Experiences with Henna?

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I used apple sauce today in my henna mix and it worked out very well. I mixed 3 packs of 35g Jamila with room temperature water and one pack of no sugar added Mott's Applesauce (3.9 oz size). Sugar definitely does wonder for henna because my mix was smoother than it has ever been. After about 90 minutes it left a stain on my hand but I still let it sit overnight.

In the morning the stain on my hand was a rich burgundy color. I applied some coconut oil to my dry twist out (it had been rinsed days before) and then applied the henna with my applicator bottle and left it in for 4 hours. It rinsed really well and I only had to cowash twice to get it all out. I used V05 Strawberries and Cream mixed with EVOO. I think I am going to stick with this mix for awhile.
Originally Posted by vkb247
thanks for sharing this! I would never have thought of using apple sauce/henna together but since I am due for a henna treatment I will give this combo a try.
Question: I wanted to dye my hair jet black and henna, but I like to change up my hair color. I've been reading that its practically impossible to change my hair color once I go jet black with henna. I was wondering what you ladies thought about using a black rinse to darken my hair to jet black and using henna afterwards?
Originally Posted by FieldsOfCotton
I think this is probably the best solution for you. Celophanes or rinses are temporary, they last about 4-5 washes. Once it's washed out then you can henna.
So I have tried one brand, but I see so may different brands when i go to the Indian store i was just wondering what anyone knew about brands.

I have tried Dulhan and i liked the results there. I got in when i was in the DC Metro area last week but here at home in the ATL, i see many other brands but i bought the Jamila brand which it seems some of you ladies really enjoy. There are sooooo many out there though; name some others that you have tried and like please?
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
I'm no expert btu I've tried two or three random brands at the local indian grocer and Jamila. As far as color is concerned all of them pretty much gave me the same stain. I got more burgundy hues when I changed up my mix. I only like the jamila more because it rinses out better. The sift is finer and it gets out faster.
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I read this today and it's a henna weekend.... OOOH I can't wait to try this out.
How long can you store your henna after it's mixed. I have some in the refridgerator left over from a mix i did about two weeks ago. Is that still good?
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
I have left my henna in the fridge for much longer and didn't have a problem using it. Next time freeze it and then just leave it out for a few hours/overnight before using it. You can also fill a dish with hot water and put the frozen container in it to speed up the process.

I've read that freezing henna makes the color more intense and it definitely makes it smoother/gets the lumps out.

thanks for sharing this! I would never have thought of using apple sauce/henna together but since I am due for a henna treatment I will give this combo a try.
Originally Posted by growingitlong
Your welcome! There is a brand of hair products (Scientific Ingredients ?) that lists apple juice as the first ingredient on their products and I have always wondered what it would do for hair. Considering how good acidic things, including apple cider vinegar being such a favorite, are for hair I knew I wanted to try it but I wasn't sure how.

Guano: There is a thread on LHC about using alka seltzer as a rinse. The ingredients in alka seltzer are aspirin, citric acid, and baking soda. The OP added vinegar to lower the ph level. I really want to try this but I don't have alka seltzer or citric acid, but the applesauce has citric acid in it so I am going to try to do a similar mix. I'm excited about it!

Last edited by vkb247; 10-16-2009 at 02:00 PM.
Thanks VKB247.

I wanted to add to those who like the yogurt. I love mixing with yogurt i think it does help alot with the dye, consistency and spreadability.

I also wanted to say for me, i don't think Henna has any real benefits,other than using it to dye my hair black (with Indigo of course). I find better conditioning results with other herbs but for a coloring perspective it si the cornerstone.
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Thanks VKB247.

I wanted to add to those who like the yogurt. I love mixing with yogurt i think it does help alot with the dye, consistency and spreadability.

I also wanted to say for me, i don't think Henna has any real benefits,other than using it to dye my hair black (with Indigo of course). I find better conditioning results with other herbs but for a coloring perspective it si the cornerstone.
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
I have been reading this thread for weeks ( thanks, everyone!)and after much research, I did 2 henna glosses this week. One for 4 hours and one for 8. I have to say that I was stunned by the conditioning effects. Maybe it wouldn't be the same with a straight henna treatment and a DT afterwards, but I am in love anyway! Even with just two glosses, I noticed a color change, my 4 b roots are now 3c/4a, and my hair is stronger.
I thought Iwould have to have weeks of full henna treatments to get this effect. Has anyone tried just doing glosses twice a week or weekly instead of full treatments and gotten the benefit of full treatments?
From what everyone is saying, the full treatments sound messy, and if I can keep doing it the way I have been doing it, I'd rather.
I ordered some organic henna from Mountain rose herbs and I am also going to try the henna gel technique from www.hennaforhair.com . It sounds less messy than the traditional treatment.
In my gloss I used 1/4 cup henna (Rainbow brand burgundy because that's all I could get locally. I did research and they are all natural, contrary to what some have said in previous posts), 1 tablespoon agave, 2 tablespoons red wine, one tablespoon olive oil, a few drops each of lavendar, tea tree and rosemary essential oil, and 3/4 cup conditioner from www.growafrohairlong.com.
Co washed to rinse out and used KCKT as my leave in. Bliss!
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@Mermade Love

