Experiences with Henna?

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MY HENNA JUST CAME IN!!!

I am going to mix it tonight. But first I want some advice.

I'm going to mix with lime juice(concentrated) and I don't have any honey but I have some clear corn syrup and I read of someone using that. Do you think I should give it a try. I'm only doing 100g and I plan on doing one each week for next 3 weeks.

I'm still undecided about the paprika? Should I just wait to do that or give it a mix in? If I find some ginger in cabinet I'll add it.

I'm going to do it tomorrow morning and sit on it for 4 hours atleast...

I'm so excited.

EDIT: After perusing my cabinets, I've found some cloves, ginger, cinammon, paprika, and rosemary, and some camomille tea. So I'm going to mix a couple drops of lime juice with tea steeped with cloves, some dashes of cinnamon and ginger for smell. Maybe paprika on next one. I'm still going to do my post dye release with corn syrup, I couldn't find honey....

Oh and I'll look up things to do with the rosemary.... I can't believe I had all of this in the cabinets, well the ones I checked, I also have some ground pumpkin and other dried leaves. Hmmm maybe i can find a way to make a paste with those later on.

I'm going to mix it tonight and let it sit out in my room until morning.

I don't know if I have any saran wrap, I'm guessing shower caps will do fine.
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Last edited by mzmillion; 03-11-2009 at 06:05 PM.
All the new henna heads are lovely!

lesliedgordon - the color is fab! My hair never comes out that red. What type of henna did you use?

I don't use ACV - too drying and the smell is too much for me. Just hot tea and sometimes honey/molasses and oil to help with dryness. I add that after release as suggested by CN and Spiral-nc.

Thinking about mixing some up tonight!
Originally Posted by Kinks74
I used a brand from the local Indian store. I can't remember the name at work, but I'll look at the box as soon as I get home. I also have the Reshma brand, but I haven't tried that one yet. I'll probably do my second one this weekend. Thanks for the tips!
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So I just finished washing out the henna (jamila) after having it on for about 10 hours. Currently waiting for my hair to dry to see the color more. So far I can see a red burgundy tint in certain lights. Loving it as I wanted it to be a subtle color.

I should also mention that my hair is extremely soft, I had expected it to be sorta dry but it isn't, I'm still going to do a DT later on tonight. The chai tea definitely helped as my hair smells spicy and sweet in addition to a lighter version of the normal earthy smell that henna gives.

For my mum's hair, I'm going to do it in a few hours, can't wait to go mad on her hair, heheh.

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I'm going to do another henna treatment tomorrow. Has anyone had success with just adding water and honey to their henna, or any other simple recipe?

I bought Jojoba oil yesterday. I've never used or even owned an oil before. lol. Should I put a few drops in or would this be pointless?
I just mixed my Henna, I think I made it too thick, its like super thick potatoes and I broke a spoon in it...lol. I boiled the tea and cloves and then I put a little of both cinnamon and ginger in it, I don't think it made a difference. I added the tea when it was room temp and added about a tbp of lime in it. I saved some of the tea just in case for tomorrow when I add the corn syrup. But it's sitting on my dresser,covered up, I put some plastic on it and then the top, I think I had dye release immediately, I don't know... but I'll check back here before I go to bed officially.
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Mzmillion, it's okay if your henna is thick like mashed potatoes when you first mix it. In fact, it's a good thing because the mixture won't be too runny before you add your corn syrup tomorrow. About the ginger, it gets added after dye release. Just add the powder directly to the henna mix before adding your honey or corn syrup.
Good luck, and let us know how the corn syrup works!

eyesthatlie, you will get dye release with plain water, BUT the henna stain will tend to fade. It needs a little acid to bond with hair. You can use herbal tea if you want something gentle.
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oopsie, i added the ginger and cinammon before dye release. also i boiled the cloves with my tea....it has a clove smell to it now... and i added the corn syrup and now its like cake batter. I'm on my way to slap it in my hair, wish me Henna luck...

Update: I don't know if I did it right. First of all, I think my ending consistency was too thick. Before where it was like clay when I first mixed with the acid, and then this morning I added a little more tea, and some corn syrup, it was like really thick cake icing. If I turned the bowl upside down, it would have fell out in a clump, not poured out. When I started putting it in, it more layed on my hair than get mixed in there so thats when I though "probably too thick". Also when I washed out my henna bowl, it wasn't really stained, it had a light shade, but you would have to look really close to see it.

I don't know if I did it right or wrong but this is my first one, so I have two more to do after this one. The smell is like the tea and cloves I think. It's not bad or overwhelming like I thought. And its like drying up really fast, when I was wiping the access away on my forehead, it was like balling up kinda. I don't know... I guess its ok, but if I made it thinner, I think the application would have been smoother with it going through my strands....

