Experiences with Henna?

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Doing my second henna right now. Same brand and kind but i added just a little acv to the recipe and the color mixture looks lighter brown the last time. I am determined to do 3 hours on my hair this time.
can henna be used over permanent hair dye?
Originally Posted by naturaldoll
Yes. It may make the henna color show up much brighter but other than that you should be fine. Just do a strand test with some shed hair and the henna so you can see how the henna color will look on the dyed hair. Good luck!


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In doing my second henna i definitely noticed the increased shedding people talk about. Im a heavy shedder anyway so i wasnt sure at first. It seems to be only immediately after the treatment and I have boocoo hair so it is not something that would stop me but I will go to every two months now. I never saw this with Cassia. I left the henna in 3 and a half hours and I can tell my grays picked up a lot more color this time.
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Are the "high dye content" hennas like the ones tested from hennasooq or whateva REALLY any better than Jamila or your average BAQ henna. I always get BAQ but I'm skeptical of ones that list dye content b/c how do you know their hennas are truly tested? This stuff is loosely regulated, if at all, from my understanding. I have little gray hair but what I have is WHITE. Henna doesn't phase it or at least mine doesn't. It takes several applications and even then you can still tell it's a grey hair! I'm looking at Red Raj and wondering if it's any better.... Is it finely sifted like Jamila b/c one of the reviewers said their's was a bit grainy?
Are the "high dye content" hennas like the ones tested from hennasooq or whateva REALLY any better than Jamila or your average BAQ henna. I always get BAQ but I'm skeptical of ones that list dye content b/c how do you know their hennas are truly tested? This stuff is loosely regulated, if at all, from my understanding. I have little gray hair but what I have is WHITE. Henna doesn't phase it or at least mine doesn't. It takes several applications and even then you can still tell it's a grey hair! I'm looking at Red Raj and wondering if it's any better.... Is it finely sifted like Jamila b/c one of the reviewers said their's was a bit grainy?
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I find red raj to be grainy, be sure to strain the henna before applying. I had bits of twigs in my hair after numerous washings.
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Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
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I can definitely see the henna color now that i have spending more time in the sun. My natural reddish tones have always come out in the summer but with henna this is way red even though the coffee and tea was supposed to make it more brown. It is A bit too red for me. I bought some liquid henna from WF in chocolate brown.
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Sitting under my steamer , steaming my henna in.

Nupur henna mixed with Amla , coconut milk powder, warm water and rosemary oil as my terp.

After mixing it with my kitchen aid , I added in a teaspoon of olive oil and honey to make it smooth.
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Are the "high dye content" hennas like the ones tested from hennasooq or whateva REALLY any better than Jamila or your average BAQ henna. I always get BAQ but I'm skeptical of ones that list dye content b/c how do you know their hennas are truly tested? This stuff is loosely regulated, if at all, from my understanding. I have little gray hair but what I have is WHITE. Henna doesn't phase it or at least mine doesn't. It takes several applications and even then you can still tell it's a grey hair! I'm looking at Red Raj and wondering if it's any better.... Is it finely sifted like Jamila b/c one of the reviewers said their's was a bit grainy?
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I find red raj to be grainy, be sure to strain the henna before applying. I had bits of twigs in my hair after numerous washings.
Originally Posted by Umph
Thanks, that's what I was worried about. I know mehandi.com sells henna specifically for African hair. After using Rainbow, I see why there is a market for that! Though, I've never had probs with BAQ Jamila on that. Was just hoping to find something with stronger color output. Might try it, can't decide...
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Are the "high dye content" hennas like the ones tested from hennasooq or whateva REALLY any better than Jamila or your average BAQ henna. I always get BAQ but I'm skeptical of ones that list dye content b/c how do you know their hennas are truly tested? This stuff is loosely regulated, if at all, from my understanding. I have little gray hair but what I have is WHITE. Henna doesn't phase it or at least mine doesn't. It takes several applications and even then you can still tell it's a grey hair! I'm looking at Red Raj and wondering if it's any better.... Is it finely sifted like Jamila b/c one of the reviewers said their's was a bit grainy?
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I find red raj to be grainy, be sure to strain the henna before applying. I had bits of twigs in my hair after numerous washings.
Originally Posted by Umph
Thanks, that's what I was worried about. I know mehandi.com sells henna specifically for African hair. After using Rainbow, I see why there is a market for that! Though, I've never had probs with BAQ Jamila on that. Was just hoping to find something with stronger color output. Might try it, can't decide...
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
Mix it ahead of time and freeze it for a week+. Results should be more intense.
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Henna-ing dry oiled hair definitely made a difference.. first it didnt drip everywhere while I was sleeping, didnt itch as much either. & I dont know if it was my mix, the fact that I switched liquids or that it was on dry hair but it didnt dry out my hair nearly as much. By the time I was done cowashing it out and detangling my hair felt fine. Still DC-ed (with curl rehab) but next time ill just use that as my leave in and go!
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I find red raj to be grainy, be sure to strain the henna before applying. I had bits of twigs in my hair after numerous washings.
Originally Posted by Umph
Thanks, that's what I was worried about. I know mehandi.com sells henna specifically for African hair. After using Rainbow, I see why there is a market for that! Though, I've never had probs with BAQ Jamila on that. Was just hoping to find something with stronger color output. Might try it, can't decide...
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
Mix it ahead of time and freeze it for a week+. Results should be more intense.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
Yeah, my last 2 batches were frozen. It really seems to help. I think I need to leave my henna on longer too. I can never find 6 spare hours to leave it on my hair but that seems to work best.

