Experiences with Henna?

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For those of you who henna regularly, do you still need protein conditioners?
Originally Posted by NEA
I still use my GPB every once in a while. I don't do protein treatments anymore. My hair is sooo super duper thick from henna!

If my hair is out, I henna once a week on wash day. When I have kinky twists, I henna before I do my twists and after I remove them. I use the GPB as a prepoo on dry hair. Henna is a great conditioner (esp the nupur henna!)

Last edited by coilynapp; 03-02-2010 at 09:50 PM.
For those of you who henna regularly, do you still need protein conditioners?
Originally Posted by NEA
I still use my GPB every once in a while. I don't do protein treatments anymore. My hair is sooo super duper thick from henna!

If my hair is out, I henna once a week on wash day. When I have kinky twists, I henna before I do my twists and after I remove them. I use the GPB as a prepoo on dry hair. Henna is a great conditioner (esp the nupur henna!)
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Thanks for the advice! I have the Nupur w/9 Herbs. I'm going to henna my hair tomorrow (actually, it is "tomorrow", so later today).
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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?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by poemaXX
No you wouldn't need the ACV, you don't even need it with the henna, I just did it for dye release purposes. For me, doing henna and cassia like this is what is best, full herbal treatments are tooo much for my hair, my hair likes the oil blend and the conditioner I put with the cassia(vid coming soon).

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!!!!
Originally Posted by BleuSoul
I love the way it came out. I saw the Lush but the prices put me off so I'll stick with my own for now on.
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Oh and the Shebangs etsy shop has henna melts, for those who don't want to make there own, and its much cheaper than Lush also.
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Okay...I've got henna in my hair, right now. It was quite messy, and we should start doing "henna parties", where we henna each other's hair. It's a lot trying to do it yourself. There are a few basic pics in my Fotki. I'll update it when I rinse it out, to see what color result I got, if any.

I used Godrej Nupur Henna w/ 9 Herbs. I didn't want "red" hair, which is why I passed on Jamila, and I wanted the extra conditioning/healing benefits of the additional herbs. I don't see myself ever using "straight" henna.

Few things to note:
  • You have be very gentle when applying this stuff. Henna is heavy, and it weighs/stretches your hair down, and it can break it, or pull it out, if you're not careful and just start slapping it in your hair.

    I didn't make my "batter" as thick as mashed potatoes. I made it thinner, almost like thick yogurt or pudding. I don't know if I'd recommend it for folks who have very "weak" hair, especially if you're going for the "mashed potato" consistency. My hair is pretty strong, and while I didn't lose much hair, I did lose a very small amount, during the application. I applied it to damp hair, and next time I'm going to apply it to dry hair, to cut down on the stress.
  • I didn't add a bunch of stuff. No conditioners. No lemon juice/ACV. No oils. I'm not really concerned with color. I mixed it up with 2 1/2 cups of Black tea, and I added 2 Tblsp of Agave Nectar. That's it. Agave Nectar is easier to work with than honey, and it makes rinsing easier (it did with Cassia and my Ayurvedic powder mixes).
  • I did a detangling PrePoo, the night before (slept in it), and rinsed and shampooed with Butters N Bars' Herbal Shampoo. I didn't condition my hair. I did a quick detangling and sectioning, before applying the henna.
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Okay...I've got henna in my hair, right now. It was quite messy, and we should start doing "henna parties", where we henna each other's hair. It's a lot trying to do it yourself. There are a few basic pics in my Fotki. I'll update it when I rinse it out, to see what color result I got, if any.

I used Godrej Nupur Henna w/ 9 Herbs. I didn't want "red" hair, which is why I passed on Jamila, and I wanted the extra conditioning/healing benefits of the additional herbs. I don't see myself ever using "straight" henna.

Few things to note:
  • You have be very gentle when applying this stuff. Henna is heavy, and it weighs/stretches your hair down, and it can break it, or pull it out, if you're not careful and just start slapping it in your hair.

    I didn't make my "batter" as thick as mashed potatoes. I made it thinner, almost like thick yogurt or pudding. I don't know if I'd recommend it for folks who have very "weak" hair, especially if you're going for the "mashed potato" consistency. My hair is pretty strong, and while I didn't lose much hair, I did lose a very small amount, during the application. I applied it to damp hair, and next time I'm going to apply it to dry hair, to cut down on the stress.
  • I didn't add a bunch of stuff. No conditioners. No lemon juice/ACV. No oils. I'm not really concerned with color. I mixed it up with 2 1/2 cups of Black tea, and I added 2 Tblsp of Agave Nectar. That's it. Agave Nectar is easier to work with than honey, and it makes rinsing easier (it did with Cassia and my Ayurvedic powder mixes).
  • I did a detangling PrePoo, the night before (slept in it), and rinsed and shampooed with Butters N Bars' Herbal Shampoo. I didn't condition my hair. I did a quick detangling and sectioning, before applying the henna.
That's it for now! Thanks to everyone who commented in this thread, AND to Ekua, of AyurNatural Beauty. She's a gem, and I appreciate the great product selection, good pricing and fast...super speedy shipping.
Originally Posted by NEA
I looked at your fotki. Your hair is beautiful!

