Thursday, August 15, 2013

Colora Henna Powder

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've been experimenting with more natural alternatives to hair coloring for the last couple of years. I refuse to use the chemically-laden "nightmare" mainstream hair coloring products that I did years ago, now that I've become more knowledgeable about the many health concerns re: their long-term use.
 
I used henna many years ago when my hair was still all an even light-brown color and only for conditioning purposes at that time. That type of henna is colorless and leaves no color on the hair, it only conditions. But now I need something to even out my "patchwork" color of hair: brown, white, grey- so I decided to revisit henna, this time using one that would add color.
 
I had read a lot of pros and cons about henna use.
 
Yes, it can be messy but so are regular mainstream hair color products, especially if you apply them yourself at home.
 
I also read that henna doesn't cover grey or white hair very well but I found a solution to that problem too. By mixing the henna powder with regular coffee instead of water, and allowing it to stand for 24 hours before use, I've been able to use it on my own mix of  hair colors with good results and not too much reddish tinge either, another complaint of some users.
 
Colora Henna Powder is a natural organic hair color that does not contain any added chemicals or questionable ingredients. Some henna products out there do, so it pays to read the ingredient and information about any henna product you might decide to try, carefully. 
 
The only ingredients that Colora Henna Powder contains are: henna, and may also contain indigo, centaurea, rhubarb and beetroot- depending on the shade you chose.
 
Here's a close-up pic of the top of my head, without any hair coloring on it
 
 and before using Colora Henna Powder:
 
 
 
and here's an after picture:
 



 
One of the many things I like about using Colora Henna Powder is that it leaves highlights in your hair, not just one flat color, like some other hair color products do.
 
My hair in the front has always been quite a bit lighter, than the back of my head and the henna picks up the different shades, making for more natural finished results.
 
In the picture, I've used Colora Henna Powder in Ash Brown (mixed with coffee) but I've also used the Brown previously, with good results.
 
I leave it on my hair for 2 hours, covered with a plastic bag,  before shampooing it out.
 
This product comes in 14 different shades including various blonde, red and brown shades and black.
 
Colora Henna Powder is very reasonably priced at less than $10. for a 2 oz. package.
 
I have thick, medium-length hair and I get two applications from one box.
 
 I noted at Amazon that it's on sale for only $4.99 right now so a great time to give it a try.
 
And what a relief it's been not to have to worry about getting any hair coloring product in my eyes or on my skin or scalp. Mainstream hair coloring products can be very dangerous in this respect and something that always made me cringe when I used them years ago.
 
Here's an interesting article from the Truth in Aging site about henna. As they also explain, it's important to read what's in a henna product as they aren't all the same.
 
And the henna pastes that some people apply to their skin (as a tattoo effect) can contain harmful ingredients too. Not that I have any interest in tattoos, the henna type of otherwise!
 
If you've been looking for an alternative to mainstream hair coloring products, you might want to give Colora Henna Powder a try. I'm glad I did!
 
Overall rating for this product: Excellent. 5 out of 5.



 
 
 
 
 

22 comments:

  1. I remember my mom using Henna many years ago. We never really knew what her natural colour was. I used to have auburn hair but it quickly disappeared in later life. My hair stylist refuses to put a colour on my hair because she likes the shade of creamy grey I now have. Should I sack her, I wonder?

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    1. Oh auburn hair color, my absolute fav! I'd love to see a pic with your hair that color Val. As far as now, I think you look lovely but at the same time, sometimes a big hair color change or a new style can be a real mood lifter. Colora comes in some nice lighter blonde shades too, maybe a thought?

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  2. maybe my day will come...smiles..i am embracing the grey in my beard right now...ha....but def will keep it in mind for then...

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    1. Henna for beards, that I hadn't heard of but I guess it would work! Brian, you are a gem. :<)

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  3. I use regular hair dye and I know what you mean about it staining your skin and scalp. The most embarrassing thing by far though is going to the gym and sweating a lovely shade of purple! lol
    I wish I had the guts to try it but unless my hair is a medium auburn with highlights, I feel old and depressed. My stylist one time talked me into a lighter colour and I hated it. I thought it was far too light and way to close to grey making me look old and drawn.

    Some people embrace the whole white hair thing but for myself, I just can`t do it.

    I have noticed the amount of ammonia smell has been greatly reduced in the past few years with commercial hair dyes. Even when I do Jenn`s and she is blond, it`s nowhere near as bad as it used to be.

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    1. Hi Maggie, I agree about hair coloring giving a person a lift. I feel so blah when mine's a patchwork of colors. And we all need a lift, don't we?

      As far as mainstream products having less of an ammonia smell, that might be due to perfumes being added to mask that harsh smell. And unfortunately, ammonia is just the tip of iceberg when it comes to dangerous ingredients in most of these types of hair coloring products. It pays to read the ingredient list and find out about what you are using. It can have a huge impact on long-term health.

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  4. Very nice for the most part I can't use the normal stuff good to known sorry it took me forever to try to work it through ie as \I prefer Firefox but after installing it it refused to work... anyhoo hope I can sign tomorrow :)

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  5. Your hair looks great and without using all these dangerous chemicals. They get absorbed into the bloodstream, through a person's scalp. This is a much better alternative if someone wants to color their hair.

