Experiences with Henna?

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I never had issues with washing or cowashing the henna out of my hair - as long as I use BAQ henna of course.

I do an initial rinse (in my sink) either with the water running or dunk my head in a sink full of water. Then I do a cowash, usually with Suave or some of cheap conditioner until the water runs somewhat clear. I always DC after rinsing out the henna.
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I never had issues with washing or cowashing the henna out of my hair - as long as I use BAQ henna of course.

I do an initial rinse (in my sink) either with the water running or dunk my head in a sink full of water. Then I do a cowash, usually with Suave or some of cheap conditioner until the water runs somewhat clear. I always DC after rinsing out the henna.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
@greenandchic,

I think it also sometimes depends on the type of curls, hair structure, lenght of your hair, as well as how well the henna is sieved. My mum for example who uses the same type of henna that I use has a TWA and it literally takes her 5 mins to get the water to run clear whereas I need around 20-30 mins till I feel that my hair is clean of henna (my hair is much longer than herís and I am also a little obsessive about making sure there is no debris left).

I have heard that some ladies get henna that has bits of "twigs" in it (from the henna plant) which with my hair would be a nightmare to get out! My henna is grown locally and the grower sieves it by hand. The lady who sells it has the henna field and literally sits at the open market next to a huge weighing scale and you say how much you want to buy. I LOVE IT.

I have to say that I have seen growth in my hair since I started using henna. I don't know if it's that henna helped my hair to grow or if it is the fact that it helps to stop breakage and therefore there is no hair being "cut" while it is growing (but I'm not complaining either way). I also feel that because henna not only penetrates the hair shaft but also coats the hair it therefore weights down each strand which helps it look slightly longer. I am waiting for all my hair to reach bra strap length (when dry) then I have accomplished my goal! I have layers whereby the hair at the front is much shorter than the hair at the back and the hair at the back has reached bra strap level and when wet goes beyond that.
@Marianneh

I agree it does depend on curl pattern, density, length, etc. My hair is not very long (just hitting BSL) so that's a factor. I've used inferior henna in the past (Rainbow) and it took weeks to get it all out of my hair. Jamila is rinsed out in 10-15 minutes for me though the water is never totally clear until my 3rd cowash or shampoo. As long as the henna doesn't leave any twigs behind, I'm good.
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Today I received my henna and is getting tools together to start the process, where does everyone purchase their gloves? Restaurant style gloves appear too thin and short. Does anyone have 'the' discount place to purchase gloves? TIA
Today I received my henna and is getting tools together to start the process, where does everyone purchase their gloves? Restaurant style gloves appear too thin and short. Does anyone have 'the' discount place to purchase gloves? TIA
Originally Posted by Umph
I buy mine by the box at Sally Beauty (cheaper that way). I get the latex-free (I have a mild allergy) gloves and I'm able to reuse then though I have tons now.

What is BAQ henna?
Originally Posted by SusieSuze
BAQ = Body Art Quality. Henna that is pure henna, no metallic salts or synthetic chemicals. Non BAQ henna is low quality and is extremely difficult to wash out and can damage your hair if you're not careful. Unfortunately a lot of the henna you can buy at the store is non BAQ. More info here: Body Art Quality Henna: What is it and why is it important to you?
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I'm scared.

I hear so many things: it's absolutely permanent; you can't color over it; it smells; you have to leave it in for HOURS; the initial shade fades......you're basically on your own for guessing at the right color......

I have red hair and I think it would be far better for it than commercial dyes, but it seems like such a risk. What happens if you make a mistake?
I'm scared.

I hear so many things: it's absolutely permanent; you can't color over it; it smells; you have to leave it in for HOURS; the initial shade fades......you're basically on your own for guessing at the right color......

I have red hair and I think it would be far better for it than commercial dyes, but it seems like such a risk. What happens if you make a mistake?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
The only "mistake" that can be made is the color result.

In terms of the smell, its subjective. I actually like the smell (very grassy), MUCH better than commercial dyes. Some people hate it. You just have to try and see.
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Hello all -

My first post! How can we tell that we've received BAQ henna? Is there a way to test it or do we just have to trust the seller?

Thanks!
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I'm scared.

I hear so many things: it's absolutely permanent; you can't color over it; it smells; you have to leave it in for HOURS; the initial shade fades......you're basically on your own for guessing at the right color......

I have red hair and I think it would be far better for it than commercial dyes, but it seems like such a risk. What happens if you make a mistake?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
The only "mistake" that can be made is the color result.

