Temperature of liquid when mixing henna/cassia

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Temperature of liquid when mixing henna/cassia
I just made my first batch of cassia/henna. I did 4 parts cassia and 1 part Jamila henna mixed with birchleaf tea. Problem is I may have used too warm liquid. One of the cups of water I put in was almost boiling. Then I suddenly remembered I should not use warm liquid and i startet adding cold water. What is likely to happen now? Did I ruin the whole thing? - Idun -
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hot liquid

Because of the hot temperature, it is probably ready to use now. You can't let it sit or the dye will demise. If you can't use it right away, you should refrigerate (if you'll use it within a day or two) or freeze it (to keep it longer).

Because it is 4/5 cassia, you can't skin test it (the dye is too dilute to show on skin). I would just assume it is ready to use now.

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OK
Thank you so much for the quick reply! I will slap it on right away then. - Idun -
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Now that was exciting :)
I washed my hair as fast as possible and slapped the goo on. It was less of a mess than I thought it would be. Maybe my mix was too thick? It had the texture of thickish pancake batter. Anyway, now I have a shower cap, two layers of clingfilm and two wool knit caps on my head. It is rather warm I tell you. The leftovers I put in the freezer. I really hope this works! I should keep it on for 4 hours I guess? - Idun -
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3 or 4 hours would be fine.
3 or 4 hours would be fine. It takes about 3 hours for cassia's dye to be fully deposited, I find.
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Re: Now that was exciting :)
Thickish pancake batter sounds about right. That's about how thick I mix my own paste.
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Re: Temperature of liquid when mixing henna/cassia

Thank you both so much for helping me in a situation of crisis! I´m pleased with the result. I got a subtle warmth to my dark brown hair colour. The golden streaks became coppery, the silvers became gold.

 

My question now is, will the henna fade since I used the hot liquid? And is there anything I can do to prevent it from happening?

- Idun -

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Re: Temperature of liquid when mixing henna/cassia

It might fade, and I don't know how you can prevent it. On my strand tests, a boiling water mix faded in a few weeks just sitting in a drawer. No shampooing, no regular light exposure. It won't fade away to nothing, just to a duller, lighter shade of orange.

Idun (not verified)
Re: Temperature of liquid when mixing henna/cassia

Ok. Thanks Carrie :). I´ll just have to do another "proper" batch the next time then.

- Idun -

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