Natural Hair Coloring, How to Use Henna and Other Pure Plant Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty, Christine Shahin
Genre: Non Fiction
Like so many people I’ve always coloured my hair. I like to change it up, and it makes me feel good when I see fresh glossy colour, especially now I’m a bit older (!!) and have a few grey strands. Back in the 70’s when I was a teenager we used to frequent shops selling natural products, dowsed ourselves in patchouli oil ( poor bus driver must have been nearly asphyxiated with a coachload of teens from my all girls school) One time I bought some Henna and duly coloured my long dark hair. The colour was lovely, a rich vibrant red. Unfortunately so was the bathroom grouting and floor, the bath sealant and the towels I’d used…Mum was Really Not Happy and Henna and anything like it was banned. Somehow I’ve never plucked up courage to try it since.
This book is full of helpful info and fabulous pictures with recipes for what was used in each. . I love natural products, make my own very often and hate using too many potentially harmful chemicals, and yet when faced with that or grey dull hair the chemicals win. Now maybe I’ll pluck up courage to have another go. Henna and Indigo I’d heard of but not Cassia or Amla, and they are useful colours used either alone or combined to give more variety. Christine gives some really detailed info to accompany her images showing what was used and how long. Given that some need to stay on for eight hours I was wondering how she dealt with that – surely her customers don’t stay in her salon that long? And thinking of the mess I can get in with just 30 mins of dye, eight hours seems a recipe for disaster for those like me – who attract mess as my nan used to say “ like sh it to a blanket!!) Solution, cling film type wrap and some handy head scarves to contain it all, and look good whilst the dye takes. She doesn’t just say use a scarf though, but shows in detail how to fold and use to keep everything secure.
When talking about the dyes Christine gives some really helpful advice over how to tell the genuine product from that mixed with cheaper and inferior ingredients. Not only will you not get the correct result with those, but of course they could be dangerous too. ( another of nan’s homilies “cheap always comes dear in the end” You do need to know exactly what you are using for best results, for safely and to avoid having wasted time and money. .
Stars: Five, a terrific resource for those interested in natural hair dyes.
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