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    Default Successful henna removal. Yes, you are reading this correctly.

    Note: This does not appear to work for everyone. Furthermore, many notice that their henna darkens again after a few weeks. Like most henna removal methods, individual success varies greatly, so proceed accordingly.



    REMOVED. Not lightened or bleached in any way. I have my virgin hair. I used a method that a member here with the handle, jojo, has also had success with, and I would like to share my part of the story.

    I by no means have any of the scientific facts to make of these claims but if I had to GUESS the factors that could affect the level of success in this method:
    1. Age of henna (how long you’ve had hennaed hair).
    2. Layers of henna applied.
    3. Lawson content.

    Now, the process:
    I did this four times over a period of time I was comfortable moving forward with. It is gradual, time consuming, and a bit labor intensive but if you REALLY want to remove henna you may just want to do this.

    1. I used Color Oops Extra Strength (Color B4 in UK) and instead of leaving it on for the directed 20 minutes I left it on for 3 hours under the cap provided, another shower cap, and a towel. (Jojo used a heated cap).

    2. Next I rinsed for 30 minutes. This is key. Color Oops works by shrinking the dye molecules so rinsing them away is necessary and the longer the better. I broke the rinsing in “two parts.” I rinsed for 15 minutes, then I shampooed, then I rinsed for 15 more minutes.

    Now, if this amount of time sounds crazy (it is); here is what I recommend.

    -Shave. Shave everything you normally shave. (while keeping your head in the stream of the shower of course).

    -bring in 30 minutes worth of music or a radio and belt it out in the shower.

    -if you have trouble standing for that long in the shower due to physical needs or sheer boredom I recommend a shower stool. I sat in the shower on a stool, pondered life, and sang some tunes.

    3. Condition with a no-cone conditioner. Jojo reported re-darkening when using -cone conditioner. This is no problem for me since I avoid –cones like the plague anyway. But for –cone heads I would pick up a very hydrating no-cone conditioner such as Garnier Fructise Triple Nutrition of Tresseme Naturals Aloe and Avocado to use after the treatment and for a few days after as well. Then you may return to –cones to your heart’s content. The rinsing will dry your hair out considerably so give your hair a nice deep conditioner soak and rinse.

    4. Do a honey treatment. This will further pull some of the color out but it help re-condition your hair, too. The dilutions can be found in the honey thread and I also recommend using cinnamon as a booster in it as this will not only help with more lifting but also help to cover up a little of the egg smell from the Color Oops even if just temporarily.

    -Cons:
    I doubt it will work for everyone
    Your scalp will probably hate you for awhile
    It stinks…for a month…

    Now, to the photos!

    BEFORE:


    AFTER:


    Don't get me wrong. I love myself with red hair and I think it really suited me . I'm just ridiculously low maintenance and root touch ups are not something I'm willing to do. Besides, I find the golden (with a hint of strawberry) color I have to be quite cute.
    Last edited by Anje; June 27th, 2017 at 07:41 AM. Reason: Added disclaimer.
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    Default Re: Succesful henna removal. Yes, you are reading this correctly.

    You look beautiful both ways! Im glad this worked for you and it seams to be a very good help for those who are in the same situation and dont want to cut their hair... how many layers of henna did you have??
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    I had two. One full strength with a high lawson content and another one that was half cassia. It had been hennaed for about a year. Again, I don't know how many layers or what amount of time is factor, if any, since I was my only subject.
    Well, that's one year down since pixie. I have been knighted as 'turbo grower.'

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    I cannot express how happy i am for you fantastic results! I ended up putting a dye and another henna gloss on mine after removing it, but I know it is removable with this method. you have got such brilliant results and I am wooping away here!.....you certainly the henna right outta your hair!!!
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    They say you marry henna but I must have a hell of a divorce lawyer.
    Well, that's one year down since pixie. I have been knighted as 'turbo grower.'

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    LOL! well even tattoo's can be removed if you use the right method!
    an 8 year journey, with a 3 year stop at waist. Traveling along to classic. F/M 2a/b iii 31.5" January 2013http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ge=7&p=2371372 a year without trims ....trying!

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    Wow that is incredible! Thanks for sharing.
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    Great results. I agree that your natural color is quite cute. At least there is a method to try now, though I suppose more research is in order.

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    How damaged, if at all, is your hair after the lengthy Color Oops treatment?
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    Default Re: Succesful henna removal. Yes, you are reading this correctly.

    That is extremely impressive! Too bad I didn't know this 2 years ago, or I might have been able to keep several inches of hair.
    But congratulations on your success, and thanks for sharing!

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