It took me a while to find henna that wasn't super expensive (either because it was at a specialty store or I was paying a ton for shipping). Finally, I found a company in Portland, Oregon called Henna Color Lab that had nicely put together packages at reasonable prices specifically for dying hair. I went with the Pure Henna Hair Dye as I really just wanted to see the color I'd get from henna alone. However, if I chose to do henna again, I think I'd order the Wine Red Henna to see if I can get more red out of it. The base color I started with on my hair was medium brown at the roots, fading gently to red at the bottom (it was almost a weird red ombre going on). The henna picked up differently on the non-dyed part of the hair versus the parts that had residual dye, which I was expecting. It did add some red into the brown though and brightened up the already red bits. The first couple days it was a brighter, orange-y red that mellowed out to a sort of soft auburn.
The process was in many way similar to the way I usually dye my hair. First, mix up the dye. Second, apply it, starting at the roots then working to the tips. Then, let it sit. Finally wash it out.
|Pure henna powder- just add hot water!|
|Mix it to a "pudding-like" consistency.|
|Shower cap over it all. I had to wait a full hour with it in.|
|The end result (photo taken a couple days ago).|