Experiences with Henna?

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Monicaywf: From what I have gathered from lurking and reading online, and if someone sees this and disagrees or knows different, please feel free to correct me, adding oils to the Henna can inhibit the attachment of the dye to the hair, which is why a thorough washing before applying the Henna is recommended, to remove oils and product. But adding oils to a deep conditioning after the rinsing the henna is fine. Henna on black hair usually just imparts shine, and perhaps a reddish shimmer or high-lighting in sunlight/bright light aside from the conditioning. I think the curl loosening effect may take a few applications before it's really evident. I haven't noticed any loosening since I did my Henna yesterday. Some people do definitely add amla or other powders to their mixtures, I have no experience with it however. I don't see how it being after a weave would pose much of a problem.

Also www.hennaforhair.com and www.hennasooq.com and www.longhaircareforum.com have a good bit of info and may can help you further.
Just applied my second hennafor hair. My first was in desember 2012. Excited about the results Will update you.
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.
Henna really works like a long lasting deep treatment on my hair. And it gives my deep brown hair a nice brown-redish glow. Love love it!!!
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.
Henna is a love/hate for me. I love it on my natural hair color because my hair is reddish brown so the henna brings it out more. However, I hate it on my grays because it makes it this brassy red that is drastically different from the rest of my hair. Plus I only get grays in the top front mostly so it looks weird. I have tried a few differently hennas and doing henna and indigo with the same result. THen I saw Sally's was getting henna. I bought Reshma Henna.. Natural Dark Brown. according to Sally's site it's all natural. I only applied it to the front to see how it would do. First of all, the only thing I had to apply to it was water. No acv, tea, or lemon juice needed. Can use it right away. No waiting overnight for it to process. It said to leave it on for 30 minutes. It didn't say to but I shampooed before hand to make sure nothing would interfere. Also I did 45 minutes. And let me tell you all my grays are now deep burgundy and look beautiful and natural. The box is about $8 but the saving on time makes it worth it to me. Plus I can get multiple uses out of one box since I don't do my whole head. THe directions say you can use it as often as every two weeks.
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Henna is a love/hate for me. I love it on my natural hair color because my hair is reddish brown so the henna brings it out more. However, I hate it on my grays because it makes it this brassy red that is drastically different from the rest of my hair. Plus I only get grays in the top front mostly so it looks weird. I have tried a few differently hennas and doing henna and indigo with the same result. THen I saw Sally's was getting henna. I bought Reshma Henna.. Natural Dark Brown. according to Sally's site it's all natural. I only applied it to the front to see how it would do. First of all, the only thing I had to apply to it was water. No acv, tea, or lemon juice needed. Can use it right away. No waiting overnight for it to process. It said to leave it on for 30 minutes. It didn't say to but I shampooed before hand to make sure nothing would interfere. Also I did 45 minutes. And let me tell you all my grays are now deep burgundy and look beautiful and natural. The box is about $8 but the saving on time makes it worth it to me. Plus I can get multiple uses out of one box since I don't do my whole head. THe directions say you can use it as often as every two weeks.
Originally Posted by adthomas
That sounds amazing. Did you feel any dryness afterwards?

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I only color my hair with henna. I go to the Indian store or order online @ amazon. I just add the water and apply to hair. I leave this on overnight. I rinse out really well and do a deep conditioning treatment. My hair feels strong and healthy afterwards. Henna even retards grey hair overtime :-)

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Henna is a love/hate for me. I love it on my natural hair color because my hair is reddish brown so the henna brings it out more. However, I hate it on my grays because it makes it this brassy red that is drastically different from the rest of my hair. Plus I only get grays in the top front mostly so it looks weird. I have tried a few differently hennas and doing henna and indigo with the same result. THen I saw Sally's was getting henna. I bought Reshma Henna.. Natural Dark Brown. according to Sally's site it's all natural. I only applied it to the front to see how it would do. First of all, the only thing I had to apply to it was water. No acv, tea, or lemon juice needed. Can use it right away. No waiting overnight for it to process. It said to leave it on for 30 minutes. It didn't say to but I shampooed before hand to make sure nothing would interfere. Also I did 45 minutes. And let me tell you all my grays are now deep burgundy and look beautiful and natural. The box is about $8 but the saving on time makes it worth it to me. Plus I can get multiple uses out of one box since I don't do my whole head. THe directions say you can use it as often as every two weeks.
Originally Posted by adthomas
That sounds amazing. Did you feel any dryness afterwards?
Originally Posted by ricotdorothy

I didn't notice any dryness but I only applied to roots of the front section where I get grays. I did another application today because after two weeks I have a good amount of gray roots. The package says I can use it every two weeks so I like that. looks good and only 45 min.

Usually it takes several days of cowashing to get my moisture levels back after a traditional henna. For me henna is like protein and my hair is iffy about protein.
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@Adthomas - Have you tried adding coconut milk to your henna mixes? I suffered from dryness & breakage too from henna until I started to add coconut milk and it made a world of difference. I have thick, coarse, transitioning 4a hair that is getting harder to moisturize as my natural hair is taking over so I have to be really careful about which products I use but the coconut milk makes all the difference. I've had little to no trouble detangling after rinsing. I tried Nupur last week with it and loved it!

I didn't know that Sally's sold henna?! I won't have to buy anything online soon!
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@Adthomas - Have you tried adding coconut milk to your henna mixes? I suffered from dryness & breakage too from henna until I started to add coconut milk and it made a world of difference. I have thick, coarse, transitioning 4a hair that is getting harder to moisturize as my natural hair is taking over so I have to be really careful about which products I use but the coconut milk makes all the difference. I've had little to no trouble detangling after rinsing. I tried Nupur last week with it and loved it!

I didn't know that Sally's sold henna?! I won't have to buy anything online soon!
Originally Posted by mochachica
My local Sally's just got it a few weeks ago. I have ordered from Hennasooq and I can also get it locally at stores that sell Indian goods but the kinds I've tried I didn't like the color results on my grays.

I'm protein sensitive and coconut milk that stuff is the devil in my hair. Coconult milk is protein and turns my hair into straight up brittle straw. I have tried it twice and both times it was an awful wreck. It took weeks of moisture dc'ing to recover. The henna is similar acting to protein which is why it gives me issues but usually two days straight of cowashing after a henna and I'm ok. Plus nowadays, I rarely henna my entire hair and usually only at the roots.
Thanks for the suggestion though.
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I did a hennatreatment on my hair again. I have applied it once a month since december and it seems to work pretty well On my 3c hair.
Henna works like a long lasting DT and it also gives me a shiny reddosh-brown color. Love it!! Will definetly keep apply pure henna to my hair once a month forever!!
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.
A while back a top blogger reviewed her results on Godrej Nupur Henna Mehandi 9 Herbs Blend and mentioned how she got really good results [using that particular brand henna]. This is a very reasonably priced henna that, IMO, gave GREAT results. I only mixed with warm water, let sit a couple hours before applying. I got lazy and let stay on as an overnight conditioner. After final rinse the color was a beautiful rich burgandy color. It has been a month and I still have the rich color. It was a breeze to rinse (no twigs present), the other herbs combat dryness, the price was right and I didn't have to order online. This is now the only henna I will purchase. I was skeptical but glad I too got really good results. I did a simple mix and got great results. If you haven't tried this brand give it a go. Pricier isn't always better.
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.

Last edited by Umph; 05-25-2013 at 05:25 PM.
I lovveee henna and I used the cheapie "Dulhan" brand that cost $1.99 at my local international grocery store.
A while back a top blogger reviewed her results on Godrej Nupur Henna Mehandi 9 Herbs Blend and mentioned how she got really good results [using that particular brand henna]. This is a very reasonably priced henna that, IMO, gave GREAT results. I only mixed with warm water, let sit a couple hours before applying. I got lazy and let stay on as an overnight conditioner. After final rinse the color was a beautiful rich burgandy color. It has been a month and I still have the rich color. It was a breeze to rinse (no twigs present), the other herbs combat dryness, the price was right and I didn't have to order online. This is now the only henna I will purchase. I was skeptical but glad I too got really good results. I did a simple mix and got great results. If you haven't tried this brand give it a go. Prcier isn't always better.
Originally Posted by Umph
Interesting! Which herbs that combats dryness did you blend with the henna?
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.
A while back a top blogger reviewed her results on Godrej Nupur Henna Mehandi 9 Herbs Blend and mentioned how she got really good results [using that particular brand henna]. This is a very reasonably priced henna that, IMO, gave GREAT results. I only mixed with warm water, let sit a couple hours before applying. I got lazy and let stay on as an overnight conditioner. After final rinse the color was a beautiful rich burgandy color. It has been a month and I still have the rich color. It was a breeze to rinse (no twigs present), the other herbs combat dryness, the price was right and I didn't have to order online. This is now the only henna I will purchase. I was skeptical but glad I too got really good results. I did a simple mix and got great results. If you haven't tried this brand give it a go. Prcier isn't always better.
Originally Posted by Umph
Interesting! Which herbs that combats dryness did you blend with the henna?
Originally Posted by Curly Sara
on package-
Product Description

Godrej Nupur brings to you the best quality henna with nine chosen natural herbs valued for their hair care benefits. The ingredients are added to give your hair the fabulous shiny and silky feel that your hair deserves.

Contains the 9 natural herbs of: Brahmi, Shikakai, Aloe Vera, Methi, * Bhringraj, Amla, Neem, Hibiscus, and Jatamansi * Promotes hair growth, darkens, and conditions hair

Shikakai: Leaves hair clean and shining
Methi: Conditions,nourishes and revatilizes hair
Bhringraj: Makes hair luxuriant
Amla: Darkens hair color and adds shine and luster
Neem: Fights scalp infection and prevents dandruff
Hibiscus: RejuvenatEs hair. making it silky and shiny
Jatamansi: Prevents graying of hair
Brahmi: Promotes hair growth
Aloe Vera: Moisturises hair and makes it silky
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.

Last edited by Umph; 05-25-2013 at 05:45 PM.
I lovveee henna and I used the cheapie "Dulhan" brand that cost $1.99 at my local international grocery store.
Originally Posted by Always@night
It's a shame that some sites charge triple for 50 grams of henna that doesn't perform as well. I heard Dulhan is great too, in fact I will try this brand if Godrej isn't in stock.
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
A while back a top blogger reviewed her results on Godrej Nupur Henna Mehandi 9 Herbs Blend and mentioned how she got really good results [using that particular brand henna]. This is a very reasonably priced henna that, IMO, gave GREAT results. I only mixed with warm water, let sit a couple hours before applying. I got lazy and let stay on as an overnight conditioner. After final rinse the color was a beautiful rich burgandy color. It has been a month and I still have the rich color. It was a breeze to rinse (no twigs present), the other herbs combat dryness, the price was right and I didn't have to order online. This is now the only henna I will purchase. I was skeptical but glad I too got really good results. I did a simple mix and got great results. If you haven't tried this brand give it a go. Prcier isn't always better.
Originally Posted by Umph
Interesting! Which herbs that combats dryness did you blend with the henna?
Originally Posted by Curly Sara
on package-
Product Description

Godrej Nupur brings to you the best quality henna with nine chosen natural herbs valued for their hair care benefits. The ingredients are added to give your hair the fabulous shiny and silky feel that your hair deserves.

Contains the 9 natural herbs of: Brahmi, Shikakai, Aloe Vera, Methi, * Bhringraj, Amla, Neem, Hibiscus, and Jatamansi * Promotes hair growth, darkens, and conditions hair

Shikakai: Leaves hair clean and shining
Methi: Conditions,nourishes and revatilizes hair
Bhringraj: Makes hair luxuriant
Amla: Darkens hair color and adds shine and luster
Neem: Fights scalp infection and prevents dandruff
Hibiscus: RejuvenatEs hair. making it silky and shiny
Jatamansi: Prevents graying of hair
Brahmi: Promotes hair growth
Aloe Vera: Moisturises hair and makes it silky
Originally Posted by Umph
Thanks! Many of the herbs are unknown to me :/
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.
I wanna try henna so bad.. But I've been having a hard time finding it locally and I can't order it online. Any store suggestions?
I wanna try henna so bad.. But I've been having a hard time finding it locally and I can't order it online. Any store suggestions?
Originally Posted by Keihs
If you have a "sunrise" near you or typical organic health food store they usually sell henna although i'm not sure about the prices.
Ehh.. The closes health food store I can think of is trader joe's and I pretty much doubt that. And the next closest thing is Safeway if that counts. Does gnc and vitamin shoppe count? Then it's just random stores like target walgreens.. Just basic ones
Ehh.. The closes health food store I can think of is trader joe's and I pretty much doubt that. And the next closest thing is Safeway if that counts. Does gnc and vitamin shoppe count? Then it's just random stores like target walgreens.. Just basic ones
Originally Posted by Keihs
To my knowledge, none of them sell henna either. There is a place called Henna Sooq that I buy my henna from. Perhaps you can order over the phone from them. They are excellent. Several curlies buy their henna from them. They are open M-F, tel:410-579-4543

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LI - KCKT mixed w/ SM C & H Curl & Style Milk
DC - NG Mango & Coconut H2O or Chamomile/Brdck Root
Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder
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