Experiences with Henna?

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Ladies... I hit the Henna/Cassia Motherload last night!!

Last night I was in Brooklyn on Flatbush & Atlantic Avenue & I wanted some tea so I wandered onto Atlantic on Muslim Rowe & asked for the tea & just out of curiosity I asked if they had Henna. (I don't know how I forgot about this area) The man took me to the back of the store where they had Henna by the pound!!! I was like .. They have all kinds, including Jamila Henna.. 500 grams of that good ish for 2 frickin 99.. So you know I had to rack up.. You would've thought I was buying drugs.. I was like lemme get 500 grams of that good Henna lol.. They also have liquid henna for body art. Theres like five to six stores on Muslim Rowe that sell Henna. I'm going to investigate further when I go back on Sunday.

I mixed up last night & left it in a cool/dry place & will put in my hair when I get home & leave it in when I do my Saturday cleaning.. Will post results..
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Damn you! I mean Wow that's awesome! lol. This is exactly why it sucks not only living in Georgia, but a place other than Atlanta. There's absolutely no ethnic stores. I'm gonna start asking some of the Muslim population maybe they know.

Congrats on your big score though, that's definitely what's up. I might order from that mehndiskinart place nikki posted. Someone else on lhcf bought jamila at a wholesale rate from them and got like over 10 boxes for 75 bucks.
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Okay Ladies,
I now have the Cassia bug. I am definitely going to try Cassia. I would try henna, however I have great volume and amazing shine (since I switched to Giovanni for CO wash and Sheamoisture Sheabutter moisturizer). My hair is a very curly afro when dry (similar to jerricurl). Although I am very happy with my hair routine, I am always open to a better conditioner.

HeatherNicole,
I'm going to do an Aphogee Protein Treatment on my hair in the next two weeks. I will let you know how it goes........
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I should be getting mine sometime before then so I might end up letting you know before you let me know lol. Either way there will be some knowledge being shared. Also, I haven't tried the smooth as silk co. I love 50/50. Does it provide just as much slip? How would you compare the 2?
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
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Curli that's awesome!!!
I live in Boston and I know there are some Indian stores in my area, but I'm kinda scared to just walk in and look foolish LOL I should just do it.

OK ladies so I mixed the henna and FINALLY after a week of anticipation I have baby poop I mean Henna on my hair! I smell like freshly cut grass. Its a little heavy on my head, but I can deal with it. It was kinda relaxing putting this poop-like substance in my hair. I would've asked my daughter to do it, but she's pregnant and said the smell bothered her.

I'm going to leave it on for a few hours. Check my Fotki page late tonight for results!
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
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Curli that's awesome!!!
I live in Boston and I know there are some Indian stores in my area, but I'm kinda scared to just walk in and look foolish LOL I should just do it.
Originally Posted by mariag002
You should just goin & ask.. I bet they have it & its faste than waiting for the mailman...

Can't wait to see your results & what you think of Cassia!!
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Heather:
If you don't mind my asking, what part of Georgia are you in? I used to stay down there for a while & I know you can probably find some good Henna @ the Underground.. You know where people go to get vintage clothing & tattoos. You know where I'm talking about?

Also,there a huge population of Ethopians in Atlanta so im sure if you can't find it @ the Underground, you would definitely find it in an African store down there..

Off topic but how's the weather down there? I miss ATL...
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Wild~hair, you've been hennaing for a while right? Have you made glosses?
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
spiral-nc, actually I used to henna but don't anymore. I did it for about 3 years for 2 of those years it was every 2-3 months.

As for glosses, I believe the most exotic one I came up with was honey and henna, which you ladies have already been dabbling in.

I was always going for the most intense red color I could get, so I didn't want to do anything that would compromise that. The conditioning was secondary, but ultimately it was what kept me doing it for as long as I did.

