Experiences with Henna?

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Ok after a second CW....it's softer and my curls are POPPIN. My hair looks thicker too. I will be applying Henna again this weekend. :-)
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oh great. i just ordered some henna.

i havent been on this site in a long, long time, and the second day i come back, i end up ordering something. lol
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I started henna'ing on the 20th of jan and bc on the 29th of jan....I have henna all together 8 times since the 20th of jan...and only henna 3 times after my bc..I was wondering if the henna is still there after the cut...on my new growth...do I have to start all over again..I have 9 boxes of Jamila Henna left...and was wondering if the first 5 before my cut was wasted?

The picture above is done with Jamila Henna follow with a deep treatment of AubreyOrganics HoneySuckleRose and JessiCurl WDT mix with honey and evoo. I will be doing another henna tonight....
Henna on TWA 1.1.09, 2.03.09,2.04.09 and cassia on 2.2.09.
My hair is soft and moisturized.

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My goal is to henna tonight. Can't wait!

Does any know if grapefruit or other citrus EO's dry the hair? Is it a similar effect to adding lemon to henna?

Thinking I should add a more moisturizing EO...
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Faves & Raves: Oyin Juices & Berries, KBB Deep Condish, JC WDT, CBSS WSHP, KCCC, Henna
Not so Goodies: Proteins & heavy oils...
Current Challenge: kinky & twisted! (ahem, two-strand twisted)
My goal is to henna tonight. Can't wait!

Does any know if grapefruit or other citrus EO's dry the hair? Is it a similar effect to adding lemon to henna?

Thinking I should add a more moisturizing EO...
Originally Posted by Kinks74
No. EO's are not acidic enough to do what lemon juice does. You would have to use so much that it would irritate your scalp and/or blow you out scent-wise.

ACV or tea can be substituted for lemon juice. I have used grapefruit juice as well. EO's are not designed to change the chemical composition of the henna they are helpful in masking the scent of the henna; some people do not care for it.

If you haven't yet, I recommend that you read the ebook, "Henna for Hair How To" by Catherine Cartwright. It is very informative and was a great starting point for me.
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My goal is to henna tonight. Can't wait!

Does any know if grapefruit or other citrus EO's dry the hair? Is it a similar effect to adding lemon to henna?

Thinking I should add a more moisturizing EO...
Originally Posted by Kinks74
No. EO's are not acidic enough to do what lemon juice does. You would have to use so much that it would irritate your scalp and/or blow you out scent-wise.

ACV or tea can be substituted for lemon juice. I have used grapefruit juice as well. EO's are not designed to change the chemical composition of the henna they are helpful in masking the scent of the henna; some people do not care for it.

