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Hello all. I am pretty new here. I had been lurking for a while, and decided to do a henna treatment on my hair. When I did the treatment I activated the henna with lemon. My hair has not been the same since. It is so dry, and my ends were splitting like crazy. I went to a salon and got my hair flat ironed so that they could trim my ends. I thought that this would help. Now I am realizing that I only added fuel to the fire. I have been using giovanni's deep moisture conditioner as a deep treatment (without heat). Please help! Since March I have had to cut off at least 4-5 inches. I don't want to have to cut more off. Is there anything I can do?

TIA
lemon is very drying to use in henna I would have used green tea instead of lemon, and then a deep conditioner after you rinsed all the henna out of your hair.

I would say you need to give yourself a deep cond. with a little heat

but I think the lemon is what did that damage not the henna.

but my opinion

I have been using henna with green tea and honey for 6 months every 3 weeks now and my hair has only gotten better with each use.

That being said, not every product works for everyone
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Hello all. I am pretty new here. I had been lurking for a while, and decided to do a henna treatment on my hair. When I did the treatment I activated the henna with lemon. My hair has not been the same since. It is so dry, and my ends were splitting like crazy. I went to a salon and got my hair flat ironed so that they could trim my ends. I thought that this would help. Now I am realizing that I only added fuel to the fire. I have been using giovanni's deep moisture conditioner as a deep treatment (without heat). Please help! Since March I have had to cut off at least 4-5 inches. I don't want to have to cut more off. Is there anything I can do?

TIA
Originally Posted by ener
Don't fret, my first henna treatment gave me hard hair as well. You don't need to cut. The best dc that helped when I used lemon juice to activate the henna was lustrasilk shea butter cholesterol mixed with olive and castor oil. I sat under a dryer for 1 hour, rinsed and my last rinse was porosity control. I was good after that.

When I first started henna'ing, I used a whole bottle of lemon juice because I thought this was the only way to release the color. I then, started using about 1/2 tsp or apple cider vinegar.

In the future, you don't have to use an acidic agent to activate the henna. Warm water and time will also release the color.
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Deep conditioning treatments definitely help my hair after I henna. I've been henna'ing for going on 3 years now, and whenever I do a "full" henna (i.e. just henna and lemon juice or henna and tea), my hair feels very dry afterwards. To eliminate the dryness, I use Trader Joe" Nourish Spa with Honey and olive oil, sit under a dryer or wrap a hot towel around my head for about an hour, then rinse with cool water - after this I always notice a major difference. If you try this and it doesn't work right away, wait a day or so and do it again. Soon you will notice that your hair will start to come back.

If you are using products with cones in it, this could also be what is causing your hair to feel dry. You may want to clarify your hair to remove any buildup and then try deep conditioning. The deep conditioner I described above is just one option, many people also love to use Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, I mean there are a lot of good DT options out there - just be wary or adding more protein to your hair. Unfortunately, knowing just how much protein your hair can take is all about trial and error - so I suggest taking it slow.

Also, if you like the color henna gives you, but you want less of the dryness, you can also try a "henna gloss". This is where you add a cheap conditioner like VO5 or Suave to your henna. For a very long time, all I did was henna glosses and I loved them - very conditioning and nice color deposit.

Anyway, hope that helps.
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if you like the color henna gives you, but you want less of the dryness, you can also try a "henna gloss". This is where you add a cheap conditioner like VO5 or Suave to your henna. For a very long time, all I did was henna glosses and I loved them - very conditioning and nice color deposit.


When you say henna gloss, does it add color at all?
which henna would you use and what is the procedure? I've read its also a good DT.
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if you like the color henna gives you, but you want less of the dryness, you can also try a "henna gloss". This is where you add a cheap conditioner like VO5 or Suave to your henna. For a very long time, all I did was henna glosses and I loved them - very conditioning and nice color deposit.