Thanks, that's what I was worried about. I know mehandi.com sells henna specifically for African hair. After using Rainbow, I see why there is a market for that! Though, I've never had probs with BAQ Jamila on that. Was just hoping to find something with stronger color output. Might try it, can't decide...
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
Mix it ahead of time and freeze it for a week+. Results should be more intense.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
Yeah, my last 2 batches were frozen. It really seems to help. I think I need to leave my henna on longer too. I can never find 6 spare hours to leave it on my hair but that seems to work best.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I do it overnight, wash it out the next morning/day then deep condition for at least the rest of that day. However, I never bother to let the dye release for more than 30mins (the time it takes the hot hibiscus tea to cool down). I let it release on my head. I'm too disorganised!
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!
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Mix it ahead of time and freeze it for a week+. Results should be more intense.
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
Yeah, my last 2 batches were frozen. It really seems to help. I think I need to leave my henna on longer too. I can never find 6 spare hours to leave it on my hair but that seems to work best.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I do it overnight, wash it out the next morning/day then deep condition for at least the rest of that day. However, I never bother to let the dye release for more than 30mins (the time it takes the hot hibiscus tea to cool down). I let it release on my head. I'm too disorganised!
Originally Posted by Jo Somebody
That's what I should do. I don't like taking showers in the morning but that may be what I have to do or else henna less often. If I keep hennaing, I'm going to get a higher dye content henna to see if it covers greys better. I don't have a lot of greys but the ones I have are hard to cover with henna. I go back and forth on if I want to keep doing henna or switch to box/salon coloring.
I've been using henna a while now and I recognized the intensity of the previously frozen, so yesterday morn, I mixed and froze it and applied my henna at midnight. I think I will always use the prev. frozen batch.
@banjogirl,- research henna from other regions if you need extra grey coverage. Henna from Yemen is supposed to be very good, if you don't want to use indigo. I use Rajasthani, which had a nice dye content and covers my grey area well. Check out hennasooq's blog on their site for more info.


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Naturallycreole, I was going to go ahead and get the Red Raj but I see it's sold out. I might go with Yemeni because from what I've read in its reviews, it dyes deeper than Jamila. I don't see a dye content listed. My henna was 2010 BAQ - IDK what the dye content was but hennasooq's 2011 Jamila has a 2.6% dye content. People who've reviewed it still say the Yemeni is deeper color more of a true red. I do like Jamila's coppery color - I've gotten used to it. Can't decide. I think I'll try Yemeni. I can always go back to Jamila.

My last henna treatment (with 2010 BAQ Jamila) turned out better than usual. My grays were almost completely covered versus just having a light orangey tint. I used less leave-in cond. with it so it was less diluted. I can't get it through my hair w/o using some kind of oils and/or cond. with it. Thanks for the advice, ya'll.
I did my last henna on June 10th and already on July 2nd my copper hairs have nearly 1/2 inch of gray newgrowth. Those buggers must have heard me say Im going to stretch my henna to every other month.
I mixed my third henna treatment with Hibiscus and I love the results but every time I was my hair I see red color still coming out. It must be the hibiscus because I'm sure I rinse it out correctly. I've been using Jamila hair henna which is only $1.79 a box at my local Indian store; I know BOA is better but I can't bring myself to pay a lot more plus shipping.
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I love hibiscus. I make a double strength. I really think it's responsible for my being consistently pleased with the color results I get.


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I love hibiscus. I make a double strength. I really think it's responsible for my being consistently pleased with the color results I get.


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Originally Posted by naturallycreole
what's a double strength?
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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
Did you use Dulhan's mehndi henna or mehendi henna? There is a difference. They make a henna for body art (mehndi) and mehendi henna which has different herbs in it to produce a darker result. I hope I got the spelling right on them. I bought mehendi from another brand, Gobrej I think, and I got results similar to your's. It had a real tinny smell that I suspect may be from metallic salts. I was thinking about Dulhan's mehendi because I want browner results and I've only heard good things about this line until your post.

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