Experiences with Henna?

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Awesome results NEA! And yeah, 100g of indigo isn't enough for all of your hair. As you noticed, its very powdery, hence easier mixing and rinsing.

My learned general rule of thumb of how much one will need to buy:

- Roughly 100g for every 6-8in of hair, depending on thickness of hair

Another way:

- TWA-EL: 100g
- EL-SL: 200g
- SL-APL/BSL: 300g
- BSL-WL: 400g

Again, thickness of hair will be a factor also, adding 25g-50g for some users.

Obviously, this is not for those who prefer thinner applications. Indigo shouldn't be mixed with anything except water and possibly a pinch of salt (optional) since the purpose is to get it to stick to the henna to create black hair. Therefore, more of it may possibly be used to get a proper application on their hair.

If one is only focused on their roots then, 100g should be sufficient.

Its better to buy a little more and use a little less, because indigo shouldn't be frozen - powder or paste. Its not the same as cassia and henna in that regard. You use the paste and get rid of the leftover. So you can always make a little more if needed.

Hope this helps clear things on the indigo... and again, this is general from reports I've received back.
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Last edited by EkuaSoul; 03-22-2010 at 10:33 AM. Reason: a little clarification
See, I must make my henna thin because if i use 200grams, I waste it. The main reason also is I mix other stuff in as well.
See, I must make my henna thin because if i use 200grams, I waste it. The main reason also is I mix other stuff in as well.
Originally Posted by shawnyblazes
The above is for the indigo, not really henna. I will clarify also that its not about how much you will use, but about how much you will need to buy, my fault for not being clear.

Agreed, a lot of people mix their henna with other things, so that becomes a factor. Indigo is just water and indigo. Its really powdery so it can come out thin. Its dependent on how much one is planning to apply, that's why I said general because everyone will be different.

With henna, many get away with 100g with longer hair for the reason you stated. When I use henna, I only use about 100g.
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In all honesty, I need about 150 gm of henna, for my head. I can get away with the 125 gm package of Nupur, but that's because I don't make mine as thick as "mashed potatoes".

I could definitely do 200 gm of indigo, for my whole head. I have a big head, AND I've read that indigo should go on real thick. Mine was thicker than my henna mix.

It's all about experimentation, and I knew 100 gm of indigo would not cover my entire head of hair. I just wanted to get rid of those bright orange roots, and root coverage was sufficient.

I'm having fun experimenting. I wish I'd known about henna/indigo, years ago. I coulda stopped the chemical color a long time ago.

I have to say that henna and cassia have made the biggest waves, as far as contributing to the health and strength of my hair....far better than ANY "deep conditoner" I've purchased in a bottle/jar, so far. The results were immediate, and very noticeable.
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See, I must make my henna thin because if i use 200grams, I waste it. The main reason also is I mix other stuff in as well.
Originally Posted by shawnyblazes
The above is for the indigo, not really henna. I will clarify also that its not about how much you will use, but about how much you will need to buy, my fault for not being clear.

Agreed, a lot of people mix their henna with other things, so that becomes a factor. Indigo is just water and indigo. Its really powdery so it can come out thin. Its dependent on how much one is planning to apply, that's why I said general because everyone will be different.

With henna, many get away with 100g with longer hair for the reason you stated. When I use henna, I only use about 100g.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul

ooooo gotcha!!!!
Hi,

From my experience i can say that,henna is more of a slight tint then a dye..Along with henna you cant use chemical dyes over it if you dont like the outcome. it takes a month or 2 to fade alot, the color will be strong in the beginning but later it will change.So, personally i hate henna.

Thank you

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Hi,

From my experience i can say that,henna is more of a slight tint then a dye..Along with henna you cant use chemical dyes over it if you dont like the outcome. it takes a month or 2 to fade alot, the color will be strong in the beginning but later it will change.So, personally i hate henna.

Thank you

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See, I must make my henna thin because if i use 200grams, I waste it. The main reason also is I mix other stuff in as well.
Originally Posted by shawnyblazes
The above is for the indigo, not really henna. I will clarify also that its not about how much you will use, but about how much you will need to buy, my fault for not being clear.

Agreed, a lot of people mix their henna with other things, so that becomes a factor. Indigo is just water and indigo. Its really powdery so it can come out thin. Its dependent on how much one is planning to apply, that's why I said general because everyone will be different.

With henna, many get away with 100g with longer hair for the reason you stated. When I use henna, I only use about 100g.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
You weren't not that far off. I have WL hair and I do a Henna/Cassia Mix (half of each) and I use between 350 - 400g. I only use water, my essential oils and castor oil. I know some add condish which I do not like to do personally.
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I want to try henna. But my hair is in braids right now. I bought some Pakistani henna, from mehandi.com (i think thats how you spell it). Its 100 grams, but i don't know how to use it... And i really want to when i take my braids out. I already used Amla, but it didn't really do any thing, IMO.

