So, I've never in my life colored my hair. That is until I chopped off my locs this past weekend after 14 years and decided I did not like the gray pattern that started cropping up. So, as a part of the big chop exercise, I wanted to cover the grays too (had it looked good all over, I would not have covered them). But, without chemicals.
Let me just say, my first "henndigo" experience was phenomenal. I had a suspicion that my grays would resist the henna only method followed by indigo. I was also warned by my cosmetology student neice that henna was the absolute worst thing for my hair due to its drying affects. So, I began to do research because I knew, after 18 years relaxer free, I was not about to put chemicles back in my hair. So, while researching, I came up on this site, watched several vids and tutorials on the YouTube page and decided to try.
So I did the 50/50 henna/indigo blend, followed by indigo by itself. With doing this color treatment on virgin hair, I think this first treatment was excellent. You have to be up on top of me, staring really hard at my hair, in just the right light, to even notice a few subtle muted brown strands. I have no doubt the next treatment will fully cover.
As for the henna drying my hair, first I followed the tutorials adding amla and aloe vera powders. I also added salt to the indigo. All I know is that my hair would seem to so easily snap when trying to comb it (even wet and oiled - I have very tangly 4-c, even though I don't recall have such a bad issue before. Perhaps I was just coming out of locs). But after the henndigo coloring, that stopped. Not 2 or 3 treatments later. Immediately. My hair feels soft yet thick. It it feels healthy and mositurized. You have a customer for a long while to come.