Kerry has tied in a hair colour change with her grading for Taekwon Do.
Attached are some photo's of my hair henna colour and recent Taekwon Do grading to red belt black tip.
Since turning 50 last year I wanted to have a change of colour for my hair. I did not want to use chemicals so henna was my choice. As I am a naturally dark blonde colour, all the henna colours blend in. I love all the natural colours that you can use on there own or blend together.
My hairdresser and I have also been experimenting with other products to enhance the colour. Like black tea with the black henna and rosehip tea with the red henna.
Using the henna colour has definitely made me feel brighter and younger. It is uplifting to receive nice comments about my colour.
I know that this has helped at my recent grading. My Master commented that I was looking younger half way through the grading. It was nice to hear him say that even though I was covered in sweat and out of breath. I can remember thinking it must be my hair colour!
Thank you for the henna. It has been nice to include you in my Taekwon Do journey. My next goal is to make it to black belt in two years.
Facts about HENNA POWDER
Henna (Lawsonia inermis, the mignonette tree.)
There are many stories about the origins of henna with its historical use noted in India, North Africa and various regions of the Middle East. References describe the use of henna in religious rites and festivals as far back as 9,000 years ago. Henna has historically been used to enhance beauty through use in skin drawings, colouring the hair and providing treatment to the scalp and hair shaft.
Lawsone is a tannin that resides in the leaves of the henna plant when it has reached maturity. The leaves are collected, dried and processed into a greenish powder. The chlorophyll in the leaves accounts for this hue.
Lawsone's natural dye has an affinity to the hair. It has the unique property of binding to the keratin scales of the cuticle, allowing the tannins to migrate into the outer layers of the strand. It acts as a sealant to the damaged parts of the hair strands, making them more uniform, thus allowing better reflect of light, giving the hair strength, durability and gloss.
Everybody will have a slightly different colour outcome depending on the base hair colour and natural undertones as well as how warm the henna is during the colouring process. The henna can continue to develop over several days, tones and shine may actually increase.
Henna colour holds in the hair for a considerable period of time (several weeks), although its brilliance may fade; but because it does not penetrate into the cortex of the hair strand it is considered a semi-permanent colour. Depending on a person's hair type; a more permanent colour may be achieved from henna after only the second application and this may be necessary to create the desired colour initially.
Other interesting additives to your henna mix.
As Kerry mentioned above, she and her hairdresser have been adding teas to her henna mix.
Below is a selection of pantry items you may like to experiment with adding to individualise your Henna
Coffee – adds richness for browns
Red wine - will add richness to your colour (the cheapest is fine)
Brandy - a couple of tablespoons to deepen the colour
Cinnamon, Paprika, - a few tablespoons to enhance reds
Infused Hibiscus tea - will enhance red
N.B. With a protective coating of henna on the hair shaft, it's almost impossible for anything to penetrate it, chemical colouring & permanent waving after using henna may be difficult.