4 hours to go. I'm getting back in the bed. It's so thick I don't think I'll have any leakage but I have a towel down. I'll have pictures up on my fotki later when I wash out.
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Last edited by mzmillion; 03-12-2009 at 07:11 AM.
Ok Henna is out. 4.5 hours.

It was very easy to wash out... I just turned my head down in shower and let it run through and then coated it with loads of Suave after twice and cowashed.

I can't really tell a difference, it felt very dry...super dry in fact and thicker. My curls after shower in front seems a little looser but the back seems the same so far. I'm sitting in my DT of Ion Intensive Therapy and LS Aloe Vera chol. mixed and this will probably be on on for next two hours and then will see....
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You didn't do it wrong, MzMillion. Cake batter or thick icing consistency is what you're going for in your final mix. Otherwise, if your henna is too thin/watery, it will start to run as it heats up under the plastic wrap/cap (not fun). It should be easy to apply though. So i it wasn't, I would try adding either more corn syrup next time or switch to honey.


ETA: I think we were posting at the same time LOL. The deep treatment should knock out the dryness. But i it doesn't you may need to rinse more over the next few days to be sure all the henna is out of your hair.
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Last edited by spiral-nc; 03-12-2009 at 12:15 PM.
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Hi all, it seems that the majority of individuals in this henna thread that are discussing their results are curlies and not a lot of kinky 4a's. Are there any 4a's that are trying henna and what are your results?

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So I washed out my DT and it was a little orange so maybe I should have gave the first henna wash more go's but I am wet and in a puff right now because I'm just tired of messing in my hair but it did seems like my hair was more curlier in the back but I don't know if thats from the henna or not....I'll inspect it tomorrow

Oh vickie, I'm a 4a kinky...
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will any herbal tea work?

I purcahsed chamomile (bulk organic). I would like to use it again but the health food store has been out of if for over a week


I did pick up some raspberry while I was there. Are all teas acidic?


Mzmillion, it's okay if your henna is thick like mashed potatoes when you first mix it. In fact, it's a good thing because the mixture won't be too runny before you add your corn syrup tomorrow. About the ginger, it gets added after dye release. Just add the powder directly to the henna mix before adding your honey or corn syrup.
Good luck, and let us know how the corn syrup works!

eyesthatlie, you will get dye release with plain water, BUT the henna stain will tend to fade. It needs a little acid to bond with hair. You can use herbal tea if you want something gentle.
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
Vickie,
I'm a 4a. I describe my hair has frizzy. Last night I just did my 4th henna.

I would say my hair has changed with the henna.
Not really a change from 4a but less frizzy.
I'm also finding my hair responds differently to products than it did before. Some things that did not work AT ALL now give me nice results and products I liked before now do the job with much less product.

I also find I dont need to comb/detangle my hair which leads to frizz when my hair is wet.

My curls are more defined so I'm just finger styling now where before I would have been left with a tangled mess.

hth


Hi all, it seems that the majority of individuals in this henna thread that are discussing their results are curlies and not a lot of kinky 4a's. Are there any 4a's that are trying henna and what are your results?

Interested 4a
Originally Posted by vickiepickles
Hello my henna ladies

I just ordered my FIRST bag of Indigo today! I'm so happy! I should receive it next week and I'll do a before and after comparison.

For those of you that don't know what Indigo is its almost like henna except it makes your hair black. I have to henna and then add indigo for 1 hour.
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My hair does seem a little more easier to detangle and add products so far. No dye intake but I'm going to add the paprika to the next one. Henna pics are up though on my fotki.
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Hi all, it seems that the majority of individuals in this henna thread that are discussing their results are curlies and not a lot of kinky 4a's. Are there any 4a's that are trying henna and what are your results?

Interested 4a
Originally Posted by vickiepickles
A lot of 4a's (like myself) henna. I love it!!!! I experience strengthening of the strands and less shedding. I don't henna for color, so I normally just leave it in for an hour or 2, followed by a DC. My brand of choice is Karishma, which I buy locally for $0.99. I've tried some of the others, including Jamila, but Karishma is the shizzz.
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i'm going to henna tonight. i think...then go to bed.

i'm going to henna tonight. i think...then go to bed.
I think I'm scared to do that. I was going to henna tonight again but that was just too much. I'll do it again in the middle of the week....right now I have a homemade DT on my head instead...so thats enough excitement for me tonight.
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I'm in the 4's and I love henna, too! It helps me to retain moisture, helps with frizz and thickens my thinish hair. Also, I used to have dandruff, but not since I started henna'ing regularly. It is a little work (not so bad once you get the hang of it) but totally worth it!

Hi all, it seems that the majority of individuals in this henna thread that are discussing their results are curlies and not a lot of kinky 4a's. Are there any 4a's that are trying henna and what are your results?

Interested 4a
Originally Posted by vickiepickles
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