Experiences with Henna?

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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.
Originally Posted by SusieSuze
ive never had itching b4 using this type of henna. i'm not new to henna, just this kind/brand of henna. i got itching even when i just used water. i don't use lemon juice. when i used jamila henna, i never got the itching.

my scalp is weird tho
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^ Hippychic - I experienced the same thing with the Twilight henna. I got a serious case of itchies and could barely stand to leave it on for 4 hours. It was the first brand that I tried so I thought that perhaps I was allergic to henna but purchased the Jamilla and Nupur brands also to give those a whirl. I didn't experience the itchy scalp with those brands. I just put in a squirt of lemon juice in my mix. I mostly mixed with tea. The only issue is that the Jamilla stain was not as strong as the Twilight so I was wondering if that maybe a stronger dye content caused the itchiness.

I recently received the new Red Raj from Henna Sooq (dye content is 3.2) so I pray that I don't experience the same problems.
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Last edited by mochachica; 12-17-2011 at 05:25 AM.
I'm going to do a henna indigo treatment this week. I'm trying to decide which method to apply. Should I apply the henna, rinse it out & then apply the indigo. Or mix the indigo, let the dye release & then add the indigo to the henna & then apply the mixture to hair. Which method would result in a darker color?
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Last edited by Curly Chic; 12-19-2011 at 03:47 PM.
I'm going to do a henna indigo treatment this week. I'm trying to decide which method to apply. Should I apply the henna, rinse it out & then apply the indigo. Or mix the indigo, let the dye release & then add the indigo to the henna & then apply the mixture to hair. Which method would result in a darker color?
Originally Posted by Curly Chic

The two step method will give you more of a very dark/black results. I usually do the one step method because I like a little of the red tones to come through and don't like real dark/black hair on me.
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I just mixed up a batch of henna for an over night treatment. I'm using some henna that a friend brought back from India. I have no idea of the brand but this is me second use and it gave an awesome stain on the first use. I added Amla, Brahmi, Maka, Mehandi, and Kapoor Kachli. I added hibiscus to my tea mix because I want a heavy stain. I'll apply it tonight and rinse it out in the morning.
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Hair Texture: Fine, Thin
Hair Density: Medium - Thin Crown
Porosity: Low
Co-wash: Sauve Coconut and/or Clarifying, Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Leave-In: GDLI, YTCLI, KBB, KCNT
Moisturizers: QBRBC, KBB, Glycerin, SMCS,SMDM
DT: AOGPB, AOBGA, GEPT, TJNS, YTC, Henna, Alma, Brahmi, Maka, Tulsi, Kalpori
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I just mixed up a batch of henna for an over night treatment. I'm using some henna that a friend brought back from India. I have no idea of the brand but this is me second use and it gave an awesome stain on the first use. I added Amla, Brahmi, Maka, Mehandi, and Kapoor Kachli. I added hibiscus to my tea mix because I want a heavy stain. I'll apply it tonight and rinse it out in the morning.
Originally Posted by Naturalfinally
Lol! You added Mehandi to your Mehandi! :laugh: Should be a very heavy stain I guess.
Is the mehandi you added to your Indian one the Hesh brand? I got a wonderful stain from my last henna and I use the Hesh brand. I'm not sure if it's the brand (I always use it so probably not), the fact that I've had a good number of hennas now (think this was number 6 in almost 7 months) or the teaspoon of AVC I added (which I've never done as I'm always told amla is acidic, so extra acid isn't needed) that made my hair colour so well. Gah! My hair is so strong and I've improved on my wash and goes now, so my hair is this slightly frizzy (I don't mind) cloud of curls! Woop woop!
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 just mixed up a batch of henna for an over night treatment. I'm using some henna that a friend brought back from India. I have no idea of the brand but this is me second use and it gave an awesome stain on the first use. I added Amla, Brahmi, Maka, Mehandi, and Kapoor Kachli. I added hibiscus to my tea mix because I want a heavy stain. I'll apply it tonight and rinse it out in the morning.
Originally Posted by Naturalfinally
Lol! You added Mehandi to your Mehandi! :laugh: Should be a very heavy stain I guess.
Is the mehandi you added to your Indian one the Hesh brand? I got a wonderful stain from my last henna and I use the Hesh brand. I'm not sure if it's the brand (I always use it so probably not), the fact that I've had a good number of hennas now (think this was number 6 in almost 7 months) or the teaspoon of AVC I added (which I've never done as I'm always told amla is acidic, so extra acid isn't needed) that made my hair colour so well. Gah! My hair is so strong and I've improved on my wash and goes now, so my hair is this slightly frizzy (I don't mind) cloud of curls! Woop woop!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
I did use the Hesh brand of Mehandi added to my Indian henna. I have on conditioner now so it will be a while before I can see the staining results.
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Hair Type: 4A-3C Crown
Hair Texture: Fine, Thin
Hair Density: Medium - Thin Crown
Porosity: Low
Co-wash: Sauve Coconut and/or Clarifying, Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Leave-In: GDLI, YTCLI, KBB, KCNT
Moisturizers: QBRBC, KBB, Glycerin, SMCS,SMDM
DT: AOGPB, AOBGA, GEPT, TJNS, YTC, Henna, Alma, Brahmi, Maka, Tulsi, Kalpori
Sealant: EVOO, Jojoba, Grapeseed, JBCO, Herbal Oil - Hesh Herbal Oils

