Is amla still working for you?

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I have never done an amla treatment but it is one of ybe ingredients in an ayurvedic mist from Lace Naturals that I use to moisturize my hair and my hair loves this stuff.
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Still love Amla. Both henna & Amla have a place in my regimen.
-Henna is more labor intensive. Amla can be used immediately after being mixed with all of it's good benefits. I usually leave henna on for longer lengths of time. I use Amla more if Im strapped for time.
-Amla doesn't change hair color, just makes hair darker, shiny more rich looking. Henna is good for coloring my grays.
-I get good frizz control & manageability from using both.
HTH.
Hm – I forgot that I mixed my leftover amla powder into the coconut oil I use for overnight oil treatments. Just did one last night, so I'll report on whether the results are any different from when i use my non-amla oil blend (Oyin Handmade Afterbath Oil - which also has coconut oil in it).
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

Ricotdorothy, I forgot to thank for the bump! So … thanks

Sistapopdemcurl, sounds like you've really made amla work for you. About how long have you been using it?

Poema, I think we “talked” about henna on another thread recently. It's great that it works for you so well and doesn't relax your curl I had one bad experience with it (a migraine was made worse lol), but am still considering matching it with the amla and some indigo. Not quite sure what I want to do anymore Yeah, I hear the amla is really gritty and hard to rinse out – looks like some ppl on that old amla thread tried to remedy that problem by mixing it with coconut milk (have you?). For some it worked, for others it didn't (I think?).

MrsComboCurlz, a question about the online shop: Do you know if their ingredients are strictly organic? I keep reading that ingredients like henna and amla need to have no other additives or you can't go back to using commercial dyes (without ruining your hair). TIA
Originally Posted by Korkscrew


Your welcome .

I personally don't want to deal with the mess of applying pastes though. That's why for henna I just purchase a conditioner gloss of the stuff. Ive seen glowing reviews for amla and I suspect the only reason it doesn't become a long term commitment for some people is because of the time consuming and messy nature of applying ayurvedic pastes. I find very good results purchasing conditioners that already contain ayurvedic herbs like amla and brahmi.

SL
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WL

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Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?
Wow! I'm really grateful to you gals for all the info/feedback/updates about the amla and other stuff Your experience and advice comes at a perfect time ... it helped me to finally make my decision to take the henna/amla/indigo plunge! I'm fixing to order some things from mehandi.com tomorrow

I plan to post the results. Please wish me luck!

(PS I still have some q.s and comments for the last few posters above - will post those tonight.)
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Poema, I'll be sure and keep the amla on for a much shorter time than the henna then. Will check w/the folks at mehandi – will ask them if 30 min.s is about right. Cranberry smell! Sounds tolerable LOL I'm really trying to be more open-minded about the smell of henna. When I have migraines just about any strong smell gets to me. So who knows? Maybe I'll feel differently about it this time I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your coconut oil – amla mix.

NoodleNaps, thanks for the update! It's encouraging to hear amla is something that seems to have worked for you long term, even though you had to cut back for a while. Now that you're back “on it” (alongside the henna), hopefully your knots and splits will improve … Btw, what color is your post-henna hair right now (how dark or light)? Are you happy with your color?

Adthomas, great ingredients in the ayurvedic mist. It's so cool that you've found an all-natural product that packs such a punch (I'm still looking, though KCCC is part of my regimen already). Speaking of the ingredients in the mist: I recall reading some good things about bhringraj on that old amla super-thread.

Truqueen, so excited to hear from yet another person still loving amla! Has the amla darkened your hair over time a little – like, made your henna red less bright/light? (Like you, I plan on using it to cover gray). Glad you're having so much success from the henna a amla together. Thanks for your help

ricotdorothy, the gloss sounds like a smart compromise. I'll have to look into that further. I'm a little control freaky cause I'm trying to get a certain color w/the henna, and maintain a color that's neither too dark or too clown red. Am afraid the glosses will be less predictable than pre-measured pure henna. Did you do the paste initially and then switch to glossing? Cause I'm afraid I could get sick of the paste too (soon or eventually). Thanks.

Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?
Originally Posted by SSNerd
Would love to hear answers to this too.
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Update: Am (sort of) patiently waiting on my powders

Meanwhile, I went to a local beauty supply joint to buy some black gloves and other odds and ends ... Two sales people tried talking me down from using henna. One eye-balled a few of my gray hairs - my semi-color is wearing off - and said henna won't cover gray.

