Dyeing your hair not only changes the color, but it makes it healthier and shinier, too . . . right? Wrong. This is the biggest myth in commercial hair care, and anyone who has used chemical colors for long enough has seen the truth hiding behind the curtain of their faded, broken locks. It doesn’t matter if you use drugstore boxes or expensive salon hair color; using chemical dye damages your hair. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between drab color and a happy head. Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs: A Guide will show you how to get the color you want and the health and shine chemical dyes promised but couldn’t deliver.
Using tried-and-true holistic methods, this book will introduce you to the world of herbal dyes and make you an expert in no time. You will be able custom blend your own natural dyes and confidently select the best ingredients for them—using everything from herbs to essential oils.
More than 130 pages (300 pages in ebook) of text, pictures, charts, diagrams, and recipes make Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs: A Guide is the definitive resource for natural hair coloring. With it, you’ll be able to give yourself the hair you’ve always wanted, naturally.
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Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs: A Guide Table of Contents
1| How my journey began
This book is the culmination of years of research and testing. Learn how traditional hair care destroyed my hair, and how I found my way back to healthy colored hair following natural methods.
2| Before You Henna—Are You a Good Candidate?
Henna is forever, as the saying goes, so how do you know that it’s a good choice for you?
3| All About Henna: Pros, Cons, & Other Effects
Henna has some unique properties about it and differs from chemical dyes in some substantial ways. Make sure you understand each of these and how they could impact your hair before making the leap.
4| Identifying Quality Henna & Herbal Hair Colors
There are some scary henna compounds out there. Learn how to identify and source quality ingredients so you can buy and blend with confidence.
5| Building Your Herbal Hair Color: Other Herbs
Indigo, sedr, senna, and many others herbs can be used to color your hair, too! Learn about these other herbs and how they both stand on their on and interact with henna.
6| Building Your Herbal Hair Color: Liquids, Essential Oils, & More
The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing your herbal hair color! Teas, tisanes, honey, yogurt, essential oils and more. Learn what’s good and what should be avoided.
7| Other Supplies
Up to your eyebrows in mud is not the time to realize you’ve forgotten something important. This chapter will make sure you can plan accordingly and have everything else you need on hand.
8| The Best Time to Henna
If you’ve never used an herbal hair color before the process can seem complicated. This section breaks down the entire process with time estimates so you can plan accordingly.
9| Strand Testing
Many herbal dyes are very, very permanent so strand testing is a must. Learn how to conduct quick and effective strand tests that will allow you to find your perfect color before committing color to the hair on your head.
10| Mixing Herbal Hair Colors Step-by-Step
Steeping liquids, mixing the mud, and gauging dye release- it’s all here!
11| Using Indigo
Indigo, used for deep red, brown and black blends, has some additional nuance to it. This herb is broken down in detail in this chapter.
Want just a smidge of color? Glosses are an effective way to use just a little herbal dye in conditioner or yogurt.
14| Rinsing, Drying, & Post-Henna Hair
Getting mud of your head has never been so easy. From there, enjoy the new color while reading about some of the final steps of settling down your hair will go through.
15| Leftovers & Storage
Different herbs have different needs, both in powder and mud form. This chapter breaks down the best ways to store each of the most common herbs for future use.
16| Lightening Hair Naturally (and Not So Naturally)
This chapter explains how lightening works, what it does to your hair, and then provides several natural (and some not-so-natural) ways to achieve lighter hair with less damage than traditional salon treatments.
17| Removing Herbal Hair Colors
While often an uphill battle, this chapter breaks down the most tried-and true removal method for each main type of herbal dye, as well as detailing how to transition back to chemicals if you so desire.
Working with herbal mud is messy and imperfect by nature, but there’s a few common places people run into trouble. This section is here to help!
19| Natural Hair Color Recipes
The recipes are divided into color categories starting with gold tones, then reds, then browns and finally blacks. Have fun experimenting and modifying thee recipes to suit your needs, but always strand test!
Silver, White, & Colorless
Golden & Blonde
Copper & Red
Browns & Brunettes
20| Natural Health Treatments with Henna
Henna does much more than just make your hair red! Learn how to use it to treat lice, dandruff, protect from UV, and how to use it to strengthen damaged hair.
About the Author
References & Sources
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