As you all know, I (Davina) am going to be doing my second big chop in July. One of the main reasons I want to chop off my hair is due to repeatedly using henna on it for the past two years. This was because I thought you couldn’t dye over the top of henna… until now!
At the Curlvolution event, I got talking to the lovely Kilolo, who was working behind the Lush stand on the day. Lush sells a type of henna hair dye that they had available on their stand, which sparked a conversation between myself and Kilolo – a fellow henna head. I explained to her that henna was one of the main reasons I wanted to chop my fro off. This shocked her, as there are a long list of benefits to using henna on the hair (check out my previous post on my love hate relationship with henna for more details). I then explained that I also knew that you couldn’t bleach over henna, to which she replied ‘of course you can! I did!’
Of course, as a natural curly who has never bleached her hair, my interest was peaked. Kilolo suggested I strip my hair with a strong shampoo such as ‘Big’ – a volumising shampoo produced by Lush that contains sea salt. After washing my hair with that for a few weeks, (of course following it up with an intensely moisturising conditioner each time!) I should be left with less of the henna on my strands. After doing that, she suggested that I test out the bleach on a strand to see the results. If it’s successful, I’m thinking I could go with an Ombre look, similar to Kilolo’s style.
So now I am conflicted guys. Part of me thinks that as I have decided to chop my hair off anyway, I might as well do as much damage as I want to my curls now while it is still long. But what do you think? Should I test out the bleach? Have any of you bleached over henna? And have any of you had any bleach horror stories I should know about? Share your thoughts and experiences below, but before you do, check out Kilolo’s natural bio below!
Spotted in: Canary Wharf, E14, working at the Lush stall at the Curlvolution hair event
Been natural… for the past 3 year
Favourite hair products: “Lush saved my hair for feeling dry once I started to bleach it. Nothing moisturises it quite like this, and it’s all natural.”
Style inspiration: Nada Adelle