I haven’t shared thoughts and before-after photos for this henna hair color from Light Mountain yet, but it’s the one I’ve been using for the better part of a year. Once I started using a henna shade blended with indigo rather than just pure henna, it took me time to find a formula and shade that worked for me. Once I landed on this one, I kept with it. I use one 113 g box per color application and buy it on Amazon in a 3-pack for $14.99, so it’s definitely accessible and affordable. It’s also made with just three 100% USDA Certified Organic plant ingredients, and the brand lists 15 shades plus a colorless neutral option on their website.
I’ve said this in henna hair color posts before, but in general henna-indigo mixes (or any shade besides straight red henna) are weaker dyes on me than the pure henna is. The indigo just doesn’t have as much impact on my hair, particularly on my grays. My goal in using a blend is to achieve more of a brown shade than red, and finding the right dye shade has been a process because I need enough red henna warmth in it to boost the efficacy and staying power of the dye. Otherwise, it has a weaker initial result, and fades much quicker in the weeks after. The ends of my hair are also permanently dyed with straight henna, and so a cool-toned indigo dye will make the contrast between my roots and ends much more obvious. I’ve landed on this shade in Mahogany by Light Mountain.
Be cognizant that henna and indigo will only layer over and deepen your natural hair color, and cannot lift or lighten your hair. Personally, I have ashy dark blonde or light brown hair with some white hairs, particularly near my hairline. The henna has a much stronger impact on my lighter and white hairs than the indigo, so with the right dye shade I generally end up with a nice amount of dimension since the lighter portions of my hair will end up with a warmer red-toned result, whereas the majority of my hair will appear more brown.
Besides striking the right balance in color, I find that Mahogany also fades in a really nice way — slowly and evenly, but noticeably over a couple of months to a point where as my hair grows out the line between the dyed hair and virgin roots is difficult to see. This past dye application, I had waited about 3 months to re-dye my hair, which is a really long time and created plenty of fade-out and visible root growth. Here’s the before:
I find the contrast between my roots and the faded color to be workable, but you can tell that my lengths are more of a reddish brown while the roots are lighter, ashier with some golden tones, and peppered with white hairs.
By the way, I’ve discovered a new strategy for getting thick, even, and clean coverage of my hairline. It’s applying the henna right on the hairline with a spatula. Very proud of myself. Some other practical things I’ll mention: I only mix the dye powder with water and no longer add an acid (e.g. lemon juice), which I now skip mostly out of laziness. I try to keep my head warm while the dye is sinking in, and I apply it before bed and leave it on overnight. I don’t think it needs more than 3.5 or 4 hours on my head, but leaving it on overnight means that I don’t have to set aside such a large block of time for the dye process.
This is a look at my hair about 4 days after re-dying. The first couple of days involve redder roots and it takes a moment for them to calm down and look more even with the rest of my lengths. And, I typically find that my hair looks its best around the 2 week mark (this is true now, and was true back when I used straight henna).