Henna

November 11, 2007

Journal, Lauren

Tonight I’m working on making some little DVDs for my preschoolers, and it takes about eleven minutes to burn each one to a disk. I’m trying to use my time wisely – doing a few dishes, putting away papers, and… coloring my hair.

I’m using henna powder. Years and years ago I used to put henna on my hair. I’d buy it at this crazy Egyptian store in Lincoln for five bucks. The boxes were hilarious, and I regret not saving one. It had your standard bad-English-translations, but I can’t remember any of them. Today I bought some at the treehugger store. They sold it by weight, so I just got a couple of scoopfuls. You mix it with hot water, put the whole sloppy mess on your head and then wait. I’m scared, because I didn’t do a strand test first. Who has time for a strand test? I did manage to burn my scalp a little, because I was too impatient. Anyway, I took a ‘before’ picture, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to post and ‘after’. It’s still sitting on my head, wrapped in a shower cap. Betcha wish you could see that, huh?

Dry and powdery

Wet and disgusting.  But it smells good.

Update:  It’s done, and I look exactly the same.  *sigh*

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Henna”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    Henna is very popular in Colombia. My sister-in-law used to do regular henna treatments. It pretty much just turned her gray hairs reddish for maybe 6 weeks. She used to say that you couldn’t use henna if you had been dying your hair. She kept a set of plastic gloves just for the henna. Let me know if you want any more tips, and I’ll send her to the blog.

    I’m sure you look fabulous, Lauren!

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  2. Brad Said on:

    Maybe you were supposed to eat the henna. Was this a treehugger grocery store? If so, I rest my case. If not, give me a minute… I’ll come up with another theory.

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    Exactly what were you trying to achieve? On my computer the concoction looks green, so I would think you’d be glad it didn’t work … unless maybe you’re going for a grunge look …

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  4. Annette Said on:

    The alternative options for using kitchen utensils is endless. It wasn’t too long ago Lloyd used a pancake flipper to clean gutters……remind me to watch how you measure parts for my hot toddies!

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  5. Lauren's mom Said on:

    Don’t perm your hair after using henna of ANY kind, -- even if you wait several weeks. My friend did that, and it fried her hair and much of it fell out or broke off.

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