I stopped perming and dyeing my hair a long time ago, due to the damage it caused. But I still wanted to spiff up my hair somewhat, so I began to use henna. It is a *bit* of a mess to use, but I have my routine down to almost a science now. I also like to make a conditioning blend, based on a product that, unfortunately, is no longer available. It was called "Lotus Powder Plus". One of the gals from the Longhair Community had figured out a recipe. I have been mixing up what I thought were the correct herbs, but found out today (after I had previously mixed up a large batch) that I had one of the ingredients wrong. It isn't a bad thing, since the herb in question is still good for the hair, but I want to get as close as I can to the original formula. I henna my hair every six to eight weeks. I love the dark red tint.