Experiences with Henna?

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About to finally do my henna melt gloss. I got bored so I'm finally doing it. I will be make a video and documenting it. Stay tuned for results....

update:

Ok, so I FINALLY have these GREAT henna results that everyone was raving about.... OMG!

I made my melt.... like 3 weeks ago or something and I made it with shea butter, coconut oil, and henna, added a tip of ACV, put in a mold and refrigerated it... basically totally forgot about it.

Well I melted it down(smelled like pure strong vinegar) and added HE TMS conditioner to it.... put it in my head and twisted in 6 sections. Now, I have hennaed before but for some reason I wasn't thinking this with the oil was going to have any type of dye release... so I didnt wear gloves(now I have pumpkin hands). Left it for about 2.5 or 3 hours....

Washing it out...omg, no problem, and just from rinsing the henna out, it was so soft on my head... like not like when you do a full henna, my hair was so soft.... just rinsing.

Very minimal grit... so the herbco.com henna is good. Detangling was a breeze and that was from me having the BEST hair week EVER in my natural hair journey. I rinsed with conditioner, then added more, and used my paddle brush, not really to detangle but just to carry out the grit that was there, no problem.

I'm so shocked... like if you guys have been following my hennaing in this thread, you know I've never had these results that I'm amazed at, well I had ok results with the Punjabi Prime. I had dye intake too.. I was looking at the quick twists I threw in there last night, and my highlights look mighty red... so I would say I have a level up on color definitely, maybe 2 levels.

If you are a henna head, I would suggest you doing a henna melt and just throwing it in the fridge and letting it stay... I can't imagine me not doing this again.

I'm really happy.... really really happy.

So for me, Mzmillion, henna melt/gloss is my hennaing technique.

Stay tuned for the video....
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Last edited by mzmillion; 02-20-2010 at 11:17 AM.
i did my first henna w/curly nikkis recipe about 1.5 weeks ago.. today i was playing with my shed hair and noticed my hair got super strong on me.. im definitely hennaing again
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Mzmillion, I am so glad you were able to obtain great results with your henna melts!!! I have been following this thread and I know how hard you have struggled with this, even threatening to give up on Henna. With a determined spirit you kept trying. Congrats!!!

I will look at your video once I am at home, however does this show/outline the whole process? Was this easy to make? How did you prepare it to place in your hair? Hot water? What equipment was used?Where did you purchase your molds?
it was super easy to make.... I just used a little plastic thing for the mold. The video does show how I made it. I melted it down in a double bowl with boiling water and applying it was super easy, you can see that in the video too.
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Can't wait to see your results!

Since I'm just looking for the conditioning as opposed to color, I've been spacing out my henna treatments. I just used Karishma at the beginning of the year and liked it a lot, but I agree, the ingredients in the 9 Herbs henna has me excited to try it as well. I just used amla and brahmi on the hair, so it will be another couple of weeks at least for me.

Since you need 2 days, are you coloring your hair also or are you going to leave the DC in overnight? Just curious.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
No...I'll probably wash my hair the night before. I'm going to apply the henna to clean, dry hair. I think it'll be easier and...quicker.

I'm a little concerned about the color issue. I have a lot of grey, and I'm not going to use any Indigo...too messy, and too time consuming.

I don't wanna end up with orange roots, but I'm prepared if that happens. I'm hoping the herb blend will tone down the red, and I'm going to mix the henna with some strong Assam Gold Rain black tea. Hopefully the grey will stay the same, or have more of a burnished/brownish look, rather than Bozo orange.

We shall see. If I get orange, I've got some eyeliner pencils I can use to "color" it back to dark brown. Lol!

Or, I may not even wait for dye release. I may just mix it up and apply it. I haven't decided. But I wanted to have two off days in a row, so I can plan it all out. But I don't plan on sleeping in it. I'll leave it on all day, though (5-6 hours).

I'm excited too...I'd done some online research and I was also looking at the Seasons Dulhan Premier Blend henna powder. The Nupur got some favorable reviews with nappturals.
Originally Posted by NEA
Ok, I understand now.

The orangish results are a tough one for me. Since I'm not trying to color i don't add lemon juice or anything else that will cause the rest of my hair to get a higher tint result. Yet, those dern orangish grays still showed up albeit they toned downed as I followed a week later with amla/brahmi/maka.

