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My Henna Hair Dye Experiment (Does Natural hair Dye work?)

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Does Natural hair Dye work (My Henna Hair Dye experiment) 1You may have heard that natural hair dye is so much better for your health, but are you reluctant to try it?  

I was until yesterday but I finally gave it a go and I wanted to share my henna hair dye experiment with you!

Hi, Katherine Kyle here from greenthickies.com and today I’m going to be talking about how to dye your hair naturally without toxic chemicals.

So, why do we want to avoid normal hair dyes?

Now, if you’ve ever had a look on the back of a packet of normal hair dye, then you’ll realise how toxic these ingredients are and because the hair dye is clinging to your hair all the time, it never washes out, it’s just there, it’s constantly causing you problems because it’s in contact with your skin, it’s in contact with your scalp, you’re breathing it all the time, so it’s not just causing you problems the very first time you do it, it’s causing you problems continuously all the time because your hair is attached to your face and your head and you’re breathing in the air, so this is why it’s so, so important to avoid toxic chemicals on your hair, so what are the alternatives?

Because, if you’re like me and you’ve got grey hair, then you might want to go natural.

I mean, if I didn’t have grey hair, I definitely wouldn’t dye my hair at all.

I started getting grey hair when I was about 20 years old and I certainly wasn’t ready to go grey and I still don’t feel ready to go grey even now.

I do not like having grey hair.

You might have noticed my grey hair in my last video, I don’t usually let it get that long and today I’ve done something slightly differently.

Usually what I do is I go to an organic hairdresser and I have to go into the city to do that and it takes me a day and it can be a little bit expensive, it’s usually more expensive than going to your regular hairdresser, perhaps, maybe, perhaps not, and they use an organic hair dye on my hair, which, to be honest, is much better than a normal hair dye but it still does contain chemicals, harmful chemicals, and I have kind of reasoned for a while about, you know, okay, it’s not as bad as it was and then when I got sick a few months ago, at that point I think I have to cut out everything, everything that’s toxic, harmful, I have to cut out eating 80/20 food, you know, 20% of junk food, whatever I want, I’m just going to …

Everything that’s going to be in my body and on my body is going to be pure and natural so that I can help my body to heal, so even the organic hair dye had to go, I’m afraid.

I would avoid buying the products from the organic hairdresser because when I looked at the back of them, I just saw all these ingredients that have been linked to cancer and I never put products on my hair, the hair dye’s the only product that I use on my hair but I thought this time I would try something different, so I’ve actually been going to a functional doctor recently, maybe every six weeks or every two months, and I used the money that I used to pay for getting my hair done at the hair salon, now I pay to the functional doctor to help me to recover, so the money has diverted to that and plus I didn’t have the energy to go to the organic hairdresser because it’s takes a lot of energy, the train journey and quite a long walk, so what is the solution, because I thought I cannot stand these grey hairs, I can’t just grow a head of grey hair, I need to do something about it.

So I went onto trusty old Amazon and I found this product.

I think it’s only available in the UK, so I will link to some other products of similar that are available in other countries as well, and this one is like a henna hair dye.

So this one, it’s called It’s Pure.

It says herbal hair colour.

Now I look on the ingredients, because it’s important, just because it says herbal, just because it says organic, doesn’t mean anything.

You’ve got to look at the ingredients and there’s only four ingredients, which is a good sign, and I’ve got indigo powder, henna powder, cassia powder and amla powder.

So that is just all stuff that’s actually good for your health, there’s nothing harmful in there whatsoever, which I really, really love, so I thought I’d give this a try.

I’ve never tried it before.

I have tried henna hair dyes before and kind of didn’t have a brilliant experience with them.

I mean, to be honest, it’s okay, so I wanted to do this video today to share my experience with you because not everything that I share with you is going to be easy but just because it’s not necessarily the easiest solution doesn’t mean to say it’s not the best.

So, this … Why is this so good for you? And not only is this not harmful for your health, it doesn’t contain all those nasty toxic chemicals, but it’s actually … It’s really healthy for your scalp, it improves the condition of your hair naturally and it helps, actually, to grow your hair faster, so not only does it not harm your health, it actually improves your health as well, so this is the benefits and this is the reason why I wanted to use it.

So, what was my experience using a henna powder or a hair dye that’s a natural powder like henna or these other powders?

Well, my first experience was that whenever I go to the hairdresser, usually I get exactly the shade that I want.

I get a kind of dark brown-y, chestnut-y type shade, it’s actually two shades mixed together and it ends up being one that I like, and when I was choosing this product, there was only three shades.

There was black, dark brown and chestnut and people were saying the chestnut was quite red-y, so I’ve been spending a lot of time getting the red out of my hair, so I decided to go for the dark brown and didn’t really know what to expect, and so this is the result.

So I’ve done my hair yesterday.

I dyed my hair and this is the dark brown result and it said it depends on what colour your hair is naturally but also how long you leave it on for, so I actually left mine on for three and a half hours and the longer you leave it, the more intense the colour gets and I would rather just leave it on just so I can be sure that I get my greys, so I don’t know whether you can see if I get a bit closer, and yesterday I could see a few of my greys and supposedly it keeps getting darker and darker in time, and your greys look a bit green to start with and they finally go darker and darker in a few days, so they might keep getting darker but I’m pretty happy with the results.

I can’t really see my greys.

I can see them a tiny little bit but not very much so I’m happy with the way it looks.

But what was my experience?

So, the consistency.

