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Old 01-11-2009, 11:00 AM   #2021
 
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i just ordered some henna from mehndiskinart. can't wait for it to get here. i've had the color itch for a while, so hopefully this will give me what i'm looking for!

i have dry hair so i'm not going to be using lemon juice. i think i'll go the avc + honey route or yogurt or egg.

i also plan to steam my (naked) hair before hand then apply the henna then hit the sack.

i ordered today, so hopefully i will get my henna by friday so this can be a weekend thang.

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:01 PM   #2022
 
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Yesterday I tried a different henna brand as my usual henna brand was a bit out of way and it was too cold to make the trip. The result is my hair is frizzier then normal. I am not too sad though as I know its temporary and its just this henna brand. So anyways to those having bad results from henna, try switching brands and use a very mild shampoo when cleaning the residue out.
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I'm finally diving in and trying henna that I ordered from bulkherbstore.com Its a price I can afford, so I hope its the 'good' stuff. I got scared after looking at someone's orange roots, so I ordered some indigo from mehindi(sp) Both should be here in a few days and I have a question.

I've got off black (or sandy black) hair with gray hair all around my hairline and a sprinkling of grays throughout. Is there ANY way I can be a redhead without my grays turning orange? (Okay, I know henna won't give me red hair, but YKWIM?) Me thinks an orange frame would be worse than a gray frame around my face.

If I need to do a mix, can someone tell me the ratio?

Sorry if this has already been covered here. I've been reading this great thread for days and stopped at page 74. I'm determined to finish it though - so much great information and so inspiring.




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Old 01-14-2009, 05:34 PM   #2024
 
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I'm finally diving in and trying henna that I ordered from bulkherbstore.com Its a price I can afford, so I hope its the 'good' stuff. I got scared after looking at someone's orange roots, so I ordered some indigo from mehindi(sp) Both should be here in a few days and I have a question.

I've got off black (or sandy black) hair with gray hair all around my hairline and a sprinkling of grays throughout. Is there ANY way I can be a redhead without my grays turning orange? (Okay, I know henna won't give me red hair, but YKWIM?) Me thinks an orange frame would be worse than a gray frame around my face.

If I need to do a mix, can someone tell me the ratio?

Sorry if this has already been covered here. I've been reading this great thread for days and stopped at page 74. I'm determined to finish it though - so much great information and so inspiring.




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Sandy hair will turn bright red with Henna. I have a lot of gray and find that my roots sometimes turn out a little too bright. You can look at the hair samples on hennaforhair.com and find different recipes for coloring gray. I must say trial and error. I do prefer the henna over chemical coloring but its not an exact science as to how the color will turn out each time. My hair has generally gotten so thick with henna weighing it down that my roots do not show at all on a day to day. The opening photo taken in the sun on a beach shows my roots but I'd never wear my hair like that other than while vacationing. Go ahead and try henna and see. I had sandy hair with gray and use 50% henna and 50% indigo with a small amount of Alma (2 tbl. or so) My results are usually (but not always) a rich chestnut with brighter red highlights. Sometimes the roots are somewhat orange and if this happens I just wear my hair mostly out in Nikki's twist and curl or a curly rollerset. These styles show no roots. I don't generally wear wash n gos because my hair is frizzy and not curly. It was a lot curlier before using Henna. To be truthful I'm not always satisfied with my color but find my hair a lot easier to manage at home with the Henna in it since chemical coloring damaged and dried my hair out. Someday soon I'll show my gray. Hope this helps you out. Have fun and let me know if you discover a fantastic recipe for coloring gray!
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #2025
 
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Although I've been somewhat protein sensitive for a while, I think I'm needing some now. I'm planning on doing a GVP Reconstructing treatment but just wonder when in my henna cycle is the best time to do it - just before I henna, soon after I henna or somewhere in between henna treatments.

Any tips or ideas? Does the timing even matter?

Sorry if this has been discussed and I didn't find it in this super-long thread!
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:54 PM   #2026
 
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So I was wondering if anyone has tried Mumtaz-al-Aroosa? Its not bad but it has those green dye particles in it and I don't think it strengthens my hair like the Jamilla does (although it gave a brighter color than Jamilla, I noticed my normal amount of strands coming out from the root with Mumtaz; with Jamilla however, only a few strands came out which must mean that it is a better strengthener) . My dilemma is that the local Indian stores I go to (around 29th street and Lexington in Manhattan) do not have expiration dates on their Jamilla (Mumtaz was the only one with an expiration date). If anyone here lives in the NYC area, can you recommend a store that caries Jamilla (or a comparable brand) with the expiration date on it or in the silver package? I am really trying to avoid the shipping charges if I can help it!!! If not, I may just go ahead and order from Catherine...
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:36 PM   #2027
 
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Default just finished washing the henna out of my hair

i slept with it in overnight and now have a dc in my head.

i'll blog about my overall experience when i'm done.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:49 PM   #2028
 
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Although I've been somewhat protein sensitive for a while, I think I'm needing some now. I'm planning on doing a GVP Reconstructing treatment but just wonder when in my henna cycle is the best time to do it - just before I henna, soon after I henna or somewhere in between henna treatments.