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Nea, that was great results, till this day, you have the best coloring with henna I've seen... it was like dye and I've never seen that on anyone's head(unless they have light hair)... and I've seen a lot of henna heads. I see now that I'll be able to dye my hair black when the time comes with some indigo.. I was doubting it.... but I'm not anymore. I swear I'm going to try Nupur one of these days...
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Nea, that was great results, till this day, you have the best coloring with henna I've seen... it was like dye and I've never seen that on anyone's head(unless they have light hair)... and I've seen a lot of henna heads. I see now that I'll be able to dye my hair black when the time comes with some indigo.. I was doubting it.... but I'm not anymore. I swear I'm going to try Nupur one of these days...
Originally Posted by mzmillion
Yep...you should try the Nupur with the herbs. I think you'll like it.

My roots came out more of a very dark brown, using the two-step process. I didn't really want jet black hair. I just didn't want orange (from my grey hair) roots. The next time I use indigo, I'm going to apply it thicker, and leave it on longer.

I'm waiting for Ekua to get some Yemeni henna.
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Last edited by sahara; 04-06-2010 at 03:23 PM.
I got one henna melt from the etsy shop thehairshebang.
Should I mix it in an acidic liquid? I got the red (she doesn't have that available right now, at least I don't think so last time I checked) and I want to do it for color. Also, should it be watery or thick? My last henna experience was just short of a disaster. I had bits all up in my hair and it was just a mess. I should have sifted it. Anyway, advice would be appreciated

Last edited by CocoT; 04-03-2010 at 10:38 PM.
I got one henna melt from the etsy shop thehairshebang.
Should I mix it in an acidic liquid? I got the red (she doesn't have that available right now, at least I don't think so last time I checked) and I want to do it for color. Also, should it be watery or thick? My last henna experience was just short of a disaster. I had bits all up in my hair and it was just a mess. I should have sifted it. Anyway, advice would be appreciated
Originally Posted by CocoT
I don't use henna melts, so I don't know. Mzmillion knows, and so would The Hair Shebang. I would convo and ask how to use the melt.
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I got one henna melt from the etsy shop thehairshebang.
Should I mix it in an acidic liquid? I got the red (she doesn't have that available right now, at least I don't think so last time I checked) and I want to do it for color. Also, should it be watery or thick? My last henna experience was just short of a disaster. I had bits all up in my hair and it was just a mess. I should have sifted it. Anyway, advice would be appreciated
Originally Posted by CocoT
I have ordered two henna melts, i add water and a little honey..that is all. the color is subtle, but beautfiful....sorry I have ordered two henna melts from the hairshebang...and i love them, however i jsut ordered a henna mix from butters and bars cuz the melts were getting a little pricey
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Last edited by msbigfinefro; 04-07-2010 at 02:32 PM. Reason: misspelling
I want to try henna. But my hair is in braids right now. I bought some Pakistani henna, from mehandi.com (i think thats how you spell it). Its 100 grams, but i don't know how to use it... And i really want to when i take my braids out. I already used Amla, but it didn't really do any thing, IMO.
Originally Posted by rachelolivia2010
Oh my gosh. Please don't tell me you spent more than $3-$5 on this .com henna Go to ANY Indian store - henna is super cheap there! I'm Indian and I see it all the time, retailing for NO more than $5!
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Well, I have to say, after trying this Henna for a year almost, it has done nothing for me short of awesome! It's been easy to do. The color has taken so well to my hair. The conditioning effects are out of this world! My hair has grown over 5-10 inches in the last few months and I contribute it all to the henna and using natural products like the coconut oil, olive oil, cowashing and caster oil. And I'm all natural. I wouldn't have done it without this forum. Just awesome!
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For those that may find this thread while searching and want to hear a recent post on applying henna, or for anyone who would like to help me fix a simple issue, this is for you.

Also, thank you so much MzMillion! So far, I love your videos and your cool vibes and find them to be of benefit to me.

I did the following:

Went over various recipes and instructions for mixing and plucked the most benificial info for me. Deciding that color was not so important to me as conditioning, I chose to substitute lemon juice/green tea/ anything acidic for just warm water.

Mixed the following into a PLASTIC bowl:
  1. 100 g Jamilla Summer 2009 henna
  2. 2 squirts honey
  3. 1 1/4 cup warm water (*just before boiling*)
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  5. 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  6. 5 drops rosemary essential oil
I mixed for about 5 to 10 minutes until all the lumps were gone, and I watched the henna mix change rom green to brown to dark brown with red swirls in it.
Then, I wet my freshly washed hair (so it would be damp), applied gloves and went at it, applying everywhere until all areas of my hair were completely covered. I thought this was going to be a mess so my friend placed a whole bunch of newspaper and plastic wrap all over the place. About 15 minutes later she comes in to look, and the place was spotless!! We concluded that maybe only the longhaired curlies have the splattering issues.... With nape length 4b hair, I only used about 1/3 of my mix, so that was the second thing that surprised me. I put the rest of the mix to freeze, and sat for 5 hours.

