As you know, you can achieve gorgeous reddish-brown hair without using any harsh or harmful chemicals just by using pure henna.
And if you want to achieve rich, lustrous burgundy hair, henna is absolutely the way to go.
You really can’t beat henna when it comes to natural hair dyes.
With the addition of just one easier-to-find organic ingredient, you’ll have a dye paste that gives you exactly the burgundy hair color you’ve been hoping to achieve.
Before we get into what you need to get this color, though, let’s discuss whether or not it’s the right color for you.
YOUR SKIN TONE AND BURGUNDY HAIR COLOR
Before you commit to dying your hair with henna to achieve burgundy hair color, you’ll want to think about your skin tone and how it will look with burgundy hair.
Some hair colors really clash with some skin tones, and the results are just not that attractive.
For example, if you have cooler undertones, dyeing your hair black could result in a sallow appearance, giving your complexion a washed-out, sickly look.
By the same token, a dark olive complexion often won’t look quite right with light blond hair.
Fortunately, burgundy hair color looks absolutely gorgeous with almost any skin tone.
While natural redheads are usually pale with peach or pink undertones, burgundy gives you a lot more flexibility than ginger or strawberry blond.
Because Burgundy is darker than other red hair colors, it works well on pale, medium, olive, or dark skin tones.
Some traditional, chemical-based burgundy hair color dyes have more blue undertones and will work better with pale skin and/or skin tones that have cooler undertones to match the blue base. They’ll also work well for very dark skin tones, but medium and olive skin tones are left looking a little bit off.
However, with natural burgundy hair color, using henna and another natural, organic ingredients, the undertones of your natural hair color will come through more and will play a big part in the end result.
In other words, depending on your natural hair color, you’ll get a lighter or darker and a warmer or cooler shade of burgundy hair color when you use henna. So, will burgundy work for you? If you want dark, rich, and vibrant reddish-brown hair, you should absolutely dye your hair burgundy with henna. You’ll get the color you’ve been dreaming of, and it will look beautiful against your skin tone, too.
WHAT ARE THE SECRET INGREDIENTS?
If you have medium to dark brown hair, you may be able to achieve burgundy hair color using only henna powder, water, and lemon juice.
However, with most hair colors and types, you’re going to need a secondary ingredient that will give your hair a slightly cooler color than henna can do alone.
To get the color you’ve been craving, gather and mix these ingredients:
- Henna powder – Make sure this is pure henna powder and that it is not mixed with any other ingredients or chemicals. Otherwise, you may end up with an entirely different and unacceptable color.
- 1 beetroot – Cut it up and grind it down until its juice can be mixed with the henna. You may want to use a blender or juicer for this step.
- 2 cups developer solution (lemon juice and water) – If you want the light to medium burgundy hair color, use equal parts lemon juice and water. If you want it to be darker and/or if you have dry or frizzy hair, use less lemon juice and more water.
You can also substitute two tablespoons of powdered amla spice for the beetroot if you have this conveniently on hand.
Either of these natural ingredients will give you the effect you want, but some people prefer one to the other, simply based on convenience.
PREPARING THE MIX
Now, you’ve probably already noticed that dyeing your hair with henna takes a little bit more of a time commitment than dyeing your hair with bleach and other chemicals you’ll find at the drugstore or beauty supply shop.
Fortunately, though, you don’t have to devote all that time solely to dyeing your hair.
For example, you’ll need to plan ahead when you decide to dye your hair because unless you’re using our henna gel method, it will take up to 12 hours for the henna paste to develop and be ready for application.
Actually mixing it up takes just a few minutes, though, so free up a few minutes in the morning or afternoon the day before you want to dye your hair.
Then you can just forget about your henna paste until it’s time to dye.
APPLY AND FORGET IT
Next, as you may already know, the henna dye doesn’t strip away your hair color like chemical-based dyes, so you don’t have to worry about limiting the time you leave it to set in your hair. The longer you leave your henna paste in your hair, the darker and more intense your burgundy hair color will be. For most women, we recommend leaving the dye in your hair for at least three hours, but the most convenient and best way to set your color is really to leave it in overnight and let it set while you sleep.
Just be sure to put a towel over your pillow and to wear a shower cap so that you don’t get any henna dye on your pillowcase, sheets, or skin.
Leaving henna dye in your hair overnight will not only give the color time to set properly, but it will also do wonders for your hair, too.
Henna paste is not only mild on your hair, but it can also act as a deep conditioner and can actually help heal and fortify damaged hair.
If you have frizzy, damaged hair, you may want to add a tablespoon of olive oil to your henna dye paste when you mix it up.
This will help it condition and strengthen your hair as it dyes it a gorgeous burgundy.
However, if your goal is a slightly lighter burgundy or you just want to condition your hair and add a touch of color, you can leave the dye in for just one hour.
The longer you let the dye sit before you rinse it out of your hair, the darker, richer, and more wash-resistant it will be.
Leaving henna dye in for several hours can result in hair that almost never fades and only needs to be retouched as your roots grow in.
THE FINAL RINSE
Remember, when you rinse your hair, you’ll want to wear gloves, and you’ll probably want to do it in the sink, where there’s less of a chance of getting henna dye on your face, neck, or back.
Now you have all the information you need to achieve beautiful burgundy hair color with henna.
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Good luck and happy coloring!