When you say henna gloss, does it add color at all?
which henna would you use and what is the procedure? I've read its also a good DT
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Originally Posted by followmesky
Absolutely, it gives great color. What you do is add the amount of henna you want and then add your conditioner, add as much conditioner you need to make your mixture a yogurty consistency. Personally, I add a little hot water to my mixture too, just to aid in mixing. Unfortunately, I don't measure because I think I've gotten pretty good at eye-balling it. What you need to do if you're looking for color is you need to either let the henna release by letting it sit some place warm for about 8 hours or you can apply it before you go to bed and sleep in it. Either of these techniques work well.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Hello all. I am pretty new here. I had been lurking for a while, and decided to do a henna treatment on my hair. When I did the treatment I activated the henna with lemon. My hair has not been the same since. It is so dry, and my ends were splitting like crazy. I went to a salon and got my hair flat ironed so that they could trim my ends. I thought that this would help. Now I am realizing that I only added fuel to the fire. I have been using giovanni's deep moisture conditioner as a deep treatment (without heat). Please help! Since March I have had to cut off at least 4-5 inches. I don't want to have to cut more off. Is there anything I can do?

TIA
Originally Posted by ener
I didn't get a chance to read everyone's responses but lemon is very drying. I'm not sure how many parts lemon was used, but I use either green tea for dye release, or use amla mixed in with the henna, and just use lukewarm water since amla is acidic enough on its own to help facilitate dye release.

Henna can be VERY drying if you use too much of an acidic liquid for dye release.

You also didn't state what you did after the henna treatment. Did you do a DT after rinsing the henna out? That's an absolute necessary when doing a henna treatment. I generally leave it on overnight so it can penetrate.

Also, getting it straightened w/o actually doing dt's to help remedy the dryness first DEFINITELY exasperated the problem. You called it.

I'd recommed doing weekly dt's, and minimizing manipulation by doing protective styling. Also using moisturizing products(leave ins and creams) will help in improving the moisture balance of your hair.
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henna destroyed my hair too and i didnt use lemon. it just doesnt get along with my hair at all. severe dry hair, loss if curl pattern and breakage galore were my results. you should definitely cut out all your products with protein in them becauset hey really just add fuel to the fire. if the henna dried your hair out, the protein combined with the henna on your hair is going to make it even worse.
i did moisturizing dt's no less than once a week for quite sometime before my hair became healthy again.
Thanks to all who responded. I have been doing search and destroys coupled with conditioning. It seems like it's on its way to recovery. I just need to practice patience. Something I am not really good at ! I won't do the henna again. Probably not ever... My hair seemed so much thicker after the application as well, which was something I did not want. I am not sure I know the difference between a moisturizing conditioner and one that has protein. i am using giovani deep moisture. Should I just trust the name, or are there specific ingredients I should be looking for?

Last edited by ener; 07-05-2009 at 09:57 PM. Reason: to add more, after reading additonal posts
Thanks to all who responded. I have been doing search and destroys coupled with conditioning. It seems like it's on its way to recovery. I just need to practice patience. Something I am not really good at ! I won't do the henna again. Probably not ever... My hair seemed so much thicker after the application as well, which was something I did not want. I am not sure I know the difference between a moisturizing conditioner and one that has protein. i am using giovani deep moisture. Should I just trust the name, or are there specific ingredients I should be looking for?
Originally Posted by ener
If you are using Giovanni's Nutrafixx Deep Conditioner it DEFINITELY has protein in it so I would stay away from it for now. If I'm not mistaken all of their products Soy Protein. I know at least the Tea Tree, Nutrafixx Deep Conditioner, Direct Leave-in and 50:50 Products all have at least Soy Protein. I learned the hard way that I can't handle protein. Which was by using these products. I started using them at the same time I started doing Henna Treatments and experienced dry hair. The dry hair came from the Protein not the Henna as I had done Cassia Treatments in the past without any issues (I wasn't using products with protein). I would continue doing minimum once a week dt's. I did 2-3 a week to get my hair right again. Good luck!
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I've used lemon juice to release my henna...but I only used like a tablespoon of lemon juice to 1cup of water. You only need a little bit of acid to get the dye release.

OP...I'm sorry your hair is rebelling. Instead of cutting more, i would focus on very moisturizing DTs...1-2 a week if your schedule allows....ditch the gel/mouse if you use it (they can be drying) and just overall try and pamper your hair.

Oh...and as for the giovani deep moisture here are the ingredients:Aqua (purified water) with *rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil, *nettle (Uritica dioica) oil, *thyme (Thymus vulagris) oil, birch leaf (Butela alba) oil, *chamomile (Anthemis nobilus flower) oil, *clary (Salvia sclarea), *lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), *coltsfoot leaf (Tussilago farfara), *yarrow (Achillea millefolium) oil, *mallow (Malva sylvestris), *horsetail (Equistetum arvense) oil, *soybean protein (Glycine soja), cetyl alcohol (plant derived), stearalkonium chloride, tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethyglycinate, grapefruit seed (citrus derived).

The item bolded is a protein!


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Henna made my hair dry too. I tried it several weeks ago and I was not pleased with the results. I mixed Evoo with the henna. I had a hard time trying to retain the moisture in my hair. It seemed like the products that I used before the henna was not working.

I did a search on google to see if there was anything that I could do to remove it. I found several sites and a youtube video that suggested mixing equal parts of molasses and baking soda. Another technique is to use mineral oil. I opted for the molasses and baking soda.

Although, the treatment did not remove all of the henna.(I think this because I did not do it immediately.) It did remove some of it. My hair started to respond alot better to the products that I use.

Also, I found some Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm (not sure if it is CG) that my daughter used when she wore her hair relaxed. This stuff is great. My hair is almost back to normal.
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What type of henna did you use? I had a similar sitaution when I used the henna from LUSH. My hair was splitting mid shaft. I never had a problem with the my Africa henna and I was mixing it with lemon juice.
I hennaed my hair not too long ago. I bought mine from www.hennasooq.com. I know that they say to use lemon, but that's waaaay to drying. If you do use henna in the future, use chamomile tea. It conditions a lot more.
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What type of henna did you use? I had a similar sitaution when I used the henna from LUSH. My hair was splitting mid shaft. I never had a problem with the my Africa henna and I was mixing it with lemon juice.
Originally Posted by lteefaw
Not sure what type I used ( I purchased it from a Indian Grocer) However, it was BAQ. I am continuing to do search and destroys because I now have splits galore (splits I thought I had gotten rid of in March)

I have some splits that are midshaft as well. You just chopped them off right?
I've used lemon juice to release my henna...but I only used like a tablespoon of lemon juice to 1cup of water. You only need a little bit of acid to get the dye release.

OP...I'm sorry your hair is rebelling. Instead of cutting more, i would focus on very moisturizing DTs...1-2 a week if your schedule allows....ditch the gel/mouse if you use it (they can be drying) and just overall try and pamper your hair.

Oh...and as for the giovani deep moisture here are the ingredients:Aqua (purified water) with *rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil, *nettle (Uritica dioica) oil, *thyme (Thymus vulagris) oil, birch leaf (Butela alba) oil, *chamomile (Anthemis nobilus flower) oil, *clary (Salvia sclarea), *lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), *coltsfoot leaf (Tussilago farfara), *yarrow (Achillea millefolium) oil, *mallow (Malva sylvestris), *horsetail (Equistetum arvense) oil, *soybean protein (Glycine soja), cetyl alcohol (plant derived), stearalkonium chloride, tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethyglycinate, grapefruit seed (citrus derived).

The item bolded is a protein!


Good luck!
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown

Thanks, does anyone have any suggestions for a moisturizing conditioner that I can purchase tomorrow? Also I am stuck at home right now is there anything I can use from my pantry that can be used as a moisturizer until then.

Thanks
I bought my henna from mehandi.com. Needless to say, not to advertise, but the quality was very good. I did the one where I mixed it with indigo to make my hair dark brown/black. I was really pleased with the results. if you look on their website they have a free downloadable ebook which tells you everything about different things you can mix to achieve different results (as well as some crappy stuff they sell out there). I only left mine on for about 3 hours and it was plenty of time to achieve a great color. Also, where I did mix my henna with lemon juice, I squeezed real lemons and then go the desired consistensy with water and the indigo. does your hair have any left over chemicals in it? when I still had relaxer in my hair years ago and tried to henna, I didn't have a good experience. But now that i'm chem free, it worked great.
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ener, if you live near a Trader Joe's, I've heard their Nourish Spa conditioner is very good. If you're looking for a drugstore brand, Aussie Moist is said to be good.

I've only used henna about five times (I switched from a "house blend" Cassia). I've been doing it weekly to speed up the repair-my-hair-after-years-of-ruthless-damage process. I haven't noticed a tremendous difference in the health of my hair, but since I've made so many changes to my haircare routine(s) in these last few months, I can't tell if the improvements are from the henna or any/all of the other regimen changes I've made.

A question for you other henna users: How many treatments did it take for you to notice a difference in the state of your hair? I should mention that I only leave it on for 2 hours and I mix all kinds of goodies into the mix to inhibit color uptake. Perhaps my results are more modest because I only leave it on for 2hrs?
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I'm a huge fan of henna but if the treatment isn't done properly you can run into an assortment of problems. I've been using henna for six months and here are some of the issues I ran into, why and how I solved them.

1st problem: Dry brittle hair and very little color
Why- I used an "off" brand of henna. Rainbow henna from Whole Foods.
Two other brands that suck in my opinion.
Reshma Henna-decent color but super itchy scalp
Jamila " Superior quality"- Little color and weak condition
Solution- I swear by Jamila "punjabi prime" from Mehindi.com and or Dulhan with a recent date and batch no.

2nd problem: Loss of curl. I experienced this after my first 4 treatments. Mainly in the front of my head where I naturally have a looser curl pattern anyway.
Why: I was doing the treatments too often. I started off henna-ing ONCE a week and the tention I was putting on the front of my head did not make the situation any better.
Solution- I now only Henna once a month with a gloss in between. To help my bring back my lost curl I started to mix Hesh Pharma Amla in with the henna. So my current mixture is 50 grams of henna, 50 grams of amla. My curls are conditioned and consistent all over.

3rd problem- Split ends, Single strand knots, breakage.
These, many naturals experience before they Henna. Poor treatments can make it worse.
Why- Bad choice of acid. I used to use ACV, Orange Juice, coffee. Dry, Dry, Dry and more Dry. They're way too acidic and though I got these recommendations from Indian women you have to remember the sebum from their scalp gets onto their strands effortlessly. Not so with curlies and kinkys.
Solution- keep it mild. I prefer green tea, Amla, or a teaspoon of red wine. I am also extremely generous with oils in my henna. I add plenty of olive oil, Flax seed oil (adds strength and flexiblilty to your curls) and coconut oil is easily absorbed.

4th problem- Hairloss. I've never experienced this infact I'm noticing very little hair in my brush after detangling. Why- Those that have, can probably attribute this to not conditioning properly after a treatment. I notice some mention of Giovanni products. Which as a 3c I find that they just don't condition deep enough. The ingredients always list tons of water, alcohols, proteins and barely any oils.
Solution-I suggest that atleast when you henna to keep your conditioners heavy and rich. Become a mixologist. Mix coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, shea butter or oil in with all natural conditioners and always apply heat. I use a dryer or I put on a plastic cap and sit in the sun for atleast 15 minutes. My favorite conditioners are Deity America Deep Penetrating Conditioner for Damaged Hair (CVS, Beauty Supply Stores usually carry it) Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and blend of coconut milk, avocodo oil, and Burt's Bees more moisture conditioner.

More Tips:
-Moisture is everything with or with out henna. DT once a week.
-Stay clear of cones, parabens, glycols and alcohols. I own Aussie Moist and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration even some Deva Curl products. But I use them sparingly for long lasting styles between Hennas. They're not to be applied everyday. They will dry out your hair.
- Henna is not a quick fix. You don't actually "see" results from henna until the forth treatment and if you were coloring your hair with drugstore haircolors or salon haircolors before, expect the results to take even longer to show up. But the results are amazing. Handling damage takes time and trims.

I hope my lengthy response was helpful to you.
Looks like everyone is giving you great advice. I'm sorry this happened to you.

I just wanted to say that henna makes my already dry hair even dryer. I ditched the lemon juice and only use hot water. I also add some Amla powder and olive oil to my batch. I always have to deep condition like crazy after I henna.

I would say don't henna again until you have fixed the problem. If you ever try an Indian powder again, maybe do a section of hair and see how it reacts.
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