I still don't get the glossing can you explain to me again. How is that different than the full treatment?
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@Mermade Love

I still don't get the glossing can you explain to me again. How is that different than the full treatment?
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
Ok. So from everything I've read, the difference between a gloss and a full treatment is basically the amount of henna used. In a full treament you use predominantly henna with a small amount of oil, and liquid. In a gloss you add a few tablespoons to your favorite DT conditioner. Or you can do one part henna to 3 parts conditioner. You do not have to let the henna dye release in a gloss because you are using it as an in between conditioning boost to a full treatment. The first two times I glossed I used a few tablespoons of henna in my conditioner. The last time I glossed I used the one part to three part ratio. Since I always DT overnight, that's how long I left the glosses in for, but you don't have to. In all cases I used the additional ngredients I previously listed. I think because I left it in overnight I got results almost as good as a full treatment. It was also pretty easy to rinse out and I didn't have to DT after as I would have with a full henna. Hope this long winded explanation helps!!!
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Hi all henna-loving ladies!
Iīm a henna lover myself and I got a (maybe bit of a weird) question cause itīs not about hair....
Can you also color your eyebrows with henna?
Normally a put a big layer of vaseline on my ears and forhead near my hairline to make sure when henna-ing my hair, my skin doesnīt get stained. I was wondering if I could also do this with the skin around my eyebrows and that way can henna my brows. Anyone knows if this is possible?
Doing a Henna/Indigo two-step this weekend. Can't wait to see the results. Thanks to all the curlies here who have shared their tips/secrets and advice!
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Last edited by cammiecam; 10-21-2009 at 08:14 PM.
@Mermade Love

I still don't get the glossing can you explain to me again. How is that different than the full treatment?
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
Ok. So from everything I've read, the difference between a gloss and a full treatment is basically the amount of henna used. In a full treament you use predominantly henna with a small amount of oil, and liquid. In a gloss you add a few tablespoons to your favorite DT conditioner. Or you can do one part henna to 3 parts conditioner. You do not have to let the henna dye release in a gloss because you are using it as an in between conditioning boost to a full treatment. The first two times I glossed I used a few tablespoons of henna in my conditioner. The last time I glossed I used the one part to three part ratio. Since I always DT overnight, that's how long I left the glosses in for, but you don't have to. In all cases I used the additional ngredients I previously listed. I think because I left it in overnight I got results almost as good as a full treatment. It was also pretty easy to rinse out and I didn't have to DT after as I would have with a full henna. Hope this long winded explanation helps!!!
Originally Posted by mermadelove
Thanks so much for sharing this. I've not tried henna yet, and mixing it with conditioner seems to simplify the whole process.
What kind of henna did you use ?
How much did the henna glossing change your hair colour, I don't want to change my hair colour, I'm only interested in the softening, curl opening effect of henna.

And .. is it safe to keep it on for that long ?

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
it's totally safe to leave it in that long. You can check out www.curlynikki.com. She regularly leaves full henna treatments on overnight. Earlier in this massive thread many ladies left their henna on overnight. If you don't want color change, you might want to consider so-called neutral henna, which is actually cassia. A different plant which gives the conditioning, curl relaxing effect of henna without the color. You would have to do treatments every 3-4 weeks as the effect doesn't last as long as red henna. I used rainbow henna because it's what I had on hand. The concensus is that it works, but it's hard to rinse out because it is gritty compared to the higher quality hennas. For future treatments, I will be using organic henna from mountain rose herbs. Check out www.hennaforhair.com. There is an excellent wealth of information there. Good luck!
@Mermade Love

