Blonde Hair Colour Gallery
henna and indigo on natural black hair colour and black grey hair
Red Lowlights on black hair?
Look through the hair colour galleries to give yourself an idea how henna is likely to turn out on black hair and dark hair colours. Bear in mind that you'll only get shocking red / orange tones or highlights on grey or white hair ( which you can easily mute to brown or black with indigo). If you have dark black hair, or any dark hair colour, the henna will add deep reddish tones and make your hair look like it has natural red lowlights; any odd greys will look like reddish highlights. The difference between lowlights and highlights? Highlights brighten your hair ( and can be shocking !) , whilst lowlights deepen your hair and are more subtle.
Want black hair colour ? Or black hair with red or burgundy highlights ? Want blue black hair colour?
Use henna followed by indigo in 2 stages if you want a dark hair colour with red lowlights or purple blue lowlights. Full mixing and application instructions come with the Renaissance Henna Hair Colour Kit.
Want brown hair colour? Or brown with red or burgundy lowlights?
Use henna + indigo. Full mixing and application instructions come with the Renaissance Henna Hair Colour Kit.
Want burgundy hair colour?
Use henna + indigo. Full mixing and application instructions come with the Renaissance Henna Hair Colour Kit.
The Renaissance Henna Hair Kit gives you a myriad of colours - pick one ! I can't guarantee your end result hair colour, but I can tell you that I'm certain you'll love it, that you'll be impressed, and that you'll be hooked ! Try it and you won't look back. Go on - because you're worth it !
Henna Hair Colour Strand Tests
I must remind you that hair colour strand tests don't always give you an accurate prediction of your end result hair colour and they don't always take on colour with the same passion as a full head of hair would. Many people are disappointed with the hair colour strand test result but amazed with the full hair colour application. Maybe it's the body temperature that makes the difference; it's hard to say. Also, do remember that your strand test hair may not necessarily be a true indicator of final all over hair colour due to the fact that the strand test hair may have uneven colour saturation, especially if you've previously used hair dyes. And hennaed & indigoed hair looks like different hair colour depending on where you're standing - it'll look like a different hair colour indoors compared to how it looks outdoors. It's a beautiful coat of many colours. In my opinion, henna / indigo should be used by every person on the planet at least once in a lifetime. It's too incredible to miss out on and if you never try it, you'll never know.
A Reminder about Previous use of Chemical Hair Dyes and Henna
If you've previously used chemical hair dyes, although you can go straight ahead and use henna / indigo, I'd recommend you wait as long as possible. My minimum recommended waiting time is 2 weeks, especially if you've just permed your hair. But my advice is to aim for 2 - 3 months before using henna after a hair dye if you can. The only reason why I advise people to wait as long as possible is simply to give your hair the opportunity of getting rid of chemical hair dye build up, and also to ensure the best hair colour take from henna/indigo. It's the compound (“metallic salt mix”) hennas which hairdressers moan about and say you can't use before or after hair dyes. My henna and indigo are not mixed with metallic salts - they are pure. They are not the same stuff your hairdresser is talking about ! My henna and indigo are safe to use both before and after chemical hair dye, but my advice to you is to wait as long as you can before using hair dyes either side of henna, because it's in your best interests to wait.
Strand Test Hair Colour Pictures
Below are photographs of natural hair strands showing how they colour with henna, and how they intensify to darker shades after the indigo application. I'm afraid the photos don't do justice at all to the final end result colour - scroll down to the real life photos see what I mean. Also, please bear in mind that the henna used for these strand tests was mixed with part lemon juice and part water and therefore the henna colour is lighter than it would have been with a straight hot water mix.
Strand Test Hair Colour Picture File : Blonde
Strand Test Photo File Ash
Red Hair Tones of Henna on Blonde Hair Colour
I finally did it! I decided to go for a pure henna application and I’m absolutely delighted with the result. I love the condition and strength I’ve achieved with the henna and I’m amazed at the hues and shades of red I’ve now got. I love my hair this colour and can’t wait for another application to try and go an even deeper red shade.