*slapping my head* On my last henna, I added green tea and chamomile tea, but NOT black tea! I have some here already, and forgot all about it. It goes into the next henna and I'll see how it goes.
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So ladies...i've always been a big fan of red hair. And I always tell people that I'm a red head at heart. Plus the red goes great with my green eyes.

Each color that I've choosen when dying my hair has always been in the auburn family. I'm hoping that the Henna does this for me but my hair is a Dark Reddish brown. I have been doing alot of researach over the past few weeks and read that I can add different things to sort of "influence" the end result. So I was thinking what if when I do my Henna I add Paprika it'll help it pop more auburn into my strands. I realze taht it'll be a dark auburn but I just want it to be really noticeable when I'm in the sun.

Do you ladies think it will work?
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So ladies...i've always been a big fan of red hair. And I always tell people that I'm a red head at heart. Plus the red goes great with my green eyes.

Each color that I've choosen when dying my hair has always been in the auburn family. I'm hoping that the Henna does this for me but my hair is a Dark Reddish brown. I have been doing alot of researach over the past few weeks and read that I can add different things to sort of "influence" the end result. So I was thinking what if when I do my Henna I add Paprika it'll help it pop more auburn into my strands. I realze taht it'll be a dark auburn but I just want it to be really noticeable when I'm in the sun.

Do you ladies think it will work?
Originally Posted by KurlyLioness
I think that will work well. I've heard of people using paprika.

I use hibiscus flowers (brewed in distilled water) to mix my henna. Hibiscus makes the red more cherry like.

Good luck to you and hope it turns out well. Let us know
Yea, paprika and hibiscus will work, hibiscus make a pretty red color...
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So ladies...i've always been a big fan of red hair. And I always tell people that I'm a red head at heart. Plus the red goes great with my green eyes.

Each color that I've choosen when dying my hair has always been in the auburn family. I'm hoping that the Henna does this for me but my hair is a Dark Reddish brown. I have been doing alot of researach over the past few weeks and read that I can add different things to sort of "influence" the end result. So I was thinking what if when I do my Henna I add Paprika it'll help it pop more auburn into my strands. I realze taht it'll be a dark auburn but I just want it to be really noticeable when I'm in the sun.

Do you ladies think it will work?
Originally Posted by KurlyLioness
I think that will work well. I've heard of people using paprika.

I use hibiscus flowers (brewed in distilled water) to mix my henna. Hibiscus makes the red more cherry like.

Good luck to you and hope it turns out well. Let us know
Originally Posted by coilynapp

Ok great! I think that's what I'll do then is add the Paprika. I'm going for the auburn red insted of the cherry. I can't wait to try it. That may be my project for March
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I'm actually doing a henna treatment right now! I'm really excited to see what effect it has on my curls. I'm really new to all of this, being that I did the BC in November my hair is still pretty short.
is I Love Henna and Love what is does to my hair. Ladies I Thank you for being apart of this site. If it wasn't for all of your comments I've wouldn't have known. My hair thanks you too.
After having my very 1st experience with henna, my mind is made up! I love this stuff. It really does what everyone claims. My hair is softer,shinier and stronger. I used rainbow henna in persian black. This company has an array of products including henna removing shampoo. The web address is www.rainbowresearch.com. Check it out and let me know what you ladies think

Can't wait to see your results!

Since I'm just looking for the conditioning as opposed to color, I've been spacing out my henna treatments. I just used Karishma at the beginning of the year and liked it a lot, but I agree, the ingredients in the 9 Herbs henna has me excited to try it as well. I just used amla and brahmi on the hair, so it will be another couple of weeks at least for me.

Since you need 2 days, are you coloring your hair also or are you going to leave the DC in overnight? Just curious.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
No...I'll probably wash my hair the night before. I'm going to apply the henna to clean, dry hair. I think it'll be easier and...quicker.

I'm a little concerned about the color issue. I have a lot of grey, and I'm not going to use any Indigo...too messy, and too time consuming.

I don't wanna end up with orange roots, but I'm prepared if that happens. I'm hoping the herb blend will tone down the red, and I'm going to mix the henna with some strong Assam Gold Rain black tea. Hopefully the grey will stay the same, or have more of a burnished/brownish look, rather than Bozo orange.

We shall see. If I get orange, I've got some eyeliner pencils I can use to "color" it back to dark brown. Lol!

Or, I may not even wait for dye release. I may just mix it up and apply it. I haven't decided. But I wanted to have two off days in a row, so I can plan it all out. But I don't plan on sleeping in it. I'll leave it on all day, though (5-6 hours).

