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1 year, 7 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@BethTerryRight on! Let me know what happens! 

 

....off to sew some recycled produce bags in the meantime...

2 years, 2 months ago on Please Take Action. Refusing Plastic Bags & Foam Is Great. Banning Them Is Better!

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Was all high on inspiration and motivation, then went to the website: OH RIGHT, Seattle did this two years ago. Okay. Off to spend my inspiration on something else…. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Please Take Action. Refusing Plastic Bags & Foam Is Great. Banning Them Is Better!

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 @BethTerry  @Sulamit I just read the instruction sheet that came with my henna and indigo shipment from hennaforhair.com. I'm posting this just as a data point. It says, "Don't add coffee to your mix. That will make your hair smell bad, give you the jitters, and won't improve the color."

 

So that's her opinion on the coffee matter, but keep in mind she also says to avoid vinegar, and the only way I get great color from henna is by using vinegar! Her lemon juice recommendation doesn't work for me at all. Just goes to show we all have different experiences, eh?

 

(Also I can't imagine using coffee and having it smell bad - my husband uses a LUSH bath and shower soap that's made with coffee and he smells divine afterward.) 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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 @Sulamit  I totally understand! My hair is long, and I love it and take good care of it, and the idea of damaging it in some permanent way makes me feel sick. 

 

I have a lot of confidence in the hennaforhair.com products (her shopping website is mehandi.com), and tomorrow I'll be doing an indigo/henna mix to get my now-auburn hair back to it's natural dark brown! I've never used indigo before so I'm really excited to see how it goes. :) Let us know what you choose to do with your hair! 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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 @Sulamit Henna is just one color - it's always a red tone. Anything you see in a box that says it's a different "color of henna" means it has henna and then something else added to it to get another shade. Often these additives are things you don't want in your hair - and are responsible for the stylist who tells you that you can't do a chemical process over hennaed hair. In fact you can, it's perfectly safe, as long as you used pure henna without additives. 

 

If you go to hennaforhair.com, you can read about how to add cassia and indigo to get a different color than red. But pure henna is only ever going to tint red - the degree of red depends on what you start with (blonde would be a lot red, black hair might just have a deep auburn cast in the sun). 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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 @BethTerry Yeah, the shipping has no packing plastic (at least mine never do), but I think the packets themselves are mylar. I will send them a note. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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 @greentalk My hair is dark but fine, and the henna makes it veeeeery soft. I haven't had any trouble with coarseness. It's possible that the henna you're using has something else in it besides pure plant, which might account for the coarseness. Or perhaps it just responds differently! 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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 @JessicaVanMeter Yes, my hair is long, too, and if you follow their instructions supposedly we should use 4 or 5 baggies! I did that last time and ended up with half a mixing bowl of unused henna. Now I know to use only 2 baggies, even though my hair is past my bra strap. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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I use henna from www.hennaforhair.com (mehandi.com), and it's beautiful. I just did an application about two weeks ago. 

 

I follow their instructions almost to the letter. One thing I do different is that I use vinegar instead of lemon juice. On the Henna For Hair website, they say to use lemon juice because vinegar will stink, but I've found that lemon juice doesn't give nearly as beautiful an application of color. I have very dark brown hair that is sometimes, in the blue-tinted cool Seattle winter light, mistaken for black. It isn't black, but it is dark. When I use henna with lemon juice, there is virtually no difference. When I use henna with vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar), it comes out deep auburn, and it's very noticeable, even in the evening light. 

 

I love what henna does for the condition of my hair, but I am tired of the color. Red hair is gorgeous, but it doesn't feel like me, I prefer the brown/black. So, I just ordered a box of henna and indigo from mehandi.com, which arrived a few days ago. I'm excited to try the addition of indigo to get my hair back to it's natural color! 

2 years, 2 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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Seriously? In what state are you located, if you feel comfortable sharing? Our Whole Foods (we shop at the Interbay Seattle location) has cloth bags that they sell there for you to use with the produce and bulk food items. I use them all the time, I never use plastic anymore. I feel like the person who told you this must be one of those employees who thinks they know the health code but actually doesn't. I've heard enough stuff like this that I'm going to research the health code for Washington. Oh hey! @interbaywfm , do you guys know anything about this kind of policy? 

2 years, 2 months ago on Starbucks Trash: Behind the Scenes

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 @EcoCatLady Well if you're in the minority I'm with you. I agree, places to congregate are great but the "life on the run" lifestyle just contributes to so much waste and stress. And corporations running everything is nuts. 

 

This whole thing makes me want to start a local earth-friendly coffeehouse, but we're in Seattle so we're full of coffeehouses already. :)

2 years, 3 months ago on Starbucks Trash: Behind the Scenes

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I do love the idea of cafes, and don't think a social gathering place like this is that crazy - but yes the collective caffeine addiction is sort of nuts, and the lack of recycling and horrific waste is simply insane. I had no idea they were wasting a cup to fill my reusable mug, that makes me so sad. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Starbucks Trash: Behind the Scenes

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