I went shopping the day after and a complete stranger came up to me and said, ’Excuse me, but you have the most beautiful hair colour I’ve ever seen”. I’ve never had such a lovely compliment from a stranger before and it made my day.
Thank you for your website and all your advice. Please feel free to use the pictures in your gallery.
Many kind regards from a very happy henna-ed girl!
Photos submitted by Elaine - see Elaine's henna blog at : http://blog.handfulofhenna.com/ - awesome !
Elaine says : “I hadn't actually had a chance to thoroughly go through your Web site -- but I gave it a peek, and I wanted to let you know that I blogged my first three months of transitioning from natural blonde to henna-head here: http://www.renaissancehenna.com/%20http://blog.handfulofhenna.com/henna_for_hair/
I've been meaning to write up a little summary with a few key photos, but I haven't had a chance yet. When I do, I will let you know. Until then, feel free to use whatever images I have on that site.
My new recipe is 100g henna, about 1.5-2c chamomile, 2T olive oil, 2T paprika, and one or two drops lavendar. I leave it on for 3.5-4 hours, wash it out by combing conditioner through it, then blowdry it and wash it with shampoo a day later. It took me about three applications before the color was completely saturated to its final hue (which I ADORE!). Also, not including olive oil makes you “shed” an enormous amount of hair in the shower when you wash the henna out. (Carly noticed this too.)”
- ( sort of a strawberry blonde which, from the before photo, could pass as lightish blonde brown hair )
Photos submitted by Joan of www.theartisansambrosia.com
Joan's Natural Hair Colour : Dirty blonde/golden blonde, with natural highlights
Hair Dye History : She had never used any chemical hair dyes before henna
Joan's Henna Mix : “a mix of leftover paste and some cheap powder I bought from a local Indian grocery store. I mixed the henna with lemon juice and a bit of rosemary, mostly for scent. After I applied the paste I wrapped with plastic and a towel and left it covered for one hour.”Joan's comments on henna : I've never been one to put chemicals or manufactured product into my hair beyond the basic shampoo and conditioner, so hearing about henna (a Natural alternative!) was too tempting to pass up. As it turned out, the red color suited me well and I've now hennaed my hair three times. Using henna in my hair leaves it amazingly soft and silky, well conditioned, and a bit thicker than before. Even when using stale or leftover mixtures I get great color that blends in well with my natural tones and highlights
What Happens if you Indigo Bleached Blonde Hair After Henna? and what can you do to correct emerald green if you don't like it ? read on.......
Sorry it took so long to get back to you with the photos. This month has flown by. You can use the photos and our discussions on your website.
I think I am going to order some dbarrgh powder next time. Will this make the henna more red and less orange? I like the idea of redder rather than ginger hair. I tried applying the henna less carefully when I did it again recently but it did not take so well on the bleached bits. I think they are more resistant to the henna because they do not absorb liquid very well. So I guess I'll have to apply carefully until either the hair is saturated with henna or the bleach grows out. I noticed the bleached areas fade much more quickly than on my natural hair colour too.
Thanks again for your advice
sorry for the delay in getting back to you this time; thank goodness you've got rid of the green ! I can imagine how worried you must have been. Well the colour should lift by itself within a week to 10 days. But you can try , next time, mixing a couple of tablespoons or more dbarrgh powder + 4 tablespoons approx. acacia catechu powder with your henna ( mix acacia catechu separately as far in advance as you can - eg overnight, but even half an hour before will do) and then combine with henna. You can also mix henna over night if you wish, and then heat it in the microwave before use. You need to add water slowly to henna and keep mixing till it gets to a mud like consistency - but you can make it as thick or runny as you like....there's no "perfect" way of mixing it ! Generally it will work fine, even if it is lumpy. I think you are , however, trying way too hard with your henna application. Don't worry about it so much - it's not like a conventional bottled hair dye which you have to apply meticulously ! I think what you need to do is aim to get the henna on the scalp/roots first and then smear it literally all over your hair as best you can and bunch it all up in a bun on your head, and then press down - spray with a water bottle if you need to ( warm water or cool if you prefer) and that will help it run and seep into the hair strands all by itself; also once you're covered up with cling film and a scarf, you can gently press on your hair to get the henna to seep down into the hair; Don't be so meticulous next time and you'll probably find it will work just as well. The aim is to get the henna in, cover it, keep warm, and relax ! I agree the green hair was a very stressful experience this time....but next time... God willing....will be different !! Let me know if you will allow me to use our email exchanges regarding your unfortunate experience on my customer feedback page - I can of course change your name and location. And let me know if you will allow me to use the photos.
