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Monday, August 3, 2015

Light Mountain Bright Red Henna Hair Dye Review + Pictures

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As you may have seen in my latest Lush Caca Henna Hair Dye post, I am in love with red hair! And this all began because I used a filter on Instagram on a selfie that made my hair look red. So I was like, hey, it's about time to henna my hair again, let's try red this time.

I have used Lush's Henna Hair Dye before, you can see the links up top to those posts. I have never dyed my hair with anything other than these hennas. I've never used chemicals or bleach or anything like that, just FYI.

So, after using Caca Rouge, I fell in love with the red hair and wanted to try to get it as bright as possible. I knew this was going to be a long shot since my hair is naturally on the medium/dark brown side of things. I had hope though. So I started looking at reviews and checking out how to just use henna powder on your hair. It's cheaper than the Lush Hennas which come in bricks with cocoa butter and other ingredients mixed into them, plus it seemed to me that everyone was getting way better results with just straight up henna powders.

So I decided on the brand Light Mountain, after reading a bunch of reviews on different forums and all kinds of stuff. I got mine on Amazon for about $8 with shipping. I chose the color Bright Red because that's what I wanted. I knew I wouldn't get like crazy fiery bright red hair, but I wanted it as close as I could get to that.

(Here you can see the difference between the top portion of my hair that I dyed with Light Mountain Bright Red, compared to the bottom portion which just has Lush Caca Rouge from 2 weeks ago on it)

I just wanted to test it out on the uppermost portions of my hair because I got this idea that I liked the way that would look anyway. Lighter hair on top with darker underneath, to give some dimension. I didn't do a strand test because it wasn't going to turn out "too orange" on me. In my opinion, the oranger the better. I plan to do the rest of my hair once it starts to fade a little bit anyway. This was just a trial run. I also thought that if I just did a portion of my hair, I could better compare it to my hair before because they would be right next to each other in real life for comparison, instead of trying to examine before and after pictures.

So I read the instructions, along with other methods given by those henna gurus online and this is what I came up with...

I mixed about half hot water/half hot lemon juice with the henna powder, along with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil  for extra conditioning and let it sit for about 45 minutes to cure before I applied it. I added the lemon juice both because people say it helps bring out the brightness of the red and also because another site I saw said that if you have hard water, it's good to add lemon juice to change the pH level, and we have hard water in our house.

I had it on my hair for almost 3 hours and heated it with a blow drier for a minute or so on three separate occasions in the first hour. It was wrapped in Saran wrap and a bandanna for the first 2 hours, then I found a beanie and put in on top of that for the remaining hour.

I rinsed it out in the shower with a cleansing conditioner, the same one I have used with my other henna experiences lately. I must say the coconut oil is way harder to rinse out than the cocoa butter in the Lush hennas was.

This experience was much less messy than Lush because it is a fine powder. It was a smooth consistency because of this. It was not as chunky and gritty and mud-like as Lush was.

I have also noticed my hair is more voluminous since using this henna, especially at the crown of my head where I only applied Light Mountain, not the Caca Rouge. My hair isn't flat when I wake up in the morning like it usually is, which of course is great.

I can't really say whether or not it was more vibrant than Lush though. Of course it looks like it. You can tell the difference in the photo up my hair up. But the fact that I applied it right on top of my previously henna'd hair from 2 weeks ago automatically will make it brighter because I layered it up, so I can't tell if it's simply because of the brand of henna I used or if it's just because I built it up on top of the base color of henna before. I hope that makes sense.

However, the fact that the method of application was so much less messy and the product was actually more affordable than Lush, I must say I like this Light Mountain more than Lush's Henna hair dye.

And those are my thoughts! Let the pictures speak for themselves! I am super happy with the results and will definitely keep you guys updated on how it fades or changes over time. By the way, I'm thinking of dying the underside of my hair with a black henna from Henna Dream, so keep a look out for that review hopefully coming soon!

I hope this was helpful! 
Check out my links back at the top to see more pictures of other henna experiences I have had!

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