Do you ever want to do something crazy, like cut your own bangs because you’re impatient? Well, I’m not doing that again ever. ;-) But I’ve actually already done something on a small scale – I put layers in my long hair and it ended up being shortened significantly (it was upper back, maybe to my armpits, but long for me). I had decided that I wanted to start wearing it curly instead of straightening/blow-drying like I usually do… I really am just getting lazy and didn’t want to bother anymore, but it also has been taking its toll and I felt like a ponytail was my only option. When you’re constantly putting ponytails in your hair you know something has to change! So first, I had my husband cut it. (Should not have done that!) He did fine but it was a little off… thankfully a friend rescued me and gave me a great layered cut. Bet you wish you had a talented hair-cutting friend! Lucky me!
The first photo in the post is a before picture, and this is what it looks like now:
I tried to keep all my length but I guess that’s hard to do when you layer because I have always lost a lot of length even when I ask the stylist not to take any length off. Then of course my hubby cut more than I wanted… and I think it’s also because my hair is so thin. I mean SO THIN. I miss the hair I had when I was pregnant because it was so nice and thick! Then after babies I lost a lot. :p Literally the day after giving birth my hair went all limp again. lol It’s weird how that happens.
So anyway. I have been reading up on henna lately! If you look up “henna hair” on Pinterest there are soooo many different shades that are made with henna, and there are no chemicals in the dye! There are, of course, pros and cons of using henna.
Some of my favorite pros:
– It’s good for your hair, makes it shinier and healthier.
– No chemicals!
– It can be combined with something called indigo to make different shades (even black if you do it right).
– It fades a bit, making your roots less noticeable when your hair grows. (This might depend on whether or not you use the body art quality or pre-mixed dyes like I ordered.)
– You can layer henna as much as you want
The cons are:
– Once you’ve henna’d, you can’t really dye over it with chemical dye
(Not a con for me since I don’t use them)
– You can go darker with henna but not lighter (so don’t go too dark right away)
So I have heard that you shouldn’t buy the pre-mixed henna dyes because the body art quality dyes are the best and for sure have nothing extra added. But I have a friend that has uses the henna from Mountain Rose Herbs and her hair looks gorgeous! It also does list the ingredients and it doesn’t appear that anything is added. So I’m going to give the mahogany dye (henna + indigo) from there a try. Don’t worry, I plan to do a strand test before I slather it all over my hair. :) I ordered it and it shipped today so I only have a couple days to wait – so excited! Obviously I’ll post my results here when I’ve done it. This is close to the color I’m hoping for:
Actually I like a lot of shades, and I love that henna works with your own shade. Two people can use the same batch of henna and get entirely different results! I really have no idea what color I’ll end up with but since I have light brown hair with golden/red undertones I will probably end up with something pretty red.
This is gorgeous, too:
Anne Shirley may have been horrified to find that I would dye my hair this color but I have always wished I had red hair! I have dyed my hair various shades of red from age 16 on with chemical dyes but never kept it up. :) I do know that I don’t want it quite the shade Anne had as a young’un – less orange and more auburn. But let’s hope I don’t end up with this:
If you’re interested in learning more about henna, this is a great resource: