Experiences with Henna?

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Quick question: Is there a time limit to how long thawed henna can sit out? I thawed a batch of henna, and did not end up using it all. I left it out overnight before putting it back in the freezer b/c my dad was sleeping downstairs. Did not want to disturb him. Is the henna still good? Thanks.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
There probably is but I left henna out for a few days and used it no problem. Mine had never been frozen though.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Thanks! I jumped off the henna wagon this past weekend, and rode home on the Revlon Express! I'm just not fond of the consistency of henna, and the time it takes. Still have 2 batches in the freezer I don't want to waste. I think I'll mix em with yogurt and do some glosses. I think it should still be good even though it's been left out before.
Just did my 2nd henna melt. What a disaster! Hair breaking off and dry as the desert. Don't know what I did differently this time. But that's it. No more henna. It's gray hair or color out of a box. I'll try deep conditioning it 2x a week and if that doesn't work, I may have to cut it all off.
Just did my 2nd henna melt. What a disaster! Hair breaking off and dry as the desert. Don't know what I did differently this time. But that's it. No more henna. It's gray hair or color out of a box. I'll try deep conditioning it 2x a week and if that doesn't work, I may have to cut it all off.
Originally Posted by naturalyogini
Did the conditioner you used have protein? Maybe overload. I have to dc right after henna then cowash the next day to get my moisture balance back.
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Just did my 2nd henna melt. What a disaster! Hair breaking off and dry as the desert. Don't know what I did differently this time. But that's it. No more henna. It's gray hair or color out of a box. I'll try deep conditioning it 2x a week and if that doesn't work, I may have to cut it all off.
Originally Posted by naturalyogini
Did the conditioner you used have protein? Maybe overload. I have to dc right after henna then cowash the next day to get my moisture balance back.
Originally Posted by adthomas
I realized what I did wrong. I had been using a conditioner with cones in it. Last time I clarified my hair and then lightly conditioned it BEFORE doing the henna melt. This time I didn't do that. So the combination of the cones and the melt made my hair dry, tangled and frizzy. Also, the color didn't take as well. I cowashed today and used my busy izzy gets buttered up and my hair seems ok.
What is in a henna melt? What brand did you use? I experimented with the idea of henna fluff but ended up with a creamy mixture because of the addition of honey. I posted photos on my blog. I've also read something on Mehandi.com about a henna gel. I believe they added pectin to their mix.

I suffered from extreme dryness after henna until I added honey to my mix. That seemed to make a big difference. In addition, I always co-wash afterwards. Sometimes with cones, sometimes without but my hair is always softer afterwards.

I've also noticed that my hair doesn't like Jamila or Nupur. I've henna'd so much over the year to cover gray I stopped up one of my tubs. LOL
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What is in a henna melt? What brand did you use? I experimented with the idea of henna fluff but ended up with a creamy mixture because of the addition of honey. I posted photos on my blog. I've also read something on Mehandi.com about a henna gel. I believe they added pectin to their mix.

I suffered from extreme dryness after henna until I added honey to my mix. That seemed to make a big difference. In addition, I always co-wash afterwards. Sometimes with cones, sometimes without but my hair is always softer afterwards.

I've also noticed that my hair doesn't like Jamila or Nupur. I've henna'd so much over the year to cover gray I stopped up one of my tubs. LOL
Originally Posted by mochachica
Njoi on etsy makes a henna melt. It's a combination of henna, cassia, herbs, cocoa butter, acv and cocoa powder and honey + some other stuff, I think. You mix it hot water and a conditioner. Super easy to apply.
I made a "henna melt" with henna, hot water, conditioner, melted coco butter and coconut oil and it worked pretty well.
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Just did my 2nd henna melt. What a disaster! Hair breaking off and dry as the desert. Don't know what I did differently this time. But that's it. No more henna. It's gray hair or color out of a box. I'll try deep conditioning it 2x a week and if that doesn't work, I may have to cut it all off.
Originally Posted by naturalyogini
Did the conditioner you used have protein? Maybe overload. I have to dc right after henna then cowash the next day to get my moisture balance back.
Originally Posted by adthomas
I realized what I did wrong. I had been using a conditioner with cones in it. Last time I clarified my hair and then lightly conditioned it BEFORE doing the henna melt. This time I didn't do that. So the combination of the cones and the melt made my hair dry, tangled and frizzy. Also, the color didn't take as well. I cowashed today and used my busy izzy gets buttered up and my hair seems ok.
Originally Posted by naturalyogini
Glad to hear it.
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I made a "henna melt" with henna, hot water, conditioner, melted coco butter and coconut oil and it worked pretty well.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
That sounds great. I need to "jazz up" my henna paste for a change.
@naturalyogini I checked out her Etsy page. That's a great idea! If you decide to continue to use henna, try to eliminate the lemon juice and ACV, and see if you like the results. Sometimes the lemon juice and ACV can promote dryness. I only use water in my henna mixes and still get dye release. Once, I used a splash of lemon juice in my mix but I really didn't see the difference in color. There may be a difference but I haven't noticed it. I gave up on henna for a little bit because of the dryness too so I understand. Always co-wash after henna, never use shampoo. I learned that from the ladies here and on henna for hair and its made a huge difference!