Any tips or ideas? Does the timing even matter?

Sorry if this has been discussed and I didn't find it in this super-long thread!
Auntnett - Here is a link to a Q&A on hennaforhair.com. Might answer your protein treatment question.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:21 PM   #2029
 
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I Henna'd for the fist time this past weekend using Uttam Henna and I love my results! But, I made a mistake afterwards. I used products that I wasn't too happy with and they made my twist out seem like it was in between being shiny and dull.

You can see the results and information on those products on my blog at http://indulgenceiskey.blogspot.com/search/label/Henna

I must say that I will Henna again next month using my staple styling products Elasta QP H-two, Nourishing Hair Butter and Shea Butter.

I want to try the Deva Care One Conditioner. I will be making that purchase soon.

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Old 01-20-2009, 09:22 PM   #2030
 
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Hello,
I gotmy Jamila Henna form Catherine Cartwright Jones today....I mixed it with lemon juice only. So it was 100 grams of henna and lemon juice...let it sit in a warm place..I co-wash/detangle then apply went under a bonnet dryer for 2 hours (its said that the stain will stain faster/and better results with heat) and will sleep with for the remaining hours...I will keep it on my head for aleast 12 hours for best results...then afterwards I will do a moisturizing deep treatment per curlynikki.com advice and I will be using the products she uses but I'm waiting for them to be delivered and I couldn't wait to henna my hair so this TIME around I will use conditioner I have on hand which is the Herbal Essense HH and pantene conditioner and I will go under the dryer for 1hr and I will update when I'm done... So far so good....I think I will enjoy this...I will henna'ed my hair every 3 days for the first 2 months then go from there. Its said on hennaforhair.com that you can henna anytime, any amount that henna is good for the hair. You can do it as many times as you want...so since curlynikki.com had recommand some good moisturizing products (she has a moisturizing routine that maintain and added length and thickness and she has a healthy head of hair) I will use the same products and henna every 3 days...that will make my hair IMHO thick strong healthy and very moisturize by using the right products...I will do this same routine and let you all know how it turns out and show pics...also the jamlia henna from hennaforhair.com (Catherine Cartwright-Jones)is worth it...I will not be buying henna anywhere else but there. 100% PURE Henna! BAQ Jamila.They also have a sale for Jamila Henna 2006-2007 crop (think) $25 for a kilo. That's a 1000 grams. well anyway..I will post back about my results....



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Old 01-21-2009, 08:45 AM   #2031
 
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Nikki,thank you thank you thank you
for your advice about henna! You are soooo right...and you know what your talking about.
I did my FIRST HENNA (and I didn't have to put newspaper down(wink) and it came out GREAT! My hair wasn't dry like I thought it might of been..maybe cause I did a moisturizing deep treatment before I did the henna but it came out GREAT! When I went outside my 11yr old daughter saw the color..she liked it and want her hair henna'ed but anyways..yes my first treatment and I already see the difference and COLOR. Here's what I did.....
I use Jamila from (hennaforhair.com)GOOD STUFF) and lemon juice(THAT'S ALL)LEMON JUICE DID NOT DRY MY HAIR OUT.) let it sit in a warm place...I notice the dye started to release it turn my finger orange...it wasn't even sitting that long...so

I did a moisturizing deep treatment with Herbal Essence HH and olive oil went under for 1 hour (I'm still waiting for my products that curlynikki.com uses, so I use what was on hand due to I was soo excited to try henna) Rinse apply henna all over..put two caps on...went under hair bonnet for 2 hrs went to bed....rinse (it was easy) co-wash with HH ....I mix together 4 conditioners with olive oil..to do my deep treatment..stay under for an 1 hour rinse and put some more conditoner in Herbal Essences totally twisted and seal with evoo.
The conditioners I mix together with evoo was Pantene Pro v Intensive Moisturizing and Nourishing Nourrir mask and Herbal essences totally twisted and hello hydration sat under the bonnet for an hour.

