Shadeism – A Documentary

Some time ago I had written a post on my disgust with “Fair and Lovely” ads in India.  You can read that here.

Recently a fellow blogger had posted a link for this excellent documentary and I thought I would share it with you today.

Watch and discuss.  The link for the site is provided below as is the video (it might take a moment for the video to appear on the screen….so be patient.  It’s worth the wait).


Henna for Your Hair’s Sake

Growing up with a Grandmother and Mother who were both beautician’s was sometimes difficult.  I had a head full of luxuriously wavy auburn hair that they just loved to cut, curl, perm and color.

I’ve had everything from a boy cut, bob, long and layered, beehive and a female version of the mullet and reverse mullet (as the step bob cut was called back then).

My hair has been all shades of auburn, copper, red, strawberry blonde, brown, black and one time even blue black when a self dye when terribly wrong.

I’ve had my hair shellacked, primped, pulled through holes in a plastic cap, frosted, streaked, teased and yanked.

Frosting Cap aka Torture Device aka Butt Clencher Cap

Basically, my hair has seen it all.

Before we moved to India and for our wedding, I colored my hair a reddish brown so dark it was basically black with some red highlights.  Moving to India stopped the box colors, but the water and pollution wreaked further havoc on my already weak hair.  Thus began my saga of trying to keep away the silvers and bring some luster back into my poor abused hair.

And then I found out what hair beauty was here.

Oil.  Massage.  Egg Mixtures.  And Henna.

Oh blessed Henna.  Destroyer of chemical processing.  Light bringer for the color anxious masses.  How I love thee.  😀

The beautician that I began going to here brought my hair back to life.  She worked on my hair as if it were her personal mission in life to give me back the hair of my youth.  My hair began to be full and soft and silky again.  But the color was still dull to my eyes.  A mixture of sun streaked browns and golds and reds and but none of them glistening.  The difference between matt finish and gloss.

My MIL has her hair treated with Henna about once a month.  Her hair is silky and soft and her colors are vibrant.  Since she has more grey hair, these turn a burning copper and her dark black hair changes to a vibrant yet deep shade of auburn.  I’m in love with her hair.  I wanted her hair.  But I was nervous to try Henna as my hair type is so different and my color lighter.  I didn’t want to be purple or maroon!!

Last month I decided to throw caution to the wind and I’m so glad I did!

Although I did not have it done at the salon like she did, I did buy essentially the same thing from the local Kirana shop and took it home.

Henna Powder ©Gori Rajkumari 2011

I mixed the powder with water and let it set.  After an hour, I mixed a little more water until the consistency was smooth and thick.  I then sectioned off my hair and began applying to my dry hair.

Afterwards, I wrapped my hair with plastic, covered it with a towel and sat out in the sun.  The first time, I only left it on for 30 minutes.  The second time (two days ago) I left it on for 2 hours.

THIS was the results the first time.  You can still see some frizzy hair here.

After First Henna ©Gori Rajkumari 2011

And THIS was my two hour result, the day after.  Frizzy hairs GOODBYE.

After Second Henna ©Gori Rajkumari 2011

My hair is silky and bouncy and feels healthy.  Since using the Henna my split ends have not returned (after having about an inch taken off from my middle back length hair).  My hair curls and waves but no longer frizzy.

For the first time in a LONG time, I’m in love with my hair again.

So is the hubby.  😉

Here are a few sites that will tell you more about Henna and how to find it, buy it and use it!

Henna For Hair

The Henna Page

Have you ever used Henna?  What were your results?  Send a picture of YOUR Henna hair in to me and I’ll make a post just for the Henna girls (or boys) out there!

© Gori Rajkumari 2011