Saturday, July 28, 2012

feeling blue? go red.

As I said in my last post, we're having a not-so-awesome week. Baking macarons made me feel better, but I needed something with a little more sticking power. Something like...henna maybe? Oh yeah!

Here I am before. Blonde. Natural. Yawn.


 Wow. I have a really big mouth. Ahem.

So, to henna your hair, you have to use body art quality henna, mixed with lemon juice and left to sit out overnight. In the morning you get a nice bowl of chicken-poop colored mud that smells like horse feed to me and Jamaican bread fruit to my friend Jenn, who was helping me slather on the mess.  Here I am nice and mudded up.


I really am not capable of making a normal face. On a side note, I have to say I really liked the feeling of cool slimy mud on my head. Is that weird? Probably. This goop was wrapped in saran wrap and covered in a towel, giving me the distinct feeling that my head weighed fifty pounds. I sat around with my fifty pound head for about three hours, and then I washed it out. The first day it was SUPER bright orange.



Then it oxidized and calmed down to a more natural color.



I really like it. My husband is not as excited as I am, but oh well. Eventually I'm sure I'll be dying to go back to natural again, but for now I'm enjoying the change. The nice thing about henna is that it's actually good for your hair, unlike commercial dyes. My hair is super shiny and straight and smooth now, and apparently henna makes your hair more break-resistant as well. Nicey nice.



So there you go--#2: Henna my hair is now crossed off the list!

14 comments:

'Manda said...

Beautiful! You look great.

Kelly Irene said...

The new red is GORGEOUS. Seriously I love it.

Jessica said...

wow, it looks so natural and healthy! I had no idea you could henna your hair. I totally want to do that now!

Hitch and Thread said...

Totally cool. I didn't mind the orange either. But you might have got a fright every time you passed a mirror. Does it wash out or grow out?

tusen said...

Great change, you look lovely!

Beezus said...

It looks really flattering on you. One question: it looks like you didn't worry so much about it getting on your skin, so I'm assuming that you didn't have any discoloration on your forehead or neck? Just wondering since I know that's sometimes a big deal with commercial dyes, and I know that henna is used to create awesome tattoos. I guess it's the process of leaving it out overnight that keeps it from staining skin?

Jennifer R said...

Wow - it really did change to go deeper in color! That's is so cool - and you do truly look beautiful! You did before - but this is such a positive change for a time.

Bessie M. said...

I love how natural it looks! So many red hair colors just look garish. If I had light hair, I would be super tempted to try that. :D

mrs.deane said...

I love it! As far as I can tell from the pictures, it looks really natural and great with your skin :O) Yay!

Rachel Hauser said...

Woa, I think it's gorgeous on you! Don't listen to your husband. Husbands can be so silly ;)

Mine likes my hair short. Short!

B.A.L.|5iveArts said...

I feel like I should call you Mary Jane :)

B.A.L.|5iveArts said...

oh and of course, i love it!

Teeeeeena said...

Wow WOW.. You look so so Pretty!

Anita Rozendaal said...

I loved both reds. You could've pulled either one off as a natural. Nice!