A story about this — 3 years ago
I marked this as worth consuming, because if you have the time and inclination this is a really great product. Personally however, I am quite lazy and thought this was a lot of effort to go through for a result that doesn’t last too long (it’s recommended you should reapply every 6 weeks as the colour will fade).
First off you have to grate the blocks up and boil them up in a pan with some water (note, this smells BAD). Once the mixture is smooth you apply it all over your hair – this is a very messy process! The mixture is not very thick and will drip all over the place, luckily I was prepared and had newspaper covering my bathroom floor and sink. The development time ranges from about 2-6 hours I believe. I decided to leave it on overnight as I couldn’t be doing with dedicating an entire day to my hair. I wrapped the lot up in clingfilm and then put a towel over the top of it, had a good night’s kip and washed it out the next morning.
The colour was a very orange toned auburn, due to the heat from clingfilm/towel-head combo and seemed quite vibrant to begin with. Sadly it did fade quite quickly, and there are lots of factors that can wear the colour down, such as using hair products with citrus extracts. I have heard people remark on how soft their hair is after using henna, but I didn’t feel any difference in mine. I was happy with the look but wouldn’t bother doing it all again.