Like I said yesterday, I was really excited to see how my hair would turn out. I started the rinsing process and it took about 45 minutes to get the vast majority of the grit out of my hair so I could finally use the shampoo. I shampooed my hair four times, then conditioned it once. After all that (including a quick wash of the bathtub - the henna stained it), I finally dried it to get a sense of the color.
OK, it did turn a shade darker (I already have dark brown hair). The color, in my regular bathroom lights, seems richer and my natural redish highlights are long gone. But the red I was hoping to see didn't materialize. My sister says I have to do it several more times to really saturate my hair with the henna to achieve the color she has.
Honestly, I don't think I have the patience (or time) to repeat this process multiple times. I think what I'll do it just go for the black cherry dye and see what happens.
When I showed it to my sister. mom and dad, they all thought the color was significantly more red than I thought it was. Maybe being in the sunlight instead of the artifical bathroom lighting helps?
Anyhow, I'm not thrilled with the results. Frankly, if you have a lot of time on your hands and don't mind scrubbing the bathtub frequently, then I'd recommend trying henna...otherwise, I'd skip it. It's a more natural product than hair dye, but the process is too time consuming and messy for me.
As a side note though, I don't want to sound disrespectful to Almighty God, but I did want to give Him a shout out for His help on my shopping trip today. I'm not a shopper (I have frequently used a personal shopper in the past to avoid being in the store longer than absolutely necessary). Shopping during the Christmas season scares me more than anything. It's a combination of the crowds, the hot mall, the screaming 2 year-old I inevitably drag along, the heavy bags, the stroller that doesn't fit through the narrowed aisles and my general dislike of shopping. I had to buy an outfit for mass tomorrow because I have to go up in front of the church withe the RCIA group for the Rite of Welcoming. We literally walked into the ladies section and there was a manaquin wearing a cute plaid skirt and a black sweater. I bought the outfit immediately. For shoes, I can't usually buy shoes in the stores because I need an 11 wide (ugh, pregnancy foot spread). I called my sister and asked her to hook me up with some of her shoes and she just walked in the door with choices galore :-)
God is so good! He saved me from hyperventilating in the mall today! Thanks be to God :-)