I decided I like this stuff. I have been pretty happy using "natural instincts" in either darkest brown, or a mix of darkest brown/midnight. But the lure of a more "natural" formula persuaded me to try this.
First time I got the "black". I was worrried it would be too dark, so I left it on for about 45 min. That wasn't enough I guess, because my 20% gray was stained a medium blond color, which I didn't care for. The rest of my hair was good, shiny and dark dark brown. I wasn't that happy with it,but I got a ton of compliments on my hair, so I decided to try again. I got the "black" again, and left it on for almost 2 hours, and I am satisifed with the results this time. Grays are kind of a pretty dark auburn. I like!
Love, love, love this stuff, and was happy to see that Whole Foods in this area started carrying it. I have been using this for a number of years, and I mix and match a bunch of colors to get slightly different variations. Right now, it's copper, chocolate and light brown. . It comes out a medium copper, luscious. I do not follow the directions (wash hair, etc.). I just apply it to my dirty hair, put TWO shower caps on top, wait about 1-1/2 hours and then rinse. After I have finished rinsing I use a no-poo on it (Deva) or Jessicurl cream cleaner, rinse and then use Deva conditioner. My hair is shiny and healthy.........
LOVE this stuff! I'm in my 50's, lots of course, grey hair that's pretty tough to cover, even with salon dye. I got tired of paying a salon over $50 to color my hair, plus I hated sitting there, someone told me about this stuff so I picked up a bottle at Whole Foods. We all know Whole Foods ain't cheap, thought this was a virtual bargain there at $12.99 especially compared to the price I was paying for salon color, but after the first bottle I decided I had to have more so I did a little research and got it online at Lucky Vitamin for less than $8 per bottle. I tried the Chocolate color first, it covered the grey just as well as regular dye, but picked up a little too much red, maybe because it was over the salon dye or becasue my hair naturally picks up red, so I got the Dark Brown, looks a lot darker, but I know it will lighten after a few washings. The color stays pretty true for approx. a month, I try to only wash my hair 2 times per week, it really doesn't bleed on the towels, also no drippy mess, and odorless. I have short hair, but I use the entire bottle just to make sure everything is covered, although it does say you can save it once opened.
I used this product and it ruined my hair so much that I had to grow it all out again. Be careful as the product contains metals which can dry your hair out. Not all henna products will dry your hair out but make sure that you have researched your product properly first. Stay away from Surya.
The best I've been able to find for a natural haircolor so far. No PPD, loads of shine, softness, good natural shades, and more outrageous reds, if you want that. I've used regular haircolor both before and after this, and unlike true henna, it was fine (ymmv).
Downside: 1. bleeds for several shampoos, gets on towels (mine washed out), 2. not sure if there are any gold or ashy tones. (Tried several reds, and the light and dark browns and all ran warm as they faded). Based on reviews here, you might try chocolate or the mixing the blondes in for other tones. 3. It coats and doesn't lighten.
I'm miss "sensitive to everything". I can't stand perfumes and chemical odors and I'm getting some gray. I tried the more expensive products (Palette by Nature), but didn't get the desired look, plus the smell, even though not bad, did me in. I had some of this Surya that I had bought, and decided to try it. I'm not used to coloring my hair, so I felt like I was very messy at it. I decided to put some on. I bought the chocolate brown, even though my hair is probably a bit darker, with about 15 to 20 percent gray. Most of my gray, of course, is in the temples and in the crown of my head. Some of the other reviewers said the top doesn't come off and you have to cut it, but there is a little top you can pull off (it's on tight) and then clip the tip underneath. Then you can reseal whatever you don't use. It does come with gloves, but the next time I will use my own gloves, because I felt clumsy with the baggy type gloves. First let me say, that it has no smell to me, which I love. I slathered it on my hair and didn't leave it on the entire time. It left my gray hair stained a golden color and made my brown hair a little deeper. I only left it on a half hour. I'm going to try it again this weekend and put it all over my head. It is messy, but that could be my fault, because I've not used this before. I would highly recommend this. My hair looks so pretty and my grays are stained a nice golden color. I'm going to leave it on longer and see if goes into a "tea" colored stain. If you are sensitive to chemicals, give this a try. And if you are new to coloring your hair, make sure you have a few old towels, wear an old shirt and have a hair clip or two if you have long/shoulder length hair. I'm very happy with the result. I'm 49 years old and look about 10 years younger even with grays, but wanted to color them. good luck :)
I love henna but don't always have the time for the whole process. I bought this on a whim after reading some good reviews. I bought black for my dark brown hair. I wanted to keep the color even and add shine. I also find henna helps my curls stay curly, it doesn't loosen them but the opposite.
The cream smells like Egyptian Musk perfume and is very syrupy. I didn't care for the small bottle and little nozzle.The first time I applied using the little bottle and my hair and used 1 1/2 bottles. The results were also too intense.
I found it's easier to put in a mixing bowl and apply with a brush. If I recall this is how the directions do not recommend, which makes sense. It would allow you to control the application more and use less product, therefore buying less.
The cream was easy to apply. I put the given plastic cap on and then a fabric cap. I left it on for 3-4 hours and I have very coarse hair. It came out very dark and intense. The next time I used it, I used 3/4ths of one bottle and mixed with hair conditioner and olive oil. This left a much more natural result. In my opinion, this stuff is rather concentrated.