@greenandchic - I like your cocoa butter idea. I love Qhemet products especially the cocoa detangling ghee. I'm thinking the addition of cocoa butter in the product is what's making my hair soft. I got a little bit of cocoa butter left so maybe I'll add it during my next henna treatment. I plan on doing a overnight treatment over thanksgiving.
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Last edited by mochachica; 11-13-2012 at 07:03 AM.
I want to brighten my henna-

I have hennaed my hair for almost two years now, and considering bleaching some areas of my hair by applying a baking soda/peroxide paste. Once I get the lighter color, perhaps in a week or two henna my whole head. I am hoping to get the brighter red from henna (as if placed on blonde hair... henna experts chime in.

Is this reasonable? How can I get brighter henna? I've used redraj & jamilla and the WOW factor isn't there... I know using henna alone won't give the WOW factor but what can? I wanna stick to the natural route.
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do those who use it think henna looks natural? This probably relates most to lighter haired curlies, or anyone who gets a lot of red color from it.

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Originally Posted by ninja dog
I think its subjective. On my dark hair, henna really only shows up in the light. Sometimes I like it, and other times I add other ingredients to the henna `to cancel out the red.

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If your hair is lighter than dark brown, it will show up for sure.



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I just used henna on my natural hair a couple of weeks ago and my hair absolutely love it.
Its like i deep treatment with a red glow :-)
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Curly hair routine/regime:
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I have noticed that the henna has made my 3c hair "hang" better and less porous. *HAPPY* ))
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.

Last edited by Curly Sara; 01-01-2013 at 05:17 PM.
I want to brighten my henna-

I have hennaed my hair for almost two years now, and considering bleaching some areas of my hair by applying a baking soda/peroxide paste. Once I get the lighter color, perhaps in a week or two henna my whole head. I am hoping to get the brighter red from henna (as if placed on blonde hair... henna experts chime in.

Is this reasonable? How can I get brighter henna? I've used redraj & jamilla and the WOW factor isn't there... I know using henna alone won't give the WOW factor but what can? I wanna stick to the natural route.
Originally Posted by Umph
How do you make the bleaching mix? Recipe please :-)
Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
Has anyone tried mixing Henna and Indigo to make brown. I don't just want red alone. I don't know how much of what to mix, more henna or more indigo. I have dark dark brown hair. Not black. Anybody have pictures?
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After years of debating (I remember reading the 1st post in this thread the day that it was created ), I've decided to take the plunge and do henna + indigo. I'm nervous, but I have started finding grey hairs. I'm too young to be grey so it's time to dye lol. Wish me luck!
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The first time I ordered henna I got indigo too intending to do a treatment with both. But I never used the indigo because other than the gray you can't tell I dye my hair. Still reddish brown like before. Plus I do add coffee/black tea which is recommended by Henna Sooq to get more brown than red.
Hey ! It's been a little while that i want to henna my natural hair . I've pretty much read all the threads on henna but I have a few questions
:
Is it okay to do henna after taking down a weave ?
What are the best oils to add to henna paste to make it less drying ?
Should I add other ayurvedic powders like amla to the paste ?
What the color will look like on my naturally jet black hair ?
Will I get the curls loosening effect , considering that my hair is 4b/4c and very thick ?
Thanks for the replies
I took the plunge and did a Henna treatment yesterday. I bought Cassia as well, and applied it last weekend as a sort of practice run for the Henna and I was pretty pleased with the Cassia results. I am now an official Henna-Head...lol I after I rinsed the DC out I was very happy with how the it turned out. I used super strong brewed black tea with a few Raspberry Zinger teabags to mix it, but I don't think it made much of a difference. and I added a splash of ACV to help with the dye release which took around three hours with the Jamila Summer 2012 I used. I washed with VO5 Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Shampoo (that I really liked more than I should have...LOL) before I applied the Henna which only took about twenty minutes. It was kinda messy of course, but nothing too terrible. I tried to clean as I went along I followed along with most people I saw online and did a cowash with the VO5 Blackberry Sage Conditioner rather than a shampoo after rinsing and I think that makes a huge difference in the dryness you can feel after a Henna treatment. It did turn my few grays a nice "Bozo the Clown in Autumn" orange, but it'll tone down in the coming days as the color oxidizes. I don't see much of an overall color change which is good, I'll probably see the reddish shimmer better when I have a chance to go out on a sunny day, but either way I'm very happy.

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