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I did a henna treatment with the Rajasthani Fall 2011 from Hennasooq (in the front) & some leftover Celebration from Mehandi (in the back). Didn't mix the two just to see if the stain differs.

Anyway...

Guess my glove had a hole in it. Hehe.

I won't paint my nails though. Curious to see how long it lasts.
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I did a henna treatment with the Rajasthani Fall 2011 from Hennasooq (in the front) & some leftover Celebration from Mehandi (in the back). Didn't mix the two just to see if the stain differs.

Anyway...

Guess my glove had a hole in it. Hehe.

I won't paint my nails though. Curious to see how long it lasts.
Originally Posted by rakakan
Hahaha!
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 just mixed up a batch of henna for an over night treatment. ... I'll apply it tonight and rinse it out in the morning.
Originally Posted by Naturalfinally
.. I've had a good number of hennas now (think this was number 6 in almost 7 months)... My hair is so strong and I've improved on my wash and goes now, so my hair is this slightly frizzy (I don't mind) cloud of curls! Woop woop!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
Naturalfinally & Jo Somebody, would love to see pics of your results I'll give mine another day to oxidize & try to get some photos in the sunshine.
i'm going to cut back on my henna treatments. as my hair is growing in length, my curl pattern is changing (noticed it before the henna). henna has made a huge difference in my hair (overall) but my hair is looking more stretched . after my shampoo last week, my hair looked like i had blow dried it. i did a trim and my ends in the front (a looser texture) are stick straight, not curled.

it seems as though my porosity is changing too. my hair doesn't dry out as fast. it keeps moisture for the week without drying out now.
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 going to cut back on my henna treatments. as my hair is growing in length, my curl pattern is changing (noticed it before the henna). henna has made a huge difference in my hair (overall) but my hair is looking more stretched . after my shampoo last week, my hair looked like i had blow dried it. i did a trim and my ends in the front (a looser texture) are stick straight, not curled.

it seems as though my porosity is changing too. my hair doesn't dry out as fast. it keeps moisture for the week without drying out now.
Originally Posted by hippychic

Have you tried mixing amla with your henna? Some people claims it helps counter the curl loosening effect of the henna.

How often did you henna?
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Does anyone know if the website hennasooq is taking orders right now? It says on their blog that they're closed for the holidays, but they only talk about that in terms of customer service (calling them and the like). Has anyone ordered from them recently?
i'm going to cut back on my henna treatments. as my hair is growing in length, my curl pattern is changing (noticed it before the henna). henna has made a huge difference in my hair (overall) but my hair is looking more stretched . after my shampoo last week, my hair looked like i had blow dried it. i did a trim and my ends in the front (a looser texture) are stick straight, not curled.

it seems as though my porosity is changing too. my hair doesn't dry out as fast. it keeps moisture for the week without drying out now.
Originally Posted by hippychic

Have you tried mixing amla with your henna? Some people claims it helps counter the curl loosening effect of the henna.

How often did you henna?
Originally Posted by greenandchic
i did 5 weekly henna treatments.

thanks for the tip on the amla!!!!! i have lots of this so will mix it next time. i just hate that the amla is so hard to rinse (when i used to use it straight). the raj henna performs so very different from the jamila on my hair. when i used to use jamila my hair was able to stand up without flopping over (the looser texture in the front). i didn't get the stretched effect. i loved it.

i received my new order for jamila from ayurnatural. i'm trying to use up all the raj henna before i start back with jamila. i also ordered indigo but will do one thing at a time lol.
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
Has anyone who has experienced the curl loosening affect of henna found that it makes their hair easier to detangle? In other words, with the loosening of your curl pattern or texture does your hair tangle less making detangling less of a chore and less time consuming?

Also, in order to utilize amla to counteract the curl loosening affect of henna should the amla be used in the henna or used alone? Which is the best way to encourage the return of your curls and coils?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and answer. Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered here before but I just don't have time to scroll through 3000 plus posts.

