Experiences with Henna?

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So I think I finally got the hang of my henna applications. Instead of using lots of stuff , all I did was mix Dulhan Henna with chamomile tea. This mix pruduced a more golden red tone and my hair is so curly and soft. I also realized I was not using enough henna. So I doubled my batch and applied in smaller sections. Really loving the results. Yeah Henna.
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I LOVE nupur henna!!

OMG, the indian store didn't have my beloved jamila, and only had nupur and others. I chose nupur because it has amla, brahmi and bhringraj, which I already use besides henna, so I thought it would be great to have it all mixed in one. IT WAS!!!!! My hair came out soo soft and it rinsed out soooo well (no grit at all). My new found staple. I mixed a 80gm pack with some hibiscus flower tea and WOWZERS!!! My hair likes this a lot.
Yup CoilyNapp. I never have grit issues that others complain about . I use nupur and karishma! the bomb henna!!!
Sooo i just bced and I chucked henna in my hair . I used Jamilia (or wtv it is) the consistency feels different from my Shelly, but I will use them both til I run out of Shelly. I dont want colour so I mixed it , cut my hair and then applied it
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I just started to do henna I love it, I got the best results when I mixed Henna with warm coconut milk and let it sit overnight. My hair felt ooo so good! Its was easier to rise out vs. water or tea.
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I did my 3rd henna this weekend with jamila henna and the curly nikki mix. I had good results. It seems like the more I henna the richer and darker the red becomes. I rinsed it out and dc'd with aubrey organics hsc. I had good results and my hair seemed softer after wards. Next time I want to try giovanni smooth as silk as a deep conditioner. Its my new favorite conditioner and actually makes my hair feel silky.
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I have stopped counting my henna applications. Yes, I've done that many since May. LOL I usually use MDH Henna, but the Indain store was completely out of it, so I decided to use Reshma. Well, let me tell you, the color of my hair is awesome. The coloring never ceases to amaze me.

Henna is the best thing I could have ever done for my hair.
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Hi ladies, I started reading through this thread, got to page 7 and thought "it's too long to find out if this was addressed".

Does anyone know where can I get the proper natural "body art" Cassia that is recommended, in Toronto Canada? I have alot of Indian stores but alot sell the metalic kind of henna. Maybe I don't know the correct name of the GOOD ones to purchase here in Toronto from these stores.

If anyone can help please PM me and let me know.

Thanks ladies. This info on this site is really great.
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Hi ladies, I started reading through this thread, got to page 7 and thought "it's too long to find out if this was addressed".

Does anyone know where can I get the proper natural "body art" Cassia that is recommended, in Toronto Canada? I have alot of Indian stores but alot sell the metalic kind of henna. Maybe I don't know the correct name of the GOOD ones to purchase here in Toronto from these stores.

If anyone can help please PM me and let me know.

Thanks ladies. This info on this site is really great.
Originally Posted by msamuels

what's the "body art" cassia ?

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
Are there different types of cassia ? Does it matter which type is used ? Which do you recommend ?
I would like to do a cassia for the benefits of it (shine, curl definition, less shrinkage) but am not sure of how to choose the cassia itself, and where to buy it.

TIA

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
Are there different types of cassia ? Does it matter which type is used ? Which do you recommend ?
I would like to do a cassia for the benefits of it (shine, curl definition, less shrinkage) but am not sure of how to choose the cassia itself, and where to buy it.

TIA
Originally Posted by taltal
Online you can buy cassia from www.hennasooq.com, www.hennacaravan.com, http://www.mehndiskinart.com/cassia_obovata.htm, http://ayurnaturalbeauty.ecrater.com...hp?pid=5127014 or http://www.mehandi.com/shop/cassiaobovatabuy.html.

If you want if cheaper http://www.herbco.com/c-185-senna.aspx.
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I did a Henna treatment today!
Why haven't I tried this before? My hair feels amazing and I love the tint that it left in my hair. I will be doing this again in the future.
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Just want to testify! Henna, henna, oooh henna!! I've been reading the Henna board for 2 weeks, researched hennaforhair.com, read the ebook and couldn't stand it anymore. I've been wanting to color my hair for monthsbecause it seemed so dull and as my gray hair is starting to come in it doesn't mix well with this dusty brown hair of mine. I really wanted to order some of better products I've read about on the board but the junkie in me said "do it now. Henna now!" So I ran to Whole Foods last night picked up neutral henna. Got up at 7 am this morning to get started. Followed my henna with a DT and whoa! What a difference: softer, shinier, brighter, thicker. I have curls I never new I had. I'm impressed and rejuvenated with my hair. This will definitely be a monthly ritual for me!
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Really need to get back to Henna
How do you get rid of the henna smell? I shampooed my hair three times and it still smells like the henna is still on my hair!
And what about the staining? My towel hands, and nails are an orange mess.

I loved the results (my hair is a lot thicker and shinier now) but the downsides of henna-ing make it almost not worth it.
How do you get rid of the henna smell? I shampooed my hair three times and it still smells like the henna is still on my hair!
And what about the staining? My towel hands, and nails are an orange mess.