If you haven't yet, I recommend that you read the ebook, "Henna for Hair How To" by Catherine Cartwright. It is very informative and was a great starting point for me.
Originally Posted by mpgirl
Grazie mpgirl!
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Current Goodies: KBB Hair Mask, KBB Deep Condish, JC WDT, Oyin Juices & Berries, Oyin Shine & Define, Oyin Whipped Pudding
Faves & Raves: Oyin Juices & Berries, KBB Deep Condish, JC WDT, CBSS WSHP, KCCC, Henna
Not so Goodies: Proteins & heavy oils...
Current Challenge: kinky & twisted! (ahem, two-strand twisted)
Sitting here with Henna on my head as I speak. My hair is SO much thicker after ONE treatment...I am curious to see what I get after this one.
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I have finally gotten through all of the posts (104 pages - WOW). I have been doing weekly henna treatments for five weeks, and the results have been GREAT. I noticed a difference as soon as I rinsed my hair from the first treatment. I have to admit, I get lots of compliments on my hair on a daily basis. My husband and son laugh at my henna routine, but they love the results. I use the Jamilla henna from mehandi.com, and I buy in bulk. Tomorrow is henna day. I think I will continue with the weekly treatments for about another month, then I will switch to bi-weekly treatments. I will try to post some pictures over the weekend. Thanks, Nikki, for starting this thread; and thanks to all of the other curlies who have contributed valuable information and advice.
CurlLover, I'd love to see pics of your results! I'm happy you're enjoying your henna experience...you make me want to henna this weekend
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ok i have been reading for hourssssssssssssss took in sooo much info but still finds myself lost maybe becasue i am sleeeppppyyyyy..ok here goes i have hair that NEEDSSSS moisture and thinks that using both the henna and the cassie would be my best bet......my hair type is 4a/b would you or anyone be able to give me direction on how often i should use and can they be used at the same time....i don't live in the US so would ordering these products be a problem....i am really impressed with all the positive results and wants to get in on it....lol...thank you.....
Ok so thanks to CurlyNikki and her blog and her before henna pics and after henna pics...I jumped in, well actually I slid into the henna experience. I cassia/amla'd first and I liked how my curls popped and my hair felt softer. So much so that I wanted the longer lasting effect so for the past 3 weeks I have done 2 cassia/amla treatments and 2 henna/indigo/amla treatments (did 100g of henna/50g indigo/50g of amla) and I am loving the effects of henna. My curls POP, my curl pattern is in fact looser but I like it that way. My curls now snap around my fingers when I have "hand in hair syndrome". It's kinda the effect I would get when I would relax my hair but them would still wear it wet (dangerous huh?! I was naive). It definitely leaves my hair softer and shinier. BUT it did take the 2nd/3rd application to get the "less frizz and softer effect." After only the 1st application and a deep treatment my hair immediately after rinsing felt like a soft, brillo pad type cotton ball *haha*...does that make sense? But luckily I had read all 100 pages of this thread and read some of the forum at hennaforhair.com and knew what to expect. I too used CurlyNikki's recipe with the green tea and honey and immediate application after washing/co-washing hair. I applied it putting down a couple of old towels over my bathroom countertop and floor just for precaution. I left it on for 4 hours and rinsed in my standalone shower. The rinse out was fairly easy.

I would recommend this for those that don't like the splatter and think it will stain...take a Mr. Clean Eraser cleaning pad in the shower with you. It doesn't sud up with chemicals and after you rinse the henna out, you can just soak the cleaning pad with water and rub down your standalone shower or shower walls prior to showering your body.

My hair is naturally black shoulder length hair so there is no difference in hair color, even though I can see a hint of a brown halo. My few strands of gray turned a coppery brownish red or should I say reddish brown *haha*

I am definitely using less product and my hair does dry much faster. I used to have to use the hooded dryer on my twists even after air-drying all night. But not anymore.

I wanted to wait until I did a couple of henna treatments before I start raving about them. I am going to henna once a week throughout February to get the full effects and then I'm going to go to monthly treatments. I ordered the 2008 jamila henna, indigo and amla powder from mehandi.com/hennaforhair.com.

As always, thank you CurlyNikki!!!

I'm in the office now so I will post pics when I get home.

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Last edited by curlykye; 02-11-2009 at 04:16 PM. Reason: Added part about Mr. Clean eraser
Here are the pics of my hair after 2nd henna application (First pic is wet hair, second pic dry hair)


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I've never used Henna in my life and i was going to buy some maybe this weekend. Could someone plz explain to me how to use this stuff. Do you mix and apply it as you would, say, Amla and Shikakai powder?
CurlyChick77 and CurlyNikki, I am still trying to post a picture. The pictures I took were too large to post. I have to find a way to reduce them so that I can include them in my posts. I am not too savvy when it comes to doing stuff like that. I did change my avatar so that you can get an idea of what my hair looks like. The avatar photo does not allow you to see the tint from the henna, but you can see a little of the curl pattern.
I've never used Henna in my life and i was going to buy some maybe this weekend. Could someone plz explain to me how to use this stuff. Do you mix and apply it as you would, say, Amla and Shikakai powder?
Originally Posted by Samielle1

I followed step-by-step routine from CurlyNikki's blog. She has a great video tutorial and other valuable info on Henna.
http://www.curlynikki.com/search/label/Henna

Since a Henna mix can vary from person to person (depends on what mix works for you) you should also check out http://www.mehandi.com/. There is alot of info on this site including a forum. Hope that helps!
-Tai

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