In terms of the smell, its subjective. I actually like the smell (very grassy), MUCH better than commercial dyes. Some people hate it. You just have to try and see.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
That's what I'm afraid of! What if my hair comes out Bozo orange instead of strawberry blonde?
Hello all -

My first post! How can we tell that we've received BAQ henna? Is there a way to test it or do we just have to trust the seller?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by mochachica
Depends on the brand and/or the seller. Where did you get yours from?

I'm scared.

I hear so many things: it's absolutely permanent; you can't color over it; it smells; you have to leave it in for HOURS; the initial shade fades......you're basically on your own for guessing at the right color......

I have red hair and I think it would be far better for it than commercial dyes, but it seems like such a risk. What happens if you make a mistake?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
The only "mistake" that can be made is the color result.

In terms of the smell, its subjective. I actually like the smell (very grassy), MUCH better than commercial dyes. Some people hate it. You just have to try and see.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
That's what I'm afraid of! What if my hair comes out Bozo orange instead of strawberry blonde?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
It really depends on your original color. This website is a good guide to help you with your final color Henna for Hair They are really good with answering questions via email or telephone.
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@greenandchic, thanks! I'm in the process of getting everything I need to start my first henna

@mochachica, I'm taking curlynikki's advice (her hair is gorgeous and she still updates her henna process on her own site) and I thoroughly read the hennaforhair ebook, I also checked numerous blogs and BAQ henna is the way to go
Another tip for you ladies using henna for the first time is to do sample tests using hair from your hair brush. You should never assume what the color will turn out to be. Once henna is in your hair itís there to stay unless you cut your hair off. You can make time tests for example by leaving samples in the henna mixture for different amounts of times. This will allow you to determine how long you want to leave it in your hair. If you are mixing your henna with indigo for example or even amla you should test not only for time but also the proportion of each ingredient you use. This way you are not left with an unexpected surprise on your head.

I did a number of samples when I first started out and placed each test on a piece of paper, labeled them and then compared the results. It is best to wait for 1 week to determine which option you want to go for since henna needs time to oxidize once it has been applied to the hair (it generally gets a little deeper after a week).

As greenandchic mentioned the forum on www.hennaforhair.com is a really good site for information and the admins on there are really quick to reply to questions.
I used Reshma henna last week. i left it in for 3 hours and then rinsed until the water ran clear and cowashed.

now when my hands are in my hair, i have tiny flakes of henna that come off on my hands. The water ran clear when I did my final few rinses. What did I do wrong? was the henna not sifted finely enough? it seemed to be.




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Rajasthani Twilight is great! I love the color- not too red but w/burgundy highlights.

My mix consisted of AVJ, lemon juice and honey was added on application day. I didn't make a mess, this was not messy at all. The consistency was NOT yogurt consistency but more thick mashed potato but really smooth. 100 grams of henna was all I used on my 6-9" hair.

I didn't have any gritty residue either, rinsing was very easy. I could see the color instantly- my hair recently had black roots with old reddish/brown ends with gray at temples. Now the grays are a deep coppery color, my hair is a deeper/reddish brown. I love the results. It was brighter three days ago, but I can see it getting deeper in color. I had great results.

I can't believe that I colored my hair WITHOUT making a mess. I can't wait to henna again!
I used Reshma henna last week. i left it in for 3 hours and then rinsed until the water ran clear and cowashed.

now when my hands are in my hair, i have tiny flakes of henna that come off on my hands. The water ran clear when I did my final few rinses. What did I do wrong? was the henna not sifted finely enough? it seemed to be.
Originally Posted by Allycoils
I came across this video while visiting hennasooq.com site- Straining your henna paste
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?...yer_embedded#!

maybe this will help for your next henna
I used Reshma henna last week. i left it in for 3 hours and then rinsed until the water ran clear and cowashed.

now when my hands are in my hair, i have tiny flakes of henna that come off on my hands. The water ran clear when I did my final few rinses. What did I do wrong? was the henna not sifted finely enough? it seemed to be.
Originally Posted by Allycoils
I came across this video while visiting hennasooq.com site- Straining your henna paste
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?...yer_embedded#!

maybe this will help for your next henna
Originally Posted by Umph
Thanks!




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Rajasthani Twilight is great! I love the color- not too red but w/burgundy highlights...
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Originally Posted by Umph
I recently did a hennindigo mix with Rajasthani Twilight after a long hiatus, and I'm really satisfied with the color result on my dark brown hair AND gray hair (usually one or the other is a little off)...no more Jamila for me.

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