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Old 02-12-2009, 10:57 AM   #2081
 
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:25 PM   #2082
 
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Thanks Curlykye!!! Your tip about wiping down the shower is so funny- I have a sponge that sits at the back of my shower, for just that purpose! I thought I was weird, lol! I hate cleaning the shower, and so I do it while I'm in there. Great minds think alike! I'm happy you're liking your results...I almost did my monthly treatment today, but I had a headache. I'll probably do it Saturday night or Sunday.

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Old 02-12-2009, 06:38 PM   #2083
 
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Unh unh honey, I'm trying to get like YOU! Your hair is the truth!!!! But thank you so much for the compliment.

And I still am going to answer the questions for your blog, girl things have been so busy I haven't had time to sit down and think for myself. But I got you!

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ETA: Good Lord! Your hair is gorgeous!!!!!
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:35 AM   #2084
 
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So I finally tried the Jamila Henna....I dont know if it was because it was my thir application...or the brand...but I am in LOVE! My twist out looks 89% better. Henna head for life! Wow...what I have been sleeping on! Thanks again curly Nikki for all your help.
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:41 AM   #2085
 
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thanks curlykye!

CurlyChick77, I'm happy I could help Jamila is the ONLY brand I use. I just re-stocked last week. After the 'festivities' are completed this evening, lol, I plan to load my hair full of the green stuff! I went to your album...I didn't see henna results...maybe I missed them? You have gorgeous hair by the way!
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I didnt take a wet pic but I will next time (next week...snicker) The last pic is a twist out....which is post henna I am about to do a comparison shot and post it here in one second.

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Here is my comparison...first pic was before I tried Henna. I dried my twists in ponytails to prevent allot of shrinkage...second pic I just air dried (I was rushing) and did not use the ponytails. Hair has also been henned 3 times....Hair is fuller, shinier, and much less frizz. I LOVE it. Can't wait for next shipment of Jamila to arrive. I have tried three brands and Jamila is by far the best. I will add wet comparison pics next time I henna. BTW thanks for the compliment CN!

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Old 02-14-2009, 07:16 AM   #2087
 
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NICE! I like the completely shrunken twist-out even better...it's so full, defined, and frizz free! Yay for henna! Your hair is stunning
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Thanks CN...that means a TON coming from you. I can't wait to see what this second day twist out looks like...

Oh and do you all's SO's complain about the smell of Henna? I have grown to LOVE the smell...well he hates it...LOL Told me I smelled like "roots" LOL
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:01 PM   #2089
 
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HI nikki....i started in january 2009 and started from wayyyy back after reading all of that i finanlly ordered my cassia (cassia, alma, shikakai and aritha) lastnight. now i live in the caribbean so i am not even gonna stress on when those stuff are gonna get here. Just want to thank you and everyone else who shared their experiences....As soon as i get them i will share my experience i am thinkin all positive results (oh nikki in your threads you went from being engaged to married...that's how way back i went just to give u an idea of how far back i went....lol)
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lol, girl you did some reading! I can't wait to hear about your results...hopefully your stash will arrive soon! Keep us posted
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:41 AM   #2091
 
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I changed my brand to Yemen, it gives more of the red color I like.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:16 PM   #2092
 
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I picked up Light Mountain Neutral last night and am planning to put it in tonight. I did a swatch anyway because for some reason there list of ingredients also includes Lawsonia Inermis, which I know (am pretty sure) is the coloring henna. Using my swatch I didn't see any dye release nor did I see any color change on the hair I tried so hopefully when I do my whole head tonight I won't be in for any surprises. I'm thinking I'll just order some from Mehandi or Henna Sooq for next time. Ah well, wish me luck (fingers crossed).
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:17 AM   #2093
 
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I have been relaxer free since May '08. Have not done the big chop. Still have relaxed ends. Will it be safe for me to use Jamila? Is this considered BAQ? My natural hair looks really dry and I am trying to get some sheen.

Thanks for all your help.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:47 AM   #2094
 
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I have been relaxer free since May '08. Have not done the big chop. Still have relaxed ends. Will it be safe for me to use Jamila? Is this considered BAQ? My natural hair looks really dry and I am trying to get some sheen.

