Experiences with Henna?

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No problem Good luck with your experimentation!

I feel you on the gray roots thing Henna's nice but man, it's true ... these henna mixes sure are a commitment for our grays. You know at this point I have no shame. I just wait until I have several inches of gray roots, then I henna. You're lucky w/that top front gray area. My hair is now salt-pepper in several areas of my head. One day I'll finally give in and embrace silver. But right now I'm waiting for I don't know what ... maybe waiting until I'm finally less vain
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I mixed my indigo and my reshma and left it for two hours. Got beautifullburgundy. I think technically i did a two step because the hair had been hennaed before but the color hadnt taken well. Also I did it on dry hair instead of shampooing first. I think that helped my lp. This color doesnt stick out like a sore thumb like the orangy.
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Ok will some time this week. The reshma isnt a cream. I think I said earlier it was. I bought it at Sally's. I got natural dark brown. Like it better with a little indigo.
I put off taking pics because I decided to do an all over my hair indigo. I did all over henna recently. My hair is naturally reddish brown or what my mom calls doodoo brown. My cousins hate theirs and dye it black. I notice the ytbers with darker hair seem to get more shine. So Im trying it. Afraid it will be too harsh. I left in in for an hour. Now im dcing. Will let you know.
Ok. This was tough because my curls are not very photogenic. Most of my pics looks like a big blob. LOL.

I'm including one pic of my hair when I was relaxed because it shows what my natural color looks like in full sunlight. This will give you an idea of why most people didn't notice when I started to use henna because it only shows up on my grays. For recent pics of henna+indigo I took one in indoor light and one in outdoor. I think gray coverage in the front was excellent when I put indigo over the henna but my natural color hair didn't become super dark maybe because I didn't apply the indigo very thick. Anywho, I'm happy with it.
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You successfully walked that henna-indigo tightrope LOL

You have very pretty hair and your natural color is wonderful. At the same time, the hendigo color looks terrific on you Not sure if it's just the lighting, but the indoors pic looks two-toned, which is cool! Also, it has a shine to it that's very nice. Not a gray hair in sight. You did an all-around fantastic job
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You successfully walked that henna-indigo tightrope LOL

You have very pretty hair and your natural color is wonderful. At the same time, the hendigo color looks terrific on you Not sure if it's just the lighting, but the indoors pic looks two-toned, which is cool! Also, it has a shine to it that's very nice. Not a gray hair in sight. You did an all-around fantastic job
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
It is two tone because I really didnt coat all of my hair in indigo. in my gun shyness i got Unintentional greatness. I didnt want to totally get away from my natural color because it took me a long time not to hate it. Apparently all black people are supposed to have black hair. I got tired of people asking me what brand or color dye I use then giving me a skeptical look when I said it is my natural color like Im holding out on them. I have a good friend who is black with slightly blonde brown hair and her dad says strangers would chew him out when she was little for dying her hair and he'd swear he didnt. Lol

I do think darker hair is easier to get shine so Im liking that.
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I've hennaed 3 times since January. While I liked the color, I find that henna didn't suit my hair. Since hennaing, my hair has been having an odd feeling and has been murder to detangle. And for a few weeks after an application my hair would feel like plastic when wet. Yuck. Plus, it not only loosened my curl, in some areas it replaced it with frizz--and not the good kind.

Also, I have a lot of grey, which I don't have a problem with. But grey roots make me feel old, and I don't want to be a slave to color. So I've chopped off my hair and the majority of the henna. I'll probably have to go back to the salon in January to get the rest out. Lesson learned, I'm not even going to touch the cassia or the amla in my stash.
Yeah, henna is definitely not for everyone At the same time, I notice a lot of people go crazy adding a ton of protein content to their henna: protein-rich conditioner, oils high in protein, yogurt, eggs, mayonnaise ... stuff that when combined with henna can create a total nightmare because henna already coats the hair, acting as a protein, and adding actual protein over it is ... ugh. Drying as all get out.

I wrecked my hair a couple months ago by adding loads of pectin, AKA pure protein, to my mix to thicken it because I made it too runny. My mix already contained conditioner w/protein (for a semi-gloss treatment). Guilty as charged. Plus, when the color came out too dull, I turned around the next day and mindlessly re-applied the last of the batch. Just horrible hair for 1.5 months.

Most of us can probably agree that henna has a steeper learning curve than commercial hair dye. But I understand you're saying you are just one of those people for whom henna in and of itself is not your soul mate. I feel the same way about glycerin
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Wow, you are so pretty! Do you have any pics that show all (or more) of your freshly hennaed hair?
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Thank you and the henna is actually still in my hair. I wanted to leave it in for 5 hours. I will rinse it out in a few minutes and take some pictures.
Henna does not take to my natural dark brown hair(my roots)only to the dyed and highlighted parts.
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And a shot of my roots so you can see what i mean.
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My hair is wet and fresh out the shower:-)
I appreciate you taking the time to post your pics (I love looking at hair LOL). Your hair looks absolutely terrific - loooove the color!
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Henna does not take to my natural dark brown hair(my roots)only to the dyed and highlighted parts.
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And a shot of my roots so you can see what i mean.
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My hair is wet and fresh out the shower:-)
Originally Posted by Always@night
so are you saying you henna over salon dyed hair? I never get noticeable color except on my grays.
Yeah, henna is definitely not for everyone At the same time, I notice a lot of people go crazy adding a ton of protein content to their henna: protein-rich conditioner, oils high in protein, yogurt, eggs, mayonnaise ... stuff that when combined with henna can create a total nightmare because henna already coats the hair, acting as a protein, and adding actual protein over it is ... ugh. Drying as all get out.

I wrecked my hair a couple months ago by adding loads of pectin, AKA pure protein, to my mix to thicken it because I made it too runny. My mix already contained conditioner w/protein (for a semi-gloss treatment). Guilty as charged. Plus, when the color came out too dull, I turned around the next day and mindlessly re-applied the last of the batch. Just horrible hair for 1.5 months.

Most of us can probably agree that henna has a steeper learning curve than commercial hair dye. But I understand you're saying you are just one of those people for whom henna in and of itself is not your soul mate. I feel the same way about glycerin
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I was having to baby my hair, cowash more and avoid protein after a henna. Nowadays I rarely do a full henna. I only touch up the roots so not bad.
Sort of, I henna over my box colored home dyed hair. Which was red but faded to a medium brown.
I wouldn't get noticeable color either if all my hair was dark brown/black. :-)

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