Experiences with Henna?

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I haven't hennaed in forever......I think imma do it today. Woohoo!
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Hi Ladies,

Anyone been using henna for more than 2 years regularly? I started out with a full head treatment every month for about a year and now only do them every 2 months or so. I love the thickening effect that henna has on my hair.... BUT, now my hair is almost bone straight! Even amla is not bringing back my kinks. I have far too many silvery hairs to stop using henna altogether. Any suggestions for bringing my kinky back? TIA
Originally Posted by straightkinky
I used henna for a couple of years, every few months. My curls are naturally 3a-ish, but after long term treatment with henna, I was down to a 2b, and I HATED it. I loved the color that it brought to my hair (naturally brown, taken to a beautiful deep auburn), but the only thing I could do was grow it out. I even tried adding amla to my mix to try to bring back the curl, and it didn't work. I have long hair, so it took about a year, but my curl pattern is back, and I'm back to chemical dyes for the color I love.

Henna is known to straighten curl patterns, which I imagine is part of why people with kinkier hair really enjoy it, it makes that hair type more manageable. But for those of us with a looser curl pattern, it can affect it very poorly.
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I did a henna gloss treatment yesterday.

100g of Jamila henna
25g of amla
hibiscus tea (I made it pretty strong since I buy loose tea)
Griffin natural conditioner (purchased in bulk at the co-op)
Africa's Best Herbal Oil and coconut oil (for pre-poo)

When I mixed the henna with the tea, I wait for dye release. I kept the glass bowl in a pot of hot water for about a hour. I mixed the amla separately and let it cure before mixing the two together. I blended with conditioner (no other oils) with the henna.

I did a pre-poo with an oil blend, and shampooed after about 15 minutes.

I left the henna on my hair for 7 hours, co-washed it out and DC for a little over an hour.
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I did my first Henna Gloss? yesterday.

I went kind of crazy with it, so please don't laugh

I used half a jar of henna and mixed in one egg and coconut milk.

I then poured in horsetail and nettle infused almond oil, followed by a hibuscus and rosehip tea with a splash of honey.

I used the Cassia Obv. neurtral henna.

I preepooed with honey and coconut oil. Then I did wash my hair first with castor oil shampoo ( which I didn't like btw). Anyway, I put this gloss on my hair for 1 hour. 30 minutes was spent with heat.

I co washed it out ( TOOK FOREVER) with my new HG co washing conditioner Nature's Gate Hemp conditioner. 18 ounces for $5.79 at my local health food store. Anyhoo I co washed it out, and followed up with DC.

This morning my hair had a weird crunch/stickiness to it ( could that have been my knot today??)...so I co washed again and rinsed with more hibiscus and rosehip tea...and can I just say

These curls are popping all over the place and SOOOOO soft. I can't stop touching my hair!!!!

Honestly, I have no idea what did the trick...but I plan to try this routine once a week for the next month or so. Then I will cut back to maybe once a month. I'm going to try to get my hands on some Alma powder to alternate with Henna...who knows? Knowing me I'll probably just mix em up together.
I did my first Henna Gloss? yesterday.

I went kind of crazy with it, so please don't laugh

I used half a jar of henna and mixed in one egg and coconut milk.

I then poured in horsetail and nettle infused almond oil, followed by a hibuscus and rosehip tea with a splash of honey.

I used the Cassia Obv. neurtral henna.

I preepooed with honey and coconut oil. Then I did wash my hair first with castor oil shampoo ( which I didn't like btw). Anyway, I put this gloss on my hair for 1 hour. 30 minutes was spent with heat.

I co washed it out ( TOOK FOREVER) with my new HG co washing conditioner Nature's Gate Hemp conditioner. 18 ounces for $5.79 at my local health food store. Anyhoo I co washed it out, and followed up with DC.

This morning my hair had a weird crunch/stickiness to it ( could that have been my knot today??)...so I co washed again and rinsed with more hibiscus and rosehip tea...and can I just say

These curls are popping all over the place and SOOOOO soft. I can't stop touching my hair!!!!

