Saturday, September 26, 2009

Henna/Indigo...for Jet Black Hair

Lord help me! First of all henna takes long enough but doing henna then applying indigo if you want jet black hair is a pain in the ass. If you are going to do a henna/indigo treatment, be prepared to devote you whole day to messing with your head and try to get an early start!
So I applied the henna to my hair and let is stay on for 4 hours. I then washed the henna out and whipped up a batch of indigo. (Note: Indigo can NOT be made ahead of time nor can the excess be saved/frozen, as it will go bad after 1 hour.) I put the indigo on and let it stay in my hair for about 2 hours. It's my understanding that indigo really doesn't need to be left in your hair for more than 2 hours since it stops "processing" after about an hour...I just figured I would cover my bases and leave it in for 2 hours.
I will say that the indigo doesn't apply as easy as the has a tendency to kind of crumble, so you need to take your time applying it for even coverage. I think next time I will add more water to it...perhaps it needed a more yogurt like batch was mashed potato consistency.
As for the results...they were GREAT! In the end it was well worth the time, energy and effort! The few gray hairs that I have are no more and are now jet black. Since natural hair tends not to "shine" using the indigo seemed to give it a little boost. I will definitely be doing the henna/indigo combination from now on. And as always the conditioning properties of henna are fantastic! I buy my henna and indigo from Mehandi

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

Hmmmm...where do I start with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner? Lots of people rave about this stuff...what a great deep conditioning treatment it is and how it provides outstanding slip. Let's just say I won't be buying this stuff again.

One thing is for sure..this stuff is thick..I mean really thick. It coats the hair great for that very reason...its thickness, but for me that's about all it does. Depending on a person hair texture, the thickness of the conditioner would make it outstanding for detangling, but if you have a more coily texture it's simply an average conditioner for detangling. And as far as its ability to actually "condition" the hair, I'm not impressed.

The stuff is so thick that yes it coats the hair but I don't feel that it really conditions. I've been using the Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner for co-washes and will continue to do so until the bottle is gone, but I won't be repurchasing. There are superior conditioners out there that provide better slip and conditioning properties that are equal or less in cost.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

To Dye or Not to Dye

I need to color my hair..notice the use of the word "need." Now that I have gone natural, my gray hair is more noticeable. It's not that I have very much at all, but I'm gonna go ahead and be honest and say that I am
Next week I will try doing my henna treatment followed up by an indigo treatment and see how well that colors the gray..more importantly how long it stays colored. In the meantime I will be doing some research into hair coloring options. I'm thinking that a rinse would be best as it would not damage my hair, but I don't want to deal with black shit dripping from my hair when i run...just keeping it real.
If you have any hair coloring / dying tips or advice feel free to share!