I usually make my henna paste thicker and I made it thin like yours the last time by accident and I couldn't take the messiness (I have never had any messiness with the thicker paste--it doesn't run, drip or whatever).
I do think thicker paste=no mess (especially since I steam during my henna tx).

Can't wait for your end results
I looked at your fotki. Your hair is beautiful!

I usually make my henna paste thicker and I made it thin like yours the last time by accident and I couldn't take the messiness (I have never had any messiness with the thicker paste--it doesn't run, drip or whatever).
I do think thicker paste=no mess (especially since I steam during my henna tx).

Can't wait for your end results
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Wow...thanks! What a nice thing to say!


I think I'll stick to the thinner paste. The mess on my neck is because that particular piece of hair that you see hanging down kept dropping down. Plus, I started in the back, and the towel didn't really cover that well, and my hair was smoothed down, and not up.

I don't want to have to work to get a thick paste out of my hair. Plus, I would have to use more than one bag, if I went with a thicker paste, to get total coverage. I used every drop that was in that bowl, with the thinner consistency. If I ever decide to sleep in it (I doubt that'll happen), I will go for a thicker paste.

The drip is not too bad, not as bad as the Cassia. Looks like the highlights will be more "burnished", and that's what I wanted. Of course, I won't know for sure, till I rinse it out. But I don't think I'll have orangey gray roots, and that's good.
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Okay. Here are the results. Again, I used Nupur Henna w/9 Herbs, mixed with Black tea, and Agave Nectar. No oils. No conditioners. No ACV or lemon juice. I didn't wait for "dye release". The dye released on my head. I left it on for seven (7) hours.

I co-washed with Giovanni's Smooth As Silk Deep Conditioner, and applied My Honey Child's Molasses Hydrating Deep Conditioner as my treatment, which will be left on overnite.

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Well, I got "Bozo Orange Roots", and I'm going to go with it. I got a temporary fix, to color in the orange, until my next henna, which will include some indigo in the mix. Off to AyurNatural Beauty to order some Indigo....




The Color
Excuse the "twig" in my hair. That's the tea that didn't get strained.




Another Pic

I LOVE Henna! My hair strands feel "pregnant" and lush. I like it better than the Cassia, although I'm going to use up my Cassia (I have two packages left), or maybe I'll host a blog giveway! Hmmm....

Yeah, I've got henna in my ears.




It's hard to really see the gorgeous highlights. You can see them really well, in the light.
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Last edited by NEA; 03-03-2010 at 07:55 PM.
Nice results.... I've been wanting to try the Nupur henna for all the other herbs but I have a lb of henna from herco and that is a mix of herbs to so... I won't be getting any new henna until all of this and the 2 lbs of cassia are gone....so that will be a while. Although I do want to do the cassia every 2 weeks.
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Nice results.... I've been wanting to try the Nupur henna for all the other herbs but I have a lb of henna from herco and that is a mix of herbs to so... I won't be getting any new henna until all of this and the 2 lbs of cassia are gone....so that will be a while. Although I do want to do the cassia every 2 weeks.
Originally Posted by mzmillion
Thanks...yes, you should try it. I love it, but next time I'm going to add Indigo...either in the mix, or on top of the henna.
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Okay. Here are the results. Again, I used Nupur Henna w/9 Herbs, mixed with Black tea, and Agave Nectar. No oils. No conditioners. No ACV or lemon juice. I didn't wait for "dye release". The dye released on my head. I left it on for seven (7) hours.

I co-washed with Giovanni's Smooth As Silk Deep Conditioner, and applied My Honey Child's Molasses Hydrating Deep Conditioner as my treatment, which will be left on overnite.

Bozo The Clown
Well, I got "Bozo Orange Roots", and I'm going to go with it. I got a temporary fix, to color in the orange, until my next henna, which will include some indigo in the mix. Off to AyurNatural Beauty to order some Indigo....




The Color
Excuse the "twig" in my hair. That's the tea that didn't get strained.




Another Pic

I LOVE Henna! My hair strands feel "pregnant" and lush. I like it better than the Cassia, although I'm going to use up my Cassia (I have two packages left), or maybe I'll host a blog giveway! Hmmm....

Yeah, I've got henna in my ears.




It's hard to really see the gorgeous highlights. You can see them really well, in the light.
Originally Posted by NEA
wow...beautiful results
wow...beautiful results
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Thank you! I think I'm done with chemical dyes.
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I'm convinced, and I'm jumping on the wagon!!

YAY!!
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I'm convinced, and I'm jumping on the wagon!!

