Experiences with Henna?

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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.
That is why I chose Rajasthani Twilight... the color description was dead on.

I learned that I didn't do a long enough DC; I'm DCing right now... henna is drying.
Note to self - letting your tea cool down too much before mixing with henna = lumps!
Also, this was evidently the first time I boiled my burdock root properly, it's seriously mucilaginous!
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.

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Can u get the same thickening & color benefits from henna if you use it as a gloss by adding conditioner a la Curly Nikki style? I was thinking about adding conditioner to my henna to help with the potential dryness.
Can u get the same thickening & color benefits from henna if you use it as a gloss by adding conditioner a la Curly Nikki style? I was thinking about adding conditioner to my henna to help with the potential dryness.
Originally Posted by mochachica
In my opinion you can especially if using a red tea and allowing the dye to release overnight. Two nights ago I mixed hibiscus tea(just enough to get the consistancy of lumpy mashed potatoes) and my henna and allowed it to sit overnight. The next afternoon I added honey and conditioner until I got a smooth thick paste. When I rinsed the henna out this morning, it rinsed out easier and with less dryness. I'm currently deep conditioning but from what I've noticed so far I've got the same thickness I've gotten from previous henna treatments but a better color from letting it sit so long.

In short I don't see the added conditioner as a deterrent for the color or thickening. Sorry for the long response.
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ok so no henna, but I got some cassia and amla and brahmi (?) powders.
I have it on my head now, I mixed 100g of cassia and 100 g of amla and warm water, castor oil, vatika frosting, and evoo. just a little bit of the oils, I only got half of the mix on my head and stuck the rest in the freezer. Im not sure what to expect or how long to leave it on. I was thinking about an hour and a half.
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Wow! I never thought of putting conditioner into the henna mix. I do have a difficult time with tangles after a treatment so if this really works and does not hamper the deposit of pigments into your hair, well then, fabulous!

I had to resort to using conditioner after my last treatment, but am always reluctant as I know that conditioner, being a bit more acidic can actually cause what is called the 'tea effect'.. lightening caused by acidity as a squeeze of lemon lightens tea.

I have no idea if this is the case with Henna and have not done any research.

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Originally Posted by SusieSuze
your hair color is absolutely beautiful!
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
using a new henna: rajasthani indian henna, fall crop 2010

recipe:
100g henna
13oz green tea (4 bags steeped)
2oz monoi coconut oil
2oz hibiscus powder
1oz apple cider vinegar

color turned rich chocolate cherry immediately

applied to hair and notice right out the gate how extremely creamy and smooth this henna is compared to my last batches of jamila henna.

doesn't smell as hay-ish compared to jamila

not doing this for color but for strengthening and conditioning purposes
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
I'm new to henna, applied my 2nd treatment about an hour ago. Rajasthani 2010 crop is what I used and I like it A LOT. I kept my mix simple, lemon juice, aloe vera juice and honey. It gave rich color and I did notice my hair got stronger w/just 4 hours application. I'm going to leave on longer this time- over night.

hippychic I hope you like Rajasthani henna.
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
Thanks for the feedback BrettyU! I've actually done two henna treatments since I last posted! I ran out of the henna that I purchased from Catherine so I used a little Jamilla Henna for Hair and I loved it! The color on my greys are a bit orange but I hope it will darken in time.

HennaSooq is having a sale on BAQ Jamilla today only! 3 boxes for $11.00 plus free shipping!

Can u get the same thickening & color benefits from henna if you use it as a gloss by adding conditioner a la Curly Nikki style? I was thinking about adding conditioner to my henna to help with the potential dryness.
Originally Posted by mochachica
In my opinion you can especially if using a red tea and allowing the dye to release overnight. Two nights ago I mixed hibiscus tea(just enough to get the consistancy of lumpy mashed potatoes) and my henna and allowed it to sit overnight. The next afternoon I added honey and conditioner until I got a smooth thick paste. When I rinsed the henna out this morning, it rinsed out easier and with less dryness. I'm currently deep conditioning but from what I've noticed so far I've got the same thickness I've gotten from previous henna treatments but a better color from letting it sit so long.

