Experiences with Henna?

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Hey Ladies,

I'll be hennaing this weekend as well. It'll be my 4th time doing it. I use the Karishma henna because I can get it locally in Chicago for $1.49. Love this thread!
Quick question, henna heads. In my eagerness to try out a new recipe, I started putting my henna and herb paste on my head and THEN realised that I had not shampooed my hair. All week I've been misting and oiling my braids, and today I wore a braid out, which had also been misted and oiled. Is my treatment going to have been a total waste of time????
Do y'all think the oil on my hair is going to prevent the benefits of my henna and herbs?
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Hi Ladies!!! I have been stalking this thread for over a month and have read all 140 pages or so. You all with Curly Nikki have made a believer out of me! I am sitting here as I type with my first henna treatment on my hair. I will say, I was very intimidated at first, looking over several of the complicated recipes. So I tried to keep it simple and reviewed the e-book on Henna for Hair. Here is what I did:

Mixed 100 grams of Henna for African Hair with green tea, water, and a few drops of Lavendar essential oil and let it sit on my counter top over night for color release. In the morning I mixed 50 grams of both Alma and Brahmi with Hibiscus tea and honey. Then I combined the two mixtures. I applied the paste to my hair and will leave it in for 4 hours. After I co-wash the paste out, I will DC with JC WDT for a couple of hours with heat.

I can't wait to see the results. I want to thank you all for the inspiration!!!
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I did my first henna today. Actually it was a 50/50 mixture of henna and amla. My hair is still drying but I love how it looks and feels so far. I still have all my curl and my grays are copper colored. I'm glad that I've found a natural way to enhance my hair and cover those little grays. The only down side is that it was such a long process but worth it. I read in the henna book that it takes 4 days for the henna to reach it's final color through the oxidation process so I guess it will look even better by Tuesday.
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I did my first henna today. Actually it was a 50/50 mixture of henna and amla. My hair is still drying but I love how it looks and feels so far. I still have all my curl and my grays are copper colored. I'm glad that I've found a natural way to enhance my hair and cover those little grays. The only down side is that it was such a long process but worth it. I read in the henna book that it takes 4 days for the henna to reach it's final color through the oxidation process so I guess it will look even better by Tuesday.
Originally Posted by twirlygranny
Welcome to the club, henna head! Did you do your treatment overnight? That's one way to "multitaks!" Then you just have the finishing the next day instead of being tied to your house all day. I do agree that it is worth it, though. My hair is so stong, soft and shiny that Iam now getting constant compliments, and I have hand in hair syndrome!
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BC'd on 6/17/10!!!! Do I like it?? I love it!!
~*~~*Sparkle on!*~~*~
I did my first henna today. Actually it was a 50/50 mixture of henna and amla. My hair is still drying but I love how it looks and feels so far. I still have all my curl and my grays are copper colored. I'm glad that I've found a natural way to enhance my hair and cover those little grays. The only down side is that it was such a long process but worth it. I read in the henna book that it takes 4 days for the henna to reach it's final color through the oxidation process so I guess it will look even better by Tuesday.
Originally Posted by twirlygranny
Welcome to the club, henna head! Did you do your treatment overnight? That's one way to "multitaks!" Then you just have the finishing the next day instead of being tied to your house all day. I do agree that it is worth it, though. My hair is so stong, soft and shiny that Iam now getting constant compliments, and I have hand in hair syndrome!
Originally Posted by mermadelove
Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that next time. Lovin my hair today...looks nice, full & shiney. Can't wait to do a twist n curl Tues. night & see what the rest of my family thinks on Thanksgiving.
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I strayed from my jamila henna this weekend (the indian store was out ). I used reshma. MISTAKE!!

it took forever to rinse and I had little specs and twigs in my hair for the longest time. I didn't like it. The red tint is pretty though, but not worth the many rinses

Will stay with jamila
I strayed from my jamila henna this weekend (the indian store was out ). I used reshma. MISTAKE!!

it took forever to rinse and I had little specs and twigs in my hair for the longest time. I didn't like it. The red tint is pretty though, but not worth the many rinses

