bound with acrylic yarn very tightly to mask off the bits I wanted to leave untouched by bleach
stripes after bleach
For the henna I used 300g of body art quality powdered henna and a tablespoon of paprika. I mixed this with 200ml of lemon juice, 6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and then enough water to make the henna into a thick paste. I wrapped up the bowl in clingfilm and left it in the airing cupboard overnight for the dye to release. The next morning I put it on my hair, wrapped my head in plastic and left it on for two and a half hours.
It was a mess to rinse off, but way, way easier than the cocoa butter block stuff. The colour is better too, a really intense red. I'm very happy with how it came out and will definitely continue to do my henna myself using this method.
My dreads do feel a bit crunchy after the bleach then henna, so I am considering conditioning them for the first time sometime soon.
BEFORE: behold my regrowth :( the roots a completely different colour to most of the length. Also bleachy stripes are obvious.
AFTER: quite the halo of frizz, but a nice colour.
yeah, that is definitely a nice colour :D
like bees! well, kind of. I am pleased with how the henna over bleach went.
I likes bees. The end (for now)