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Old 02-13-2011, 05:34 PM   #141
 
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I did my first treatment today! Putting the paste on I was worried that it would dry my hair out but after rinsing it out my hair felt nice. I did a quick DC after just in case but is it necessary to do a DC after these treatments or is better to do with certain herbs? This go round I used amla, brahmi, & bhringraj.
I was considering using that exact same mixture....maybe minus the brahmi since I have the oil which I figure I could just mix in. I read somewhere that the brahmi powder is more of a cleansing herb so I am afraid that it would dry my hair out which I definitely don't need. However, if you didn't notice any dryness then I might try it.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:42 PM   #142
 
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Also, can anyone tell me where to buy hibiscus powder? Ayurnatural Beauty is all out & my local Indian store doesn't carry it.
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Also, can anyone tell me where to buy hibiscus powder? Ayurnatural Beauty is all out & my local Indian store doesn't carry it.
I saw some at Mountain Rose Herbs and From Nature With Love.
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I did a henna gloss this weekend and had GREAT results!

I added about 2 heaping teaspoons of hibicus powder to 32 oz of boiling hot green tea (made with 4 tea bags) and used this to mix my henna for dye release. I mixed 200 g but ended up with about 1/4 left over that I froze for use later. I also added about 2 teaspoons of alma to my henna.

After i let my henna sit for about an hour for dye release, I added some conditioner and applied the henna and let it sit overnight. In the morning I rinsed and DC with a mixure of KBB mask and AO Honeysuckle rose. OMG my hair is SOOOO soft which is a first with a henna treatment. I think the addition of the conditioner to the henna kept it for being too drying to my hair. I'm def going to have to revisit this in the future.
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I did my first treatment today! Putting the paste on I was worried that it would dry my hair out but after rinsing it out my hair felt nice. I did a quick DC after just in case but is it necessary to do a DC after these treatments or is better to do with certain herbs? This go round I used amla, brahmi, & bhringraj.
I was considering using that exact same mixture....maybe minus the brahmi since I have the oil which I figure I could just mix in. I read somewhere that the brahmi powder is more of a cleansing herb so I am afraid that it would dry my hair out which I definitely don't need. However, if you didn't notice any dryness then I might try it.
My hair didn't feel dry at all. I used more amla than brahmi and bhringraj so that may have helped.

Just after this one use I've notice my hair absorbed product differently I didn't have to use much and I have a tendency of being heavy handed when applying stuff.
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Feverishly taking notes.

I'm getting back on the henna wagon cause grey hair at 31 ain't cute....but I can't do the dryness that I expereinced the first time and I'm also interested in trying a few new things.

Psshhhhh. I'm a couple of months away from 35, and while I kinda do miss the henna highlights, I don't mind my greys. I last hennaed about 2 years ago. I'd love to try one of the other ayurvedic treatments for strength/conditioning, though, so I'll watch this thread.
I'm getting VERY confused. Isn't henna an ayurrvedic treatment? I just purchased some uncolored henna with a whole bunch of other herbs like nettle, hibuscus, and horsetail. Can somebody clarify?
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Feverishly taking notes.

I'm getting back on the henna wagon cause grey hair at 31 ain't cute....but I can't do the dryness that I expereinced the first time and I'm also interested in trying a few new things.

Psshhhhh. I'm a couple of months away from 35, and while I kinda do miss the henna highlights, I don't mind my greys. I last hennaed about 2 years ago. I'd love to try one of the other ayurvedic treatments for strength/conditioning, though, so I'll watch this thread.
I'm getting VERY confused. Isn't henna an ayurrvedic treatment? I just purchased some uncolored henna with a whole bunch of other herbs like nettle, hibuscus, and horsetail. Can somebody clarify?
I'll work backwards.

Henna is an ayurvedic herb. Outside of coloring hair and body art, henna has a lot of useful medicinal properties in ayurveda. FYI, here's just one link that discusses henna beyond beauty. Its just talked about as if it was separate from other ayurvedic herbs because other ayurvedic herbs are only fairly recent in their gain of popular general use, where henna has been discussed widely for longer and there's a lot of info out there that discusses henna separately from other ayurvedic herbs for its use in hair coloring and for body art. Henna inevitably makes its way into an ayurvedic herb discussion, but not often does ayurvedic herbs come up in discussing henna. Not always the case, but in general.

There's no need for them to be separate if discussing ayurvedic herbs in general, and you aren't messing up your ayurvedic treatments by using henna. I occasionally use henna and count it amongst my use of ayurvedic herbs. Like I said at first, its an ayurvedic herb. Enjoy!
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Is it possible that ayurvedic treatments reduce the porosity of hair. I have looked around (albeit not hard) but not found anything I trust. I have noticed that my hair is not sucking up water / mositure like it used to before I got really serious about doing ayurvedic treatments regularly. Also, I use yogurt in my treatments - is that little boost of protein possibly the cause? I notice I have taken much longer to use up my homemade spritz of late.

Any info would be appreciated!
I have been looking high and low for the article I came across a while ago that mentioned amla and another herb helping to "balance" hair. It stuck out to me because I have noticed that my troublesome crown hair that I used to talk about is no longer the issue it used to be. Its hard to say that the herbs are the contributing factor because I was changing products to see if that did something as well. EXCEPT for this last treatment when my hair was noticeably different before I used any additional products. So while I want to say yes, its the herbs, I can't conclusively say it. Its probably a few things for me.
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Is it possible that ayurvedic treatments reduce the porosity of hair. I have looked around (albeit not hard) but not found anything I trust. I have noticed that my hair is not sucking up water / mositure like it used to before I got really serious about doing ayurvedic treatments regularly. Also, I use yogurt in my treatments - is that little boost of protein possibly the cause? I notice I have taken much longer to use up my homemade spritz of late.

Any info would be appreciated!
I have been looking high and low for the article I came across a while ago that mentioned amla and another herb helping to "balance" hair. It stuck out to me because I have noticed that my troublesome crown hair that I used to talk about is no longer the issue it used to be. Its hard to say that the herbs are the contributing factor because I was changing products to see if that did something as well. EXCEPT for this last treatment when my hair was noticeably different before I used any additional products. So while I want to say yes, its the herbs, I can't conclusively say it. Its probably a few things for me.
Funny you mention your crown, because that is exactly the area that gave me pause. I used to dang near come to tears trying to detangle it, and now I can do it quickly.

Anyway, if you find the article I know it would be appreciated if you posted a link. I am going to search some more using the term "balance". That might give me more results.

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Is it possible that ayurvedic treatments reduce the porosity of hair. I have looked around (albeit not hard) but not found anything I trust. I have noticed that my hair is not sucking up water / mositure like it used to before I got really serious about doing ayurvedic treatments regularly. Also, I use yogurt in my treatments - is that little boost of protein possibly the cause? I notice I have taken much longer to use up my homemade spritz of late.

Any info would be appreciated!
I have been looking high and low for the article I came across a while ago that mentioned amla and another herb helping to "balance" hair. It stuck out to me because I have noticed that my troublesome crown hair that I used to talk about is no longer the issue it used to be. Its hard to say that the herbs are the contributing factor because I was changing products to see if that did something as well. EXCEPT for this last treatment when my hair was noticeably different before I used any additional products. So while I want to say yes, its the herbs, I can't conclusively say it. Its probably a few things for me.
Funny you mention your crown, because that is exactly the area that gave me pause. I used to dang near come to tears trying to detangle it, and now I can do it quickly.

Anyway, if you find the article I know it would be appreciated if you posted a link. I am going to search some more using the term "balance". That might give me more results.

Thank you!
You're welcome! And I feel your pain on detangling the crown, tears and all. Confession time: I cut a small piece off at one point - THAT'S how bad it had got for me. So I really notice the difference now.

I'll keep looking for the article.
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Not sure if this has been discussed yet.....but which is more effective? I find the powders to be time consuming and messy. The ayurvedic oils are more convenient for me but I want to make sure Im getting somewhat of the same benefit. I use the oils mixed with DC, hot oil treatments, and sealants when I baggy nightly.
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Not sure if this has been discussed yet.....but which is more effective? I find the powders to be time consuming and messy. The ayurvedic oils are more convenient for me but I want to make sure Im getting somewhat of the same benefit. I use the oils mixed with DC, hot oil treatments, and sealants when I baggy nightly.

I so want to know this too. The powders I use are henna and amla and cant imagine adding more powders to the mix...
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While not scientific....

I've noticed that oils used on the scalp provide some benefit, but its gradual 9over a few weeks) and I notice the difference on the "new growth" or as the hair is coming in. With powders it is still gradual but instead of weeks to see a difference as is over a few applications and its a more dramatic effect.
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