My hair came out great..!! sINCE i GOT SOME GOOD MOISTURIZING CONDITONERs from curlynikki.com I will be doing my HennaMeSpa on Sun/Tues/Thurs/Sat following a moisturzing deep treatment afterwards and using nikki's famous moisture balance hair sealing. I will be using the moisturizing products she uses...I am now official Henna Head....I will make sure I find me some ME time to do my HenaMeSpa..it is so worth it I will not give it up... I will have pics in my fotiki album...Have A Good Day

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:01 AM   #2032
 
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So I still haven't taken the plunge in the henna river, but I did try cassia this weekend. It went well. I mixed it with brahmi and amla, so I have this rich, chestnut color which I love. My question is this: I want to try henna for the conditioning and strengthening properties, but I don't want the color. I know that I should avoid anything that makes the dye release, like AVC, or lemon juice. So what should I use in my mix to get the best results? Do I have to let it sit since I don't want the color and also how long should I leave it on my hair?
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Nappturall, welcome to the henna cult!!! I'm about a month over due for my henna treatment...the longest I've gone since I first started. And, I can most certainly tell- my volume is lacking a bit. I'll probably do a treatment tomorrow night. I'm happy that you're enjoying the benefits...I'd love to hear about your results once you've done about 3-4 treatments. Take care and keep reading curlynikki.com!!!

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:53 PM   #2034
 
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It's henna day!! It's henna day!!!! Hip Hop HOORAY!!!


So yes... I am sitting here with my henna heavy head and I figured I would give an update in how henna has affected my hair. I straightened my hair this week for the first time in like 6 months and I must say that I give henna most of the credit for my hair's condition. The last time I straightened my hair was very limp and seemed pretty dull after day 2 of being straight. This time around after semi regular henna treatments and other moisturizing care I have to say that my hair APPEARS so much thicker and is obviously a lot more healthy. My hair has a wonderful shine and as if all those things weren't enough I love Love LOVE the color! It looks so rich. I am a henna believer and I might be closer to a henna JUNKIE! lol

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Old 01-23-2009, 04:04 PM   #2035
 
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Friday is my henna day too.

Question: Does anyone's hair dry up much faster (but in a good way) because of hennaing especially right after and a few days after?
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Friday is my henna day too.

Question: Does anyone's hair dry up much faster (but in a good way) because of hennaing especially right after and a few days after?
I have noticed this as well. I like to air dry my hair in big twists and it seems that after a henna or cassia treatment, my hair is dry hours before it would be normally. Hmmmm.... I like.

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Did my first henna/indigo last week. Actually I did it twice. First time I used 50/50 henna indigo and used green tea as the liquid. The gray was a bit more orangy than I like, but not so bad that I couldn't live with it.

Two days later the amla came in and I did the same 50/50, but used water instead of tea, added a bit of ACV and 2 tablespoons of amla. I'm not sure why, but the gray is toned down to a deeper chestnut red color. Anyone know why?

Anyhoo, I'm loving being a henna head. Thanks guys.

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Two days later the amla came in and I did the same 50/50, but used water instead of tea, added a bit of ACV and 2 tablespoons of amla. I'm not sure why, but the gray is toned down to a deeper chestnut red color. Anyone know why?
Henna gradually darkens after the initial application and Amla is an aid used to soften and highlight dark curly hair.
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Friday is my henna day too.

Question: Does anyone's hair dry up much faster (but in a good way) because of hennaing especially right after and a few days after?
I have noticed this as well. I like to air dry my hair in big twists and it seems that after a henna or cassia treatment, my hair is dry hours before it would be normally. Hmmmm.... I like.


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Yes, I have noticed this too.
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My dd and I did our third Henna treatment Saturday night. After rinsing & DC'ing, I used Jane Carter products instead of my usual Nature's Gate & Shea butter. My hair was like straw with a gallon of oil poured on top by this morning (Sunday) morning.

After reading all the ingredients in the JC conditioner & the JC leave-in, I think I suffered a protein overload by topping my freshly henna'dd hair with glycerin and protein that allowed this dry Minnesota air to suck any remaining moisture right on out of my hair. I had to search for a shampoo bar to wash that stuff out of my strands, DC'd again this morning for an hour, and am dc'ing now. I hope by Tuesday my tresses return to normal.

I know now to always dc with AOHSR, use my NG Daily Nourish or Herbal condish as a LI, and to seal with my shea butter hair blend after I henna. Period.

Here's looking forward to a smoother post-henna Friday this week.
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