Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand View Post
I've heard of henna! Where would I get some?
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I bought my henna on amazon.com at hennahut.com. It was about $8 for one treatment. I used the color "indigo" (black) only. I did a lot of experimenting first and was worried he would end up with a "blue" black. He's a very dark brown horse, everyone thinks he's black but he really bleaches out in the summer. I mostly did his mane and just the top of the tail because I love the red highlights in his tail.
This is a SIMPLE but messy project but if you are prepared well it is manageable. You start with wet hair. You mix the henna in a container until it is a paste. I used a paintbrush. There are videos on youtube to demonstrate. You really glop it on good and massage into all of the strands. Then you need to cover in saran wrap for an hour or so before washing it out. I ended up just wrapping his whole neck in saran wrap. The indigo will stain your hands blue...i found out the hard way so use gloves. And have lots of towels ready that you don't mind staining.
If your horse is black, you don't have to worry about accidentally coloring the neck (when doing the mane) but for a bay/buckskin/dun horse I would just be real careful. Just fyi,with henna you can only go darker, not lighter in color. There are lots of beautiful reds for the red colored horses.
The best part of this is that the henna is a natural conditioner with no chemicals and it left his mane feeling soft and full and it's still not bleached out. I am going to do it again this year, even if just to condition the mane. Just make sure to do a small "test" area first to see how the color will take.
Oh, and if you are at a boarding barn like I am you will get lots of strange looks :o)