Will stay with jamila
Originally Posted by coilynapp
I've heard that if you sift "bad" henna first it helps get the twigs out. Just an FYI in case you ever run out of the good stuff again and have to make do.
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BC'd on 6/17/10!!!! Do I like it?? I love it!!
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Ok maybe I don't know what I'm doing, but I've henna'd twice and have gotten zero results. What is the consistency supposed to be like? I mix with boiling water as the package directs and I add a little olive oil but that's it. It comes out like paste but when I put it on my hair it crumbles and falls off. Then when I rinse it just feels really grainy and takes forever to get out. Now my hair is rough from all of the washing. And I've been picking twigs out of my hair all weekend. I just really want the conditioning results and maybe a little color. Please help!
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Ok maybe I don't know what I'm doing, but I've henna'd twice and have gotten zero results. What is the consistency supposed to be like? I mix with boiling water as the package directs and I add a little olive oil but that's it. It comes out like paste but when I put it on my hair it crumbles and falls off. Then when I rinse it just feels really grainy and takes forever to get out. Now my hair is rough from all of the washing. And I've been picking twigs out of my hair all weekend. I just really want the conditioning results and maybe a little color. Please help!
Originally Posted by aprilhall127
Don't boil the water. Warm water will do. You need an acid for dye release. You can use 1-2T apple cider vinegar. Mix in with the water and oil to form a paste like frosting. Let sit overnight in a warm place for dye release. You can mix in a few TBSP of agave or honey in the am for smoothness, shine and ease of rinse out.
ALWAYS DT AFTERWARDS!! good luck!
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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!*~~*~
P. S. Use good quality henna and keep it in your hair for a good 8 hours!!
3c/4a/fine strands/medium porosity/iii-dense!
http://public.fotki.com/mermadelove/...-hair-journey/
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!*~~*~
In the process of doing my second "straight" henna. I used lemon juice this time (instead of ACV) and the dye release I got is CRAZY. I don't use latex gloves (i.e. I don't have any) and my right palm is crazy red.
In the process of doing my second "straight" henna. I used lemon juice this time (instead of ACV) and the dye release I got is CRAZY. I don't use latex gloves (i.e. I don't have any) and my right palm is crazy red.
Originally Posted by zerbit
Did it dry out your hair at all?
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wash: JC Hair Cleansing Cream or cowash
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BC'd on 6/17/10!!!! Do I like it?? I love it!!
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Won't know until I wash it out. I'm not too worried about drying, though, because a DT should take care of that.
Bout to slap on a fourth henna and just ordered another batch of the henna for African hair. Love this stuff!
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P. S. Use good quality henna and keep it in your hair for a good 8 hours!!
Originally Posted by mermadelove

Hi!

My stylist applies my henna. She's able to get results in 2 hours. First she applies the henna, then she wraps my hair and places me under a steam for about 45 minutes. After the wash and condition I have cooper colored grays and healthy feeling and looking hair.
P. S. Use good quality henna and keep it in your hair for a good 8 hours!!
Originally Posted by mermadelove

Hi!

My stylist applies my henna. She's able to get results in 2 hours. First she applies the henna, then she wraps my hair and places me under a steam for about 45 minutes. After the wash and condition I have cooper colored grays and healthy feeling and looking hair.
Originally Posted by Trinigirl
yep. I use a steamer too, for 30 minutes. You should try the steam without wrapping your hair. IMHO you are not getting the benefits of steam if you cover your hair to prevent the steam from reaching it.

8 hrs is just overkill. even without a steamer, the longest I left henna in my hair was 4 hours (and that was accidental because I fell asleep...it was a hot hot day)
Okay, so, just washed it out. My hair felt softer this time (maybe because this isn't my first treatment). Also, I noticed some color change (w00t!) and that was just me looking in the mirror in my mom's room (double w00t!). I've just applied olive/jojoba oils and I'm going to let it sit in for an hour or two then wash it out.
In the process of doing my second "straight" henna. I used lemon juice this time (instead of ACV) and the dye release I got is CRAZY. I don't use latex gloves (i.e. I don't have any) and my right palm is crazy red.
Originally Posted by zerbit
put some vaseline to your hands and around your face to prevent staining. You should definitely use gloves or else under your nails will be a bright orange.

Hi!

My stylist applies my henna. She's able to get results in 2 hours. First she applies the henna, then she wraps my hair and places me under a steam for about 45 minutes. After the wash and condition I have cooper colored grays and healthy feeling and looking hair.
yep. I use a steamer too, for 30 minutes. You should try the steam without wrapping your hair. IMHO you are not getting the benefits of steam if you cover your hair to prevent the steam from reaching it.

