As many of you are aware, last week I bleached my hair in an attempt to go blonde.
It didn’t work out as planned.
Instead of blonde hair (as it looked when I first washed the bleach out), now that the color has calmed down I’m left with blondish roots and tips with a rich, golden-red that has orange flecks (it’s SO hard to describe…little bro Ty says “burnt orange”). As a result, I’ve been kind of sad about it-this isn’t what I intended for my hair and you all already know if my hair isn’t tight (in my eyes), then I’m not tight
What’s funny however is that since I got the color people have been giving me compliments EVERYWHERE I GO! People want to know what color I used, who did it and how they can duplicate it. While I thought I was running around looking like a rabid African lion, folks have thought otherwise.
After getting some advice from my Aunt Renee about what I really wanted my hair to look like, she recommended going to see someone professional. Shelby told me about Aunt Lynne’s colorist (Aunt Lynne is Shelby’s mom who has someone who cuts her hair and someone else who colors her hair…as you can see, Aunt Lynne’s REALLY the fancy one). Robin, the colorist, is all natural and bleaches her hair regularly to maintain big, platinum hair.
Yesterday I was finally able to meet with Robin and brought along pictures of the blonde/brown hair I had originally envisioned. To my surprise Robin shook her head vigorously no-the bleach I already have on my hair has done enough to my strands and any more could very well loosen my curl pattern and wreak havoc on my healthy strands. Furthermore she discouraged further use of henna.
Say what? No more henna?
Robin went on to elaborate that because it’s permanent, it’s difficult to lift from my hair (which is why my bleached hair has such a strong “red” tone…that is the henna that is being resistant to the harsh bleach) and that the current color is much more flattering on me than the blonde I originally wanted. She also mentioned that long-term usage of henna will make for coarse, hard hair as a result of all the minerals and salts in it (because I add a lot of conditioner/oil to my henna treatments I haven’t seen those results).
Robin recommended that I come back around my birthday (June 12th yall! ) and she would brighten up the red I already have (my roots will have grown in by then), add more blonde highlights (I currently have quite a few blonde pieces in there) and brighten the back and make it more mocha and obviously “brown.” She advised me to budget around $90-$120 (to apply all of those colors in my natural hair would usually cost several dollars more so she’s affordable…I need to get a LOT done).
So overall, my final thoughts on henna?
- If you plan on attempting to dye your hair ANY color, DON’T use henna! (It’s permanent, so if you want to apply color, you would have to wait for all of the henna to grow out, or wind up with botched color results like I did)
- If you use henna, ALWAYS add tons of conditioners and oils to take away the harsh side effects of the protein it is depositing in your hair.
- I do believe it’s a great strengthener, conditioner and fortifies hair well. After using it for 4 months before my hair bleaching, henna is the reason my hair is so strong and resilient now, but it is also the reason I don’t have the color I originally intended (but as Robin was sure to remind me, my current color is better than what I wanted for myself).