Now I'm using cassia instead because my hair goes really red and I don't want to be a redhead these days.
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I've been lurking here reading about y'all's experiences with henna and have jumped on the bandwagon. Spiral and Nikki, you guys really should pitch for the company. I was too impatient to wait for a package to arrive, so I went to the local co-op and picked up some Light Mountian. It's on my hair now.
curli,

I live in Athens; I'm getting my MA at UGA. I know there are a ton of Ethiopians here and a couple in my Arabic class so I'm going to ask around Monday. The weather here is really beautiful, but we're experiencing a drought so we could really use the rain.
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I guess I did something wrong. My hair color is a little different (in a good way) but my hair feels the same, looks the same, and it was really hard to get out even though I had my husband help work out most of it first with a bucket of warm water (think sand). I wanted the same results you all had, but I don't think it is worth it to try again.
Sun-Rei, same here. I'm loving the color and glad that I can now dye my hair without hurting my hair. It didn't make my hair feel any different or anything. It was very messy too. I can't imagine doing this more than once a month.

I left it in my hair for 2 1/2 hours. I think that I'll use the Cassia next week and hopefully that will go better.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
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Sun-Rei & mariag002: I'm so disappointed that you all did not get the conditioning benefits. And that it was so difficult to get out of the hair. Do you think it had anything to do with the supplier?

BTW, I think spiral posted earlier in the thread that the first application of cassia might not show immediate benefits; you need to do 2 or 3. . .Not sure if the same goes for henna.
SunRei and Mariage - the benefits are totally related to the quality of the henna, the way you mixed it, and the time you left it in.

Try starting with high quality BAQ henna - The store brand hennas are iffy - you don't know how old they are or if they are really pure. BAQ is finely sifted and easy to rinse out and is fresh.

Make sure you mix it with an acidic liquid and let it sit until the dye releases (9-12 hours usually) - it's the dye that imparts the conditioning in henna.

You should leave the henna in your hair for 4 hours for full dye uptake (less for glosses). And you should keep your head warm (like wrapped in a towel or a hat)
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I got my henna from FNWL and I only left it in for 2 1/2 hours. Last night I had mixed it with lemon juice like the directions said and I left it for at least 10 hrs. That's ok, I'll try again in a few days!
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Yeah, next time try leaving it on for 4 hours. I'm not sure if the FNWL henna is BAQ or where they get it from. Drat! Well, I hope it works out better for you next time.

Wild~hair - thanks for responding. The henna/honey combo is the smoothest gloss I've tried to far. I may give one of the henna/conditioner glosses one more shot.
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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So, I've finally recieved my cassia, Yay! I applied it to my hair today and the results have been pretty good. My hair didn't really get softer because it was soft before, and my hair doesn't seem to be any shinier, but my hair definitely feels stronger. I don't think my hair really thickened and I have more strinkage. I let the mix sit in my hair for about 45 mins to an hour. I also don't think I had enough on--I used 150 grams. My hair was covered, but it wasn't covered as thick as they demonstrated on the website. I'm gonna try it again tomorrow.

I have a question that hasn't really been answered. How many times can you apply a cassia/henna treatment before your hair is over conditioned? For those of you who cassia in between your henna treatment, when do you cassia?
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OK, so I did my Henna last night. It went on smooth, just a little glop on my newspaper covered floor! I left it on for 5 hours. I rinsed early this morning, using Suave Conditioner. I only had to use that about 3 - 4 times. Then I washed as Sprial suggests with a protein free shampoo and I deep conditioned with a moisturising deep conditioner. I can tell the color is in b/c I had several grey strands around the ear and right at the forehead and they are a copper color. Any color is better then grey! I will take a pic later, after church.

Thanks for all of the information.
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Sun-Rei, same here. I'm loving the color and glad that I can now dye my hair without hurting my hair. It didn't make my hair feel any different or anything. It was very messy too. I can't imagine doing this more than once a month.

I left it in my hair for 2 1/2 hours. I think that I'll use the Cassia next week and hopefully that will go better.
Originally Posted by mariag002
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was thinking about trying Cassia too, because although I like the color, I wasn't really looking to color it and though that it wouldn't do much since my hair is so dark naturally. Please let me know how the Cassia works for you.
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Sun-Rei & mariag002: I'm so disappointed that you all did not get the conditioning benefits. And that it was so difficult to get out of the hair. Do you think it had anything to do with the supplier?

BTW, I think spiral posted earlier in the thread that the first application of cassia might not show immediate benefits; you need to do 2 or 3. . .Not sure if the same goes for henna.
Originally Posted by jeamaria
It may have been. I used the Light Mountain kind, but I double-checked the label to make sure nothing else was in the formula.

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