Experiences with Henna?

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I am so jealous of everyone not having shedding with henna. I just did my 2nd treatment on Friday and my hair is hard as a brick, still sheds and still stinks like henna. I really want my hair to love henna but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I did it because my hair is shedding like a madman - anytime I TOUCH my hair, I have strands on my hand.

I used Reshma henna and mixed it with green tea and honey. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by Allycoils
I mix mine with conditioner and oils (neem, jojoba)
has anyone tried the premixed henna at whole foods? I always find henna waaay too messy when I mix it myself.

Last edited by shainala; 03-13-2012 at 02:19 PM.
has anyone tried the premixed henna at whole foods? I always find henna waaay too messy when I mix it myself.
Originally Posted by shainala
Of you are getting to the rainbow brand? Yes. Its awesome if you dont mind picking trwgs out of your hair-__- ! Jk I didnt like it... I used the cassia...i didn't notice fullness until I started using the real deal henna

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has anyone tried the premixed henna at whole foods? I always find henna waaay too messy when I mix it myself.
Originally Posted by shainala
Of you are getting to the rainbow brand? Yes. Its awesome if you dont mind picking trwgs out of your hair-__- ! Jk I didnt like it... I used the cassia...i didn't notice fullness until I started using the real deal henna

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Originally Posted by kinkycoilly
I hated Rainbow too. I first used it back in the early '90s (my first intro to henna), and it as the worst hair treatment experience I've ever had. It took days to fully rinse it out of my hair before I was able to get it pressed again.
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Well I went for it, decided to dye my hair "chocolate" with Surya henna from Whole Foods. I love it. Certainly seemed to tame the fly-aways I get sometimes on foggy days like today. And I like that it darkened my sun lightened ends. Why hair feels so soft and conditioned.
Well I went for it, decided to dye my hair "chocolate" with Surya henna from Whole Foods. I love it. Certainly seemed to tame the fly-aways I get sometimes on foggy days like today. And I like that it darkened my sun lightened ends. Why hair feels so soft and conditioned.
Originally Posted by shainala
Hope you have better luck with the chocolate Surya than I did. Loved the color and convenience, but the results were short-lived. For me, it wasn't cost-effective to keep repurchasing.


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Ladies, what do you use to keep your hair moist after henna? I've stopped using it for while except for my roots as the grey grows in. I lost some hair in the back of my head do to breakage from the dryness. I tried to do a henna gloss but when I went to the hairdresser later, they complained of the dryness. I need to find something that will really moisturize my hair.

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Ladies, what do you use to keep your hair moist after henna? I've stopped using it for while except for my roots as the grey grows in. I lost some hair in the back of my head do to breakage from the dryness. I tried to do a henna gloss but when I went to the hairdresser later, they complained of the dryness. I need to find something that will really moisturize my hair.
Originally Posted by mochachica
First, you have to find out what's causing the dryness. What are you mixing your henna with?

Lemon juice and ACV are known to for their drying effects and are not necessary for dye release. I recently was shocked to learn that green tea can have the same kind of effect, making the hair feel coated and hard.

So I dropped it from my regimen and used lavender instead. I could tell the difference immediately. You can use chamomile too. Or plain hot water. Or coconut milk.

Here are a few things I like to mix my henna with to combat the dryness (not necessarily all at once! lol): plain full fatted yogurt; fenugreek, marshmallow root, slippery elm, buttermilk (all powders); and silk peptide powder.

Things I've used in the past were olive oil, coconut oil, honey and blackstrap molasses. I would say out of this bunch the molasses worked best for me.

I prefer the powders.

Afterwards I deep condition with Sitrinilla (from Hairveda) or KBB's Hair Mask. I find both extremely moisturizing after henna.

You can use any deep conditioner that works best for your hair.

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I actually did a henna gloss last time using Red Raj and my hair felt dryer than ever. My mix was about a third Loreal everstrong conditioner with hemp oil and now its a week later and my hair is just starting to soften up. I only usually put a splash of lemon juice in my mix.

I'm going to try a temp dye (sebastians) next time and give the henna a break.
where can I purchase lavender? is it a powder?

chammomille tea w/conditioner gives me great henna results without drying
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i use dried lavender leaves because I also like to use it in my spritz. Hmm...maybe you can do a google on lavender powder. Didn't know it existed, but I guess you can powder anything. lol

You can buy the leaves/flowers/buds @ your local co-op or online (ie Ebay). Actually, i got a great deal on ebay.
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Last edited by BugEyeZ; 03-26-2012 at 07:10 PM.
I opened a thread but I'd probably get more answers here.

I bleached my hair to strip the henna color and in the end its stripped my of my curls. My curls are loosened and I'm trying protein and DC'ing to see if I can bounce it back. Henna had strengthened my hair over the last year so I'm wondering if a neutral henna(cassia) would improve my hair or maybe a indigo henna blend. I don't want the henna red again but I'm considering these. What do you guys think?
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Okay I got greedy and brought the Perisian Rainbow even though the Twighlit version of Henna and Ancient Sunrise Cassia is on the way, I will make my mix tonight and apply the Red Henna tomorrow and see the results and once the other comes perform another henna treatment in order to compare and contrast. My mix is 4oz red henna, 3/4 cup of distilled water steeped with Passion Tea"red tea" from Tazo, 1tbsp of lemon juice and 1tbsp of ACV, honey until smooth/creamy, will DC with Aloe 80 organics by Lily of Desert. Same time limit on each mix will apply along with the same, mixture of items.
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I actually did a henna gloss last time using Red Raj and my hair felt dryer than ever. My mix was about a third Loreal everstrong conditioner with hemp oil and now its a week later and my hair is just starting to soften up. I only usually put a splash of lemon juice in my mix.