I still don't get the glossing can you explain to me again. How is that different than the full treatment?
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
Ok. So from everything I've read, the difference between a gloss and a full treatment is basically the amount of henna used. In a full treament you use predominantly henna with a small amount of oil, and liquid. In a gloss you add a few tablespoons to your favorite DT conditioner. Or you can do one part henna to 3 parts conditioner. You do not have to let the henna dye release in a gloss because you are using it as an in between conditioning boost to a full treatment. The first two times I glossed I used a few tablespoons of henna in my conditioner. The last time I glossed I used the one part to three part ratio. Since I always DT overnight, that's how long I left the glosses in for, but you don't have to. In all cases I used the additional ngredients I previously listed. I think because I left it in overnight I got results almost as good as a full treatment. It was also pretty easy to rinse out and I didn't have to DT after as I would have with a full henna. Hope this long winded explanation helps!!!
Originally Posted by mermadelove
Thanks so much for sharing this. I've not tried henna yet, and mixing it with conditioner seems to simplify the whole process.
What kind of henna did you use ?
How much did the henna glossing change your hair colour, I don't want to change my hair colour, I'm only interested in the softening, curl opening effect of henna.

And .. is it safe to keep it on for that long ?
Originally Posted by taltal
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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

Thank you for this... There is one in Flushing and although that's a bit of a trek for me I'd be willing to do it because it's cheaper than having it delivered from Catherine.
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Indigo is THE messiest ish EVER. It was messy as all get out to apply and I am sitting here dripping blue water like nobody's business. The henna application went fairly well, but indigo is a MONSTER. I've got an hour to go before I can wash this stuff out. Can't come soon enough.

My hair was stripped after rinsing out the henna. Stripped and tangled, probably because I wasn't supposed to use any condish between the henna and indigo. I can't wait to sit under my heating cap with my AOHSR. I'm sure my hair can't either.

The results will determine if I do the two step again. Cause right now I'm thinking HEEELLLLLSSS NAW. PLus I'm nursing a head cold which makes this more frustrating because I want to lay down and I can't.. I'll get indigo EVERYWHERE.
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Last edited by cammiecam; 10-24-2009 at 08:35 AM.
http://www.longhaircareforum.com/for...d.php?t=409632
I read this today and it's a henna weekend.... OOOH I can't wait to try this out.
Originally Posted by afrikurl
im definitely using beer the next time i do a full application...i've been hearing way too much about this for me not to try it
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http://www.longhaircareforum.com/for...d.php?t=409632
I read this today and it's a henna weekend.... OOOH I can't wait to try this out.
Originally Posted by afrikurl
im definitely using beer the next time i do a full application...i've been hearing way too much about this for me not to try it
Originally Posted by lsubabiedee
That looks FANTASTIC!!! I am definitely trying this next time! Thanks for the link!
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BC'd on 6/17/10!!!! Do I like it?? I love it!!
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Hi , i have had henna that has been harvested since 2007 in my freezer since I got it. I had gotten about 100 boxes .. but stopped using it because of the red colour it deposited. I want to start back in Jan and want to know it it would be ok to use since it has been in the freezer all this time .. orrr if i have to pitch it
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Oct 24 2009 - made henna and put in freezer for the day of my bc .. yes i know .. i prepare well in advance
Hi , i have had henna that has been harvested since 2007 in my freezer since I got it. I had gotten about 100 boxes .. but stopped using it because of the red colour it deposited. I want to start back in Jan and want to know it it would be ok to use since it has been in the freezer all this time .. orrr if i have to pitch it
Originally Posted by bambii
I am no expert on henna, but from a pure food/herbal perspective, I would hesitate to use anything that's been in the freezer 6 months to a year. And it sounds like your batch has been in there twice that long. I don't think your hair will fall out or anything, but I think you will have to do a lot more treatments to get the color/conditioning results you would get from a fresh batch. It sounds like you were saturated on the color anyway, so maybe if you just do what you usually do it would take longer for the color to saturate your hair and you could do treatments for longer. It's worth a shot. I would try a treatment and if you don't get any negative results, keep on going!
It'll save you money. But in the future, I would buy small batches to keep it fresh if you don't plan to consistently henna.
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wash: JC Hair Cleansing Cream or cowash
Leave in: HE Dangerously Straight, HE HH
Occasional Treatmet/Pre-poo: AV Shikakai Growth Elixir, Wild Woozle Tiare Pomade, Ojon Restorative Hair Tx
Tightly Curly Method Convert <3 cured of PJism (alas.....) Now I'm a makeup PJ!!!
BC'd on 6/17/10!!!! Do I like it?? I love it!!
~*~~*Sparkle on!*~~*~
So after spending a weekend in henna hell, I will say that I do like the results. My hair is shiny, jet black, moisturized and the curl pattern has loosened up a tiny bit which is a good thing for me anyway. It's still shedding like MAD, but that has more to do with the hell that is detangling than anything else. I'm sure that in time that will get better.

I'd do this again, but I'd definitely do a henna/ingido mix because my hair and scalp felt used and abused by the two step process. WAY too much manipulation...
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