I loved the results (my hair is a lot thicker and shinier now) but the downsides of henna-ing make it almost not worth it.
Originally Posted by JLovesMJ
Use gloves when applying your henna to avoid the stained hands and nials. Henna is used as a temporary tattoo and will stain for days otherwise.
Use dark towels or t shirts to dry your hair.
As for the smell, it will fade in a few days. Alternatively, use a DT afterwards that is strongly scented or add essential oils to your DT.

I use Afroveda products now ( they all smell pretty great) and my DH can't keep his nose out of my hair whereas before he would always pout over the henna smell.
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This time I used a better quality henna from a local Indian store. I used hot tea instead of water and added honey and ACV. When I rinsed my hair this time it was really soft and stretched. And it rinsed very easily. I was like "cool! I finally did it right!" Well, when my hair dried it was still stretched but not as soft but still better than it was before. I decided to try Alma as a rinse. I used water, honey and coconut oil and let it steep for an hour. I cowashed and then poured the Alma mix over my hair...omg! When I was done, my hair was like butter! And it was more stretched and shiny. It has been like that for several days now. I think I have a new routine now. Can you over use henna/amla?
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so my first henna glossing was amazing! love the softness, manageability, and the elongation. plus i have auburn highlights in the light and golden grays now (I am only 19...so sad lol). after researching, a lot of people recommended doing the first two applications back to back so i am currently covered in henna gloss again. not only does it strengthen hair, many agree it promotes growth! APL here I come =)

for my glossing i use:

- enough conditioner to cover my head (like the amount from an average cowash)
- as much honey as i want
- a little of my olive oil
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 teaspoons of henna
- 5 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
- enough water to smooth it out

- it looks like a REALLY THICK deep conditioner in the end kinda..i guess lol

btw i used reshma henna. it releases really quickly, like 2 hours quickly. loveliness =)
Originally Posted by Black Hoya Chick

Hi BHC, when u say back to back applications, how long did you initially wait before the second application? Thanks
so my first henna glossing was amazing! love the softness, manageability, and the elongation. plus i have auburn highlights in the light and golden grays now (I am only 19...so sad lol). after researching, a lot of people recommended doing the first two applications back to back so i am currently covered in henna gloss again. not only does it strengthen hair, many agree it promotes growth! APL here I come =)

for my glossing i use:

- enough conditioner to cover my head (like the amount from an average cowash)
- as much honey as i want
- a little of my olive oil
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 teaspoons of henna
- 5 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
- enough water to smooth it out

- it looks like a REALLY THICK deep conditioner in the end kinda..i guess lol

btw i used reshma henna. it releases really quickly, like 2 hours quickly. loveliness =)
Originally Posted by Black Hoya Chick

Hi BHC, when u say back to back applications, how long did you initially wait before the second application? Thanks
Originally Posted by DesertFlower
I first did an application a week for a total of 7. Now I do it once a month. Once I get some amla I may do bi-weekly treatments.

Other Ladies do it bi-weekly, monthly or as needed.

Hope that helped!
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so my first henna glossing was amazing! love the softness, manageability, and the elongation. plus i have auburn highlights in the light and golden grays now (I am only 19...so sad lol). after researching, a lot of people recommended doing the first two applications back to back so i am currently covered in henna gloss again. not only does it strengthen hair, many agree it promotes growth! APL here I come =)

for my glossing i use:

- enough conditioner to cover my head (like the amount from an average cowash)
- as much honey as i want
- a little of my olive oil
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 teaspoons of henna
- 5 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
- enough water to smooth it out

- it looks like a REALLY THICK deep conditioner in the end kinda..i guess lol

btw i used reshma henna. it releases really quickly, like 2 hours quickly. loveliness =)
Originally Posted by Black Hoya Chick

Hi BHC, when u say back to back applications, how long did you initially wait before the second application? Thanks
Originally Posted by DesertFlower
I first did an application a week for a total of 7. Now I do it once a month. Once I get some amla I may do bi-weekly treatments.

Other Ladies do it bi-weekly, monthly or as needed.

Hope that helped!
Originally Posted by HennaRo

Yes, thank so much for the helpful info.

I've managed to read through the entire thread. It took me forever but the information here made for very rich, interesting and captivating reading. I'm so grateful to all who have shared their experiences.

I've done one cassia/amla application and looking to doing a second cassia application tomorrow. Next week, I'll do my first henna application. I have a 4a head of hair - very small tight curls, dry hair, so I'm really hoping for softer hair with alternate henna/cassia applications.I got some Jamila henna and cassia from Mehandi.
Reading though this thread got me hooked and I'm definitely on the henna bandwagon now. I'll be reporting on my progress so far when I've completed henna application.

Thanks ladies! :-)
Does anyone know where I can purchase a good box of henna in Brooklyn, NY? I can't really do any online shopping right now and I've been wanting to try henna for along time now. It's a new year so why not.
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