I really do like this and think I will switch to just using this. It's so much easier to use than the powdered henna. The results lasted without fading for about a month. It slightly started fading then so I reapplied. It really does have great staying power. I also can say the color just went away, it didn't fade to red or orange.
The only cons I can think of are the weird little bottle, slightly high price and that it bleeds the color for about two weeks. After I would co-wash my hair, I would see some color in the shower water and it did stain my towels some. The pro's totally outweigh the cons as the ease of use, great scent, easy to find at most health food stores and Whole Foods, the results and benefits of using henna.
I don't follow the directions since I'm trying a lo-poo to no-poo method while wearing my hair styled in 2-strand twists. I am using the black cream and i apply it selectively to the grey patches on dry, unshampooed hair, baggy for 1 hour, apply conditioner, and then rinse very well. It covers my grey hair very well for about 2-3 weeks then after that time I have red-colored grey hair. I'm pleased though because of the convenient dispensing bottle, lack of peroxide, the ability to reapply it without waiting for weeks, and it does leave a nice shine to my hair. I have not experienced any "dripping" of color even though I spritz my hair daily. When I was using Naturtint (which does contain peroxide and phenylenediamines, high hazard rated ingredients), I noticed that my hair was becoming very dry and brittle.
I have been using Surya Henna Cream-Mahogany for the past year and I love it. It covers my grey completely. Plus I have dreadlocks and it works perfectly with them. I started out using Mashoor Gold Henna and it worked great but the process of mixing and sitting and taking all day for the henna to dye the hair was just too time consuming. Then I decided to try this product and it worked perfectly. It's quick, easily rinses and not as messy. Plus it makes my grey a beautiful Mahogany color and whats left of my dark brown hair a rich extra dark chocolate color.
UPDATE 29. Des. 2012:
I have had about no fading since last time I updated - the colour is pretty permanent on me and I don't think the copper tones are going to go away by only washing hair - I would actually need to colour it if I want the colour gone. I do, however, wash my hair with a sulphate-free shampoo, but I don't know if I can attribute the effect to the shampoo.
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I coloured my hair with this maybe he 10.27.2012 and it's now 11.22.2012. I can say that the colour hasn't faded much for me at all, and it still has those nice red tones to it. I wash my hair every other day. I can add that I use sulphate-free shampoos though, so that may or may not have helped. I've also gotten used to the colour and like it more than initially :) I will suggest this to other people that want to use henna on their hair as I like it a lot. I may try out other colour - maybe mix some so I can get the strawberry tome back to my hair at some point ;]
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If you want to see the different colours available and their result, see this link:
From my experience, the colour I chose, copper, is not as red as in the pictures, but actually copper - orange like real redheads.
Before colouring, my hair was what I would call a mid strawberry brown (cool-toned brown with a little bit of pink, red and orange tones). Unfortunaely, especially the ends of my hair were getting brassy yellow tones because of the bleach in the dye I used.
I kept this in my hair for 40 minutes. My hair went from a mid-brown to a little darker chestnut-brown with strong copper tones when seen under right light. In artificial light it looks a little more copper, but very much more red when in daylight. I would say it's as red as one can go with dark hair without it lookin unnatural. If you want more red tones than copper, I would suggest mixing copper with red.
I've most of my life liked to have natural-looking red-orange tones in my hair, but it's not easy to find hairdyes that don't make the hair too red or purple or wash out and make it look brassy... which is one of the reasons I like to use henna colour and not regular dye - it gives me the most natural colours and because there is no bleach in it, my hair doesn't end up with brassy yellow tones when the colour washes away.
The other reason I like to colour my hair with henna is because it improves the condition of my hair instead of damaging, like regular dyes. After colouring with this my hair become so shiny and healthy looking! When I test-coloured a strand of hair, and one could actually already then see that it was more shiny than the rest of my hair.
I liked this better than he regular henna I used before:
- regular powdered henna is granular and I absolutely hate to have to wash all of the grains out of my hair after.
- I like the smell of his much better.
- there are more colours than most regular hennas often have
- this should wash out over time - many regular hennas are quite permanent, and the more you colour your hair, the more colour is deposited in it, which makes your hair darker over time. No, no, you won't get very dark hair, but for a person like me, who likes to have their hair not too dark, gradual darkening is annoying. Therefore, I prefer this dye, which will wash out over time - I like to be able to return to my old colour at some point, and preferably without using bleach. I know a girl that coloured her hair with henna a couple of years ago, and you can still clearly see the colour (yes, real henna is very permanent). I do not want to go through that.
If your hair is longer than shoulder length, you may need more than 1 bottle of this dye - I, luckily, need only 1 bottle for my about 14 inches long hair, which I wouldn't call dense .
I will update this review later, about how long the colour lasts.
For those who like the beneficial effects henna gives, but don't want any additional colour, iherb actually has colourless henna.
If you're one of those people that like natural remedies for your hair, you should also check out amla if you haven't before:
- amla shampoos can be great for people with grey (or other coloured) hair that want to get colour with every wash instead of colouring their hair, waiting, then colouring the re-growth.
- amla can restore waves straighten out by henna and some other treatments. See here:
... I guess you can just search it up if you're interested :]
I bought this from iherb.com for about $9 for 70 mL (about 2.3 oz). If you want to shop on this site and you're a first time buyer, you can save a little bit of money by using the code JUZ808 and get $5-10 off your first order. $5 if shopping for anything under $40 and $10 if shopping for over $40. If you have shopped for a little under $40, I would suggest buying some tiny thing and get those $10 off :)