Experiences with Henna?

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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.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Word. Since henna I'm avoiding protein also. Like you, I only touch up the roots. For me this whole henna gig is about moderation.
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Check minimalistbeauty.com for her wonderful advice and tips on how to use henna. Her favorite is Nupur 9 which she mixes with 1 can of coconut milk during the hair dye release time. She then adds 1/4 cup oil (hemp I think but I used coconut) prior to mixing. I think the bag of Nupur is 150 grams or so. You can freeze any leftover.
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Just a quick henna update: my hair now in fact, craves protein again. I know that because it started showing symptoms of being over-conditioned and the only thing that brought it back to normal was an actual protein treatment (Joico K-pak Reconstructor). ... So what I learned was: even if hair may become MORE sensitive to protein overload after henna, it still may end up needing it and responding positively again
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My hair is very dull no matter how much moisturizer I add so I was thinking of dying it blue black or jet black. During my research I found jet black henna. I ordered the powder along with indigo powder. I have no grays I just want deep black shiny hair. Do you think it will work for me?
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"Black henna", if that's what it was referred to, may have chemicals in, instead of being pure BAQ henna. Be careful.

Typically, to make your hair black, you will use a 2-step process that includes BAQ henna and indigo, so you're on the right track. Google "mehandi henna forum" and you can ask your questions there to get really detailed info on how to go about this
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4a hair with half henna and half indigo. Done last nite. Slept with DC then did wash and go this morning and used KKKT leave in and then the gel. Here are before (henna only) and after (henna and indigo pictures). I used Nupur9 for the henna and indigo ordered from mehandi.com.
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4a hair with half henna and half indigo. Done last nite. Slept with DC then did wash and go this morning and used KKKT leave in and then the gel. Here are before (henna only) and after (henna and indigo pictures). I used Nupur9 for the henna and indigo ordered from mehandi.com.
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Originally Posted by rmc2
Looks good. What was your hair color before you hennaed? Henna doesn't show on my natural hair color. Only my grays.
My henna reggie is super lazy. I use henna only at the roots of my grays. All my grays are at the front. My hair is lopo so color absorbtion is slow. So I sleep in it and wash it out the next day. Looks like auburn highlights in the front. My natural color is reddish brown and henna doesn't show up on it. At first it bothered me but now I realize it is good thing because I do a full henna maybe once a year and get no growing out the color look. And doing spot henna touchups I don't have to worry about getting henna on other parts on my hair and it looking funny.

Last edited by adthomas; 11-10-2013 at 11:51 AM.
Adthomas my hair color before I hennaed the first time was light brown with maybe 5-10% grey
Adthomas my hair color before I hennaed the first time was light brown with maybe 5-10% grey
Originally Posted by rmc2
Ok. That must be why that red showed up so beautifully. I like how indigo came out too.
Can henna used to clean your hair not color it?
Curlicious I am not aware of henna being used to clean hair. Real henna conditions hair and colors hair with a red/burgundy tint. If u want the conditioning benefits without the color effect, try cassia.
Can henna used to clean your hair not color it?
Originally Posted by curlicious13
Amla (gooseberry) powder can be used this way. Like henna, it can be messy and it can be drying too if used too often.
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I also hear rassoul clay cleans hair. Check minimalistbeauty.com
Henna doesn't clean your hair. In fact depending on the grade it can be a headache to wash out. I suggest only using high grade or you will be rinsing forever.

I have used bentonite clay to clarify my hair.
Check minimalistbeauty.com for her wonderful advice and tips on how to use henna. Her favorite is Nupur 9 which she mixes with 1 can of coconut milk during the hair dye release time. She then adds 1/4 cup oil (hemp I think but I used coconut) prior to mixing. I think the bag of Nupur is 150 grams or so. You can freeze any leftover.
Originally Posted by rmc2
I her blog! I use Nupur 9 henna and organic coconut milk when I henna. It's the best mix I've tried.
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Frontmenal I too love her blog and use her henna recipe. Adthomas she uses body art henna like Nupur9 (150 grams) and mixes it with a can of coconut milk. let it sit 4 hrs to overnight. Then add 1/4 cup oil. I use EVOO. It rinses well but I rinse mine in my kitchen sink under faucets. Lol.
Frontmenal I too love her blog and use her henna recipe. Adthomas she uses body art henna like Nupur9 (150 grams) and mixes it with a can of coconut milk. let it sit 4 hrs to overnight. Then add 1/4 cup oil. I use EVOO. It rinses well but I rinse mine in my kitchen sink under faucets. Lol.
Originally Posted by rmc2
Exciting. What does the coconut milk provide to the henna abd the hair?
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Hey ladies! I'm not so new to NaturallyCurly but I'm a new member. My friend and I are excited to henna this weekend and I have a few questions:

1. I have MBL, dense 3a-3c hair (pretty fine though, I just have a lot of it). I just picked up a pack of henna last night that was 250g. Do you think I'll need to use the entire pack?

2. Has anyone heard of/used Shama Dulhan henna for Mehendi?

Thanks in advance!
Hey ladies! I'm not so new to NaturallyCurly but I'm a new member. My friend and I are excited to henna this weekend and I have a few questions:

1. I have MBL, dense 3a-3c hair (pretty fine though, I just have a lot of it). I just picked up a pack of henna last night that was 250g. Do you think I'll need to use the entire pack?

2. Has anyone heard of/used Shama Dulhan henna for Mehendi?

Thanks in advance!
Originally Posted by lovebonita
Mix the entire pack up and if you have any left you can freeze it.

Remember you should apply henna thickly to the hair.

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