender.
1 pair of plastic gloves
1 plastic cap
4 Hair Clips
Plastic container and mixing spoon
My main mission in applying the Henna is to color my gray hair. Can you see the gray strands below?! A Henna is also good for providing the hair with thickness and strength. So it’s a win-win situation all the way around.
Heat 2 cups of water on the stove top. Take it off of the fire just before it starts to boil.
Add the green tea bags to the hot water and let it cool for approximately 20 minutes.
Pour the Henna powder in a plastic container.
Slowly add the green tea to the Henna and mix. It should look a little clumpy.
Add the oil and mix. The texture of the Henna mixture will smooth out and produce a shine.
Add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Add honey or agave. The texture will be super smooth.
Cover with plastic wrap and let the Henna mixture rest. I made a quick dash to Target. When I came back I jumped in the shower and washed my hair.
Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo. I used Naturally Me. I previewed this vegan product a few week ago. I finally got to use it and I do love the creamy rich thickness of the shampoo. Plus I like the fact that it is vegan. That’s hard to find. After shampooing please DO NOT CONDITION YOUR HAIR!
Line the bathroom floor with newspaper because the Henna will get all over the place.
Divide your hair in 4 sections using the hair clips to keep each section in place. Put on the plastic gloves.
Take a piece of hair from a section in the back and apply the Henna mixture. Make sure the Henna covers every strand. Work your way to the front of your hair making sure the hair flows towards the back of your head.
Don a plastic cap
Let the Henna stay in for 2 to 4 hours. I let it sit for 3 ½ hours.
I jumped back in the shower and rinse out the Henna mixture using a conditioner. I used Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Perfecting Conditioner
THE INDIGO APPLICATION
It wasn’t easy for me to find Indigo powder. It wasn’t sold at any local beauty supply store in Brooklyn. I found the product at an Indian specialty store in Manhattan. I was told that Indigo is very much like a Henna. It will enhance the color of the hair but not color it. Okay this process wasn’t really necessary but I wanted to try it just to see how my hair would turn out.
What is needed
90 grams of Indigo powder
1 plastic container
4 Hair Clips
1 pair of plastic gloves
1 plastic cap
2 cups of hot water
Slowly add the hot water to the powder until it turns into a paste. The indigo mixture will be thicker than the Henna mixture because less fluid is added to the treatment.
Line the bathroom floor once again with newspaper and put on the plastic gloves.
Apply the Indigo mixture to your hair the same way the Henna was applied – covering all of your hair. This mixture is a little thicker.
Don a plastic cap
I left the Indigo mixture on my hair for 50 minutes. I then jumped back into the shower and rinsed it out with the Hair Milk Conditioner. I did notice a bit of a shine.
Below are pics of my homemade afro after the Henna treatment. My mother said I should have someone show me how to do my natural hair. She doesn’t understand the kinky look. She’s an old timer from the South.
So I made an Avocado and Henna concoction for my hair and well…I don’t know.
The avocado conditioner was great as usual. I forgot to purchase the avocados in advance to let them sit room temperature for a few days to avoid annoying lumps in the treatment. After blending the fruit in my new Kitchen Aid food processor the fear of avocado lumps was a thing of the past. This machine works nicely.
I left the avocado conditioner in my hair for 2 hours. This time it included fewer ingredients than before because I was just too lazy to jazz it up. It consisted of:
- 2 avocados
- 4 tablespoons of avocado oil
Then I made a Henna treatment to color my hair black. The recipe included:
- 2 packs of Henna 2 oz each
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of African Formula’s Deep Conditioning Hot Oil Treatment
- 2 drops of rosemary and peppermint essential oils
- 4 tablespoons each of the dry herbs peppermint, rosemary and burdock root. I let the herbs steep for 2 hours and made 2 cups of tea.
I mixed all of the ingredients in a bowl, covered it with plastic wrap and let the Henna sit for 10 hours. Then I applied the treatment to my hair, covered my head with plastic wrap, donned a plastic shower cap and left it in for 5 hours.
I think I added too much stuff, not enough Henna and didn’t let the treatment stay in my hair long enough because the color did NOT take AT ALL! I don’t have a photo of the Henna after look because they all came out looking as if the color took but it didn’t.
This was my first time making a Henna treatment like this. Next time I will have to add more Henna, less liquid (It’s suppose to be like a thick paste. Mine’s was watery) and leave it in for at least 10 to 12 hours – maybe – it is hard to color my hair.
I also noticed that my hair became dry and a little brittle. Even after flat ironing it, my hair was still dry and brittle looking. I thought about what I did differently to cause it to act like this and realized that the Henna, apple cider vinegar or both combined, apparently, made my hair dry.
I don’t know what to do about this.