Thanks again!
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I just mixed up a batch of henna for an over night treatment. ... I'll apply it tonight and rinse it out in the morning.
Originally Posted by Naturalfinally
.. I've had a good number of hennas now (think this was number 6 in almost 7 months)... My hair is so strong and I've improved on my wash and goes now, so my hair is this slightly frizzy (I don't mind) cloud of curls! Woop woop!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
Naturalfinally & Jo Somebody, would love to see pics of your results I'll give mine another day to oxidize & try to get some photos in the sunshine.
Originally Posted by rakakan
I don't have a camera I'm afraid!
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!
Has anyone who has experienced the curl loosening affect of henna found that it makes their hair easier to detangle? In other words, with the loosening of your curl pattern or texture does your hair tangle less making detangling less of a chore and less time consuming?

Also, in order to utilize amla to counteract the curl loosening affect of henna should the amla be used in the henna or used alone? Which is the best way to encourage the return of your curls and coils?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and answer. Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered here before but I just don't have time to scroll through 3000 plus posts.

Thanks again!
Originally Posted by belwillcoily
Hair will tangle whatever its texture. The sections of my hair that are straighter (I have loads of textures naturally, nothing to do with henna) tangle just as much as the rest as it goes through the same styling and is exposed to the same products and the same HIH-syndrome.
I haven't had any loosening from henna (I don't think) as I add amla to it every time (which answers your second question!), but I do find my hair easier to detangle and it has fewer tangles a) because something I use in my mix smooths down my cuticles (henna? amla? brahmi? fenugreek???) and b) because the strands are stronger and so I have less breakage and fewer strands to get tangled up in the hair.

Hope that helps somewhat! Oh, and I do do seperate amla treatments without henna, usually in my 'moisturising' mix (with maka, hibiscus and burdock root).
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!
Has anyone who has experienced the curl loosening affect of henna found that it makes their hair easier to detangle? In other words, with the loosening of your curl pattern or texture does your hair tangle less making detangling less of a chore and less time consuming?

Originally Posted by belwillcoily
i have diff textures in my head. the hair at my crown is more kinky, dense than all the rest of my hair. this was my problem area. i really wish all my hair was that texture! it would make my life so much easier lol. this area has really improved with henna.

the loosening effect has made this trouble area the length of the rest of my hair because it would shrink to almost looking like i did a twa again. it detangles much more easily too since doing the henna treatments. this area also now holds moisture.
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 going to cut back on my henna treatments. as my hair is growing in length, my curl pattern is changing (noticed it before the henna). henna has made a huge difference in my hair (overall) but my hair is looking more stretched . after my shampoo last week, my hair looked like i had blow dried it. i did a trim and my ends in the front (a looser texture) are stick straight, not curled.

it seems as though my porosity is changing too. my hair doesn't dry out as fast. it keeps moisture for the week without drying out now.
Originally Posted by hippychic

Have you tried mixing amla with your henna? Some people claims it helps counter the curl loosening effect of the henna.

How often did you henna?
Originally Posted by greenandchic
i did 5 weekly henna treatments.

thanks for the tip on the amla!!!!! i have lots of this so will mix it next time. i just hate that the amla is so hard to rinse (when i used to use it straight). the raj henna performs so very different from the jamila on my hair. when i used to use jamila my hair was able to stand up without flopping over (the looser texture in the front). i didn't get the stretched effect. i loved it.

i received my new order for jamila from ayurnatural. i'm trying to use up all the raj henna before i start back with jamila. i also ordered indigo but will do one thing at a time lol.
Originally Posted by hippychic
No problem! Amla is so hard to rinse out - the downside. So it was the Jamila that made your hair looser? I only use Jamila so I don't have any other BAQ henna experience to compare.

Has anyone who has experienced the curl loosening affect of henna found that it makes their hair easier to detangle? In other words, with the loosening of your curl pattern or texture does your hair tangle less making detangling less of a chore and less time consuming?

Also, in order to utilize amla to counteract the curl loosening affect of henna should the amla be used in the henna or used alone? Which is the best way to encourage the return of your curls and coils?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and answer. Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered here before but I just don't have time to scroll through 3000 plus posts.

Thanks again!
Originally Posted by belwillcoily
My hair doesn't loosen via henna, but my hair is stronger which helps in the detangling process in that I have less breakage.

You can use the henna and amla together. HTH.
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@Hippychic - What changes did you notice with the Raj henna? Do you prefer it to Jamilla? I'm going to try the red Raj in about two weeks.

I'm about 10-weeks post relaxer and I only noticed the difference in my curls around my edges. Usually around this time my edges curl up a lot but they are pretty straight but then again, that area is a lot thinner than other areas of my head. I'm hoping I can use henna to transistion to natural or at least stretch my perms until I make a definite decision. I've been usine Jamilla primarily but I have mixed a little Nupur in.

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