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The secret of dying grey hair naturally with Henna is...

...coffee. 

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I've been dying my hair with Henna for a while now. I love being free of all those toxic chemicals in permanent hair dye. But one downside is that the coverage of grey isn't usually that great, with the grey hairs being redder than the remaining hair. These 'red highlights' look OK when you have just a few grey hairs. But I no longer have 'just a few'. 

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So today, when mixing the Henna, I substituted the boiled water with hot black coffee. It's apparently supposed to help lessen the red tones, especially where there is a 'large percentage of grey'. And it worked!

Apparently you can also add egg, olive oil, or even yogurt to the Henna mix to help condition dry hair. I'll try some of these next time. 

A few more Henna tips:

*I apply my homemade moisturising body bar along my hairline to act as a barrier and prevent the Henna dying my skin. It works a treat and is petrochemicall free, unlike Vaseline.

*It's important to keep your hair warm when the Henna is doing its thing by covering it in plastic. We don't buy plastic wrap, so instead I cover my hair with an old plastic bag. It's a good look ;-)

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*For super grey coverage I leave the Henna in for 2-3 hours.

What a post. I've admitted I have more than 'just a few' grey hairs and have shared a pic of me with a plastic bag on my head. 

I hope you had a lovely weekend. I've been packing for our upcoming trip. I've just removed around a third of what I had packed after being inspired by these minimalist travelers.


Oats, oil, salt, lemon and egg...its bath time

IMG_6052 I had a busy week this week– so decided to treat myself to a little luxury this morning: a kitchen pantry pampering. You can find all the ingredients you need for a luxurious home spa treatment in your pantry.....

My skin has been feeling dry and flaky and my hair super frizzy – so this morning’s treat focused on moisturising. Here’s what I used....

 

Salt exfoliating body scrub
Place the juice of one lemon and an equal volume of olive oil in a jar and shake. Stirring, add salt until you have a thick paste like scrub. The salt dissolves initially so you have to add a fair amount. The salt and lemon exfoliates away dead skin cells and allows the moisturising oil to penetrate more easily. IMG_6055

Egg and oil hair treatment
Place two eggs and an equal volume of olive oil in a jar and shake.

Porridge bath
Rolled oats is a well known soothing bath soak. Most instructions suggest placing rolled oats in a stocking or muslin bag....but I prefer to just toss a couple of cups of oats in the bath. It makes a messy but super moisturising porridge soak.

I jump in, put the treatment in my hair and exfoliate with the scrub, and then sit back and relax. Pure luxury...without the eco footprint (or cost) of most body and hair treatments.

Whats your favorite kitchen pantry pampering?

Speaking of pantry pampering...i've been thinking of doing the no poo thing (it seems to be a simple living rite of passage). What I want to know is...has anyone given up shampoo permanently, or are you all tempted back to the poo eventually?