Experiences with Henna?

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Spiral, your hair has gotten sooo long how can you handle that length? lol..
Originally Posted by curli
It's actually pretty easy to deal with because of shrinkage. When wet, it only hangs to bra strap because it's still curly. So it seems like I'm dealing with less hair. And I actually find detangling and styling easier than when it was shorter, for some reason.
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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

Originally Posted by mariag002
Thanks Spiral! I owe this new found hair health to you Maybe I will reach my length goal (BSL) by my '08 wedding afterall.

And Mariag, I know! Catherine should be cuttin' me a check. Have fun tomorrow!
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Aww, shucks.

Offtopic - Nikki, what did you get from Sista's Place? I plan on getting 16 oz sizes of my BB basics as soon as I can
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Originally Posted by shonee
Personally, I wouldn't use it. Here are some links to threads about Rainbow henna:
http://www.hennaforhair.com/forum/in...HPWS_MAN_ITEMS[]=2131

http://www.hennaforhair.com/forum/in...HPWS_MAN_ITEMS[]=2774

The second thread is kind of long, but informative. It looks like the ingredients for some of the rainbow hennas are dubious. Real henna is red, and yet they offer a "rainbow" of colors. Also, they say that the product coats the hair shaft. Real henna doesn't do that - but compound henna (bad, chemically enhanced henna) does.

I would advise either ordering online or going to a local Indian grocery store, and asking one of the ladies if they use henna and which brand they use. They usually carry henna from India. Even then you have to be careful, which is why I suggest asking for the brand that they use on their own hair. And when they hand you a box, make sure it's not dusty and old. The powder itself should be green and smell like fresh-cut grass.

I order from www.mehandi.com. Others here get henna from www.fromnaturewithlove.com
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Aww, shucks.

Offtopic - Nikki, what did you get from Sista's Place? I plan on getting 16 oz sizes of my BB basics as soon as I can
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
Oh Lord...my PJ is showing

So, you may or may not know, but I started a 'no new products or routine' for 3 months challenge on the 4a board. Well, I broke the cardinal rule and impulsively bought Curls Whipped Creme, along with my regular BB Curly Frizz Pudding and Quenching Conditioner (I still have more than half of my HNS left). I didn't go there intending to buy a Curls product....it just sort of happened

Well, the newest pics in my album show my hair after co-washing w/ Suave Naturals and BB Curl Quenching and styling with BB Curly Frizz Pudding and Curls Whipped creme. I hated the way it felt going on...it was rough and very unlike my HG Happy Nappy Styles. But, the results were pretty good and not all that different from HNS. I used my HNS yesterday evening, but I think I'll try Curls again tonight, to see what the results will be.

I know you didn't ask for all of that...but there ya go
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I immediately noticed with Cassia that I have better control of my hair so I can't wait to see what Hena brings.. I'm going to Whole Foods right after work..
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Do any of you ladies know of any concerns with using henna or cassia while pregnant? Although it is a natural dye, I am still a little conscious of any possible reaction on the baby. I did quite a few internet searches and did not come across anything negative, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
Fluertzy,

You're preggers?!

I've seen that topic mentioned several times on hennaforhair.com and they say that its 'all natural' and therefore has no effect on the unborn child. You could always email Catherine directly...
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Thank you Nikki and yes I am. A curly addition to the family I am in my second trimester, so it is safer now to experiment I suppose. I'll visit the site and see what advices they offer. Thanks again!
Congrats on future Bundle-of-Joy Fleurtzy! I also recall seeing topics about pregnancy and henna on the forum.
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Thank you Nikki and yes I am. A curly addition to the family I am in my second trimester, so it is safer now to experiment I suppose. I'll visit the site and see what advices they offer. Thanks again!
Originally Posted by Fleurzty
Congrats!! How exciting Do you know the sex yet?!
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Thank you both! We're having a boy! Terribly excited and anxious, at least to see who he looks like. For some reason, I always expected a girl first, so I am just learning about little boys and what it means to parent one. I'm sure it's not that much different, probably just my own preconceived notions/stereotypes of having a boy vs. having a girl.
Thank you both! We're having a boy! Terribly excited and anxious, at least to see who he looks like. For some reason, I always expected a girl first, so I am just learning about little boys and what it means to parent one. I'm sure it's not that much different, probably just my own preconceived notions/stereotypes of having a boy vs. having a girl.
Originally Posted by Fleurzty
I'm sure your SO is soooo excited about a boy
Seeing as how its perceived to be harder to raise girls (I wouldn't have wanted to raise me, lol), I think I'd love to have boys. I'm so excited for you and I wish you the best!
My co-worker and friend is pregnant with her first and she won't find out the sex until next week. Her last name is Capps, so we've been coming up with cool names:

