Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs Launch & Giveaway!

It's finally here and I am SO excited to share it with you! 

Entering the celebratory giveaway is super-easy!  You can see all the prizes here, and entering is just three simple steps:

1: Get Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs

You can pick it up from Etsy (.mobi, PDF, .epub) or Amazon (.mobi). Have Kindle Unlimited? It's there, too!

2: Read the Book

Brew up your favorite cuppa, relax, and enjoy! Actually brew a pot. There's a LOT in this book!

3: Click the Rafflecoptor to enter and then answer any of the following questions at the bottom of this blog post in the comments

Remember you have to enter between September 27th and October 4th! Prizes are drawn on October 5th.
  • What is your favorite quote from the book?
  • What did you learn in the book that surprised you the most?
  • What piece of advice, recipe, or technique in the book do you think will help you the most?

4: Leave feedback!

While not mandatory to enter, leaving feedback on Etsy (if you purchased there), or Amazon and Goodreads (no matter where you purchased) is HUGE both to me and to help other people discover this amazing resource. 

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Good luck! And thank you for all your support!

**** IMPORTANT*** I do moderate comments, so don't fret if it doesn't show up right away! Otherwise there's tons of spam for people to wade through. 


  1. Just read the henna book and I am already in love with it, since I am head of heels in love with henna for almost two decades now. Loved the quote about henna being in marriage.

    The most useful tip I read was about the roots-only braided application. My tailbone long hair sometimes gets in the way when doing a roots-only. And when I saw this tip I was immediately thrilled. Oh my god, I am so gonna try this the next henna-touch up. Such a simple tip but amazing!

    I also liked the tips about lightning your hair. My henna is pretty burgundy and sometimes I really miss the real orange color. So maybe I am gonna try a lightning with my hair.

    I am, however, a bit dissapointed: I never ever had green pee. Not even when I slept a whole night with a full henna head. Haha. Didn't even know that was possible,haha.

    Thank you so much. There is a lot of information in it and I am gonna read it a couple of times and try things!

  2. Just finished the book. I'm awed by the amount of information and research that went into it!

    I didn't know there were that many types of herbs typically added to henna!

    I'm looking forward to trying the Sedr herbal mud and the hollyhock rinse.

  3. I do hope i did the correctly again. :)
    Another well written, hihly informative work by Melissa Lynn Herols with simply stunning pictures to go with. So happy to be a proud owner of this work & you can be darned sure im putting the information in the book to good use.

    I will have to say that my favorite quote in the boom would be...
    "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. It is also one of the best things someone using henna can have."
    OMG supberb reference!

    I will have to say what really surprised me was learning how many common essential oils should be avoided while pregnant. While I'm certainly done having children, this is great to know information when passing thw suggestion on to others to use essential oils.

    Believe it or not, my favorite piece of advice from the book is regarding strand testing. I never could figure out how to do that with henma since typically you need body heat to process it. The whole hair in the baggie up the sleeve is simply brilliant.

  4. I just finished the book and learned so much. One thing I didn't know I could do is a 'henna gloss.' my hair gets too dark with multiple applications but I love the way my hair feels and I like to boost the color a little without doing an entire 'henna application. I also learned what to look for when choosing good quality 'henna. The Jamila example was great so I know what to look for to make sure I'm not getting poor quality 'henna. The information on other herbs and oils will be invaluable and I plan to try mixing some of my own by using this guide. I learned the difference between the four types of 'henna, where these regions are and how there are differences between regions in term of type of stain and quality, and differences even in regions based on the crop which I learned is also something you can look for-- crop day. I will definitely use this book a lot. I loved it. This is Laure charnigo at charnigo@jsu.edu

  5. The piece of advice that will help me the most is the section about henna root applications. I love henna but I'm not so fond of the fully saturated henna effect. I prefer "first time henna", that adds an orangey-ginger hue to my medium brown hair, to burgundy hair. So, root touch ups will be the solution for me, and the step by step pictures will be so helpful when I try this for the first time!

    I was also happy to see instructions for using henna on eyebrows, I might try that too, although my eyebrows are dark so not too sure how helpful that would be (since I'd like to avoid using peroxide if I can).

    Thank you for this wonderful resource, I like this e-book even better than the other one. And thank you for the giveaway! Fingers crossed, I'd love to try some of your products. (Hailwidis on Etsy, LHC and Rafflecopter)

  6. Thank you so much for this book! I'm not the biggest fan of my natural hair color, I wish it was darker. I've learned a little bit about henna but not near as much as I learned from this book! I am thrilled to learn more about indigo to make my hair darker! I tried henna once before but was turned off by the application process. But I really appreciate how you showed how to apply it & all your tips! I LOVED the pictures, especially of the indigo. I was actually surprised how affective it is! Thank you again so much for writing this! This made me much more confident for when I try to darken my hair with henna & indigo!