In short I don't see the added conditioner as a deterrent for the color or thickening. Sorry for the long response.
Originally Posted by BrettyU
I'm new to henna, applied my 2nd treatment about an hour ago. Rajasthani 2010 crop is what I used and I like it A LOT. I kept my mix simple, lemon juice, aloe vera juice and honey. It gave rich color and I did notice my hair got stronger w/just 4 hours application. I'm going to leave on longer this time- over night.

hippychic I hope you like Rajasthani henna.
Originally Posted by Umph
i absolutely loved it! my hair is really dark so i only noticed a few coppery strands where i have grey. the rinse out was unbelievably easy. my hair wasn't as hard as with the jamila but still felt strengthened. i still can't get over how creamy the henna mix was

i didn't let it sit overnight. i mixed it up, cowashed my hair then slapped it in and slept in it. i really like doing it this way as opposed to letting it sit overnight.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
i absolutely loved it! my hair is really dark so i only noticed a few coppery strands where i have grey. the rinse out was unbelievably easy. my hair wasn't as hard as with the jamila but still felt strengthened. i still can't get over how creamy the henna mix was

i didn't let it sit overnight. i mixed it up, cowashed my hair then slapped it in and slept in it. i really like doing it this way as opposed to letting it sit overnight.
Aren't the coppery strands awesome! I like that they stand out 'just enough'. I too like the creamy mix; I will continue using Rajasthani henna. My first batch was purchased from hennaforhair site and this last one from hennasooq site. They were pretty much identical.
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JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
I noticed that after numerous rinses that residue exist when you apply styling products... it's only an issue because my nails are orange. Not a big issue I add, but an issue nonetheless.
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
I noticed that after numerous rinses that residue exist when you apply styling products... it's only an issue because my nails are orange. Not a big issue I add, but an issue nonetheless.
Originally Posted by Umph
i didn't have this problem
did you shampoo after?
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
Me either. I rinse like mad (e.g. 5 minutes straight), then I cowash. I've never had a residue problem with any ayurvedic product or combo. I'm yet to try fenugreek though!
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.

Love: QB - all of it, Bobeam - shampoo bars, Darcy's Botanicals - Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, Coconut Cupuacu Pomade, KBN - Shealoe Leave-in, Oyin - Juices & Berries, Kinky Curly - Knot Today, Ayurvedic treatments, my Denman and the cloud of kinky goodness on my head that I get to play with!
I did shampoo afterwards and DCd; oh well. My scalp doesn't itch so all is well. It's not lots of residue but I notice that my styling creme turns a slight tannish color.
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
my scalp was tingling after. it felt like the cool tingle of peppermint. i thought it was the apple cider vinegar tho.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
What's the shortest amount of time you let your henna sit before applying? I did 1 hour earlier this week, left it on for 4 hours and it worked! Has anyone else had this experience?
What's the shortest amount of time you let your henna sit before applying? I did 1 hour earlier this week, left it on for 4 hours and it worked! Has anyone else had this experience?
Originally Posted by CurleeLadeeTee
When you said, "it worked", do you mean you had dye release?

I think I put it on my hair almost right away once, but I left it on overnight and I had a mild dye release from that.
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What's the shortest amount of time you let your henna sit before applying? I did 1 hour earlier this week, left it on for 4 hours and it worked! Has anyone else had this experience?
Originally Posted by CurleeLadeeTee
When you said, "it worked", do you mean you had dye release?

I think I put it on my hair almost right away once, but I left it on overnight and I had a mild dye release from that.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
Yes, the dye release was really good. This was the 3rd henna in the past 7 months. I have gray strands through my crown and they were well covered. I did the henna with indigo and my green tea was pretty potent, so I'm not sure if that made a difference. The end result was a sort of a deep burgundy that shows in bright light. The grays are now a dark copper. I really like it.
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