Experiences with Henna?

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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.
Originally Posted by CurleeLadeeTee
24 hours is the shortest mix time; 4 hours shortest leave on time It's good to know that I can mix & use immediately and get the same great results.
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Originally Posted by Naturlbella
beautiful results!
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Thanks! I went to the shop to get my Henna done. My BF is Indian so she referred me to her Indian hairdresser who does them all the time. She recommended leaving it on 3 or 4 hours max. She used egg with her mix and said the protein was great to help with conditioning. I'm sure there's a lot of different ways to have it applied. The color turned out great after only 4 hours. I'm not certain why a lot of people leave it on longer?????
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Thanks! I went to the shop to get my Henna done. My BF is Indian so she referred me to her Indian hairdresser who does them all the time. She recommended leaving it on 3 or 4 hours max. She used egg with her mix and said the protein was great to help with conditioning. I'm sure there's a lot of different ways to have it applied. The color turned out great after only 4 hours. I'm not certain why a lot of people leave it on longer?????
Originally Posted by Naturlbella
maybe for the strength properties your hair can benefit from henna? I plan to henna once monthly and will only do short treatments... 4-6 hrs tops
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 think the reason why many leave it in longer than needed is because humans are just hard wired to think 'More is better'. Of course we know this isn't always true.

There is only so much that the hair can absorb, so I personally don't think there's any benefit to extending past the time I know my color results will be how I want.

The strengthening is amazing at 3 hours and so is the color. But I'm going to try 4 hours next time to see if I notice a difference.
Thanks! I went to the shop to get my Henna done. My BF is Indian so she referred me to her Indian hairdresser who does them all the time. She recommended leaving it on 3 or 4 hours max. She used egg with her mix and said the protein was great to help with conditioning. I'm sure there's a lot of different ways to have it applied. The color turned out great after only 4 hours. I'm not certain why a lot of people leave it on longer?????
Originally Posted by Naturlbella

I leave mine on longer because I usually apply my henna at night after 9:00PM (rarely have that kind of time during the day) and by the time 4 hours is up, rinsing, deep conditioning, its past 3 in the morning!

I do overnight henna treatments for the sake of time for me, not because I think more is better.
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Thanks! I went to the shop to get my Henna done. My BF is Indian so she referred me to her Indian hairdresser who does them all the time. She recommended leaving it on 3 or 4 hours max. She used egg with her mix and said the protein was great to help with conditioning. I'm sure there's a lot of different ways to have it applied. The color turned out great after only 4 hours. I'm not certain why a lot of people leave it on longer?????
Originally Posted by Naturlbella

I leave mine on longer because I usually apply my henna at night after 9:00PM (rarely have that kind of time during the day) and by the time 4 hours is up, rinsing, deep conditioning, its past 3 in the morning!

I do overnight henna treatments for the sake of time for me, not because I think more is better.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
Yeah, me too. But also because I let the dye release on my head, instead of letting the mix sit out until the dye releases.
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People have different ways of doing their henna treatments. It's just nice to know that there are multiple ways to do it and get really nice results. I let the dye release for maybe an hour while I'm cooking. Then I apply my henna and leave it on for 4 hours. I deep condition overnight. I do it this way now for 2 reasons 1) I can wake up rinse out my deep conditioner and style in a tuck and go and 2) I'm paranoid about getting henna on my sheets (I'm a wild sleeper). At first I didn't think this method would yield good dye release, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is not to say that if you choose to henna overnight, that that is wrong or too much. I only mention it because I don't hear of a lot of other people doing 4 hour henna treatments. If I could do 2 hour treatments, I'd be sharing that experience.
4 hrs works fine for me, I won't sleep in the henna again.
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I'm a faithful henna head but I want to use indigo to get my brown hair back. I have a few questions about indigo for those who have used it.

1. Is indigo as strengthening as henna with the same properties?

2. Can I get my reddish brown hair back in a few months with just a regular henna treatment over indigo hair?
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I leave my henna on for 12+ hours, coz I'm lazy. It doesn't hurt my hair...
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I'm a faithful henna head but I want to use indigo to get my brown hair back. I have a few questions about indigo for those who have used it.

1. Is indigo as strengthening as henna with the same properties?

2. Can I get my reddish brown hair back in a few months with just a regular henna treatment over indigo hair?
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
I doubt indigo has the same stregthening properties as henna.

And 2, when I use indigo, it fades within weeks of application and my hair is back to being the sane henna color. I've used regular henna over it without issues

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I'm a faithful henna head but I want to use indigo to get my brown hair back. I have a few questions about indigo for those who have used it.

1. Is indigo as strengthening as henna with the same properties?

2. Can I get my reddish brown hair back in a few months with just a regular henna treatment over indigo hair?
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
I doubt indigo has the same stregthening properties as henna.

And 2, when I use indigo, it fades within weeks of application and my hair is back to being the sane henna color. I've used regular henna over it without issues

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Originally Posted by greenandchic
So indigo isn't a permanent color??
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I'm a faithful henna head but I want to use indigo to get my brown hair back. I have a few questions about indigo for those who have used it.

1. Is indigo as strengthening as henna with the same properties?

2. Can I get my reddish brown hair back in a few months with just a regular henna treatment over indigo hair?
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
I doubt indigo has the same stregthening properties as henna.

And 2, when I use indigo, it fades within weeks of application and my hair is back to being the sane henna color. I've used regular henna over it without issues

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Originally Posted by greenandchic
So indigo isn't a permanent color??
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Not from what I read and my experiences. When you do a henna/indigo treatment, the indigo is the first to fade/wash out. Henna will remain while the indigo is long gone.
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I doubt indigo has the same stregthening properties as henna.

And 2, when I use indigo, it fades within weeks of application and my hair is back to being the sane henna color. I've used regular henna over it without issues

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Originally Posted by greenandchic
So indigo isn't a permanent color??
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Not from what I read and my experiences. When you do a henna/indigo treatment, the indigo is the first to fade/wash out. Henna will remain while the indigo is long gone.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
Hmmm. I don't know of it's a blessing in disguise LOL. I just wanted my hair back to a more natural shade for a photoshoot and then back to my henna red. Guess this will work just great
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I'm confused by the four hour minimum. The kit I bought said 2-4 hours.

Also, if you use tea, does it have to be green tea? How do you gauge the acidity of other teas?

Finally, how long do leftovers last if frozen?

TIA
I'm confused by the four hour minimum. The kit I bought said 2-4 hours.

Also, if you use tea, does it have to be green tea? How do you gauge the acidity of other teas?

Finally, how long do leftovers last if frozen?

TIA
Originally Posted by ninja dog
What kind of kit did you buy?
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Henna for Hair's Sunshine (via Mehandi).

It sure came out bright............please tell me it really does mellow in three days??
Henna for Hair's Sunshine (via Mehandi).

It sure came out bright............please tell me it really does mellow in three days??
Originally Posted by ninja dog
My color calms down after a few days (gets darker). What is your natural color?
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