Henna + Hair Color

EmerwenEmerwen Registered Users Posts: 138
Ok, so, I have been dying my hair for years now. I started out semi-permanent, then accidentally put a permanent on. So, I'm slowly lightening my hair now.

I've heard that applying henna to colored hair too soon is bad. I'm considering doing the "golden henna" (I forget the name). I know it will not actually lighten my hair, I am interested in it for the conditioning properties.

But, I have a couple questions:

1) I last dyed my hair 2 months ago. Is that too recent to apply Henna?

2) If I did the henna soon, would I be able to re-dye my hair shortly after or no?

3) Will henna react badly with semi-permanent dyes (like manic panic, etc)?

Thanks!
Hair type: 3a, med-low porosity, decent elasticity, thin, med-fine. (I think)

Hair Routine:
Low-poo: Burt's Bee's Pomegranate and Soy
Co-wash: V05 Kiwi Clarifying Conditioner, Condish: V05 Kiwi Clarifying Conditioner, Giovanni TTTT, honey
Leave In: GVP Conditioning Balm
Styling: Biotera Curl Cream, Sweet Almond Oil
Techniques: Icequeen method


Hair likes: GVP CB, Biotera Curl Cream, Almond Oil (when wet).
Hair dislikes: gel, plopping.


Hair Goal: Healthy, soft, defined, waist length curls!

Comments

  • smasters467smasters467 Registered Users Posts: 527
    As long as the henna your using is 100% henna, and nothing else, you can use it the same day as you used regular hair color. Henna isn't a chemical, so it won't react with hair dye. Your hair is more porous right after coloring, but all that really means in terms of using henna is that your hair will probably pick up more color from the henna.

    On another note there is no such thing as "golden henna", you may be referring to Cassia, which is a plant similar to henna, and should also have no adverse reaction to box color, regardless of how long ago you used it. Of course, this is only true if it's 100% Cassia, and not a mixture of anything else. Cassia, unlike henna, can however have a reaction to your water. If you have very hard water it can turn Cassia greenish.

    Your best bet is to find out everything you can about the henna your referring to, if it isn't 100% henna, don't put it anywhere near your hair. Henna For Hair is a great resource for researching henna before taking the plunge. HTH :)
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  • EmerwenEmerwen Registered Users Posts: 138
    Thanks! And yeah, Cassia is what I was referring to.
    Hair type: 3a, med-low porosity, decent elasticity, thin, med-fine. (I think)

    Hair Routine:
    Low-poo: Burt's Bee's Pomegranate and Soy
    Co-wash: V05 Kiwi Clarifying Conditioner, Condish: V05 Kiwi Clarifying Conditioner, Giovanni TTTT, honey
    Leave In: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Styling: Biotera Curl Cream, Sweet Almond Oil
    Techniques: Icequeen method


    Hair likes: GVP CB, Biotera Curl Cream, Almond Oil (when wet).
    Hair dislikes: gel, plopping.


    Hair Goal: Healthy, soft, defined, waist length curls!

  • SalamanderSalamander Registered Users Posts: 328
    Cassia will condition your hair in a similar way to henna. It will not change the color unless you are a very light blond to begin with. I'm a dark golden/strawberry blond and didn't see any color change at all from cassia.

    The conditioning benefits don't last as long as with henna so people usually do cassia once a month or so.

    I haven't tried using commercial color over cassia so can't advise there. But I would assume it would probably be OK assuming you are using 100% cassia.

    It does make your hair less porous, so dye might not penetrate as well if you've done a cassia treatment recently. Might be better to color first, then do a cassia treatment for conditioning afterwards.
    2a/b right now; 2c when it's longer
    Fine/iii density/high porosity

    Current favorites:
    Suave Naturals Coconut co-wash
    GVP Protein Restructuring Conditioner
    GVP Conditioning Balm
    Eco-Styler, LALSG, BRHG, Garnier Curl Shaping Spray Gel
    ACV rinse 1x per week
  • CurlyLoloCurlyLolo Registered Users Posts: 81
    1) You can apply PURE henna (BAQ) same day
    2) Dyeing over Henna is rarely successful and the dye may not even take!
    3) I think it just fine with Manic Panic and other dyes that just lay down color OVER the hair shaft

    Henna - is a life long commitment :)

    it is for all intents and purposes - permanent
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