8 hrs is just overkill. even without a steamer, the longest I left henna in my hair was 4 hours (and that was accidental because I fell asleep...it was a hot hot day)[/QUOTE]

If you apply your henna prior to dye release you need at least 8+ hrs. However if you apply after dye release which takes a minimum of 10 hrs, you can leave it in for as long as you need. It really just depends on what your purpose is for the henna. I use my henna for color and conditioning and apply it prior to dye release. I leave it in for 10+ hrs. I've been using it for about yr and nothing but good results.

Ok maybe I don't know what I'm doing, but I've henna'd twice and have gotten zero results. What is the consistency supposed to be like? I mix with boiling water as the package directs and I add a little olive oil but that's it. It comes out like paste but when I put it on my hair it crumbles and falls off. Then when I rinse it just feels really grainy and takes forever to get out. Now my hair is rough from all of the washing. And I've been picking twigs out of my hair all weekend. I just really want the conditioning results and maybe a little color. Please help!
Originally Posted by aprilhall127
What is your exact recipe? Are you just adding water? If you have dry hair you might want to replace the acv/ lemon juice (if you're using that) with a tea. What brand of henna are you using? Is it body art quality. In my experience Jamilla is the best with Punjabi coming in for a close second.

Okay, so, just washed it out. My hair felt softer this time (maybe because this isn't my first treatment). Also, I noticed some color change (w00t!) and that was just me looking in the mirror in my mom's room (double w00t!). I've just applied olive/jojoba oils and I'm going to let it sit in for an hour or two then wash it out.
Originally Posted by zerbit
You can add the oils to your henna to help keep some moisture in your hair.


On a side note has anybody ever added hibiscus to their henna.
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Hi!

My stylist applies my henna. She's able to get results in 2 hours. First she applies the henna, then she wraps my hair and places me under a steam for about 45 minutes. After the wash and condition I have cooper colored grays and healthy feeling and looking hair.
Originally Posted by Wild Curls Raquelle ;1180239[quote
yep. I use a steamer too, for 30 minutes. You should try the steam without wrapping your hair. IMHO you are not getting the benefits of steam if you cover your hair to prevent the steam from reaching it.

8 hrs is just overkill. even without a steamer, the longest I left henna in my hair was 4 hours (and that was accidental because I fell asleep...it was a hot hot day)[/quote]

If you apply your henna prior to dye release you need at least 8+ hrs. However if you apply after dye release which takes a minimum of 10 hrs, you can leave it in for as long as you need. It really just depends on what your purpose is for the henna. I use my henna for color and conditioning and apply it prior to dye release. I leave it in for 10+ hrs. I've been using it for about yr and nothing but good results.

Ok maybe I don't know what I'm doing, but I've henna'd twice and have gotten zero results. What is the consistency supposed to be like? I mix with boiling water as the package directs and I add a little olive oil but that's it. It comes out like paste but when I put it on my hair it crumbles and falls off. Then when I rinse it just feels really grainy and takes forever to get out. Now my hair is rough from all of the washing. And I've been picking twigs out of my hair all weekend. I just really want the conditioning results and maybe a little color. Please help!
Originally Posted by aprilhall127
What is your exact recipe? Are you just adding water? If you have dry hair you might want to replace the acv/ lemon juice (if you're using that) with a tea. What brand of henna are you using? Is it body art quality. In my experience Jamilla is the best with Punjabi coming in for a close second.




I think that the short time method of henna works if you use plenty of heat and have hair that absorbs easily. However, this lady above was saying she was getting no color/conditioning. Maybe her hair has very low porosity. In that case, more time would help her since henna works by penetrating the hair shaft. More time would give more opportunity for it to work. Leaving it on a long time will not hurt.

On a side note has anybody ever added hibiscus to their henna.[/quote]

I have used hibiscus tea in my henna instead of water and acv. Now I use pure hibiscus powder. I use tea or water but no additional acids because Ialso put alma in my henna mix. I find that the addition of amla and hibiscus speeds up the dye release. The hibiscus also makes the henna red a little less orange, but not by much because I use 2-4 times more henna than I do hibiscus.
Hope that helps!!!
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http://public.fotki.com/mermadelove/...-hair-journey/
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!*~~*~

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