So, here I am sitting with a headful of henna, because I will never dye my hair with anything chemical. My mother has managed to instill this fear of cancer thru hair dye in me, and I even sometimes buy dye thinking I can get over this fear. But I always end up exchanging the dye for lipstick. But a girl has to mess with her hair every now and then, right? So, what is better than henna? Yes, it’s messy. Yes, it might leave behind barely a hint of color. Yes, it will make you feel a bit cold (I guess mud on your head would be cooling, eh?). But! Will it give you cancer and cause you to live with tons of pain, and die without any hair? I don’t think so!
I have experimented with so many formulations for the perfect henna solution, and so far the one I am currently using is the best yet. What’s the recipe, some may ask? A twig’s worth of sage leaves and about a dozen rosemary leaves boiled in a pot of water until the water turns a lovely golden brown. Take about 3/4 cup of this water, mix in your fresh henna until it’s pasty. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil (a terpene that helps set the color faster and darker), and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for a bit, till you see the color of the solution be more orange-y than green…and then slather it on!
I am letting it sit on my hair for about 4 hours, but I think a couple of hours would be enough, too. I can hardly wait to wash this out. I think it’s always the suspense of “will the color take or not” which makes it sooooo much more difficult to wait.