Experiences with Henna?

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Hennaing tomorrow morning. I will be using my mix that MochaiTai gave me.

I will be mixing this time with raspberry and black cherry tea(its red) and lemon juice, my normal cloves, cin, and ginger for scent. I will also be washing with mango butter soap bar beforehand.

I have to admit, I have been really paying attention to my hair and comparing it from months earlier, and I can say that I can see a change in my hair and I think its somewhat from the henna, maybe it just took me a while to see(I haven't hennaed in a month). My hair is clumping better and this may be to me knowing how to handle it better but it may be somewhat from the henna, and my hair is also detangling with ease. I can detangle my whole head in about 5-8 minutes where before it took forever. So I hope this PP gives me the babydoll effect I have been hoping for.

Update: I just finished mixing it and it was so smooth, like even more than the Jamila and a little got on my hand and it staind it so I know it will be even better after dye release. I have high hopes that maybe Punjabi Prime is the one for me.
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Last edited by mzmillion; 04-20-2009 at 06:10 PM.
Hey y'all

I'm delurking for a sec to tell y'all about my "hennexperiences" so far. I read all 119 pages of this thread and decided to take the plunge. My hair has been shedding a ton and feeling weaker and tangling more despite deep trims & using silicone. Suburbanbushbabe, Mariag002 & Masscurly recommended neem oil which helped with the shedding a lot. Henna was the other thing mentioned so I finally decided to try it. I bought it off of Texas natural supply (kinda like fnwl) It was a good price since I have a lot of hair. I don't know what type it is but it is 100% henna, no added dyes, herbs or other stuff.

I've only done 2 treatments so far. Since I didn't want color I just mixed it with black tea for the anti-shedding effect then I let it sit while I washed & detangled. Before applying I added a couple tbsp of honey and yogurt (the first one) or conditioner (the second one). I applied it with my hands and let it sit on for 1-2 hours. I rinsed FOREVER with a bottle of suave then dc'd for about an hour.

The effects: the shedding has further subsided and my hair felt a lot thicker and stronger. I did get more shine and indoors you can't tell a difference in color but when I look at a strand in the sun I can see it. After the 2nd henna my hair did seem to loosen a bit which is ok because detangling is somewhat easier. I'm planning to do a 3rd this week because I really like how much stronger my hair feels. The only thing that is annoying is the rinsing...plus i think I need to sift my henna but other than that it did what it was supposed to do so I will use it again.

Thanks ladies for sharing your experiences
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Tro, you should buy a henna that is already super sifted, such as Jamila or Punjabi Prime. Try Black cat red cat, they have Jamila on sale(I don't know if its still going on) but lots of people had good results with that.


I just finished washing out my PP and I can definitely tell a difference with this one. It's still no big extraordinary change but just from washing and cowashing in the shower, I can see that my hair layed down better. I also must say this is the smoothest henna I have used yet. I did make it more creamy but it was so good and smooth and easy to apply, even more than Jamila, it was great. I loved it. I do think I will be getting some of this from Catherine again.

I will do another update after I finish DTing and then plop...but so far, so good.
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Mzmillion, glad to see the punjabi worked for you! I know you've been looking for the right one for a while. I may give the jamila a try, it's just that I got 1lb for $9 which beat any price i've seen. So far I've gotten 2 uses from it and and I think i'll be able to get 2-3 more. My hair is to the middle of my back so I didn't want to spend so much and find out that I hated it.
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yea at $9 that is a steal. Its just that I have noticed the difference in using 3 different hennas.

So I finished plopping and I noticed that after I DTed, I could see where I had major curl loosening in the front. It's almost straight. It's softer and shinier. I haven't checked for dye intake but if its none, thats fine. I like the results besides that one loose part but it was a very good henna, pictures should be up tonight.
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After five Cassia treatments I finally to tried Henna. First off I love the color it's auburn in the sun which is cool. I don't really notice a difference in curl so that's a good thing too. But I haven't experienced the great effects (silky soft hair) but since most said they didn't notice this until the third Henna I'm not worried.
After five Cassia treatments I finally to tried Henna. First off I love the color it's auburn in the sun which is cool. I don't really notice a difference in curl so that's a good thing too. But I haven't experienced the great effects (silky soft hair) but since most said they didn't notice this until the third Henna I'm not worried.
Originally Posted by labelfree
yay, i bet the colour is gorge..i didn't expect my hair to suddenly change on the third treatment but it kinda did..it actually felt soft and moisturised after instead of badly needing a DT and feeling almost strawlike..ooo and the breakage
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So last night while looking in the mirror I could tell I had dye intake, my hair looks a dusty color now...even my sister said my hair looks brown. I havent gone outside yet but I will to see the color.
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Because I really can't wait to get that: silky soft baby doll hair, low frizz, and mighty strands, I think I'm going to do another henna/gloss tomorrow night (after dance classes) and let it sit on my hair overnight again. It probably won't be the real henna treatment, more of a gloss like Spiral does with her left over henna. Hopefully I get lots of shine and definition with it. DC for an hr with steamed towel and that's all.

