too too copper! want rich ruby red color! HELP!!

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GuttterGliitter
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too too copper! want rich ruby red color! HELP!!

I am a first time henna user. Before I henna'd my hair I had several bleached highlights that had grown out about half an inch, my natural hair color is dark brown. I purchased the Punjambi Prime from Mehandi.com. I mixed two pakages of 100g each with bottled lemon juice and ground up some cloves and added it to the mix to hide the henna smell. I let it sit for 21 hrs. then I washed my hair with diluted dish soap to wash out all hair product, dried it then applied the mixture. I wrapped it with plastic wrap then a towel let it stay in my hair over night from 10pm-6am. I washed it out shampooed it with suave and conditioned it with suave as well. The results cinnamon/brown/copper color which is not what i wanted and my roots are even darker than before which makes it look even worse! It's been 3 days since the henna application. What should I do to achieve that rich ruby red color??? HELP!!

ACWN
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Re: too too copper! want rich ruby red color! HELP!!

If by "ruby red" you mean a crayon type red, you cant get that color with henna alone. If you can find a picture of what color you want, please link us.

 

Because your hair is multi-toned, your color is going to come out multi-toned as you've seen. The color you have to start effects the color you get in the end, as does the condition of your hair. Because your roots are virgin, they dont take up as much dye and come out darker. Bleached hair tends to stay more orange.

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Re: too too copper! want rich ruby red color! HELP!!

You also mentioned your natural hair is dark brown...you can't get too far away from dark brown by using henna.  If your hair is really dark, you'll get an auburn "glow" or "undertone" at the most, while your highlighted strands will take the color differently and develop some shade of "redhead" red (auburn, Irish red, ginger, strawberry blonde, etc).  You simply cannot get hair that is red like a crayon, or a fire engine, or a ruby stone.  Henna gives a warm (orange) red stain; it does not produce red as in "first color in the rainbow" red.

If you start with very dark hair, you would have to bleach it and then apply henna to become a natural-looking, believable readhead.  But as many people on the forum can tell you, this would involve a looooot of upkeep... In any case, as ACWN suggested, post a picture of the color you'd like to get and another of your current hair and let's see if we can help you get there.

In the meantime, if you haven't before, check out the "mixes" pages to see the shades other have gotten using henna  http://www.hennaforhair.com/mixes/

kcr
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Re: too too copper! want rich ruby red color! HELP!!

When exactly did you henna?  Have you given it time to oxidize?

HERE is what dark brown hair can look like in the sunlight with a few applications of henna.  Indoors it probably won't be very noticeable.

 

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Henna cannot lighten hair. You'll never get a ruby red over your new, dark brown growth without bleaching the heck out of it first. (ask me how I know...)

In your highlighted spots you may be able to get ruby red, or close to it with a second application.

I'm afraid that the look your aiming for is possible for you, but requires a ridiculous amount of tedious upkeep, including hardcore, routine, chemical bleaching. If you lighten all of your hair, then henna twice with a chamomile tea mix (doesn't continue to oxidize to a darker shade indefinitely) you'll probably see the color you're after. But then you'll have to bleach your roots and henna them twice as they grown in. 

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this is what my hair  looks like now...i am going to put the henna mix that was left over in it again today and put some chamomile tea tea in it...wish me luck...just dont know how long i should leave it in for.

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this is what my hair  looks like now...i am going to put the henna mix that was left over in it again today and put some chamomile tea tea in it...wish me luck...just dont know how long i should leave it in for.

???

ACWN
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You cannot post pictures here, only links.

kcr
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I like it!

Those highlights will probably turn the color you want after another henna or two.

 

I wouldn't leave it in mroe than three or four hours, though, unless you just like having mud on your head.

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Re: too too copper! want rich ruby red color! HELP!!

I henna over gray, it can seem a bit bright. My intention is to use my Henna as my "base" and really rub it into my head, then if I want to vary the depth of colour I will either add a few lowlights or (to lighten) highlights....to do this I will use chemical hair dye, however this won't be allowed to touch my scalp.

Thats the great thing about BAQ Henna: you have plenty of options.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32567693@N08/4690803311/

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Just wanted to share that, unlike many posts I've seen, my highlites darken completely! Actually, I've added bleached highlites (40 with straight Clairol blue bleach powder to bleach to super light orangey brand new penny copper) since I've used henna to try to add contrast, but, after a couple of applications of henna my hair is pretty much a solid dark auburn color (naturally medium/dark brown with maybe ?10%? gray on top and temples) and very healthy and shiny. Sorry, no pics but just wanted to let you know that results with henna can vary greatly! I guess I'm lucky though - my gray hair holds henna and stays covered completely, unlike with commercial dyes I've used in the past.

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