the moral wardobe: henna and layering

Ethical Details: Dress – Mata Traders fair trade; Sweater – thrifted; Boots – thrifted; Necklace – handmade via etsy; Belt – thrifted
I’ve been trying to figure out how to make this Mata Traders sundress work for winter ever since I bought it on sale late in the summer season. I’m pleased that this ensemble seems to really work. I like all the textures and shades of blue running up against each other. 
You may not be able to tell, but I dyed my hair with henna. I used the shade, Persian Mahogany, by Rainbow Henna. It comes in a screw top plastic container, which makes it easy to scoop out what you need for one application and store the rest. The application process is never a simple one and it smells pretty grody, but I learned how to keep a clean work area from last time, so it wasn’t so bad. I like the subtle dark red tint it added and the way it evened out my partially natural, partially dyed hair color. I’m kind of a hair dye addict, but I am trying to keep things a bit more natural in terms of both color and processing. Henna is time tested and all natural.

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8 comments

  • I kept thinking about buying this dress, but couldn't decide how I would style it. I love how you use it in this outfit!

  • Loving the slightly darker and redder tone of your hair – I've always been curious about dying hair with henna and I'm loving the way it turns out. Wonder what it can do with black hair, but too scared to try, haha.

  • Henna is an experience, but I like that it's semi-permanent and doesn't strip your hair like regular dyes. That sweater was such a good find at a thrift shop in Cincinnati.

  • I guess that explains the name, Persian Mahogany! Thanks. Mata Traders just announced that they're making clothing in jersey fabric for the next season and I'm so excited; their stuff tends to fit me weird, so I think jersey will be more forgiving.

  • Ahh your hair looks so great! Henna is so popular in Iran, as it is really nice that it is very natural and not as damaging as regular dye. Also, I think you definitely made the Mata Traders dress work in the winter! What a cute look! (and what a great brand!) xx<(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  • Your hair looks gorgeous and I've always heard great things about henna. Layering is such a smart idea and that sweater is amazing!

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