mud on my head

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by mountain girl  |  12 Comments »

Just before our New Mexico trip, I decided my hair could use a new henna job.  I mixed up some medium brown henna powder with a little red, let it sit a while, and squished it all over my clean, wet head.

I’m experimenting with the shade, adding a little more brown each time I do it. I don’t want my hair too red when I embark on my 40’s, lol.

Actually, I still have a year and a half to find the perfect color for a 40-year-old, but a little preparation never hurts. 🙂

And that’s not a cataract, my mirror just has spots on it. And my face isn’t really that pale, it just has no makeup on it (haha, that makes a lot of sense!) 🙂

Henna is so much fun, especially if you like playing in the mud.  I prep my henna by mixing equal parts henna and hot distilled water, and I also add in a little yogurt for conditioning (making sure no metal touches it any time during the process).  I let it sit 3 hours, then apply it.  Once it’s on, I cover it with a plastic bag and let it sit 1 1/2 hours.

Washing it out can get really messy. I lean over the tub and rinse it under the faucet.  It takes a while, and the tub turns greenish-brown.

Here is my finished henna hair:

It still has lots of red in it, but that’s ok with me. At least it’s more toned down than it was before.

Posing for my glam shot, heehee.  40 here I come–oh wait…39 here I come!

12 Responses to “mud on my head”

  1. Hannah says on :

    gorgeous! I have “henna-ed” my sister’s hair many times!

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Oh, cool! What shade do you use?

  3. Grandma & Grandpa says on :

    Hi honeee…….your beautiful hair DID look really gorgeous 🙂 Lil Cashey is a good supervisor 🙂 luv u guys/mom

  4. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says on :

    Oooooh, that’s gorgeous! I love your hair. I’m sure you hear that a lot but as a straight-haired brunette – I pine for a gorgeous head of locks like yours.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  5. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Jennifer! Actually, I pine for my curly locks, too…since moving west, my hair stays curly for less than an hour after I wash it. But it’s small price to pay for living away from humidity!

  6. Colleen says on :

    BEAUTIFUL Mia!!! I love the color!!

    I also love how your pictures show life with a toddler…..
    no matter what you are doing, they want to be in your arms! =)

    It’s crazy that you mentioned having a cataract in your eye because of your picture….
    Did you read on my blog about what has been going on with me the past two plus months?!?
    I now have a cataract in my left eye, not fun!!
    something that should never happen to someone in their 30’s…. 😉

  7. mountain girl says on :

    Oh, no! That’s terrible–so sorry. I have to catch up on your blog. I feel bad for making a joke out of that! I’ll be praying for you. And yes, life with a toddler…lately it’s been ALWAYS in arms!

  8. Colleen says on :

    oh no…. don’t feel bad about making a joke… 😉
    the cataract is just an aftermath of EVERYTHING!!!
    looong story… i just can’t believe stuff like this can happen to anyone.
    Even when you are young and healthy!!!

    this is how we stay fit…
    lugging 30 plus lbs toddlers around everywhere…
    that was another hard thing I had to deal with.
    when I first got my eye surgery, I couldn’t hold Garren! HORRIBLE!!
    Thank God that part only lasted a month!

  9. appleshoe says on :

    Henna, now there is something I have not tried. Madder root is nice for redheads.. But I don’t want to tone my red down 😉 Any idea’s for chlorine? I had to go back to shampoo because we are now visiting a local community pool and could not figure out what to do about green hair aside for a swim cap. I’m using garnier natural till i can figure something else out. Be well.

  10. mountain girl says on :

    I haven’t tried madder root. Actually, I’m only toning my red down because I’ve been toning it up so much with henna over the past few years, since the natural red has faded a lot. Now I’m looking for a happy medium, and trying to steer clear of that overly-red glow, lol.
    Hmm…chlorine. I don’t have any ideas there, let me know if you find an answer!

  11. Colleen says on :

    I was just at the hair dresser and she gave me the chlorine tip!
    All you have to do is wet your hair before going to the pool with regular water!
    Its as simple as that! =)
    We will be trying it out SOON I can wait for pool weather! =)

  12. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Colleen! Who would have thought of that? Let me know how it works!

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