It came in a powder and, for some reason, I didn’t read it properly, I just assumed it was a paste.

I don’t know why.

So it was a powder, you had to mix it with water, so I mixed it into this paste and I thought, “This looks really messy.”

So I put on the rubber gloves and I actually …

What I did was I actually sat in the bath, so I filled up the bath with warm water and then I put on a t-shirt and I wrapped a towel around my neck, sealed it with a little clip there, to protect my body but also so that when I got out of the bath, I didn’t need to get dressed and put something else over my head but I didn’t have anything on my bottom half so that I could just sit in the bath.

So I couldn’t think of another place.

I could have just sat out of the bath and I could have protected the whole area with newspapers but we don’t have any newspapers and I couldn’t find anything to protect the floor and previous experience dying my hair, I know that sometimes it does blob out all over the place, so my solution was to go in the bath because at least it’s easy to wipe down.

So I sat in the bath.

I got the paste, I put it in a plastic Tupperware container, mixed it around, put the rubber gloves on and I thought, “This feels really sloppy.”

So I kind of parted my hair where I usually part it, because that’s the most important thing, to cover the greys there, I thought at least I’ll get that bit rather than any other bit, so … But there was loads of this stuff, it was actually loads and loads, and I’ve got really thick hair and it still was way more than I needed, so I just kind of got a handful, and it was like mud, I just feel like I was slopping mud on my hair so I just kind of slapped it on, slapped it all over my head and it was just oozing down, so that was … I found that a really difficult experience and I just … And then when I slapped it all on my head and I got it all on there, and then I just tried to massage it into my scalp, just so I got all of the strands of hair.

Well, I say all, I just kind of … It was all just slopping down onto this towel.

It wasn’t staying on my head, maybe I used too much but I just got to a point where I just did the front bit and the top layer and I just thought, “I can’t be bothered to do this anymore so I’m just going to leave it like that.”

So they give you a shower cap, you put the shower cap on and then I changed the towel, put a new towel on, came out of the bath, left it for three hours and then I went back in the bath to wash it out and it took ages and ages and ages to get the water to go clear.

My hair did not feel a nice consistency, it felt like straw.

It did not feel good and I thought, “Oh no, has it done damage to my hair? What’s happened?”

So I washing it for ages and ages and ages and then I used shampoo and I used two lots of shampoo because I just wanted to get all of the colour out and then I used two lots of conditioner to condition my hair and then I came out the bath and dried it was all kind of, like, wiry and I thought, “Oh no, the condition doesn’t feel very good.” And then I dried my hair, straightened my hair as normal and, to be honest, it doesn’t … It feels quite good today, like it feels quite nice, quite well conditioned, it feels better than usual, before I dyed it so I’m actually happy with the result, even though it was a hard process.

I won’t lie to you.

It was not fun and while I was doing it, I was thinking, “Never again, I’m not going to do this again.”

So I am being honest with you, but maybe I would actually do it again, because I’m only going to do it maybe once every six weeks, once every eight weeks and I think it’s worth it to go through that to get a chemical free hair do, so, overall, I think, yes, I would do it again and yes, I am happy with the process.

I would have preferred that somebody else actually did it for me, so that I could get … Because my hair’s so thick, to get, you know, all of the roots, because I’m sure there’s still some greys down there, underneath, the places that I didn’t manage to get to, so I would have preferred somebody else to do it for me but if I could maybe get a mobile hairdresser to come to my house and do that for me, then that would be great, so that would be the ideal solution probably for me, is to get somebody else to do that.

So, I hope that you have … I hope that’s encouraged you to look for some more natural solutions for your hair, because it’s really important.

It can be causing us a lot of problems and we want to improve our hair, we don’t want to end up with thinning hair and all sorts of hair problems, so who knows?

Maybe the fact that I’ve been dying my hair since I’ve been 20 has contributed to even more grey hairs, so I would love to see less grey hairs in my head and I will keep you posted.

So have a lovely day and subscribe to my YouTube channel and like this video, share this video, encourage other people to get started on the natural hair do bandwagon and if you would like some free, healthy meal plans, then you can get that by going to greenthickies.com/leafsystem and give your body a cleansing from the inside out and improve the condition of your hair, of your nails, of your skin by changing your food, so change everything, change your food, change your cosmetics and you will see major, major differences in your health and your life, so take care.


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Katherine xxx

Katherine Kyle @ Green Thickies

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Katherine lost 56 pounds and recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Green Thickies.
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  1. Melissa Frazier says

    I have been using Henna for years. I like the red. Adding Indigo will darken the color for you. I was taught to use it by a lady who lived in Turkey for years. First of all mix your henna/indigo with lemon juice 24 hours before. It should be a pancake batter consistency. The acid sets the dye. Make sure to cover all your hair and it should be thick. wrap your head in plastic wrap, I also put a cotton wrap around my head. It will leak out. cover with a shower cap. Sit with a town around your shoulders for 3 – 4hrs. I rinse in the shower. Your hair will have an earthy smell, but should feel amazing after rinsing.

  2. Melissa F says

    I use Henna, I like the red. I mix my henna with lemon juice. (I was told this helps with the color aid) I also add a dab of olive oil. You can also add rose water for smell. Should be like pancake batter. It does take time to process. When you finish, wrap cotton around your base hair line, this helps with the dripping. Then cover hair with plastic wrap and finish off with a shower cap. This keeps your hair moist so the henna can do its thing. Also helps with the dripping. Just wear an old shirt, and use old towels.

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