Experiences with Henna?

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Just rinsed out my overnight henna and beet juice treatment. I'm now under my steamer with a mix of DC for a hour. I have no idea what I will do to my hair next. I've been bunning it all year but it's getting warm and I really want to wear it out but I'm retaining length! What's a girl to do?!!!!!
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I finally have something to contribute. I ordered the organic Rajasthani from Henna Sooq. I got indigo too but decided not to use it. I mixed black tea and coffee to toned down red because i was afraid it would be too much since my hair is brown with red undertones. I put in eVoo, honey, conditioner and wee bit of AcV. Let sit overnight. Next day put in my hair 3 hours, rinsed, did a dc, then rinse two more times. My grays are copper but so far to me the rest of my hair color looks the same which I like. As far as loosening didnt notice much except i have sporadic loose hairs that are now super loose. But I rarely w and g so no big deal. I noticed my hair shaft seems smother and my hair dried faster than it usually does.
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Did my very first henna and I actually like the color. I did a thick batch and my liquid was hibiscus tea. Not bags, but actual whole flowers I get from a Latino grocery store. I added tea tree oil after I mixed it.

Only problem was the rinsing. No grit or sand or anything, it,s just that I literally rinsed for an hour and STILL had orange drippies. More than an hour actually. I cowashed, used an applicator bottle to get right at my scalp, flipped my head over, did everything i could do. I'm embarrassed that I used up that much water. Ughh. It makes me think that the henna in the green box that says Dulhan is really hair dye, WTH. And now I feel like a fool because I should have just rinsed out the henna and gotten out of the shower and KEPT some of that color.
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I spoke too soon about my hair color looking the same. Now that I think about it the instructions do say it takes two days for the color to settle. I had lunch with a friend today and I asked her while we were inside if she could see it and she said no. But when we went outside in the sun she said it was very noticeable. She said it's a lighter shade of brown that my natural color and looks highlighted. She also said the front had more color than the back. I'm wondering is this is because I started in the front and it stayed on longer or because some of my back hair is a little courser. Anway, it looks great. I love it.
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I spoke too soon about my hair color looking the same. Now that I think about it the instructions do say it takes two days for the color to settle. I had lunch with a friend today and I asked her while we were inside if she could see it and she said no. But when we went outside in the sun she said it was very noticeable. She said it's a lighter shade of brown that my natural color and looks highlighted. She also said the front had more color than the back. I'm wondering is this is because I started in the front and it stayed on longer or because some of my back hair is a little courser. Anway, it looks great. I love it.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Hooray! Did you manage to combat the henna dryness well? What did you use to moisturise/DC after?
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.

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When I make my next batch of henna I plan to separate into smaller batches and then freeze. By doing so I can have henna readily available for touch-ups (mainly my hairline - that's the only area where I'm graying for now).
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When I make my next batch of henna I plan to separate into smaller batches and then freeze. By doing so I can have henna readily available for touch-ups (mainly my hairline - that's the only area where I'm graying for now).
Originally Posted by Umph
Freezing also intensifies the colour in my experience!
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!
Doing my second one. Well technically it's my third but the very first one was a Lush bar so for some reason it doesn't feel like a real henna haha, like i still had training wheels on. Same recipe; henna, brewed hibiscus flowers, tea tree oil. Only 300 grams this time. Last time I used 600 lol and mixed mangal and dulhan. I won't be mixing again because if anything goes wrong, I won't know which did it. I will say this though, something about dulhan doesn't seem quite right. I don't trust it, meaning I think it has something added to it to produce a redder tone, or that it simply has vegetable dyes like manic panic uses. My hair looked hella red/burgundy right after i rinsed and has since faded (a week) to typical henna brassy/browny/slightly red. That doesn't seem right. Especially because it is said that one CANNOT achieve a deep red color after just one henna treatment. Also, it took SEVERAL washes for the water to finally run clear after my first day. Also, my hair smelled kinda, metallic after? Like close to my scalp. Didnt have any of those things happen with the lush henna. This time I got Badshah.

Last edited by Lanisha; 05-27-2012 at 08:08 PM.
I spoke too soon about my hair color looking the same. Now that I think about it the instructions do say it takes two days for the color to settle. I had lunch with a friend today and I asked her while we were inside if she could see it and she said no. But when we went outside in the sun she said it was very noticeable. She said it's a lighter shade of brown that my natural color and looks highlighted. She also said the front had more color than the back. I'm wondering is this is because I started in the front and it stayed on longer or because some of my back hair is a little courser. Anway, it looks great. I love it.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Hooray! Did you manage to combat the henna dryness well? What did you use to moisturise/DC after?
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
I used my banana honey Evoo dc mix. Then cowashed with TN
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My hair doesnt like strong protein so Since i did my henna i have been so worried about moisturizing that i havent used any protein. Now I think my hair is ready to go back to my vo5 protein rinse outs. I think im starting to get overconditioned mushy.
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Doing my second one. Well technically it's my third but the very first one was a Lush bar so for some reason it doesn't feel like a real henna haha, like i still had training wheels on. Same recipe; henna, brewed hibiscus flowers, tea tree oil. Only 300 grams this time. Last time I used 600 lol and mixed mangal and dulhan. I won't be mixing again because if anything goes wrong, I won't know which did it. I will say this though, something about dulhan doesn't seem quite right. I don't trust it, meaning I think it has something added to it to produce a redder tone, or that it simply has vegetable dyes like manic panic uses. My hair looked hella red/burgundy right after i rinsed and has since faded (a week) to typical henna brassy/browny/slightly red. That doesn't seem right. Especially because it is said that one CANNOT achieve a deep red color after just one henna treatment. Also, it took SEVERAL washes for the water to finally run clear after my first day. Also, my hair smelled kinda, metallic after? Like close to my scalp. Didnt have any of those things happen with the lush henna. This time I got Badshah.
Originally Posted by Lanisha
I've used Dulham henna for years... There's nothing added except extra herbs that increase the red tones. It's got lots of Hibicus in it and amla.