Don't think I'll be doing my 2nd REAL henna treatment until I get the Jamila henna from mehndi. Currently I can't afford it, but BF said he'd get it for me. I figure it'll be a good wait before I even get it, but I'm going to order a handsome amount.
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Soooo, Ive henna'd like 5 times total since december, I want to color my hair though. Im not feelin the red anymore, I want it brown. Sooo, I went to sallys and bought some hair color, the loreal for dark hair and 40 developer. Then I was told because of the henna in my hair....if I put this on my head my hair will burn out???? Is this true?? I bought a boxed color too as a back up. However, Im scared now. I thought it was ok to use chemicals over henna as long as it was BAQ and what I used was Jamilia. It was punjabi prime but the bag it was in said Jamilia. Am I safe to color??? Has anyone else colored over henna???
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Soooo, Ive henna'd like 5 times total since december, I want to color my hair though. Im not feelin the red anymore, I want it brown. Sooo, I went to sallys and bought some hair color, the loreal for dark hair and 40 developer. Then I was told because of the henna in my hair....if I put this on my head my hair will burn out???? Is this true?? I bought a boxed color too as a back up. However, Im scared now. I thought it was ok to use chemicals over henna as long as it was BAQ and what I used was Jamilia. It was punjabi prime but the bag it was in said Jamilia. Am I safe to color??? Has anyone else colored over henna???
Originally Posted by sweetmx85
I'm not too schooled in color and developer, so I'd suggest if you want dark brown, to do a 50/50 mix of henna/indigo - I did it when I got tired of the redish and it turned out very well...
Hi ladies!

I was wondering if I could mix henna with coffee to get a deeper chocolate cherry color? I've henna'd many, many times for the past 7months or so I think and now my once sandy bwn-blk hair is a bright reddish brown color I'd like to tone down a little. I'm afraid to mix henna w/indigo or even alma.

Right now I use Curlynikki's mix of green tea and honey...I'm thinking of using coffee and molassas instead.

yay or nay? any advise would be greatly appreciated
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How long does it take for henna from mehandi.com to ship to Houston? I ordered it Sunday so when is it supposed to come? Maybe I'm just being impatient.
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tweety, i ordered from black cat which is affiliated with menhandi and it took about a week to get it.

tanya, i have read that dark coffee will tone down the henna but give you a coffee smell. I think if you do a henna/indigo mix it will be better, just use a little indigo and you will get brown from what I hear.

sweet, I am almost positive I read at hennaforhair.com that you can dye over henna and vice versa. As long as it BAQ but I don't know about lifting your hair(which can cause breakage if not taken care of). Maybe you should try henna/indigo or a natural semi-perm dye first before you lift your color.
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thanks mzmillion, I guess I could buy some and giving it a test run on hair harvested from my hairbrush...hmmm, I dont know
wow this thread is so long, am gonna read it all today but first I must say that I won't henna again am planning to keep my curls =) which am not even sure my type is but last time I hennaed my hair it just kicked my curls around even though I used amla oil with it. On some spots I have wavy hair and it just loosen my curls in whole, silly henna
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Last edited by 4aspiral; 04-23-2009 at 11:05 AM.
wow this thread is so long, am gonna read it all today but first I must say that I won't henna again am planning to keep my curls =) which am not even sure my type is but last time I hennaed my hair it just kicked my curls around even though I used amla oil with it. On some spots I have wavy hair and it just loosen my curls in whole, silly henna
Originally Posted by SwtSabi
SwtSabi do you still have a relaxer in your hair, meaning transitioning? I ask because I clicked on your blog and the images looked like you were. That maybe why you had such a dramatic effect with henna. I would try to see what happens when your hair is 100% natural if that is the case. Also henna works differently on different ppl. In my experience henna only loosened once and never did again, actually it all went back to it's regular curl pattern after I used Alma. Since then I never had that issue. But some ppl really do straighten out more. I would suggest doing an Alma treatment with Alma powder and I guess staying away from the henna if it really straightens your hair.
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Last edited by 4aspiral; 04-23-2009 at 11:07 AM.
I've only used henna from mehandi.com but was curious about purchasing it from our local Indian grocer after my aesthetician (who is from India) recommended it to me. Well, I finally bought some for like $2.99 for 150g and I it!

The first time I used it, I thought it was a fluke. I used it again and now I know for sure. Heck, I went back after my 2nd time using it and bought 6 pks! The brand was Karishma Herbal Henna. (The only problem I had was that it didn't have an expiration date and the salesperson claimed, "It doesn't expire.") I'm not so sure about that but what I DO know - it went on smoother than either of the hennas I purchased from Catherine (Yemen or Jamila). Rinsing was a breeze!

Oh yes, I had to post on mehandi.com forum because the henna I ordered from there was turning my grays orange! Long story short - it was suggested that I use Indigo, which turned all of the hair I applied it to almost black (something I was trying to avoid). Anyway, that was a few months ago. Well, Karishma turned my new gray a dark red/auburn! I was SO excited.

Anyway, just wanted to share that I'm sold on Karishma until further notice...
Originally Posted by Qurlyqt
NOT a fluke! Karishma is the shiznat!! It's the brand that I use and the only one that I wholeheartedly encourage others to use. Not that other brands of henna are bad, but Karishma is just sooooo good! And the best part is I can get it for $0.99 a pack locally! LOVE IT!!!!!




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Do any of you who are concerned about price of Jamila Henna have a patel brother nearby? Patel brothers sells 100g Jamila for only $1.49 a box in NY, and I know they have them in other states too. I highly recommend getting it there if it's local, because it seems these online prices are out of hand.
Originally Posted by 4aspiral
I agree I don't use Jamila but I found Henna at my local Indian store for $3 compared to $7.50 and it worked pretty good I got color in-take and soft hair (kinda..I'm waiting for my third Henna to judge)

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