I'm excited too...I'd done some online research and I was also looking at the Seasons Dulhan Premier Blend henna powder. The Nupur got some favorable reviews with nappturals.
Originally Posted by NEA
Ok, I understand now.

The orangish results are a tough one for me. Since I'm not trying to color i don't add lemon juice or anything else that will cause the rest of my hair to get a higher tint result. Yet, those dern orangish grays still showed up albeit they toned downed as I followed a week later with amla/brahmi/maka.

*slapping my head* On my last henna, I added green tea and chamomile tea, but NOT black tea! I have some here already, and forgot all about it. It goes into the next henna and I'll see how it goes.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
EkuaSoul, (I think, unless I got this quote business wrong) I struggle with covering the grey hairs as well. After much research on this site and others, I learned that I should let the henna sit for many hours (at least 6 - 8 hours) for full dye release. I usually let it sit a good 10 hours to ensure complete release.

I know many say this is not necessary, especially if you plan on sleeping in it, but I have a BIG fear of getting orange grays so I wait.

Also, I think the brand of henna as well as the amount of amla and/or brahmi you add to the henna mix also affects results. I use Nupur Henna. After a copper/orange-like gray hair experience with the Karishma henna, I moved over to try out the Nupur. I like it MUCH better. I am sure if I had no grays and wanted stunning, red hair, Karishma would be my choice as it is a very pretty red, but, I was looking for something a bit more understated and brownish. I still add amla or sometimes both amla and brahmi, and the result is a much more mellow, dark brownish red result. The greys are more auburn than orange. Finally, I too follow up a week later with an amla/brahmi mix which tones everything down even more and gives my hair a dark, rich, reddish brown color with deep auburn (grey) highlights.

Give the Nupur a try if you are still having the "orange " grey hair result and let us know how it goes.
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This sounds great! Congrats, mzmillion!

I'm curious though, since I don't want to change the color of my hair, do you think a cassia (senna) melt or amla melt would work just as well?

UPDATE: So I watched the video and I saw your comment near the end that it should work with cassia or amla as well. (Yay!) However, should I add apple cider vinegar for either of those? I think cassia and amla are activated by hot water, so I guess you would mix the cassia or amla with hot water and give it time to activate before mixing it with the oils and freezing?

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Last edited by poemaXX; 02-28-2010 at 04:36 PM. Reason: Watched video.
EkuaSoul, (I think, unless I got this quote business wrong) I struggle with covering the grey hairs as well. After much research on this site and others, I learned that I should let the henna sit for many hours (at least 6 - 8 hours) for full dye release. I usually let it sit a good 10 hours to ensure complete release.

I know many say this is not necessary, especially if you plan on sleeping in it, but I have a BIG fear of getting orange grays so I wait.

Also, I think the brand of henna as well as the amount of amla and/or brahmi you add to the henna mix also affects results. I use Nupur Henna. After a copper/orange-like gray hair experience with the Karishma henna, I moved over to try out the Nupur. I like it MUCH better. I am sure if I had no grays and wanted stunning, red hair, Karishma would be my choice as it is a very pretty red, but, I was looking for something a bit more understated and brownish. I still add amla or sometimes both amla and brahmi, and the result is a much more mellow, dark brownish red result. The greys are more auburn than orange. Finally, I too follow up a week later with an amla/brahmi mix which tones everything down even more and gives my hair a dark, rich, reddish brown color with deep auburn (grey) highlights.

Give the Nupur a try if you are still having the "orange " grey hair result and let us know how it goes.
Originally Posted by Curly2day
I appreciate the suggestions and feedback on your experience. You've given me some things to consider.

I've also used Karishma and the Nupur with only 3 herbs in it. For me, I actually liked the Karishma better in color on the greys. I'm excited to try the new Nupur (9 herbs) because its blended more for conditioning than color (although you can still get color).

I was hoping to get it in this weekend, but that didn't happen. I'll shoot for next weekend and will definitely report results.
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I'm excited to try the new Nupur (9 herbs) because its blended more for conditioning than color (although you can still get color).

I was hoping to get it in this weekend, but that didn't happen. I'll shoot for next weekend and will definitely report results.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
I may do mine this week. I have two days off in a row.
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Great vid Mzmillion. Thanks for sharing. Your henna gloss sounds a lot like the henna-combos that Lush sells. They include cocoa butter instead of the shea and acv also. I bought a block a few weeks ago and have not tried it yet but your video gave me some ideas about making my own in the future. I like it!!!!
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