Thanks for all your help.
You can still use henna on your hair with relaxed ends. It will actually help strengthen your hair.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:48 AM   #2095
 
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I have been relaxer free since May '08. Have not done the big chop. Still have relaxed ends. Will it be safe for me to use Jamila? Is this considered BAQ? My natural hair looks really dry and I am trying to get some sheen.

Thanks for all your help.
You can still use henna on your hair with relaxed ends. It will actually help strengthen your hair.

@CurlyKye: Your hair looks great. Love it.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:59 PM   #2096
 
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Hey Ladies,
I have been relaxer free since May '08. Have not done the big chop. Still have relaxed ends. Will it be safe for me to use Jamila? Is this considered BAQ? My natural hair looks really dry and I am trying to get some sheen.

Thanks for all your help.
You can still use henna on your hair with relaxed ends. It will actually help strengthen your hair.

@CurlyKye: Your hair looks great. Love it.
My relaxed ends could use it. My new growth seems to be healthy and strong but those left overs (LOL) are thining out. My last blow dry (Dec 0, I did cut about 2 inches off. Thank you.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #2097
 
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I just did my first henna treatment over the weekend and I'm really happy with the results. My last relaxer was in May 08 and I'm still working up the nerve to BC (July is my goal).

Immediately after the cw (w/ Hello Hydration), I noticed that my new growth was really soft and springy. Even my relaxed ends felt different. Unfortunately, I don't take many pics but here are a couple after my hair dried (ponytail- twist out).



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Old 02-16-2009, 07:21 PM   #2098
 
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Awwwwwwww....thank you lady! I'm still loving the effects of henna for sure!

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I have been relaxer free since May '08. Have not done the big chop. Still have relaxed ends. Will it be safe for me to use Jamila? Is this considered BAQ? My natural hair looks really dry and I am trying to get some sheen.

Thanks for all your help.
You can still use henna on your hair with relaxed ends. It will actually help strengthen your hair.

@CurlyKye: Your hair looks great. Love it.
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So, I'm not sure if anyone has talked about scenting their henna in the last hundred pages, but I thought I'd post the results of my experiment with spices here just in case.

I don't mind the scent of henna, but my BF absolutely hates it (to each his own..). So after reading about various spices on the Henna For Hair forum, I decided to try using Ginger and Clove to cover the scent. My results were good and bad.

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After dye release, I added
1 tablespoon of ginger
1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (on a whim)
1/2 tablespoon of ground cloves

The ginger immediately absorbed into the henna and seemed to neutralize a good deal of the smell. The pumpkin pie spice did not completely dissolve and the cloves didn't dissolve at all. As I applied the henna, I was kind of put off by the gritty feeling. I'm used to my silky smooth BAQ pudding. However, the henna mix smelled really good - spicy sweet.

THE BAD PART: rinsing was a pain in the butt! The henna was out of my hair way before the spices. I rinsed and rinsed. I even shampooed - still had spice. I finally had to step out of the shower, and go through my hair with a fine tooth comb to get the bits of spice out. And even then - some of it would not all come out. Finally I just rinsed my hair, twisted it up without any product, and went to bed. The next morning when my hair was dry, I guess some of the spice had fallen out. By the time I got home from work, it was all gone. So, it finally worked out okay, but phew! what a pain!

THE GOOD PART: I think the spicy scent made applying the henna even more relaxing and spa-like. The henna smell was undetectable while it was in my hair. And my hair smelled spicy sweet for days afterward.

CONCLUSION: I definitely want to continue to scent my henna, but the rinsing trauma has to go. I don't think the ginger is a problem - it's the ground cloves and pumpkin spice. So, I plan to omit the pumkin spice next time. As for the cloves, I found a post on the HFH forum where someone else had a similar experience. Her solution was to boil the ground cloves, pass the liquid through a coffee filter, and add the liquid to the henna. I going to try a version of this, making a really concentrated clove espresso of sorts, so it won't make my henna to runny. I'll let you guys know how it turns out.
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Okay, ladies. I read this whole thread a few months ago before I decided to try henna (thanks to CN and Spiral)and read something about how to get the henna color out of your fingernails. I use gloves when I apply and rinse. But somehow when I apply my products, it lifts alittle more off of my hair and stains my nails. I don't know how to prevent it (can't wear gloves everytime I style my hair), but I would like to not walk around with orange nails. I get questions galore, and next thing you know, the person has my whole hair-life story. Puhleese, if anyone remembers please tell. TIA!
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