I'm going to try a temp dye (sebastians) next time and give the henna a break.
Originally Posted by mochachica
Where do you get Sebastians? I've never heard of that. Henna always drys out my hair, even if I'm only using about 1/3 henna to 2/3 conditioner. I also use honey and EVOO in mine. I'd like to get away from henna, but I've used henna before that I suspect had metallic salts in it. So I'm a little afraid of reactions. I may try a semi-perm though. Is that what Sebastians is?
I opened a thread but I'd probably get more answers here.

I bleached my hair to strip the henna color and in the end its stripped my of my curls. My curls are loosened and I'm trying protein and DC'ing to see if I can bounce it back. Henna had strengthened my hair over the last year so I'm wondering if a neutral henna(cassia) would improve my hair or maybe a indigo henna blend. I don't want the henna red again but I'm considering these. What do you guys think?
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Many folks use alma to maintain their curl pattern, as henna tends to straighten hair for some folks over time. Try alma to revive your curls.
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I opened a thread but I'd probably get more answers here.

I bleached my hair to strip the henna color and in the end its stripped my of my curls. My curls are loosened and I'm trying protein and DC'ing to see if I can bounce it back. Henna had strengthened my hair over the last year so I'm wondering if a neutral henna(cassia) would improve my hair or maybe a indigo henna blend. I don't want the henna red again but I'm considering these. What do you guys think?
Originally Posted by soleilmoncur
Cassia is supposed to be good for dry hair, not drying like henna BUT I've heard it's very fragile. As in, if you have hard water, it can turn your hair green. It can also do funky things if your hair has a lot of gray or if you've used chemical dyes in your hair. This is according to the mehandi.com site. I've been afraid to try it.

Indigo in my experience is very drying. I've never found henna or indigo to be moisturizing or good for the hair in any way other than they cover my gray and aren't as harsh as chemicals. If you try cassia, post about how you like it.
Yes, Sebastians is a semi-perm dye and I purchased it from Amazon. I guess its no longer widely available b/c my hairdresser asked me where I purchased it b/c he doesn't see it around much. I just used it yesterday and it seems to work pretty well. I can usually restore my moisture balance after the henna but only if I visit the hairdresser. I usually wash my hair and then go to the hairdresser with my hair wet. But I have to really give the henna a break. The dryness has been unbelieveble!





I actually did a henna gloss last time using Red Raj and my hair felt dryer than ever. My mix was about a third Loreal everstrong conditioner with hemp oil and now its a week later and my hair is just starting to soften up. I only usually put a splash of lemon juice in my mix.

I'm going to try a temp dye (sebastians) next time and give the henna a break.
Originally Posted by mochachica
Where do you get Sebastians? I've never heard of that. Henna always drys out my hair, even if I'm only using about 1/3 henna to 2/3 conditioner. I also use honey and EVOO in mine. I'd like to get away from henna, but I've used henna before that I suspect had metallic salts in it. So I'm a little afraid of reactions. I may try a semi-perm though. Is that what Sebastians is?
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i started a thread asking this queston, but no one's responded, maybe someone here can help me. i want to dye my hair auburn, and since i'm afraid of damage i would like to use henna to do so. i found hennaking.com and they offer henna hair dyes, the even have a few specifically labeled for black people's hair. of the choices for black people they offer a bright BRIGHT cherry red, a jet black, and a dark brown. the dark brown is described as having "reddish" highlights but i don't want highlights, i want a straight up reddish brown, auburn. i was thinking i could mix the red and brown together, do you think that would work? if so how much red vs. how much brown? they also have a auburn that's not race specfic, would it be a better idea to just try that?
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You have to watch these colored hennas. They probably have at the very least, natural additives to affect the outcome - indigo, chamomile, etc. If you are starting out with brown hair naturally, your hair will turn auburn from henna. When I say, "henna," I mean REAL HENNA. You need to look for Body Art Quality henna (BAQ). Jamila is a good one. I mix mine with water - enough water to make it like a pudding. I add a little lemon juice because that is what releases the dye. You can use a bit of tea or any acidic liquid. You have to let it set several hours, then apply. It needs to set on your hair several hours (2-4) to color your hair. It's a long process, but you can get the color you're looking for with henna. Just don't use those colored hennas. There is no telling what is in them. People diss the Rainbow brand, but I don't think it has anything bad in it - it's just not very fresh. I buy their red and I buy strawberry blonde which is henna and chamomile, but I mostly just use BAQ Jamila henna now. Once you've used bad and good henna, you can tell the difference pretty easily. It's all kind of hard to explain becuase henna is a learning process. I've spied on this thread for months, long before joining here even, and also Long Hair Community. I always felt like ppl would jump on me for asking ?'s but people have been helpful.
I did an overnight henna treatment with amla, brahmi, maka and rose along with a tea mixture. I left this on for eighteen hours and then rinsed. Now I have a conditioner mix on with a plastic cap. I love the way ghat henna conditions my hair.
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