Both said it causes build-up on the hair (And?). Plus, they were (of course) trying to pedal the same "gentle" semi-perm. formulas w/peroxide that recently jeopardized my curls. Well, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. They're biased and trying to earn a living

Can't wait for my stash to arrive
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I just noticed that amla powder is in SS deeply decadent dt. Not sure if that makes the difference but that is my one HG product since I think it actually improves the physical condition of my hair.
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High Density, High Porosity, Medium Texture, 3B with some kink

DT: SS DDMT - HG
Lo-Poo: No Preference
Co-wash: CJ Smoothing Conditioner
RO: CJ Strengthening Conditioner - HG
LI: CK Satin Roots
Styler: CK Coil Jam
Other Likes: Castor Oil; CK Twist Whip, MD CSC
Dislikes: Wheat Protein; Aloe LIs or Stylers

Poema, I'll be sure and keep the amla on for a much shorter time than the henna then. Will check w/the folks at mehandi – will ask them if 30 min.s is about right. Cranberry smell! Sounds tolerable LOL I'm really trying to be more open-minded about the smell of henna. When I have migraines just about any strong smell gets to me. So who knows? Maybe I'll feel differently about it this time I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your coconut oil – amla mix.

NoodleNaps, thanks for the update! It's encouraging to hear amla is something that seems to have worked for you long term, even though you had to cut back for a while. Now that you're back “on it” (alongside the henna), hopefully your knots and splits will improve … Btw, what color is your post-henna hair right now (how dark or light)? Are you happy with your color?

Adthomas, great ingredients in the ayurvedic mist. It's so cool that you've found an all-natural product that packs such a punch (I'm still looking, though KCCC is part of my regimen already). Speaking of the ingredients in the mist: I recall reading some good things about bhringraj on that old amla super-thread.

Truqueen, so excited to hear from yet another person still loving amla! Has the amla darkened your hair over time a little – like, made your henna red less bright/light? (Like you, I plan on using it to cover gray). Glad you're having so much success from the henna a amla together. Thanks for your help

ricotdorothy, the gloss sounds like a smart compromise. I'll have to look into that further. I'm a little control freaky cause I'm trying to get a certain color w/the henna, and maintain a color that's neither too dark or too clown red. Am afraid the glosses will be less predictable than pre-measured pure henna. Did you do the paste initially and then switch to glossing? Cause I'm afraid I could get sick of the paste too (soon or eventually). Thanks.

Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?
Originally Posted by SSNerd
Would love to hear answers to this too.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I've actually never tried a full on henna treatment mostly because I don't want to change my hair color I just want the strengthening and conditioning benefits. I noticed my finer baby hairs took color quickly and if I had stuck to it I probably would have ended up with deep red highlights in my hair. My hair was also generally shinier and frizz free.

SL
~APL~BSB~BSL~MBL~
WL

You never stop learning...
Update: Am (sort of) patiently waiting on my powders

Meanwhile, I went to a local beauty supply joint to buy some black gloves and other odds and ends ... Two sales people tried talking me down from using henna. One eye-balled a few of my gray hairs - my semi-color is wearing off - and said henna won't cover gray.

Both said it causes build-up on the hair (And?). Plus, they were (of course) trying to pedal the same "gentle" semi-perm. formulas w/peroxide that recently jeopardized my curls. Well, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. They're biased and trying to earn a living

Can't wait for my stash to arrive
Originally Posted by Korkscrew

Reminds of a beauty supply store clerk who told me I would have to straighten my hair first in order to use flexirods. Indoctrination is a beast. She tried to tell me curly wont take a curl.

SL
~APL~BSB~BSL~MBL~
WL

You never stop learning...
I've actually never tried a full on henna treatment mostly because I don't want to change my hair color I just want the strengthening and conditioning benefits. I noticed my finer baby hairs took color quickly and if I had stuck to it I probably would have ended up with deep red highlights in my hair. My hair was also generally shinier and frizz free.
Originally Posted by ricotdorothy
LOL I take it you aren't all about the red highlights then. In addition to the benefits you mentioned from henna, would you say it's also thickened the appearance of your hair (I love the way your hair looks in your icon btw - full of body)?

Reminds of a beauty supply store clerk who told me I would have to straighten my hair first in order to use flexirods. Indoctrination is a beast. She tried to tell me curly wont take a curl.
Originally Posted by ricotdorothy
Yeah, that's just awful. Maybe if cosmetology schools began including pro-curly hair modules/techniques, instead of just directing everyone to thermally and chemically relax curly hair on sight (what an insult), beauticians and clerks might get beyond all these silly notions and actually SERVE their curly clientele and even make themselves more money as a result
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I didn't use the gloss long enough to know for sure. I do have random super thick hair strands on my head and I've been wondering if that is due to the gloss. My hair didn't always seem this thick and I don't know if its generally better hair care or having used henna for a bit. I have repurchased a bottle recently though...So I will be keeping you up to date...
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SL
~APL~BSB~BSL~MBL~
WL

You never stop learning...
Will amla oil have the same effects as the powder?
Will amla oil have the same effects as the powder?
Originally Posted by Luvmycurls3
I'm really not sure, I don't see why not though.

SL
~APL~BSB~BSL~MBL~
WL

You never stop learning...
I didn't use the gloss long enough to know for sure. I do have random super thick hair strands on my head and I've been wondering if that is due to the gloss. My hair didn't always seem this thick and I don't know if its generally better hair care or having used henna for a bit. I have repurchased a bottle recently though...So I will be keeping you up to date...
Originally Posted by ricotdorothy
Interesting ... Yeah, your theory makes sense to me ... that you'd have some strands thicker than others from the gloss (since gloss isn't a concentrated formula so there's no guarantee of even coverage). I'll stay tuned for that update
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Poema, I'll be sure and keep the amla on for a much shorter time than the henna then. Will check w/the folks at mehandi – will ask them if 30 min.s is about right. Cranberry smell! Sounds tolerable LOL I'm really trying to be more open-minded about the smell of henna. When I have migraines just about any strong smell gets to me. So who knows? Maybe I'll feel differently about it this time I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your coconut oil – amla mix.

NoodleNaps, thanks for the update! It's encouraging to hear amla is something that seems to have worked for you long term, even though you had to cut back for a while. Now that you're back “on it” (alongside the henna), hopefully your knots and splits will improve … Btw, what color is your post-henna hair right now (how dark or light)? Are you happy with your color?

Adthomas, great ingredients in the ayurvedic mist. It's so cool that you've found an all-natural product that packs such a punch (I'm still looking, though KCCC is part of my regimen already). Speaking of the ingredients in the mist: I recall reading some good things about bhringraj on that old amla super-thread.

Truqueen, so excited to hear from yet another person still loving amla! Has the amla darkened your hair over time a little – like, made your henna red less bright/light? (Like you, I plan on using it to cover gray). Glad you're having so much success from the henna a amla together. Thanks for your help

ricotdorothy, the gloss sounds like a smart compromise. I'll have to look into that further. I'm a little control freaky cause I'm trying to get a certain color w/the henna, and maintain a color that's neither too dark or too clown red. Am afraid the glosses will be less predictable than pre-measured pure henna. Did you do the paste initially and then switch to glossing? Cause I'm afraid I could get sick of the paste too (soon or eventually). Thanks.

Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?
Originally Posted by SSNerd
Would love to hear answers to this too.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Sorry for late response Korkscrew. Henna makes my gray strands a vibrant red but my naturally dark hair is just shinier. Amla darkens my hair but really doesn't change my gray. I have used a mix with equal parts henna/Amla & my gray strands were a bronzey red color. HTH.
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Hm – I forgot that I mixed my leftover amla powder into the coconut oil I use for overnight oil treatments. Just did one last night, so I'll report on whether the results are any different from when i use my non-amla oil blend (Oyin Handmade Afterbath Oil - which also has coconut oil in it).
Originally Posted by poemaXX
So, I used my amla + coconut oil and I can't really report much difference from using plain coconut oil to pre-poo. :S Sorry I don't have anything more interesting to share!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

Sat in my henna gloss yesterday for about an hour then did a moisturizing deep conditioner with Jessicurl. My hair is stronger and happier. It also has a lot of sheen and was particularly manageable. I will use the conditioner each week so I can give a full review of the effects. So far so good, my hair did seem 'plump' this morning. There has been no change in color.

SL
~APL~BSB~BSL~MBL~
WL

You never stop learning...
Sorry for late response Korkscrew. Henna makes my gray strands a vibrant red but my naturally dark hair is just shinier. Amla darkens my hair but really doesn't change my gray. I have used a mix with equal parts henna/Amla & my gray strands were a bronzey red color. HTH.
Originally Posted by Truqueen01
Oh, hey no problem! I'm responding back to you pretty late too

Thanks so much for letting me know how these powders interact with your hair. I'll probably see what you're talking about once I've completed these multiple strand tests I just set up.

So, I used my amla + coconut oil and I can't really report much difference from using plain coconut oil to pre-poo. :S Sorry I don't have anything more interesting to share!
Originally Posted by poemaXX
I appreciate this info. Am feverishly taking notes from everyone


Sat in my henna gloss yesterday for about an hour then did a moisturizing deep conditioner with Jessicurl. My hair is stronger and happier. It also has a lot of sheen and was particularly manageable. I will use the conditioner each week so I can give a full review of the effects. So far so good, my hair did seem 'plump' this morning. There has been no change in color.
Originally Posted by ricotdorothy
I look forward to your review
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