When I went to wash it out, I conditioner washed 2 times and that was it. The water was clear.
Deep conditioned for an hour and a half with ORS Olive Oil Reconstructing Pak mixed with 10 drops sweet almond oil. Rinsed that out too.

I noticed that my hair did more of a corkscrew clumping (which is shocking, should you ever happen to see a picture of my 'bush head' LMAO) and I got a great brownish color. The thing that confuses me, is how I got such a GREAT dye release after only 15 minutes of mixing, but my hair still feels so dry...

Do you all know of a better deep conditioner for 4b hair? I could care less what the cost is, because I feel like I have tried just about everything around me... except the pricey deep conditioners like miss jessies and carol's daughter, and uncle funky's daughter... but that's only because I have been disappointed by some of their other products with mineral oil, and all kinds of other unknown ingredients.

Also, do you think that I applied the wrong oils to my mix? Please offer any and all sentiments on the sweet almond oil, coconut oil, etc..

Thank you so much for listening, and thank you so much in advance if you plan to respond. I will be patiently waiting !
Originally Posted by QueenOfKinks
Have you tried Oyin Handmade's Honey Hemp? Right now that is my favorite. Nothing I've tried so far leaves my hair as soft. Like you I haven't been too pleased with Carol's Daughter products, but the Tui Hair Smoothie would be my second fav. However I haven't used it in a few months since running out because I'm not in to paying $20 for 8oz that I'll only get about 3 DC's out of, whereas Oyin HH is $18 for 16 oz. and that will last me a good while.

Mzmillion is right about not washing and/or conditioning enough to get all the henna residue out. Some have had to wash/rinse/cond quite a few times to get rid of it (I tried to go through all of the older posts lol!). Also another mentioned that someone from a Henna forum (http://www.hennaforhair.com/forum/in...WS_MAN_ITEMS=4) said that sometimes you have to do back to back applications to jump start the process. This could very well be true because something as simple as Oyin's Honey Hemp Cond took 2 tries before it worked wonders in my hair. The first time I used it I was mortified! My hair felt horrible. Weird. But now I looove it!

Now I've seen a few people say that henna loosens your curl pattern if you frequently use it. I'm sure this could vary from person to person, but I would like to know if any of you ladies have tried it for close to a year or longer with no change in curl pattern. Does anyone know if this is true for cassia as well? I really want to try henna mainly for color, and then use cassia about every other week for the deep treatments since it can thicken hair, which is what I'm hoping for along with the strengthening.

She has some good info in this post. I'm also about to read a small e-book from this site on henna.
http://www.hennaforhair.com/forum/in...HPWS_MAN_ITEMS[]=8402


Sorry for the rambling lol.

to the bolded purple that was me glad it worked better for you this time
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Yes! Thank You!

The Results...
Here's the henna, just rinsed, after 7 hours. The second henna produced a deeper red/orange than the first application. Progress! After rinsing out the henna, I immediately applied the indigo (I let it set for about 10 minutes, while I detangled).



With the Indigo...
I left it on for 2 hours



Rinsed out the indigo, and co-washed with Queen Helene's Smoothing Conditioner...LOVE that stuff!

I got what I wanted....no more orange hair. I didn't have enough indigo to do all the way down to my ends, but it looks REALLY good...the highlights (from the henna) are wonderful! I didn't want "ink black" hair. I'll have the final color results after it all oxidizes. But, I'm happy.

I went to one of my "standbys" for conditioning, Creme of Nature's Moisture Extreme Conditioner. My hair is saran-wrapped up. I'll leave this on till tomorrow, then I'll rinse and braid for a braidout.

Success!

Thanks again to Ekua, of AyurNatural Beauty for the great Nupur and Indigo! I'm so happy!
Originally Posted by NEA

Someone may have already said this, but what brand of indigo do you all use? I have never tried henna or indigo, but I really want to give it a try. I've been reading online about what type/brand of henna, but I haven't seen to much about indigo.
Also, has anyone used LUSH henna? What did you think?
@curlycourt10 it was suggested in one of the earlier post that the henna from here: http://www.mehandi.com/ was the best to use specifically the Jamilla brand. They have kits by Ancient Sunrise that comes with gloves and bags to store the extra. According to the Henna for Hair website you definitely want body art quality henna where ever you do decide to get it from.

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