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How often do you guys henna if you do it for color? I hennaed May 20th and my grays went copper. On June 2nd my coppers already have a noticeable amount of gray roots. Plus I have some newbies that I know werent there before I hennaed because they arent copper. I know my hair grows faster in the summer but it is true grays grow like weeds.
I was thinking I would be able to go like two months before needing it again. I think I was wrong.
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I henna to cover greys and I do a full henna treatment 1 month, and then followup with a henna gloss the next month. What I do is make enough henna paste for a full treatment plus extra and then freeze the extra. Apply my full henna treatment as usual. For the gloss I mix with conditioner and apply just like a regular henna treatment. I find that using frozen henna (make sure it reaches dye release before you freeze it) I get a really good stain because freezing enhances the color. Its much less time consuming to do a gloss (I apply, sit under a hear cap for 1 hour and leave on for 4 hours then rinse). I don't have the dryness like a regular henna and I can do a quicker DC.

In the winter I do the henna 1 month and then the gloss the 2 following months (slower growth, less grey to cover) and in the summer I do what I talked about above. Also, sometimes I'll do a quick gloss 2 weeks after a henna if I didn't get good dye uptake to "refresh" the color and help make the greys darker. For the color refresher I'll mix a bit of thawed dye released henna into a cheaper cone free conditioner and just run it through my hair, cover with a plastic cap and sit under my conditioner cap for 1 hour then rinse and style (no DC needed because of the small amount of henna and the large amount of conditioner).

Hope this helps
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I henna to cover greys and I do a full henna treatment 1 month, and then followup with a henna gloss the next month. What I do is make enough henna paste for a full treatment plus extra and then freeze the extra. Apply my full henna treatment as usual. For the gloss I mix with conditioner and apply just like a regular henna treatment. I find that using frozen henna (make sure it reaches dye release before you freeze it) I get a really good stain because freezing enhances the color. Its much less time consuming to do a gloss (I apply, sit under a hear cap for 1 hour and leave on for 4 hours then rinse). I don't have the dryness like a regular henna and I can do a quicker DC.

In the winter I do the henna 1 month and then the gloss the 2 following months (slower growth, less grey to cover) and in the summer I do what I talked about above. Also, sometimes I'll do a quick gloss 2 weeks after a henna if I didn't get good dye uptake to "refresh" the color and help make the greys darker. For the color refresher I'll mix a bit of thawed dye released henna into a cheaper cone free conditioner and just run it through my hair, cover with a plastic cap and sit under my conditioner cap for 1 hour then rinse and style (no DC needed because of the small amount of henna and the large amount of conditioner).

Hope this helps
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Thanks. I see this is going to be more work than I thought. I will be freezing and glossing to save time. Right now i only get grays in one section which is the top front. But I had never heard of anybody using henna on just one section and i thought it might look weird. Now that the rest of my hair has henna I might try it.
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FYI- in case anyone is interested, Rajasthani is one of, if not the fastest dye releasing henna types. I use a double strength Hibiscus Tea and amla. In 40 minutes, I'm ready to apply. I've used it about 1 1/2 yr and it builds to a nice burgundy tone.


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FYI- in case anyone is interested, Rajasthani is one of, if not the fastest dye releasing henna types. I use a double strength Hibiscus Tea and amla. In 40 minutes, I'm ready to apply. I've used it about 1 1/2 yr and it builds to a nice burgundy tone.


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Originally Posted by naturallycreole
That is what I got from Henna Sooq but I use black tea and coffee to tone down the red and give it a little more brown.
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I have talked to a few ppl from Indian who use coffee. That's great because everyone doesn't want red highlights. I get the organic Rajasthani from Henna Sooq also. I buy in bulk during her sales.


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Doing my second one. Well technically it's my third but the very first one was a Lush bar so for some reason it doesn't feel like a real henna haha, like i still had training wheels on. Same recipe; henna, brewed hibiscus flowers, tea tree oil. Only 300 grams this time. Last time I used 600 lol and mixed mangal and dulhan. I won't be mixing again because if anything goes wrong, I won't know which did it. I will say this though, something about dulhan doesn't seem quite right. I don't trust it, meaning I think it has something added to it to produce a redder tone, or that it simply has vegetable dyes like manic panic uses. My hair looked hella red/burgundy right after i rinsed and has since faded (a week) to typical henna brassy/browny/slightly red. That doesn't seem right. Especially because it is said that one CANNOT achieve a deep red color after just one henna treatment. Also, it took SEVERAL washes for the water to finally run clear after my first day. Also, my hair smelled kinda, metallic after? Like close to my scalp. Didnt have any of those things happen with the lush henna. This time I got Badshah.
Originally Posted by Lanisha
I've used Dulham henna for years... There's nothing added except extra herbs that increase the red tones. It's got lots of Hibicus in it and amla.


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Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
That's on the back of the Seasons Dulhan box. I use another kind of Dulhan. Thanks though.
I just did my first henna treatment since I started transitioning (and first time in several years lol) and I loved the results! I cant wait to do it again in a few weeks! It gave me everything I wanted...color, shine, thickness..what more can a girl ask for?
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