Color the Gray! Dark Brown
After 20 years of using chemical dyes, which thinned, weakened, burned and loosened my hair, I decided to give henna a try. First time I used it, I was a little dissapointed with the results because my white hair became too orange after the first step and the second step did not change it to a brown at all. My natural hair color, which is brown, remained the same, which was ecxactly what I wanted.
Three weeks later, I dyed it again, and I used coffee instead of water for the second step. It's much better than before, the white hair is still orange, but it's darker, closer to brown. I'm sure I'll get just the right brown if I keep using the same henna color. I don't know if that helped or not, but I prepared the mixtures the night before I applied them to my hair, so they had plenty of time to set.
I'm hooked with henna (and to Swanson!), not returning to chemicals for this reason anymore!
April 12, 2013
I have been using Color the Gray for 2 years. I like the fact that it is totally natural. It covers my grey hair really well. I still find that it is a drag to use but once it is done, I am really happy with it.
August 29, 2012
I used this before and didn't get such good results. My white hair all turned red, which didn't look bad, but not what I was going for. I tried it again thinking maybe I did something wrong and this time, after reading the other reviews, follow the special effects section, put an egg in the second step to condition my hair, substituted coffee instead of water and threw in the coffee grinds along with the henna and this time it did get brown. I was thrilled that I no longer had to use chemical coloring and my hair came out totally healthy and shiny looking. The down side was, the grey virgin hair that I was trying to cover was more color resistant and came out a tad lighter and grayer than the rest, but still looked great, more like subtle streaks with brown grey and red highlights than a drastic separation. I read, in my research that henna gets deeper each time you use it, so I'm planning to do another coloring to add a second coat to the color resistant section. The second downer is that it took 3 hours with my head wrapped in a towel which I'm not looking forward to, but looking at the beautiful highlights, I'm sure my vanity will get the best of me.
June 16, 2011
I have a lot of experience with henna/indigo products for hair. The biggest problem with this product, which leads to dissatisfaction for many customers, is that the instructions are not very good. A two step process is often not even necessary to cover grey if the proper technique is used, and if the product is of high quality. There are very good instructions to be found for covering grey hair with henna and indigo on some henna websites. I was completely dissatisfied with this product the first time I used it. Now, after using other henna/indigo products, and gaining knowledge from other sources, I see that this product may actually be okay. I have not tried it again as of this time, however. The second problem is that the instructions somewhat misrepresent the contents of the box. There are two plastic bags in the box. One bag contains henna; the other bag actually contains indigo, which is alright, but is not henna at all. The third problem is that there is no harvest or packaging date on the product. A high quality henna and indigo product will list these dates, as the freshness of the product is critical to the effectiveness, and the strength of the dye will vary from crop to crop. Contrary to the instructions, there is no problem with using metal utensils with henna and indigo. Women have traditionally been using iron bowls in which to mix their henna and indigo products for many hundreds of years in many countries.
May 18, 2011
Recommended to me by dermatologist
I had severe scalp reactions to hair color..but was not ready to be gray.My dermatologist mentioned henna. I studied and read, and ended up with this product. The dark brown is exactly that..dark brown. If you were a dark brown true brunette when you were younger..that is the color you will be with this product. You will always see undertones of red with henna.Have patience. I only leave the step one on for 10-20 minutes. then rinse. It helps to run a basin of water and "dip/dunk" the hair(as if you were washing greens)as well as just running the water through the hair. I leave step two on for equal time. It takes about three shampoos over a weeks time to get all the henna out. The effects last four to five weeks. I love this product. Remember it is natural and will be different with everyone.
January 23, 2011
Lots of Work, but worth it!
Excellent price! Lots of Work, very messy, but worth the results.
Having Step 1 & Step 2 Preparation is the key, Step 1 is what prepares the gray, Step 2 is the Henna. You need to leave henna on for 3 hours, but since I had a Heat Cap I only left Henna on for 1 hour and got the same results. I also used an egg and vinegar, when you read instructions you will see it mentions it. The egg helps with the condition, the vinegar helps with the color. This did color the gray and I am ordering 2 more bottles. Just be patience and allot yourself plenty of time. If you don't want the chemicals, then try this product.
September 6, 2010
First of all the two step process is such an inconvenient process and it is VERY time consuming.
Second of all, the dark brown that I purchased does NOT make the gray hair dark brown...not even a light brown. I was very diligent with the strand test which turned a satisfactory brown-red. Unfortunately, the whole head coloring did not reflect the strand test and turned just an auburn (more copper) color...no brownish hues at all. Also, I was very very careful and diligent about no metal containers or utensils during preparation and application.
Thirdly, the second step henna is VERY difficult to apply and work with, as well as being VERY difficult and VERY hard to rinse out of the hair. Even using baking soda to rinse out, it is still hard to rinse out, and so much water had to be used to finally get all the henna out of the hair. I lost sooooo much hair trying to get all of the step two henna out of my hair. I can send you the saved wad of hair that I lost.
And lastly, the coloring does NOT even last four to six weeks at all...more like four to six DAYS in my case.
This in no way reflects on how great I think Swanson is and that I will always do business with them for their service, products and price!
June 2, 2010