YAY!!
Originally Posted by QueenOfKinks

Hahaha...YAY!
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I had great results with LUSH's "caca" henna. I adore their "Caca Noir", which is henna and indigo mixed together with cocoa butter and other ingredients I can't remember. It was fabulous when my hair was short. I left my hair uncovered to maximize the blue-black from the indigo, but you can cover it up if you want a warmer, redder result. My hair was such an incredible blue-black that people constantly commented on how pretty it was, and it was very shiny. I loved it, and it was super easy to do when my hair was short. However, now that my hair is longer is just isn't manageable.

Of course, henna coats the hair shaft, so forget about getting highlights if you have hennaed your hair. Because the repeated henna applications continue to build color onto your hair, I had a harder and harder time getting my roots to match the ends. Add that with the incredible time commitment, and I decided to stop using henna. It would take up almost an entire Saturday, which is fine if you have 2-6 hours to chill around the house. However, I'm a volunteer firefighter/emt and I just don't have that time to spare anymore. If you do have the time, it is very relaxing and fun to do, and the LUSH Hennas are fantastic.
Originally Posted by rrrosie
I use that too!!! I love the Noir because there isn't much red and I get the subtle chocolate highlights and shine with the conditioning benefits too. Smells nice and spicy as well. A little goes a long way.

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Okay...I've got henna in my hair, right now. It was quite messy, and we should start doing "henna parties", where we henna each other's hair. It's a lot trying to do it yourself. There are a few basic pics in my Fotki. I'll update it when I rinse it out, to see what color result I got, if any.

I used Godrej Nupur Henna w/ 9 Herbs. I didn't want "red" hair, which is why I passed on Jamila, and I wanted the extra conditioning/healing benefits of the additional herbs. I don't see myself ever using "straight" henna.

Few things to note:
...
Originally Posted by NEA
Hey, you know I was reading somewhere on the net that the egyptian and african women would spend a full day doing henna parties?
They henna'd each others hair, ate fresh food and fruits and even had spa treatment, like massages!

That sounds like a plan! Now we need to recruit some hot guys for the massages

Lemme stop..

Well, I ordered 1 kilo of Jamilla Henna from mehandi.com. Cannot WAIT!
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Last edited by QueenOfKinks; 03-08-2010 at 08:56 AM. Reason: spelled a word incorrectly -- oops!!
Okay...I've got henna in my hair, right now. It was quite messy, and we should start doing "henna parties", where we henna each other's hair. It's a lot trying to do it yourself. There are a few basic pics in my Fotki. I'll update it when I rinse it out, to see what color result I got, if any.

I used Godrej Nupur Henna w/ 9 Herbs. I didn't want "red" hair, which is why I passed on Jamila, and I wanted the extra conditioning/healing benefits of the additional herbs. I don't see myself ever using "straight" henna.

Few things to note:
...
Originally Posted by NEA
Hey, you know I was reading somewhere on the net that the egyptian and african women would spend a full day doing henna parties?
They henna'd each others hair, ate fresh food and fruits and even had spa treatment, like massages!

That sounds like a plan! Now we need to recruit some hot guys for the massages

Lemme stop..

Well, I ordered 1 kilo of Jamilla Henna from mehandi.com. Cannot WAIT!
Originally Posted by QueenOfKinks

I'm sorry super OT but...

Egyptian women are also African...
This board got me!! It sucked me in and spit me out, and now I have 400 grams of Jamila henna somewhere in transit over the East Coast from Butters-n-Bars. I did a henna treatment using a box of the shelf in some random Indian store in Cary a couple years ago and got wonderful results... but I don't remember what I mixed in. Oy...

If I have slightly rough ends, do you recommend I get a trim before I henna? For the best conditioning results, what should I mix in? Oy... I'm going to try to sift thru some of the pages on this sticky to figure this out, but please send me tips. I'm excited!
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Okay...I've got henna in my hair, right now. It was quite messy, and we should start doing "henna parties", where we henna each other's hair. It's a lot trying to do it yourself. There are a few basic pics in my Fotki. I'll update it when I rinse it out, to see what color result I got, if any.

I used Godrej Nupur Henna w/ 9 Herbs. I didn't want "red" hair, which is why I passed on Jamila, and I wanted the extra conditioning/healing benefits of the additional herbs. I don't see myself ever using "straight" henna.

Few things to note:
...
Originally Posted by NEA
Hey, you know I was reading somewhere on the net that the egyptian and african women would spend a full day doing henna parties?
They henna'd each others hair, ate fresh food and fruits and even had spa treatment, like massages!

That sounds like a plan! Now we need to recruit some hot guys for the massages

Lemme stop..

Well, I ordered 1 kilo of Jamilla Henna from mehandi.com. Cannot WAIT!
Originally Posted by QueenOfKinks

I'm sorry super OT but...

Egyptian women are also African...
Originally Posted by coilynapp
You got me! Shame shame,.... LOL !
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Hey all!

I'm in a rush but I wantedto ask a q:

Have you had to change your shampoo since doing henna? I mean, I see some shampoos designed to keep henna color in longer. Is this just a marketing ploy?!

Happy Henna'ing!
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