Experiences with Henna?

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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.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
Ah HA! Now I get why.
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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??
Originally Posted by ninja dog
My color calms down after a few days (gets darker). What is your natural color?
Originally Posted by greenandchic
Reddish-blonde, but softer (as in not as flame-like in shade). I don't want darker, just less intense.

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Very sorry if this has been asked before, but :

my hair is looking very thin and I've been getting more SSKs in the last few months. I was going to henna my hair, but don't want to change the color so now I'm looking at Cassia. If I'm not trying to get any kind of dye release, is it ok to use...well, cheap stuff? I want to go to Whole Foods and just get their 'Light Mountain' Brand neutral henna, but I've seen lots of reviews cautioning against this brand. I'm not trying to change my color, so I thought maybe I would be safe. Is Light Mountain a bad brand for conditioning/strengthening/thickening or does it just not dye the hair well?

And for anybody who's used both Cassia and Henna, did you feel that Cassia was a good treatment for the health of your hair? Was it 'weak' when compared to henna? Or was the effect similar just without the color?

TIA
Very sorry if this has been asked before, but :

my hair is looking very thin and I've been getting more SSKs in the last few months. I was going to henna my hair, but don't want to change the color so now I'm looking at Cassia. If I'm not trying to get any kind of dye release, is it ok to use...well, cheap stuff? I want to go to Whole Foods and just get their 'Light Mountain' Brand neutral henna, but I've seen lots of reviews cautioning against this brand. I'm not trying to change my color, so I thought maybe I would be safe. Is Light Mountain a bad brand for conditioning/strengthening/thickening or does it just not dye the hair well?

And for anybody who's used both Cassia and Henna, did you feel that Cassia was a good treatment for the health of your hair? Was it 'weak' when compared to henna? Or was the effect similar just without the color?

TIA
Originally Posted by Dame Curlicue
When it comes to cassia vs henna in terms of conditioning, henna is much stronger than cassia and lasts longer. Cassia didn't thicken my hair at all, but it did condition it. Henna thickens my hair. I find cassia washes out/fades within two weeks of application where henna can last two months on my hair without losing the strengthening effect.

I've used the brand, Light Mountain henna before and it was very twiggy, and not sifted fine enough. The cassia from Hennasooq is superior to Light Mountain (or Rainbow). There are other places where you can buy good quality cassia, but its almost always online.
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Thank you Greenandchic. I think I'll just bite the bullet and try full strength henna. Hennasooq looks nice! Do you know how much the shipping is/how long deliveries take?
Thank you Greenandchic. I think I'll just bite the bullet and try full strength henna. Hennasooq looks nice! Do you know how much the shipping is/how long deliveries take?
Originally Posted by Dame Curlicue
No problem! Their shipping is not terribly high from what I remember and they are fast about it. I have always gotten my orders in less than a week from their location.
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I would like opinions:

do those who use it think henna looks natural? This probably relates most to lighter haired curlies, or anyone who gets a lot of red color from it.

TIA
I would like opinions:

do those who use it think henna looks natural? This probably relates most to lighter haired curlies, or anyone who gets a lot of red color from it.

TIA
Originally Posted by ninja dog
My natural color is that no mans land that isn't blonde and isn't really brown. A couple of shades darker than my avatar.

Henna looked really neon and overly bright on me. It doesn't seem to look as neon on darker hair. Aside from henna being drying, (my hair is a bit coarse to benefit from henna) the overly bright look plays into why I stick to salon color.


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I would like opinions:

do those who use it think henna looks natural? This probably relates most to lighter haired curlies, or anyone who gets a lot of red color from it.

TIA
Originally Posted by ninja dog
I think its subjective. On my dark hair, henna really only shows up in the light. Sometimes I like it, and other times I add other ingredients to the henna `to cancel out the red.

You can see a little of my color here. My hair is naturally highlighted (slightly) from the sun and you can see more of the color sometimes.

If your hair is lighter than dark brown, it will show up for sure.



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I would like opinions:

do those who use it think henna looks natural? This probably relates most to lighter haired curlies, or anyone who gets a lot of red color from it.

TIA
Originally Posted by ninja dog
If you are over 25 and your hair is light brown or lighter, I would say its not likely to fool anyone.

There are not many natural redheads over mid-twenties that have really vibrant red. It seems to lighten and fade and mellow out on every redhead I've ever known.

I get more compliments on my hair colour now than ever before, many asking 'is that natural' which is so stupid, cuz it's obviously not, but I guess they just don't know how to ask what kind of color I use. It's actually pretty funny.

The shade itself is a really natural tone, and is actually achievable by humans with the right genes, but these young goddesses are few and far between-- I was almost one once, and my sister definitely was one, the lucky biatch!

Last edited by SusieSuze; 12-07-2011 at 12:52 AM.
Has anyone ever done a henna gloss on twists? I'm going to pick up all the stuff I'll need over the Christmas holidays from my Uni flat, and I know with my ayurvedic stuff sitting around, I will be tempted! I just put some twists in though and was hoping to keep them in for a couple weeks, but I've never found rinsing henna out to be too difficult, so maybe the twists wouldn't be too badly disturbed?

My hair is short if that makes a difference (somewhere between CL and CBL) and the twists are medium. TIA!
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I would like opinions:

do those who use it think henna looks natural? This probably relates most to lighter haired curlies, or anyone who gets a lot of red color from it.

