Henna vs. Box Dye for Dark Auburn Hair

craeziecraezie Posts: 1Registered Users
I recently started dying my hair dark auburn using Garnier Nutrisse Ultra-Color in Light Intense Auburn, but I am curious about using henna to dye my 3B hair.

Here are my questions:
  • Can I use henna over permanent color, and if not, how do I remove the box dye (should I use Color Oops or something else)?
  • What are the pros and cons to using henna over box dye?
  • What type(s)/brand(s) of henna do you recommend for someone with naturally reddish medium brown hair?
Thanks very much!
3B Shortie
No-Poo/Co-Wash: VO5 Passionfruit Moisturizing Conditioner
Low-Poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Control Shampoo
Rinse-Out: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Conditioner (whenever I no- or low-poo)
Leave-In: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Gel/Styler: EcoStyler Krystal Styling Gel
Second-Day Hair: DevaCurl Mist-er Right, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
Experimenting With: Wearing a silk scarf at night, clumping with a brush or comb, not using low-poo


  • Always@night[email protected] Posts: 566Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yes you can use 100% natural henna over box color, if the henna is not 100% natural it can contain metallic salts and other ingredients that are not too good for your hair especially over chemically altered hair.
  • Always@night[email protected] Posts: 566Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Also henna only naturally dyes red, so if it comes in colors it has something added. I have had no cons in using henna over my box dyed hair, and have done so 4 times.
    A con that some people experience is loosening of the curl pattern. My coils were slightly loosened in the front where my pattern isn't as strong, but I didn't care.
    There is a thread about henna if you'd like to check it out:)
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Only use body art quality henna, and do strand tests with shed plughole hair and ideally on a hidden part of your head if the shed hair looks promising. Do not use your head as an laboratory because henna has to be grown or cut out to remove. Not all box dyes play nicely with henna.

    Whether you should use a peroxide-free colour remover depends what base colour your hair is (your natural slightly lightened by the peroxide in the box dye), how different it is to your roots, how bright or deep you want the henna (orange-red on whites, down to visible glow in sunlight on very dark hair). The more layers of henna you do the darker it goes, eventually to burgundy. Remember your virgin roots may not come out the same with henna as your previously dyed lengths. Again do strand tests, worst case scenario you waste a few $$$.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect

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