How can I get my hair more red with henna and less auburn or orange? Starting color is dark blonde?

How can I get my hair more red with henna and less auburn or orange? Starting color is dark blonde?

Postby corlan » May 27th, 2012, 4:33 am

My natural hair color is medium-dark blonde. I put henna on it and it turned it an orangey auburn color. I dyed it a second time a month later hoping it would turn more red since I know the color has to build up, but it just turned it a deeper auburn color. It's very pretty but just not vibrant enough.
I am trying to find a way to make it more of a RED *NOT* orange or auburn.

So does anyone know of a way I could achieve this... are there any other herbs besides henna that can dye the hair more of a red color? I really want to avoid chemical dyes if at all possible. I have considered trying to dye over this with a vegetable based dye (like manic panic), has anyone had experience with that? Any suggestions/recipes are much appreciated thanks :)

Here are some pics so you can get an idea of my starting hair color, what it looks like now, & what I'm trying to achieve:

Starting color:
http://gossipteen.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/miley-cyrus-hannah-montana-german-premiere-photos.jpg

Color I have now after applying henna:
http://media-cdn.pinterest.com/upload/223631937716372103_8xYyTmxT_c.jpg

Hair color I want:
http://data.whicdn.com/images/7756352/red,beauty,girl,red,hair,red,lipstick,redhead-a78992493149efb8b336f523347fe10a_h_large.jpg?1299607343
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How can I get my hair more red with henna and less auburn or orange? Starting color is dark blonde?

Postby chann » May 27th, 2012, 4:36 am

According to this blog about henna that I accidentally ran across, for redder tones you may add hibiscus or paprika.

http://hennablogspot.com/how-to-use-henna-and-indigo-to-naturally-dye-your-hair-reddish-to-brown-to-black-tones/

Good luck.
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How can I get my hair more red with henna and less auburn or orange? Starting color is dark blonde?

Postby montez » May 27th, 2012, 4:39 am

Oh, super easy. Better henna, longer application times, and several applications close together.

Are you buying a mix like Light Mountain (which sucks) or a henna based product like Lush (which also sucks)? Try just straight up pure henna powder and lemon juice. You want the freshest henna powder with the highest dye content possible. If you're starting from blonde and want bright red, all you need is just lots and lots of henna dye, because the more henna in your hair, the deeper the red becomes. You're getting copper because you're either using a product with a low dye content, not letting the paste sit in your hair long enough, or both.

Also, henna needs an acidic liquid for several reasons that are rather boring to hear about. Mixing it with just water isn't going to get all the dye out. And heat helps, but too much heat will literally cook the dye, and it won't stain, so any recipe that says to add boiling or near boiling liquid isn't reliable.

All you need to do is buy great pure henna powder, mix it with anything as sour as lemon juice, let the dye release overnight, and slap it on your head for eight hours. Yes, eight freaking hours. Then do it again a week later. Time consuming and expensive if you have really long hair, but you'll get a bright red, and you'll only have to redo your roots from then on unless you want a deeper red.

Look through the mixes below, under the Righteous Red column. I put a link of a really good example of how a blonde can get a bright red in a single application. There's also a forum, feel free to ask this exact question, get some feedback on how to push the color of henna in the direction you want.
http://www.hennaforhair.com/mixes/index.html
http://www.hennaforhair.com/mixes/justine/ (Bob's hair, naturally ash blonde)
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