Hubb Capps
Bottle Capps
Knee Capps
Ice Capps
ALL CAPPS (my personal fav)

LOL, let me know if you want help with names
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And Mariag, I know! Catherine should be cuttin' me a check. Have fun tomorrow!
Originally Posted by curlynikki
i know right. i ordered some last nite after following this thread from it's inception. i bought the rainbow brand neutral henna at first, and now i want to try the real thing. i also ordered alma and indigo from catherine as well. i'm not sure about my highlights turning red. i would actally like them to darken them since it's fall. will i get the same conditioning effects of henna if i add indigo? catherine said w/o indigo my highlights would turn a natural red color. i guess i can decide when i actually get it.
I'm going to Mexico until this bills business blows over.

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And Mariag, I know! Catherine should be cuttin' me a check. Have fun tomorrow!
Originally Posted by curlynikki
i know right. i ordered some last nite after following this thread from it's inception. i bought the rainbow brand neutral henna at first, and now i want to try the real thing. i also ordered alma and indigo from catherine as well. i'm not sure about my highlights turning red. i would actally like them to darken them since it's fall. will i get the same conditioning effects of henna if i add indigo? catherine said w/o indigo my highlights would turn a natural red color. i guess i can decide when i actually get it.
Originally Posted by ItsiRC

I don't know much about Indigo. I'm doing my girlfriend's hair tomorrow and she doesn't want the red highlights. But, since her hair is all black, and all I have is henna, she's willing to do a henna treatment tomorrow, and a henna/indigo treatment next time. I love looking at the pics of the different mixes on hennaforhair.com. I like the red, which is why I never looked into the indigo that much...but obviously, its a hot topic over a hfh.com.

Off topic, but I see the password to your fotki is Master Shake, lol. I'm assuming that you like Aqua Teen Hunger Force too I love that show! My SO bought me the collection for my b-day.
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My ex bought me that for valentine's day! lol. Man we've got too much in friggin common over here in the 4a forum. Off topic completely, but have ya'll noticed that?

Okay okay, so I've been doing some investigating and i've decided when I buy my henna it's gonna come from FNWL. I read about it over at LHCF and alot of the people have used both the henna from mehandi and FNWL and not noticed a substantial difference. I bet the dye content is way higher from Catherine's but since I'm not trying to really dye my hair I don't mind. It all comes down to the fundage lol.

I'm going home wednesday for my fall break which is when I'll probably be buying my arsenal of new hair care.

1. GNC Nourish-hair
2. Omega 3 supplements
2. A new denman (I left mine at my dad's house and my stepmom's probably cursed it...won't be using that one again)
3. APHOGEE
4. Fantasia IC gel. (Decided to stick with this, can't use ecostyler since it's a protein gel and I won't be using anything protein laden since I'll be doing the Aphogee treatments and henna).
5. Some banana clips
6. Maybe some magnetic rollers (for when I do my blowout)

Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I'm only bunning my hair now...I pick in it too much so I've decided to implement some self discipline/ punishment. lol. And another thing AO HR is my sh*t now. If you haven't tried it, try it. It's the truth. lol.

One more thing CONGRATS FLEURTZY ON YOUR BABY!!!
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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Something you all might want to try for rinsing, which I learned when I was hennaing a lot: get a bucket and fill it up with water and immerse your hair it, swishing it around. This will get the henna out more easily, and with less agitation to the cuticle.

You might need to empty and refill the bucket a few times. It's also easier this way to see when it's all out, because it's very easy to see if the water is clear or not.

Happy hennaing/cassiaing!
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Do any of you ladies know of any concerns with using henna or cassia while pregnant?
Originally Posted by Fleurzty
You should research it on hennaforhair.com and maybe elsewhere for your own peace of mind, but I thought you might be interested to learn that there is actually a tradition of doing mehndi [body art henna] on pregnant bellies.

Here are some patterns from Catherine herself.
Wild~hair, you've been hennaing for a while right? Have you made glosses? I have been trying to find the perfect gloss mix:

I tried henna + VO5 - came out like curdled milk.
Henna + honey - was nice, but would like to find something els.
Henna + flaxseed - nice, too watery, may try again using more henna
Henna + coconut milk - smooth mixture, but not very moisturizing.

I'm thinking maybe Suave might not curdle? I haven't tried pectin yet, either.

I'd appreciate any insights you might have.
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