Experiences with Henna?

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i don't want my texture to loosen so i'm kind of iffy about henna but the hair color effect sounds awesome!
Originally Posted by bklyn_belle
Amla really does counteract the loosening effect quite well. The last time I did a full head henna, the curls actually felt tighter than before I did the henna treatment. My hair actually felt a little shorter to me after I finished.

It is just a matter of tweaking the amla to the amount that is needed for your desired results.
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When I tried henna, I didn't notice any loosening. I did start adding some olive oil to the mixture to make it less drying. That definitely helped.
Sorry if this has been asked already but, I just henna'd my hair and the curl pattern has relaxed considerably.... I don't mind it because I know it will revert back (I usually henna once in a blue moon). But my question is WHY does henna do this? Is it the henna itself or is it the ingredients used for the mix? I did not use lemon juice but instead tried aloe vera juice for the acidity part. I also added amla powder, and finished using some oils that I got from Afroveda (yuck). I'm thinking about pH (sorry) and am wondering if this is a factor. Could it also be the length of time on my head (I did this overnight)? Just curious....

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Sorry if this has been asked already but, I just henna'd my hair and the curl pattern has relaxed considerably.... I don't mind it because I know it will revert back (I usually henna once in a blue moon). But my question is WHY does henna do this? Is it the henna itself or is it the ingredients used for the mix? I did not use lemon juice but instead tried aloe vera juice for the acidity part. I also added amla powder, and finished using some oils that I got from Afroveda (yuck). I'm thinking about pH (sorry) and am wondering if this is a factor. Could it also be the length of time on my head (I did this overnight)? Just curious....
Originally Posted by LhoreSpencer
I always thought it was just the heaviness of the henna that stretches the hair.
I've made other ayurvedic pastes that are quite heavy but doesn't touch my pattern.

The question is just one that popped in my head after I rinsed and saw the results. I'm so loving it, but still curious. Hope someone has an answer... I've been doing searches but coming up empty handed.

Falling deeper and deeper and deeper in with my beautiful mixture of springy, tight coils and super duper kinks.

*SIGH* Alas, I've come to accept my shrinkage and fairy knots

There are no magic potions, concoctions, elixirs, or pills for hair growth, weight loss, or financial independence... so stop looking for a quick fix!!!
naturalhaven.com has the answer. She's a Scientist from England that is natural and gives the scientific reason. Here's the link: http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/...ng-theory.html
Thank you for this... I just bookmarked her page for further info on many scientific hair questions. Found out about her from another thread.

Falling deeper and deeper and deeper in with my beautiful mixture of springy, tight coils and super duper kinks.

*SIGH* Alas, I've come to accept my shrinkage and fairy knots

There are no magic potions, concoctions, elixirs, or pills for hair growth, weight loss, or financial independence... so stop looking for a quick fix!!!
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!
Originally Posted by wowohwow
For some people buying online at Mehandi.com may be the best option. For instance, I live in a rural area, and we have no Indian stores. I would definitely love it, though, if I could just go to the store and buy cheap, GOOD henna instead of having to buy it online when I want to use it.





So I have some Rajastani henna that I won from a reliable dealer on youtube and it is the smoothest. I'm going to mix it for a gloss only but of course let it dye release, but my question is, I have twists in my hair and I want to leave them in and henna, like I said, this is smoother henna than the Punjabi Prime(and that was great) so do you guys think this will be ok for twists...
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i did my first henna treatment yesterday! whoo hoo!

my hair is a deep auburn right now, with some of the natually lighter parts being a coppery colour. i'm happy with the colour! subtle but pretty!

i got really.. experimental with my mix. i think it was godrej nupur henna (the 9 herbs kind), strong black tea, honey, cinnamon, paprika, and a splash of acv. it smelled like fresh alfalfa hay before i mixed it. i'm all too familiar with that smell, i had a bunny.

but once i mixed it? it smelled like something ate the hay and pooped it out. it was not a pleasant smell. at all.

application wasn't as messy as i expected, no splatters, drips, smears, or stains. i'm clumsy as hail, don't ask me how none of that happened. i don't know myself. my head felt.. hm.. like i had a relaxer on. not so heavy i thought my neck was going to collapse, but not light. i have a twa.. i think. i can't put it in a ponytail but it's not super duper short, about 4" stretched and 1.5+" unstretched.

i kept it in for about.. 6 hours. my mom kept saying "your head stinks". thanks mommy!

