Why I'm Going Back To My Natural Hair Color (And a How-To For You Platinum Girls Out There)
For the majority of my life, I've been a blonde.
Natural to bottle and everywhere in between.
Born with naturally blonde hair as a child, around the age of 12, my hair started taking on darker hues. This is normal for our family. Both of my parents had been born as blonde babies and their hair had gradually darkened as they both matured.
As I aged though, I resisted this natural progression and continued to dye my hair blonde. Youth forever! And I held onto the past, through the dying of my hair.
Mostly my hair was light colored, except when . . .
I realized that I was periodically dying my hair back darker during certain *emotional* times of my life.
During light, happy times of my life - I was a bright platinum blonde.
During dark, reflective times of my life - I was a deep brown brunette.
Back and forth I went from: light, dark, light, dark, light dark, and so the pendulum swung.
Recently, I've put an end to all of that.
now I'm reverting to my natural color. . . .for good
Which is somewhere in between the scale of light and dark - medium brown.
I'm doing this for balance. I'm doing this for authenticity. I'm doing this because Spirit has guided me to return to who I really am and let that beauty shine through.
And I'm doing this through the process of henna.
Here are the products I'm using to make the transition:
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Not to mention the expensive upkeep of colored hair, dosing yourself in chemicals every 6-8 weeks simply can't be healthy.
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If you have platinum blonde hair, don't listen to what the majority of the internet says - you CAN use henna to color your hair, but you just need to put a pigment base back into your hair follicles, first. The plant dyes need something to grab onto, after all.
Here's the formula I'm using:
Platinum Blonde - to - Natural Color Journey
Stage 1. Fill blonde with 7n permenant wella color + creme developer.
This is the neutral filler base you need to make this whole thing work.
You can't henna over blonde hair because henna molecules bind to pigments already in the hair, giving each person a unique color. So, to henna over blonde, you gotta first fill back with all the pigments you've stripped from bleaching.
With this step, your hair will go to a more dark blonde, but with a grayish huge.
Don't freak out - this is due to all the platinum/violet hues put in the blonde to keep it that cool, sexy non-brassy color. All the natural browns and reds having been previously stripped out from the bleach, there’s nothing to conceal or balance that cool blonde base you had via your prior life. That's why we need stage 2 to complete your base tone.
Stage 2. wash and dry, then immediately Overlay with a 6w semi-permeant wella color called warm sand.
When complete your hair should be a warm red, light brown. There, now you've added some warm pigment molecules back for the henna to bind to. And it will actually look nice when it finally sets up.
Now, your hair is going to need a rest before you make any more moves.
Wait 2-4 weeks for color to set and lift . . . and to give your hair a break.
Stage 3. wait 3-4 weeks, contemplate your life. What else are you going to change? what does it all mean?
Our guides and our own souls are calling for us to dive back into our own authentic spaces and get back in touch with our earth roots.
What are you going to do to get back in touch with yourself, besides the hair?
The hair, my lady, is just part of the journey. Think about it . . . think about it.
Stage 4. now it's Henna time!
You can, of course, not do this at all. You can still change your mind and just wait for all your roots to grow out on their own or chop it all off for a fresh start. I've done both of those things before - and in my opinion, this process let's you keep your length and grow out beautifully. Truth is henna makes your hair silky soft. It's hands-down the most graceful grow-out method I've experimented with thus far.
So let's do it.
Buy some 6 oz henna cans from Mountain Rose herbs.
I chose MR as my supplier - over the bagillion companies that exist - because I normally purchase herbs from them and have always had a great experience. Annnnnddd if I'm going natural, why not go all the way . . . with organic. That's what I say.
Get a can of Medium Brown and a can of Light Brown.
You can choose any color, but those are the colors I am using because these are the least intense with the red. Because I want to go natural - which is a warm light-ish brown - I want some warmth, but not to the point of fire goddess. You can want that. That's okay if you want that.
Stage 5 and beyond. start with your first treatment
Because my natural color is somewhere in between mid - brown to light brown, I am hennaing my hair using a blend of my own creation:
75% Med Brown Henna (3oz, 85g)/25% Light Brown Henna (1oz, 28g)
Prepare your henna with the ratios above, using the instructions provided.
The instructions provided also talk about the extra stuff you need, besides the henna powder: a glass bowl, a wooden spoon, gloves, an egg, yogurt and olive oil. In my understanding of science, cooking and beauty - the egg is for binding the ingredients, the yogurt is acidic, and added for breaking the surface tension and allowing the henna to set up more quickly, and the oil is for an added moisturizing effect. I think. I *think.*
Either way, every henna company will have their own instructions. This is for MR's henna, with my own twist of mixing color powders for a more unique color, hopefully closer to my natural.
Wash the henna out and admire yourself, then:
Wait 4-6 weeks, then gradually lift, re-henna and blend until you get your desired shade. Eventually, you will reach your natural color (about 3-4 processes later), when you may want to stop the henna altogether.
Or not, and henna forever. It's a free world! Do what you want! It doesn't lift or remove anything from you, but it does add a beautiful gloss to your natural hair. Some may say if even adds a richness to your beauty.
Before and After
from platinum blonde to medium brown + light brown henna
Using the exact steps above. See, you can henna over colored hair - just use my formula tho or it could get weird. Scienceeee is the best. No wonder I got a masters in it.
Pictured above are the exact ingredients I used to get the pictured results.
I think so.
It's also . . . more me.
Which is even prettier.
Amanda Linette Meder
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PS - What inspired me to do this was the February Lesson I created for my Membership Program called Being Seen - all this month we've been talking about being authentic with the world, with tips on how to do just that. And as you can see, I practice what I preach. #everydayspirituality
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Amanda Linette Meder is a psychic medium naturalist. She helps others connect and return to their own intuitive nature, receive guidance from the Spirit World and live more authentic lives.