Honestly, I have no idea what did the trick...but I plan to try this routine once a week for the next month or so. Then I will cut back to maybe once a month. I'm going to try to get my hands on some Alma powder to alternate with Henna...who knows? Knowing me I'll probably just mix em up together.
Originally Posted by Hairguru17

Do you mind if I ask, how come you didn't like the JBCO shampoo? I should be getting mines soon, lol. I kinda heard mix reviews on this stuff.
I Halibel

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[quote=kayasmommy;1580337]I did my monthly henna treatment today, and decided to start playing around with my mixes... Usually, I just mix water, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey. It always comes out fine. Not a huge color payoff (although that's not why I do the treatment) but not problems either.

I've spent the past 4 days doing some research while I've been iced in here in Dallas. Kids out of school, offices closed, nothing to do but surf the web, right? So after all my reading, I decided to heat a bottle of Merlot on the stove top and then stirred it into 200g of Rajasthani henna. I stirred in some olive oil too. I let it sit for about an hour, then applied it as usual. I left it on for 4 hours. The color payoff was AMAZING! I never notice the color deposit with my regular mix, but I could instantly see this such a deep, burgundy cast on my hair in the light. And in not-so-good light, my hair just looks extra rich and dark, with lots of added dimension. Beautiful!

The paste was creamier than usual, too. Usually, I don't add enough liquid to make the paste last more than one application. But with the entire bottle of Merlot in the mix, I had enough to save for a henna gloss in 2 weeks! Yay!

Plus, with my usual mix, my fingers turn orange while I'm twisting my hair after the rinse/DC. Well, today, even with the red wine added to my henna, my fingers did not turn orange. Go figure!
Anybody else got any good mixes?

I've been mixing my henna with either hibiscus or green tea & adding a little honey before applying. So far I've been getting pretty good color results although I've been applying henna once a week.

Your mix sounds interesting. So I guess the wine helped to activate the color. I might need to try that. By the way, I live in Dallas(Mesquite) also. Having a real winter was awesome & so were all the days off.
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Hi everybody! Longtime lurker (~1.5 yrs), first time poster (yay ). My question is this: Do henna treatments change hair porosity? From what I've read, the dye coats the hair shaft, but will the dye keep the cutlicle layer closed? Will this change what I have to do to keep my hair moisturized? I've finally learned how to keep my hair moisturized but, I am considering doing henna treatments to cover my gray strands since they are becoming more noticeable to me. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Hi everybody! Longtime lurker (~1.5 yrs), first time poster (yay ). My question is this: Do henna treatments change hair porosity? From what I've read, the dye coats the hair shaft, but will the dye keep the cutlicle layer closed? Will this change what I have to do to keep my hair moisturized? I've finally learned how to keep my hair moisturized but, I am considering doing henna treatments to cover my gray strands since they are becoming more noticeable to me. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Originally Posted by CurleeLadeeTee
Not in my experience, no. I haven't had to change anything since my henna treatments. Henna does help "smooth" the hair and keep moisture in the hair, but it's not so drastic as to change your porosity from high to low. If you're in the middle, you will still be in the middle. If you are high, you might notice that your hair holds on to moisture more easily. I find it highly unlikely that you will have to change your entire routine or anything like that.

As always, everyone's hair is different. That's just been my experience.
I did my monthly henna treatment today, and decided to start playing around with my mixes... Usually, I just mix water, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey. It always comes out fine. Not a huge color payoff (although that's not why I do the treatment) but not problems either.

I've spent the past 4 days doing some research while I've been iced in here in Dallas. Kids out of school, offices closed, nothing to do but surf the web, right? So after all my reading, I decided to heat a bottle of Merlot on the stove top and then stirred it into 200g of Rajasthani henna. I stirred in some olive oil too. I let it sit for about an hour, then applied it as usual. I left it on for 4 hours. The color payoff was AMAZING! I never notice the color deposit with my regular mix, but I could instantly see this such a deep, burgundy cast on my hair in the light. And in not-so-good light, my hair just looks extra rich and dark, with lots of added dimension. Beautiful!

The paste was creamier than usual, too. Usually, I don't add enough liquid to make the paste last more than one application. But with the entire bottle of Merlot in the mix, I had enough to save for a henna gloss in 2 weeks! Yay!

Plus, with my usual mix, my fingers turn orange while I'm twisting my hair after the rinse/DC. Well, today, even with the red wine added to my henna, my fingers did not turn orange. Go figure!

Anybody else got any good mixes?
Originally Posted by kayasmommy
Instantly interested in this mix. I'd rather drink the Merlot but I'd also enjoy a deep burgundy tint. A bit of lemon juice in my henna mix gives me a strong fiery red tint, which I enjoy. However the acidity of the lemon juice has a drying effect. I do better to mix alma with henna for a cooler, more muted red tint. It's a fair compromise as I henna for both the conditioning and the color. I'm wondering whether the alcohol would ultimately have a drying effect?
I understand everyone's hair is different but if you (or anyone else) uses alcohol as part of the mix maybe you can keep us appraised of the results.

Last edited by rakakan; 02-28-2011 at 09:01 PM.
I just got 5 boxes of henna from Halalco online and will be doing a full henna treatment this weekend. I was going over my photos and even though I don't have a lot of photos pre-henna I can definitely see the difference in the fullness of my wash and gos now.

The first 2 pics are from last year October before I started treatments and the last one was taken in December. My last henna gloss was in January. I'm loving the thickness from the henna and the increased manageability of my hair. I've been keeping my 1/2in of hair growth a month so it won't be until later when my hair is longer that I can really see the progress. But after 11 months, 5 1/2 - 6in of hair is not a bad thing!


Sorry for the odd pic names ^^
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Last edited by soleilmoncur; 03-04-2011 at 12:07 PM.
I am SO excited. I'm expecting my cassia today. I want it. I need it. I am so tired of my fine strands breaking off. I pray that my hair would be stronger with repeated use.
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I just got 5 boxes of henna from Halalco online and will be doing a full henna treatment this weekend. I was going over my photos and even though I don't have a lot of photos pre-henna I can definitely see the difference in the fullness of my wash and gos now.

The first 2 pics are from last year October before I started treatments and the last one was taken in December. My last henna gloss was in January. I'm loving the thickness from the henna and the increased manageability of my hair. I've been keeping my 1/2in of hair growth a month so it won't be until later when my hair is longer that I can really see the progress. But after 11 months, 5 1/2 - 6in of hair is not a bad thing!


Sorry for the odd pic names ^^
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Is this the website: Henna (Mehndi) ? What kind of henna did you buy? How was the service?
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I am SO excited. I'm expecting my cassia today. I want it. I need it. I am so tired of my fine strands breaking off. I pray that my hair would be stronger with repeated use.
Originally Posted by freecurl
Unfortunately, cassia's not permanent. The conditioning/strengthening benefits last around 4 weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair.
I am SO excited. I'm expecting my cassia today. I want it. I need it. I am so tired of my fine strands breaking off. I pray that my hair would be stronger with repeated use.
Originally Posted by freecurl
Unfortunately, cassia's not permanent. The conditioning/strengthening benefits last around 4 weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair.
Originally Posted by Saila
That's why I chose cassia as opposed to henna. I don't like the idea of something permanent on my hair, especially the hair color. I plan on using it every 3-4 weeks (I hope) to see if there is substantial difference.
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I am SO excited. I'm expecting my cassia today. I want it. I need it. I am so tired of my fine strands breaking off. I pray that my hair would be stronger with repeated use.
Originally Posted by freecurl
Unfortunately, cassia's not permanent. The conditioning/strengthening benefits last around 4 weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair.
Originally Posted by Saila
That's why I chose cassia as opposed to henna. I don't like the idea of something permanent on my hair, especially the hair color. I plan on using it every 3-4 weeks (I hope) to see if there is substantial difference.
Originally Posted by freecurl
Ohhh, okay. I misunderstood. I was thinking that maybe you were trying to "build up" a cassia base with repeated use, as people do with henna.
I just got 5 boxes of henna from Halalco online and will be doing a full henna treatment this weekend. I was going over my photos and even though I don't have a lot of photos pre-henna I can definitely see the difference in the fullness of my wash and gos now.