cleanup... GROSS. i dunked my head, just the front of my head, in half a tubful of water and the water turned the ickiest murky brown ever. it was horrible. and when the water drained the grit made like dirty zebra patterns on the bottom of the tub. i wanted to puke. i rinsed under the bathwater then showerhead, then scrubbed like mad with my shampoo bar. rinsing was really easy, didn't take much time.

my curls felt smooth and tighter than they've ever been. they felt strong, too! but that shedding kinda scared me.. haven't done any hardcore detangling in a while so i had a lot of shed hair in my hands. glad i read up beforehand!

i deep conditioned overnight with giovanni sas condish and rinsed it out this morning. felt really soft. gonna twist with shea butter and kccc tonight.

thumbs up on the henna! i froze the excess so i can do a henna gloss the week after next, then save the rest of my henna powder for my boyfriend (he wants to try it too!)

yay!
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Sorry if this has been asked already but, I just henna'd my hair and the curl pattern has relaxed considerably.... I don't mind it because I know it will revert back (I usually henna once in a blue moon). But my question is WHY does henna do this? Is it the henna itself or is it the ingredients used for the mix? I did not use lemon juice but instead tried aloe vera juice for the acidity part. I also added amla powder, and finished using some oils that I got from Afroveda (yuck). I'm thinking about pH (sorry) and am wondering if this is a factor. Could it also be the length of time on my head (I did this overnight)? Just curious....
Originally Posted by LhoreSpencer


i was told that henna binds or adheres to the keratin in the hair strands weighing it down , which in turn acts as a protein treatment so to speak. it stops the breakage in your hair because its reinforcing the protein thats already in the hair.
Does it matter whether you henna dry or wet hair???

*srry if its been asked

I already hennaed my hair before and don't feel like washing/conditioning the same day I henna. (Its too much work.)
I heard it doesn't matter if its wet/dry, but I also heard that if its dry the hair draws moisture from the henna, absorbing it more.
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Fantastic, you can henna on dry hair, just use a spray bottle to dampen it, I do it all the time, you can check my henna and cassia video for my easy henna technique.
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Fantastic, you can henna on dry hair, just use a spray bottle to dampen it, I do it all the time, you can check my henna and cassia video for my easy henna technique.
Originally Posted by mzmillion
Thanks Ill check it out
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So, I want to try henna...for the conditioning and color aspects, but I had my hair bleached and colored a honey blonde in May. My avatar picture is 2 days after having it done...of course it's toned down a bit by now. My question is...has anyone ever hennaed over dyed blonde hair? I don't want Bozo orange hair lol. Should I dye my hair a dark brown first and then get started using henna? I am considering cassia instead until my color grows out...but I've read that cassia doesn't leave long lasting conditioning results like henna does. And like I said....if it wasn't for my dye job, I'd have no issue with the red color tint. I love me some red hair lol.

I added a picture of me that's a more recent idea of my current hair color.
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did second henna and its a dark brownish and has red tints in light.

hair is noticeably loser, I now retain 60-75% of my curls when wet!!!!

my hairs a little frizzer but it feels stronger, it defines magnificently

I plan to henna again next week, I'm loving the effects
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Ladies, I'm sorry if this question has been asked and answered, but... I've been using henna for about 2 years now on a monthly basis. I love the way it makes my hair look and feel, but lately I've become concerned that I may be over-doing it. For those of you who have left the henna world, what was your cue? Breakage, overly-straight hair, too much color, too much money??? What made you stop? Right now I can't see any reason to stop doing something that I feel is so beneficial to my hair, so I need a traffic signal. Ladies, you are my traffic signal.
I just finished my first henna treatment (DCing now) and wow! I could really feel the difference in my hair. It felt much smoother in the back where my "scab hair" is and the color was not too frightening (it is auburnish, but I added some amla to counteract it, and I didn't let it sit overnight for the dye to release).

So...I'm thinking I'm going to do another one later in the week - I didn't use my whole box (my hair is short) and my hair did not feel dry afterwards.

Why didn't I try this sooner?
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hair is:

soft
strong
shiny
easy to detangle
retaining length
frizzy

I used a batch of henna that made a week ago.
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hair is:

soft
strong
shiny
easy to detangle
retaining length
frizzy

I used a batch of henna that made a week ago.
Originally Posted by Fantastic1221
Hiya, just a thought, but do you use shampoo to wash out the "mud"? If so, that may be where your frizz is coming from. Mine stopped frizzing when I went only conditioner to rinse the mud out then followed up with ACV for a few minutes and final rinsed with cold water. May help, may not- hope it does.

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