TIA
Originally Posted by ninja dog
My natural color is that no mans land that isn't blonde and isn't really brown. A couple of shades darker than my avatar.

Henna looked really neon and overly bright on me. It doesn't seem to look as neon on darker hair. Aside from henna being drying, (my hair is a bit coarse to benefit from henna) the overly bright look plays into why I stick to salon color.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
This is what I'm finding my experience to be as well. I may do some strand testing with cassia blended into my existing henna mix in the future, but this first week with henna (previously I did a glaze), has been pretty alarming.

My roots were especially electric. Kinda scary electric. I felt like a Marseilles fishmonger (I've probably said this before --- sorry).
Has anyone ever done a henna gloss on twists? I'm going to pick up all the stuff I'll need over the Christmas holidays from my Uni flat, and I know with my ayurvedic stuff sitting around, I will be tempted! I just put some twists in though and was hoping to keep them in for a couple weeks, but I've never found rinsing henna out to be too difficult, so maybe the twists wouldn't be too badly disturbed?

My hair is short if that makes a difference (somewhere between CL and CBL) and the twists are medium. TIA!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
I don't know. To rinse my henna out, I shake my hair around, massage the scalp, do a couple of cowashes, etc. For you, I can see some henna lingering in your hair until you take our twists out and your hair being super frizzy and fuzzy from the process.
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Has anyone ever done a henna gloss on twists? I'm going to pick up all the stuff I'll need over the Christmas holidays from my Uni flat, and I know with my ayurvedic stuff sitting around, I will be tempted! I just put some twists in though and was hoping to keep them in for a couple weeks, but I've never found rinsing henna out to be too difficult, so maybe the twists wouldn't be too badly disturbed?

My hair is short if that makes a difference (somewhere between CL and CBL) and the twists are medium. TIA!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
I don't know. To rinse my henna out, I shake my hair around, massage the scalp, do a couple of cowashes, etc. For you, I can see some henna lingering in your hair until you take our twists out and your hair being super frizzy and fuzzy from the process.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
You're right. I'll just be patient. These twists look and feel nice anyway, I shouldn't ruin them.
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Has anyone ever done a henna gloss on twists? I'm going to pick up all the stuff I'll need over the Christmas holidays from my Uni flat, and I know with my ayurvedic stuff sitting around, I will be tempted! I just put some twists in though and was hoping to keep them in for a couple weeks, but I've never found rinsing henna out to be too difficult, so maybe the twists wouldn't be too badly disturbed?

My hair is short if that makes a difference (somewhere between CL and CBL) and the twists are medium. TIA!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
I don't know. To rinse my henna out, I shake my hair around, massage the scalp, do a couple of cowashes, etc. For you, I can see some henna lingering in your hair until you take our twists out and your hair being super frizzy and fuzzy from the process.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
You're right. I'll just be patient. These twists look and feel nice anyway, I shouldn't ruin them.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
I would leave them be.
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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.
Originally Posted by SusieSuze
I recently did just 3 hours AND I didn't let my dye release and hour. I mixed, immediately applied, and let sit for just 3 hours. I had the same results as overnight application. I saved so much time with the application. The dye released immediately, maybe because I heated the AVJ and the lemon juice. My hair still benefited from the great strengthening of the henna.
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Last edited by Umph; 12-11-2011 at 07:26 AM.
Yes I know for fact that dye release happens MUCH quicker with heat. I left a batch in the sun for an hour and you could see the orange tinge in the moisture that seeped out.

I imagine the heat from your scalp (98.6 degrees!) is enough to keep the dye release going good.

I left mine in for 4 hours this time, but of course the results don't mean much since I changed brands. Lol.
So much for the scientific method!!

Love this batch of henna which I got from a local art dye and wool shop. So creamy and deep rich results so far-- still in the oxidation phase.
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!
Originally Posted by Umph
How long did you let the henna sit before applying? I usually let mine sit for 12 hours but I was wondering if I should let it sit for a shorter time before using.
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!
Originally Posted by Umph
How long did you let the henna sit before applying? I usually let mine sit for 12 hours but I was wondering if I should let it sit for a shorter time before using.
Originally Posted by NaturalAKA
i've still been using this altho i get intense itching for 2 days. my dyed black hair is still black but my roots are a lovely auburn color. i wanted burgundy but i don't get burgundy with my natural hair color. my few greys are a brighter coppery red.

i'm going back to my jamila to see if the itching is there with this too. i didn't used to get itching from jamila. either way, i will continue my weekly henna treatments. my hair has done a 360 with it

i dont let mine sit. i mix it up and let it release on my head overnight. wash out in the morning. this gives me my saturday back
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i'm going back to my jamila to see if the itching is there with this too. i didn't used to get itching from jamila. either way, i will continue my weekly henna treatments. my hair has done a 360 with it

i dont let mine sit. i mix it up and let it release on my head overnight. wash out in the morning. this gives me my saturday back
Originally Posted by hippychic
Maybe your scalp is reacting to being exposed to acidity for so long, so often. I know the lemon juice I put in my mix would bother me if I left it on overnight. Doing that once a week would really mess with the acid mantle that protects your scalp.

Most people don't realize that the scalp is a really different kind of skin, and that if it's pH is messed with, the flora can get way out of balance. It's a lot like getting a candida or yeast infection.

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