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more nattering about my hair
I've been trying to be nicer to my hair. As nice as I can be, given that the city water coming into this house is heavily chlorinated. I've been doing conditioner-only washes and oiling my hair with coconut oil (thanks for the tip, sibilla_dangers; I love it!), and then I decided to try coloring with henna rather than using chemicals.

I ordered 200g each of henna and indigo powder from hennaforhair.com, but I only used 100g of each, and not even all of that. I mixed it up with 1.25 cups of apple cider vinegar and about 1.5 cups of water to make a paste the consistency of thick mud, then covered it with a plastic bag and left it overnight to cure.

In retrospect, I wish I'd held out for lemon juice, as the cheapie vinegar I had stinks really bad. Next time, perhaps, I'll be better prepared. I was just excited and wanted to get started. The smell rinsed out of the sample, so I'm not really worried about that.

When it came time to get going, though, I didn't want to -- I was nervous. I finally got my act together around three. I lined the bathroom sink with a plastic grocery bag, got out my plastic gloves, rubbed Vaseline along my hairline, and sectioned my hair with claw clips.

Slapping on the mud was weird. It was cold and sticky and kept trying to pull my gloves off, but it was kind of fun, once I got the hang. When I do it again, one thing that I'll do differently is pull off a stack of paper towels. I didn't fling too much mud around, but it would have been nice to have paper towels ready when I did. I'd also mix the henna and the indigo differently -- henna needs to cure for a while; indigo apparently doesn't.

My head is really heavy, but three cups of mud in your hair will feel like that. Wrapping it all up in clingfilm was easy, though, and I gotta say, Stretchtite works really well for this application.

My alarm just went off. It's been four hours since I put this goo on my hair. It's time to go wash it out -- see what color my greys are. If the color I see in the paper towel I'm using to blot the goo running out from under the clingfilm is any indication, it'll be nice. Wish me luck!

i feel: anxious anxious

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esmerel From: esmerel Date: December 9th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oo! If I were to ever color my hair again, I'd do henna. =)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 9th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm editing photos as we speak!
From: nutter4 Date: December 9th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC) (base camp)
Rainwater used to be the choice for hairwashing, though I don't know that it would be that great in a built-up area like a city (or downwind of one). Alternatively, water loses its chlorine content in 24 hours or so, assuming you've got somewhere to store it before you use it - though that would mean you couldn't use a shower head to rinse.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 9th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm not far from Boston, so no, the rainwater thing would be terrifying. We're going to put an inline water filter in the cellar, though, so that should take care of the chlorination.
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