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    1. I agree, natural is the only way to go, with any kind of cosmetics, if at all possible. It all gets into the bloodstream, eating things or applying them to our hair and scalp too. The long term effects can be devastating. The good news, there are so many good alternatives now, that no one needs to use these chemically-laden products.

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  6. So far, I've been one of the lucky ones with just a few stray grey hairs. I've never dyed my hair at any age. I don't know if I'll start. Time will tell. It looks like a good option though.

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  7. That ash brown you used looks auburn to me. I want ash brown. Maybe If I add a little pinch of Colora's black to tone down the red?

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    1. It is a bit reddish, I'm not sure about mixing the colors though. I switched to Chestnut since I wrote this and really like that shade but it's also got a reddish tinge. If you don't have any grey hair to cover, the ash brown would probably work fine, without any red tint. I do have some grey hair mixed in with my brown, so it's harder to cover with a henna product. But I really do like using Colora henna powder so much more than commercial hair coloring with all the harmful chemicals in them. hope this helps a bit.

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  8. do you get under the dryer with this product?

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    1. No, just used a plastic cap to keep in some heat. I usually keep it on for 2 hours and then wash thoroughly. I'm now using Ash Brown again which I mix 24 hours in advance, in a covered container. It's working great! :-)

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  9. PS: I have been growing out my hair in the past couple of years until I was able to cut off all the remaining part that was colored with henna. I ended up with a dark grey mix that was ok but at the same time, made me feel a bit "blah". I decided in spite of the Colora instructions saying that Ash Brown would NOT work on 20% or more grey, that I would still give it a try. Here's what I did:

    I mixed the henna with spring water to a pudding-like consistency in a non-metallic covered container and allowed it to sit for 24 hours, with cover on.

    I then applied the henna as I normally would, making sure that all hair was covered well, due to it all being grey at this point.

    Let it on just over 2 hours, washed thoroughly and VOILA!!! It worked great.

    I ended up with a soft brown shade with nice gold highlights, NOT orangy or uneven, just wonderful actually. I went out with my new hair "do" yesterday and go many compliments about the color.

    So, if you do have grey, natural hair and have been debating about trying some of the darker henna shades (although I wouldn't recommend black!!) give it a try. I hope my suggestions above are helpful. I don't know if it would have worked as well, had I not allowed the henna to sit overnight and also to stay on my hair for the 2 HOURS plus. I can't make any claims about results, only sharing how it worked out for me. And keep in mind, I had NO color of any kind on my hair, when I used it, that's important to keep in mind too.

    Good luck and DO share you experiences with Colora henna here, Nice to be able to help other potential users too. :-)

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  10. Hi Geraldine

    I've been using Colora but noticed it was less effective recently because I did not leave it on my head for the 4 hours I've done in the past (I did just under two hours). I don't have time to do that so I want to try your methods of letting it sit in a covered bowl for 24 hours and/or using coffee with it.

    Question: when you let it sit out do you mean outside in room temperature or covered in a fridge. Another blogger said she put it in the fridge so it 'would not spoil'.

    Does letting it sit improve its coloring ability?

    Also how much coffee of you add to the half bag of colorahenna you use?


    I'm a man and keep my hair short. I've used a third of a bag in the past with good results (ash brown) but that's leaving it on for four hours at a time.


    Thank you for your post btw very helpful

    Geoff
    Toronto, ON

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    1. I am so sorry I missed your questions earlier Geoff!!

      I leave mine in a clean, covered container, overnight and at room temperature. Works fine. I don't think I'd want to leave it longer than that though.

      I use regular filtered water or spring water at room temp. not anything else like tea, to mix with.

      I think letting it sit overnight DOES improve how it works, I previously just mixed and used it and it wasn't as effective for covering grey.

      Hope this helps and again, sorry I didn't respond sooner.

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  11. I have used Colora Henna for the past 3 or 4 yrs. now. I LOVE IT! I use the Chesnut color. I have a good bit of gray. I mix it with 1/2 cup of strong black coffee & add a Tblsp. of mayo to the mix. Add cinnamon or whatever red spice I have. Put it on the grays first then the rest of my hair. Cover & keep it on for 2 hrs. Use conditioner to work it loose in the shower & shampoo once. I always love the way it "develops" by the next day. What I see after it dries is not always the same color I get in 24 hrs. I have NEVER been disappointed! One of the most important tips is MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WASHED YOUR HAIR BEFORE APPLYING. Enjoy your beautiful highlighted hair!!!

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    1. Yes, VERY important to start with clean hair, I agree. Any build up of products could impact the final results.

      Thank you for sharing in detail your experience with Colora Henna. I'm glad you are enjoying this product too. I would never go back to regular hair color! :-)

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  12. I just used Colora Henna in Chestnut. I used black tea for the liquid, made a smooth paste and applied all over, covering the gray area in the front first. I left it on for 2 hours.
    I love the coverage and the results. My hair is soft, springy. It does appear darker than I expected but with the wonderful red highlights, I am ok with it.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience with Colora. I am now using the Chestnut mixed with Ash Brown and it is just right. Not TOO red but with nice highlights. And yes, it does cover grey, in spite of most sites saying that it doesn't. I leave mine on for 2 hours too.

      I'm assuming your hair came out darker than expected because of the black tea. I use water with mine, I never wanted to try mixing with other things like tea but I know a lot of people do.

      Have a great day and again thanks for sharing your experience here. GH

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