How to get cherry black?

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How to get cherry black?

Hello All,

I'm trying to replicate a color I used to get with chemical dyes (salon). My natural color is a warm black and I'm now about 60% gray (still black around the back of the neck, more like 80% white in front). I used to get it colored a deep purple-black--it would look black until I went out in the sun, where cherry-coke/purple highlights would show. It was great. I've been henna-ing for years now (henna, then a second application of hendigo) but have never gotten that beautiful cherry black. Any suggestions? Also, will putting oil in my henna mix slow down or interfere with color uptake? I get good gray coverage with a 3-hour application using apple juice.

Thanks!

Andrea