Should You Create Your Own Henna Hair Colors Or Use Pre-Mixed Henna Hair Dyes?
This shouldn’t even be a question folks, it’s better to create your own henna hair colors as they’r more effective and provide better results because henna and indigo have varying developing times. Pre-mixed henna hair dyes don’t take this into account and it results in weak color development.
The two main ingredients in most henna hair colors – henna and indigo develop their respective colors in varying time frames. Henna takes longer to develop – anywhere from 2-8 hours and indigo develops in 5 minutes and is ready for application. So, how can a premixed package containing both of these ingredients work effectively? If you prepare the pre-mixed henna/indigo combo for application and let it sit for 4 hours, the indigo is going to lose it’s potency. And if you create the paste and apply it within 10 minutes of mixing as many sellers suggest, the indigo is going to work just fine because it develops within minutes but the henna in the mix wouldn’t have reached it’s full potency yet, so you’re going to end up with a diluted color which is not the true color. Had you mixed henna hair colors the right way — to allow for maximum potency, it would give you the true and desired color.
Please note, that when we say pre-mixed henna hair colors, we’re referring to pure henna hair colors from reputable sellers and not the henna hair colors that advertise a range of shades, which they create by adding ppd and other chemicals. They then try to sell it as “all natural,” so please be aware and educate yourself on what constitutes as good henna hair colors.
Another reason to not use pre-mixed colors is because, henna hair dyes work different from regular hair dyes. Regular hair dyes paint or cover your hair with dye. Whereas, henna is a translucent dye, so it attaches (for those that are more science-y, it attaches to the protein in your hair) to your hair and produces the resulting color.
In other words – translucent henna dye + your base hair color = resulting color
So, most of your hair isn’t going to turn the color the box promises as everyone’s hair color is different. The same advertised brown can be achieved by creating your own henna hair color.
Say your friend has light brown hair, you have dark brown hair and your friend has red hair, each of you will need different proportions of the key herbs to achieve the same brown. This is why a standard box of brown will not work on all hair and it is advised that you mix/create your own henna hair color.
Now that you understand why, it’s time to create your own henna hair colors, all you need is bit of patience!
Indigo, Henna & Amla On Medium Brown Hair
For many of you, the pre-mixed colors may seem easy but it’s not going to give you the color you want. Don’t think of mixing your own henna hair colors as a chore, it’s 15 minutes of time well spent, to give yourself soft, silky beautiful hair in the exact shade and color you want. It may take a little bit of experimentation to figure out the exact combinations needed for your desired color but it’s not going to ruin your hair, so go ahead and create your own unique henna hair colors. Here’s the Natural Nirvaan Henna Hair Color Chart and Natural Nirvaan Cassia Hair Color Chart to help you with process of choosing the shade you want, which is to be used as a basic guide only. Remember you can adjust the proportions for the all the ranges in between these basic shades to find a color that suits you better. Make a little time for beautiful healthy hair just as you do for your health and wellness. Your hair is your crowning glory and do what you can to keep it healthy and shiny for the rest of your life! Be bold and beautiful – create your own unique henna hair colors!