I am breaking up with henna…

Henna is wonderful until you want to get rid of it. I have been using an indigo/henna mix in my hair for a little over a year. My natural hair colour is a goldy/mousey/blondey/browny colour and for some reason I thought it was a good idea to go dark brown.
Well.. for a little while I enjoyed it but now at 25yo I want to enjoy my natural hair colour before I start getting greys. So first let me tell you about my application of henna and then I will tell you about how I am getting rid of it, and why I currently have green hair due to this…
APPLICATION: I use Desert Shadow colours and these can be purchased from either the Desert Shadow website or from the Flora and Fauna website. I have to say these colours were amazing and I never had any problem with them. The only problem that arose was when I was having to dye my hair every 2.5 weeks due to how bloody fast my hair grows! This started to become unsustainable in my lifestyle so I decided to get back to my roots (literally).
REMOVAL: Well, this has been a long and grim process. There are a few ways you can try and lift henna. One of the things I have been doing is crushing up around 70 vitamin C tablets and mixing it with a clarifying shampoo, like Head and Shoulders, and massaging that into my strands and all over my head and leaving that for a few hours before washing out. Don’t expect magic to happen immediately, you will have to do this process multiple times to see a significant change. The second thing I have been doing is oiling my hair.. Now I have only done this process once for a reason. It is disgusting and everything and anything you come in contact with will be ruined if you’re not careful. Mix olive oil, argan oil and coconut oil together and lather it into your hair – it should be sopping wet with oil – then cling wrap your head and try to keep as much heat in with a beanie or something similar. Leave for preferably 12 hours (overnight will do). Again, this will need to be done multiple times.
The other two things I have tried are two different colour removal products (which are not meant for henna but I like to live dangerously). The first is the Scott Cornwall brand and it did lift the colour slightly. The second was the Jobaz brand and this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I now have green hair. Yes it made my hair green… who would have thought – the product that says it isn’t made for henna removal.. isn’t made for henna removal! So this is where I am now, I just want to say good luck to everyone in their separation from henna. As soon as henna finally signs the divorce papers for good, I will post an update. C x

Look mum, I’m doing it! I have only just started running again and I don’t know why I ever stopped. In some ways I feel like running is a medicine or remedy for anything negative in my life. Sleeping, eating, motivation, energy and mood have all significantly improved since I started running. And the more you do it, the easier it becomes and the more you want to do it.

Recipe Time

I bring you a Cypriot delight – patates me avga (potatoes and eggs).

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 potatoes
  • 8 eggs
  • haloumi
  • vegeta (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Peel potatoes and slice them up into chip shape pieces – then throw them into some boiling water for 10 minutes
  2. Drain potatoes and fry them in oil until they start browning
  3. Chop up however much haloumi you like and throw it into the pan with the potatoes
  4. In a bowl – whisk up 8 eggs with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of vegeta – pour this into the pan
  5. Like an omelette – keep pushing in the sides and letting the raw egg move to the bottom of the pan. Start flipping pieces of the patates me avga over when it starts browning – don’t worry you don’t need to keep it whole, you can break it up into pieces. Voila! Now serve with a salad and squeeze some tomato sauce over the patates me avga if your heart desires (mine does). C x

Welcome to my blog. I have set this up – if not for others to view – then for myself to use as a motivational tool and creative outlet. I endeavour to post about my journey with health and exercise, recipes, travel and natural remedies I use in my self care routine. I will also use this platform to further my writing skills, fulfilling my strange obsession with my thesaurus. C x