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    Posted: Oct 05 2013 at 1:10am
Anybody use henna to dye their hair? My hair is naturally an off-black color, which makes my hair look very dry and dull. I would like try henna to darken my hair because I heard it makes 4c hair types shinier and not make it look so dull.  What are some good brands that I could use or buy? 
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When you say 'off black' do you mean a browny-black or a greyish-black? If it's the latter it could be due to lack of moisture in your hair. My natural hair was generally 'ashy-black' hair until this year a few months ago, when the moisture balance improved. Before then it was only ever black when it was relaxed or curly permed. My moisture balance is not perfect yet, but at least my usually looks black now.

Re the your henna query - I don't know as I don't use it (yet...?) but bumping for more replies.

ETA: Also, the roots would get black when my hair was braided up because I used to grease them and they would get moisture from exercise.


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Well, it has a brown tint in the sun, but sometimes it can look a little grey. 
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I wouldn't count on henna to make your hair darker.  I have heard of people on the forum using other Ayurvedic powders to darken their hair.

This website recommends indigo powder to add more black and dark blue tones (think Asian hair).
http://www.lacocobella.com/2012/04/23/ayurvedic-hair-care/
If you insist on using henna, add amla powder to the mix to darken it as well.  I will search for some old BHM threads.  They'll have some more info.
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Originally posted by deenem deenem wrote:

Well, it has a brown tint in the sun, but sometimes it can look a little grey. 
Well, the greyish hue might be down to dryness. However, if you're natural, perhaps your hair just isn't jet black. Some people have hair that appears to be black, but in certain lights it appears to be brownish.

Or perhaps the sun is lightening your hair (that used to happen to my sister, although moreso when she was relaxed).

Regardless, whenever your hair looks grey or brown make a note of how else it's behaving (ie does it feel soft / hard / dry / moisturised) and try to work out if that's your normal hair condition or if there's a reason for it.

ETA Also, I can't remember if I mentioned this before, protein also makes my hair look a little grey.


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Doing a Henna tomorrow , it's been 2 months since my last one.
I do a 'Oiling' pre-poo, That adds luster and shine to my hair.
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Originally posted by Benni Benni wrote:

Doing a Henna tomorrow , it's been 2 months since my last one.
I do a 'Oiling' pre-poo, That adds luster and shine to my hair.

What is the name of the henna treatment you are using?
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Originally posted by deenem deenem wrote:

Originally posted by Benni Benni wrote:

Doing a Henna tomorrow , it's been 2 months since my last one.
I do a 'Oiling' pre-poo, That adds luster and shine to my hair.


What is the name of the henna treatment you are using?


In the past I have used 'Vanitas', but I no longer go the area where it is sold. Recently I am using 'Supreme'. I am happy with it especially because I only have to leave it in for 4-hours, and I can get it in my neighbourhood.

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I would suggest going the henna with indigo route if you're looking to make your hair darker. Or maybe you could go the cassia (colorless henna; to avoid the red coloring) and indigo or some of the other darkening powders.
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