Experiences with Henna?

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@greenandchic : my hair changes only happened with the raj henna (not jamila). yes, amla is so hard to rinse

@mochachica: the color with the raj henna is very different than the jamila. the raj henna made my hair a very pretty brownish red (like a chocolate cherry color). my few strands of grey are a brighter red. the jamila was more of a fiery in your face (copper). i also got lots of itching with the raj henna for 2 days every time i used it. jamila didn't make me itch. my hair normally falls forward/down (in the front) no matter what. the jamila made my hair stand up like an afro! i loved it. my hair still fell with the raj henna. the raj henna felt way more creamy than the jamila tho.
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@Hippychic- I use Rajasthani organic henna from Henna Sooq mixed with organic amla. Use 4 - 6 tablespoons of amla per 100gr of henna or 50/50. My hair is prone to loosening, so I began using the upper ratios almost 1 yr ago. This amla is finely sifted, like the henna and very easy to rinse. My observation has been ppl who henna very frequently seem to have the loosening effect (those who are prone to loosening and don't use amla particularly)


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@Hippychic- I use Rajasthani organic henna from Henna Sooq mixed with organic amla. Use 4 - 6 tablespoons of amla per 100gr of henna or 50/50. My hair is prone to loosening, so I began using the upper ratios almost 1 yr ago. This amla is finely sifted, like the henna and very easy to rinse. My observation has been ppl who henna very frequently seem to have the loosening effect (those who are prone to loosening and don't use amla particularly)
Originally Posted by naturallycreole
thank you!

i ordered my amla from fnwl (from nature with love). maybe their's isnt as finely sifted as others cuz it's a bear to rinse. i just received a small bag of amla from hennasooq. i will compare. both of them say henna powder and look finely sifted (to my eyes).

i definitely think amla and henna is the way to go for me to combat the curl loosening but still receive the benes of henna. thank you both (you and greenandchic!).
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from natural with love herbal powders are horrid.

I find myself having to rinse and rinse and rinse. Not a happy camper. the grit is bad.

I like the amla from hesh,
from natural with love herbal powders are horrid.

I find myself having to rinse and rinse and rinse. Not a happy camper. the grit is bad.

I like the amla from hesh,
Originally Posted by Cerendipity
thank you!!!! at least it isnt my imagination
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I cosign that the amla from Hesh is very good. In fact I only use their powders (Mehandi, maka/bhingraj, tulsi, brahmi, shikakai and the BRILLIANT Multani mitti - had spots on my forehead from a greasy twist fringe, dried up overnight!) and I never had a rinsing problem, until my last application when I added fenugreek and didn't keep my hair moist everywhere (some of my edges/back poked out of the shower cap and the mixture dried up like a scab *sigh*). And all for between 80p and 1.50~ish for ~100g from Spices of India.co.uk
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I used the Raj henna mixed with indigo and love it. I had no problem rinsing it out but my hair looks almost black. I applied 100 grams of henna & 100 grams of indigo. Is this normal? Just asking cuz I'm new to henna.


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i mixed the amla half n half with henna. i had to shampoo and cowash 3x before it was all rinsed out. i dont know if its my imagination but my hair seemed extra sheen-y!
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I just used my Raj Red that I got from henna sooq last night and here are my inital observations...

1. The red raj isn't as finely sifted as jamila. it's not horrid like some henna i've used, but there were a few twigs in it. it can easily be fixed by sifting it prior to mixing to i'll keep that in mind next month when I henna again. It's not enough to keep me from reusing but worth mentioning.

2. It mixes very smooth and creamy...similar to jamila...but WAAAAAY shorter dye release. With Jamila, when I mix with my green tea...it's only starting releasing after a few hours when I apply and go to bed...with the red raj, when I tested the dye release after 3 hours the inside of my arm was bright red/orange so I applied and went to bed.

3. It rinsed easy enough...not as easy as jamila though. I'd say it took maybe an additional 1-2 rinses to get it all out...mostly because of the twigs but I think that sifting it before use wil fix that issue.

4. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the color!!! I just hennaed last night and usually it takes a few days for the color to pop but based on what I'm seeing so far....the color payoff is WAAAAY better than Jamila! I henna mostly for the color payoff (early greying) and the strengthing is a great bonus so for me...the color is important and with the red raj I got it.

I still have about 4 boxes of Jamila that I plan to use up...but the next time that red Raj is on sale...I'm stocking up! I purchased 6 boxes during the inital sale...and it takes about 1.5 boxes to cover my entire head so I have enough to last til the summer.

I'm sitting under the dryer now trying to try my hair before I go to bed so I'll try and snap a pick tomorrow to see if I can capture the color. Overall....I'm impressed.
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i mixed the amla half n half with henna. i had to shampoo and cowash 3x before it was all rinsed out. i dont know if its my imagination but my hair seemed extra sheen-y!
Originally Posted by hippychic
reporting back again. after co-washing my hair 2 more times, i still see bits of amla in my hair! i thought i had got it all out but obviously i was wrong.

all this washing and manipulating my scalp on top of the itchies i get from the raj henna left me with a very sore scalp . i didn't/couldn't touch my hair for 4 days. i was forced to do a wash n go (literally).

the good news is that the hair that was stick straight in the front, now has a curl on the ends (my twists). so i guess until i get a better amla, this is a winning solution for me with the curl loosening.

where do you guys purchase hesh amla?
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Just want to chime in with this observation: henna is far preferable to dye if you like the color you wind up with; otherwise, you're stuck with it almost forever.
I get Hesh Amla from local indian markets...where are you in the DMV? Most of the places I know about are in VA in the Alexandria/Springfield area. I usually pay about $2 a box for amla (100g) in the store. I also order amla from AyurNatural Beauty when I order henna or other herbs.
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I get Hesh Amla from local indian markets...where are you in the DMV? Most of the places I know about are in VA in the Alexandria/Springfield area. I usually pay about $2 a box for amla (100g) in the store. I also order amla from AyurNatural Beauty when I order henna or other herbs.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
i'm in dc. i might order from ayurnatural. thanks!
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Last edited by CurvyCurly; 01-11-2012 at 09:26 PM.
Well, I tried the Red Raj and I think I like it better than Jamilla!
@Hippychic- I use Rajasthani organic henna from Henna Sooq ...
Originally Posted by naturallycreole
I just used my Raj Red that I got from henna sooq last night and here are my inital observations...

1. The red raj isn't as finely sifted as jamila. it's not horrid like some henna i've used, but there were a few twigs in it. ...
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
@ Nappy_curly_crown, consider the Rajasthani organic, if you prefer a finer sift.
I used the Raj Organic from hennasooq and was very pleased with the deep stain. Glad I ordered in bulk. The last henna I used was Celebration from Mehandi. Raj gives a stronger and deeper color.
I henna once a month.
@Hippychic- I use Rajasthani organic henna from Henna Sooq ...
Originally Posted by naturallycreole
I just used my Raj Red that I got from henna sooq last night and here are my inital observations...

1. The red raj isn't as finely sifted as jamila. it's not horrid like some henna i've used, but there were a few twigs in it. ...
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
@ Nappy_curly_crown, consider the Rajasthani organic, if you prefer a finer sift.
I used the Raj Organic from hennasooq and was very pleased with the deep stain. Glad I ordered in bulk. The last henna I used was Celebration from Mehandi. Raj gives a stronger and deeper color.
I henna once a month.
Originally Posted by cheeky kink
Thanks for the suggestion. When I'm all out of the red raj I may order some to try.


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I used the Raj henna mixed with indigo and love it. I had no problem rinsing it out but my hair looks almost black. I applied 100 grams of henna & 100 grams of indigo. Is this normal? Just asking cuz I'm new to henna.


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Originally Posted by cysyca
It tones down after a few days/washes, I guess in about a week or so you end up with the color.
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