Experiences with Henna?

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I did notice that in the book, Catherine recommends using A LOT more henna than everyone's been using on here, has anyone noticed a difference in varying the amount?
Originally Posted by jeamaria
Jeamaria, I noticed that when I use 100 grams and stretch it, I get less color. Catherine recommends 500 grams for waist length hair, but I cannot fit that much henna on my head LOL. I max out at 250 grams - that thoroughly covers my hair and gives me a lot of color. I think hair thickness may be a factor. Plus the front of my hair is shorter.
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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I read on the hennaforhair forum that some people experience a tingling scalp after using henna. Catherine recommends rinsing the henna out and using a cheap shampoo like suave after. I have trader joe's nourish shampoo. It doesn't have sls. Does it matter what kind of shampoo you use to rinse out cassia or henna?
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
I just received my cassia henna today! hooray! I will probably dye my hair with the other Henna first, then do the weekly henna treatment with this stuff next. I'm dying to use it already. If it wasn't so messy I would've done it by now.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

I just received my cassia henna today! hooray! I will probably dye my hair with the other Henna first, then do the weekly henna treatment with this stuff next. I'm dying to use it already. If it wasn't so messy I would've done it by now.
Originally Posted by mariag002

YAY! I'm excited for you. Yes it is messy, but its definitely worth it


Ajidahk, the last time I henna'ed, I didn't use shampoo at all...just a TON of cheapie conditioner and then a DT. I use Creme of Nature when I do shampoo, because its gentle. I'm not too sure about any particular one you should use after the henna treatment. Since I use gentle shampoos anyother time, I use a gentle one after heannaing too.
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talk about a board blowing up
I've jumped onboard; I placed an order for henna from FNWL, I won't get it until probably the end of next week so that gives me plenty of time to do more reading (you all have been so thorough I don't know what more I could possibly find)
I did read that amla helps to tone down the red color and so I wanted to add that, but they were out of the amla powder. I read too that coffee helps to cut the color a bit, and so I'm thinking about adding several teaspoons of coffee to the mixture. I just don't know if I should add the coffee before or after the dye releases; before somehow makes the most sense to me.
Anyway once the henna comes, and I decide upon my final mixture I'll post for advice.
Again I'd like to thank all of you kind ladies for sharing such wonderful advice.
Dense kinky-curly; healthy and growing strong!
Today, a lady at work that I see very seldom, stopped me to ask about my hair. She said that it looks so full that she thought I started using extensions. I was glowing (on the inside and out) and went on to tell her about the wonders of henna. She's from the Dominican Republic and gets a blow-out every other week and it has reaked havoc on her hair. She is going to start hennaing right away and began reading hennaforhair.com today! She couldn't believe how big my hair had gotten in just a few weeks. I love this stuff
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Great for you, yet I don't know about me lol. I'm not sure if I want much bigger hair than I already have. Anyway, I'm gonna do an aphogee treatment before I do any henna. My hair is shedding so bad its ridiculous. I'm gonna do that then do henna maybe in a couple weeks. Ofcourse I will start a thread for the Aphogee treatment, but most of you shouldn't need it unless you want to use it for precautionary measures. Hopefully I'll be getting my GNCNourish soon too. I can't wait to have awesomely long full curls. lol.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
Staples
Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
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"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn
She said that it looks so full that she thought I started using extensions.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
That's an awesome compliment!
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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Yeah, I felt really good. I noticed the thickness, but I didn't know if anyone else had. And Heather, you know from past conversations that all I wanted was more volume. I henna...i know I sound like a broken record.
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the color does look really good nikki and the hair does look fluffier. lol. Btw that purple shirt looks nice on you. I love wearing that color it looks so pretty against brown skin.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
Staples
Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
http://public.fotki.com/MsHeatherNicole/

"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn
the color does look really good nikki and the hair does look fluffier. lol. Btw that purple shirt looks nice on you. I love wearing that color it looks so pretty against brown skin.
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
Thanks Heather!
My co-worker said my hair matched my shirt today, lol. I don't think its purple, but some of it is burgundy. The colors range from RED to copper, to burgundy to black/brown.
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Well Ladies,

The verdict is in for me. Cassia is a keeper. I love it! The cassia has made my hair softer. I really haven't noticed a shine per se but maybe a sheen. The only complaint that I have is having to rinse so many times WOW! Even though there appeared to be no particles in the cassia to the naked eye. Well it's in there but there little and it's worth it. Nonetheless , I will try to cassia at least everytwo weeks. It almost makes me want to do the BC! Nah I'm going to wait a couple more months. I know that when I'm ready my hair will be much more healthier from the cassia. Once I finish my light mountain supply I will order bulk.

I'm thinking if the cassia is this good. Maybe I need to henna!

I would like to thank Curlynikki & Spiral-nc for the motivation, and knowledge. I appreciate your help thanks.

God Bless
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YAY! I'm happy you had a great experience. And yes, cassia is great and henna is GREATER! Continue doing the cassia treatments (I did 4) and you'll see that your positive results will become more and more dramatic each time.

keep us posted
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Nikki, I just checked out your album and your hair just looks better and better everytime I see it. Keep up the good work!

I had been trying to wait and try henna, but I am sensing the tension coming. I asked a co-worker about it who is from India and uses henna herself (she has beautiful hair) and she had nothing negative to say, and mind you she's been using it for a long time now. More and more positive reviews!
Yay! I'm glad you like the cassia Uptown Curls! Wait until you try henna - you'll be totally hennaddicted lol!
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

http://public.fotki.com/Spiral

H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
Use only the PURE STUFF
Nikki, I just checked out your album and your hair just looks better and better everytime I see it. Keep up the good work!

I had been trying to wait and try henna, but I am sensing the tension coming. I asked a co-worker about it who is from India and uses henna herself (she has beautiful hair) and she had nothing negative to say, and mind you she's been using it for a long time now. More and more positive reviews!
That's an awesome compliment! Thank you I'm just trying to be like you ma'am: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleurzt...7600439940178/


And Spiral, I love the new term
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CurliNikki,

I can't believe I didn't open your photobucket before! Yor hair has thickened sooooooooooooo much! I'm happy for your hair it looks so healthy& nice. I can't wat for my hair to grow back..

I'm going 2 start hennaing immediately!

Spiral, your hair has gotten sooo long how can you handle that length? lol..
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Thanks Curli! It's so wierd...my wash and go use to shrink to my ears (and I'd combat that with my claw clips), and now it only shrinks to my chin. It also dries much fluffier than it use to; pre-henna, un-fluffed hair looked rather jerricurlish. My curl pattern hasn't loosened, it just seems to be behaving differently. Henna is doing the damn thing and I can't wait to apply it again, lol.
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Ladies! You're killing me!

I started using henna around the same time as spiral-nc. I stopped because my hair was getting ridiculously thick. With the exception of the top-front, my hair was already too thick and dense for my liking.

I recently cut my hair to a TWA (about 3 inches, unstretched) at the beginning of the summer, mainly because I had suffered hairline breakage during my 5 years of braiding. It has finally grown back, but it was noticeably shorter than the rest of my hair.

Now with all of this talk of henna and cassia, I'm going to use my last box of henna, and order some cassia from mehandi.com!
YES WE CAN!

kdcreigh 4a and b (who knows?)

Relegated to occasional lurking in order to keep the PJ in check!


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I've been telling a few of my co-workers about Henna and a few people said that they'd stop by on Monday morning to come see me because they know that I'm going to apply it tomorrow. They said that if it works for them that they'll try it too.

Nikki the Henna Queen! Hooray! LOL
YOU should sell Henna, you're a heck of a sales person LOL

- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

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