Received : 30.5.10
I did another henna application yesterday and thankfully the green has gone. It is now a chocolate/auburn. It's a bit darker than I would have liked but very nice. I am wondering whether the indigo might fade over time and lighten it up a bit. I am so glad I bought that extra bag of henna! I think the problem before may have been my henna application. Last time I used 11 scoops of henna and just mushed it into my hair. The second time I used a full bag and coated my hair strand by strand. Although my hair is only collar length it is very thick. I had to do it in 1/2 inch strands. I found if I did the strands any thicker there was hair in the middle that didn't get coated. That may be because my hair is so dry from the bleach. It took me just over an hour to apply the henna!! It was like a thick mud pack on my head but did not itch me at all. I left it on for four hours just to be sure it covered all the green. Anyway I have caught up with watching all the programmes I had recorded on Sky+. I did have a problem trying to judge how much water to add to the henna when mixing. It would be helpful if you could put some photos up on your site to show the consistency that it should be. I think in future I will use just henna and see how that works out. I think as my natural colour comes through it will develop into a colour more flattering to my skin tone. Is there any way I can lighten up the present colour without damaging my hair? My aim is to grow my hair to half-way down my back. That was impossible when it was blonde because the ends were destroyed before it even reached my shoulders. I have taken some photos of my "journey" and I will take some pictures of the final colour later. I will send them to you asap. I'm feeling a little exhausted after two days of henna-ing and the stress of green hair not to mention aching in my shoulders and neck.
Thanks for you prompt reply to my panic email on Friday night. It did make me feel a lot better. I will be in touch soon with the photos.
You may remember that I ordered from you last week and contacted you for advice about henna/indigo on my bleached hair. I did the strand test on my head and it turned a lovely chocolate brown. I waited 3 days and it was still fine. Today I did the full application and it has turned bright emerald green!! Ok I have been laughing about it but now I feel a bit miserable. I tried the ketchup thing but it didn't make a difference. I'm a bit worried about henna-ing over it in case it goes bright orange and green. Do you have any experience of henna over green indigo?
I really don't know what to do so I would appreciate any advice you can give me.
Don't use indigo on its own on blonde or gray hair !
DON’T try using indigo alone on any light hair colour (blonde hair colour / ash hair colour ), including grey hair, as it has the potential to produce blue or green and it may not be a shade you like ! But if you’re interested in blue or green, then go ahead and strand test. On dark hair colour it is generally considered safe to use indigo alone and it will darken the hair even more towards black hair colour, but it may leave the hair dull and dry and it will lack the glossy effect that comes when it's used with henna.
On grey hair, make sure the hair is orange from your henna before using indigo. And if the grey hair looks bluish after using indigo ( rare, but it could happen if henna didn’t cover it properly), then just repeat the henna application followed by indigo again.
Always do a strand test and even if you like the idea of using indigo on its own, do experiment by using it after henna hair colour as well. I personally find indigo is best used with henna for optimum results and spectacular hair colour.
Finally, if you've used hair dyes and especially bleaches on your hair, do not use indigo for at least 6 - 8 weeks since the last dye / bleach, as indigo over bleached and dyed hair can be unpredictable, not to mention green ! In many cases indigo ( used with or after henna ) works perfectly well straight after dyes and bleaches, but none the less I urge caution and would prefer that you waited.... get rid of the chemical build up and then go for it ! In the event of green hair, apply tomato sauce / ketchup in the hair, cover, leave in for up to an hour and shampoo out ; repeat applications may be necessary. If that doesn't work, henna over it ! You'll get a deep brown/auburn.
Deluxe Renaissance Henna Hair Colour Kit
The Renaissance Henna Hair Colour Kit is recommended for all of you who are new to henna and indigo