The first 2 pics are from last year October before I started treatments and the last one was taken in December. My last henna gloss was in January. I'm loving the thickness from the henna and the increased manageability of my hair. I've been keeping my 1/2in of hair growth a month so it won't be until later when my hair is longer that I can really see the progress. But after 11 months, 5 1/2 - 6in of hair is not a bad thing!


Sorry for the odd pic names ^^
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Is this the website: Henna (Mehndi) ? What kind of henna did you buy? How was the service?
Originally Posted by Fronomenal

I bought the Mumtaz, Hana, and Jamila(ole' faithful). The Mumtaz isn't BAQ henna, it says it's for hair right on the box. I just rinsed it out and it's taking some time to get out but so far I'm happy with the results. The shipping is slow and they don't give you any indication that the items shipped, but the henna is cheap so I can't complain, and for $5 flat rate shipping it's even better.
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I DC'ed last night and the results are pretty fine. My hair is still frizzy but I think that's just my hair type(3C/4a w/FRIZZ ) but without anything other than shea butter and my oil mixture my curls are defined. Before henna I just got a few tiny curls and a frizzy fro and now I can rock my true curls without any product at all. I can't say anything about color since my hair is naturally dark brown, but I'm sure I will get some red in a few days. I'm loving henna results, I just wish I could stop touching my hair

Halaco is VERY cheap and I can see myself buying all my henna from them. It may take a while to get here but it's worth the wait if I can save some money and get the henna I need. I will do another full treatment in a few weeks with the leftover Mumtaz mix, but so far it gets an A in my book.
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I just got 5 boxes of henna from Halalco online and will be doing a full henna treatment this weekend. I was going over my photos and even though I don't have a lot of photos pre-henna I can definitely see the difference in the fullness of my wash and gos now.

The first 2 pics are from last year October before I started treatments and the last one was taken in December. My last henna gloss was in January. I'm loving the thickness from the henna and the increased manageability of my hair. I've been keeping my 1/2in of hair growth a month so it won't be until later when my hair is longer that I can really see the progress. But after 11 months, 5 1/2 - 6in of hair is not a bad thing!


Sorry for the odd pic names ^^
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Is this the website: Henna (Mehndi) ? What kind of henna did you buy? How was the service?
Originally Posted by Fronomenal

I bought the Mumtaz, Hana, and Jamila(ole' faithful). The Mumtaz isn't BAQ henna, it says it's for hair right on the box. I just rinsed it out and it's taking some time to get out but so far I'm happy with the results. The shipping is slow and they don't give you any indication that the items shipped, but the henna is cheap so I can't complain, and for $5 flat rate shipping it's even better.
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Thanks for the info!
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So I tried to go back and look, but couldn't find an answer. Anybody figure out how to get rid of orange nails and fingers. I try to rinse really well, but when I go to style, I always get orange nails. Idk, maybe the oils bring it out. This time they're pretty orange and look really strange. Any ideas?
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So I tried to go back and look, but couldn't find an answer. Anybody figure out how to get rid of orange nails and fingers. I try to rinse really well, but when I go to style, I always get orange nails. Idk, maybe the oils bring it out. This time they're pretty orange and look really strange. Any ideas?
Originally Posted by Kinky DaySha


The only thing you can do is wait

The dye fades on nails but I've never seen a process on this thread on how to get rid of them. The recent henna treatment I did left 2 orange nails when I was rinsing but besides that I tend not to get them. Right now the only thing you can do is wait, and the next time you work with henna use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the excess. HTH.
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