  7. This is another fabulous book!! My favorite part of the book is all of the tips and ideas you offer for rinsing out the herbal muds - soaking, conditioner, and blastoff are all much better techniques than just "rinse forever and still not get it all out"! ;)

    Overall, I think a lot of people have crummy experiences with herbal dyes because of the challenges they face with the application, processing, and rinse-out. You offer so much info on each step that will help everyone - newbies to experienced dyers - make dying a snap!

  8. Since i want to grow out henna in near future, i still love the shine i get from it and in book are some great advises how to use other herbs for conditioning, on essential oil and how to grow out henna. I'm really glad i got the book.

  9. From Laurie Heathcock

    This book is full of so much information about how to use essential oils and herbs to color and make hair healthy. I stopped using chemicals to color my hair with over a year ago and I switched to henna. I wish I had read this book first! The henna has built up from so much use that it took my dark dishwater blonde to a very dark reddish brown which I would love to be a few shades lighter. I did too many full henna applications because I loved the way my hair felt after henna and loved the reddish tone that lasted for a few days before oxidizing too dark. Had I read this book first, I would have (1) done strand tests and (2) done "henna glosses" rather than full henna applications left on hair for six hours. As the author reminds us, henna is permanent and very hard to fade so one should take the time to do strand tests because it's hard to "fix" it if you want the shade lighter, darker, or a different pigment. I'm impatient, so I didn't bother and I wish I did. I also learned that I could do henna glosses which I did this weekend, after reading the book. I used Henna Sooq's Red Raj (recommended as good quality by the author), hibiscus powder, and used a few drops of Nightblooming's Hinoki hair growth oil and only left it on for an hour. It conditioned my hair and imparted a little bit more red without making my hair go too dark. I would have been doing that all along, if I had known.

    I also learned that henna comes from four different regions and that quality and type of stain varies not only from region to region but within a region and that "crop date" is when the henna was harvested.

    This is a great book and I am going to put it to good use. I'll never go back to chemicals!

  10. It did not occur to me that you could mix henna with coconut milk. I love coconut milk for my hair! That's my favorite tip.

  11. Congratulations, it's a beautiful book!

    One thing that surprised me: the list of PPD terms on page 24. I had no idea there were that many possibilities for chemical compounds to be present in henna. All the more reason to source mine through Nightblooming!

    Best quote: I laughed out loud at the picture on page 55 of the smiling delivery guy: "No ma'am, that's a delightful bag of green mud on your head. If you could just sign here, please." This has definitely happened to me before! lol

    Best tip: I don't know why, but I have always started at the top and worked my way down. Starting from the nape and working my way up for roots only touchups will work so much better!

  12. I've just finished reading the book as well and found it to be really interesting. Congratulations!
    The chapter that was the most useful to me was the Troubleshooting one. I used to have a bit of breakage from using henna continuously but including more oils in my haircare routine seems to have helped.

    Favorite tip: 'Leftover henna can be frozen and thawed for future use and it will actually increase it's ability to stain'

    Favourite quote: ''Sometimes you want to break the big guns, but without the big damage.''

    Overall, I am really happy that I managed to gather more knowledge about henna and the book was a wonderful guide. Thank you!

  13. What piece of advice, recipe, or technique in the book do you think will help you the most?

    I no longer henna my hair (3 months virgin growth so far!), but I wish I'd had some of this advice while I was still using henna. The section "Are you a good candidate for henna?" was interesting because...perhaps I was not. I did not envision myself having red hair for years and years and years, and now I'm facing years and years and years of growing this out (I also worry that it clashes with my skin tone). I also wish I had known that repeat henna applications darken over time. I loved my coppery hair and am less than infatuated with my burgundy hair.

    I've only ever bought henna from a reputable online source, but the section about identifying henna vs. henna compounds was an interesting read and something to keep in mind if I ever try to get cassia from a local rather than online source.

    My favorite recipe was the lemon, chamomile tea, and photosensitive EO recipe for hair lightening. If I ever try to lighten my henna again (I tried the Sun-In method once but it yielded no results for me, so I'm unfortunately stuck with my burgundy henna), I'll definitely give this a shot. I don't know why I never thought of using photosensitive EOs before--I love grapefruit!

    I will also keep in mind the comments about molasses. I had no idea that it's a humectant (hello, alternative SMT ingredient!) and that it it has darkening/brunette effects. You have no idea how many things I tried in order to push my henna from RED red to brownish red (coffee, tea, walnut leaf powder [not husks, mind you]). If I feel like experimenting again, I'm definitely going to give molasses a shot.

  14. I have never dyed my hair, herbally or chemically, but have been considering it since I found my first gray hair this year so I learned a TON from this book. The one tip/technique I know I'll use is how to do a good strand test. I'm not 100% henna will be for me (I have some warm tones in my skin but my natural color is more neutral i think), but I want to see what it could look like. I also LOVED the ombre, so that is a technique I could see myself trying out.