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Henna and ground coffee

kmorrisonkmorrison Posts: 7Registered Users
I've hennaed my hair 3 times now, twice using normal BAQ henna/indigo from ebay (2/3 indigo, 1/3 henna) and once using Lush Caca Brun. I'm going for a dark brown with minimal red and the Lush stuff acheived that for me but I HATED the cocoa butter they mix it with to make it a solid. I had to use dish detergent to make my hair not stand straight up from all the grease, it was horrifying and it was impossible to get off the walls of the shower. Plus it faded really quickly/weirdly so I don't want to use that again but I want the color it gave me. I noticed on the wrapper that really the only difference between the Lush henna and normal henna/indigo is the cocoa butter and coffee powder, which I assume is just ground coffee. Has anyone tried adding ground coffee to BAQ henna/indigo to tone down the red and bring out the brown? I know that brewing coffee and using that to mix the henna/indigo into a liquid is not good, but what about just the powder? If you have when do you mix it in? With the henna during the dye release step or when you mix the indigo in? If not coffee then have you used anything else to make your henna more brown than red?

On a semi-related note, would doing a gloss every week or so take care of my roots or is it not strong enough? My natural hair color is a dirty blonde/light brown
2C, coarse, normally porous (I think?), obscenely thick, protein sensitive

currently using:

co-wash: Suave Naturals Waterfall Mist
rinse out: AOHR
leave in: KCKT
styling: Super-soaker, HESMU, flour-sack towel plop, air dry

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  • goobernutgoobernut Posts: 2,317Registered Users
    check out www.hennaforhair.com. That will give you more info on Henna than you knew existed.

    From what I remember, coffee in your henna isn't bad, it just doesn't do anything other than alter the smell (according to Cathrine who is the site's author).

    On the site, she recommends adding Amla to your henna mix to make a more brown color. Take a look at her mixture chart. Her henna is quality stuff too!
    Grand Goobah Caedran, Aqueous Infusion of Demulcents, Order of the Curly Crusaders

    Fia 2cFi, fine texture, med porosity CG 5-29-09 * My hair loves protein! Currently using : DermOrganics Shampoo and IHM, G2B Kinkier Mousse, Re:Coil VMM, Anything Spiral Solutions! MO Sealing. Coconut Oil Pre-Poo, once a month Hard Water shampoo. Avoiding Glycerin in finishing products.
  • kmorrisonkmorrison Posts: 7Registered Users
    Yeah I've checked out henna for hair and I just ordered some henna and indigo from there but I didn't really find anything about ground coffee, just brewed coffee as the liquid to mix. I've also tried amla and it did make it a little more brown, but not as much as the Lush stuff. I guess the Lush stuff is maybe not pure BAQ henna and that is why it's more brown? The boards at henna for hair seem to have conflicting opinions on that.
    2C, coarse, normally porous (I think?), obscenely thick, protein sensitive

    currently using:

    co-wash: Suave Naturals Waterfall Mist
    rinse out: AOHR
    leave in: KCKT
    styling: Super-soaker, HESMU, flour-sack towel plop, air dry
  • goobernutgoobernut Posts: 2,317Registered Users
    I've heard that different crops from different years, and different areas give slightly different shades. I saw someone posting some henna on the swap board that specifically said they like their hair bright red, and the henna they were putting up for swap gave a darker, duller brownish auburn color.
    Grand Goobah Caedran, Aqueous Infusion of Demulcents, Order of the Curly Crusaders

    Fia 2cFi, fine texture, med porosity CG 5-29-09 * My hair loves protein! Currently using : DermOrganics Shampoo and IHM, G2B Kinkier Mousse, Re:Coil VMM, Anything Spiral Solutions! MO Sealing. Coconut Oil Pre-Poo, once a month Hard Water shampoo. Avoiding Glycerin in finishing products.
  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    I don't necessarily know that it's ground coffee that they're adding. It might be instant.