Experiences with Henna?

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Mix the entire pack up and if you have any left you can freeze it.

Remember you should apply henna thickly to the hair.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
That's what I was thinking of doing.. Thanks!
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?
Originally Posted by Curly Sara
Just applied henna mixed with coconut milk for the first time. I have done henna treatments every month for about a year but never used coconut milk before.
I also added lemonjuice, honey and olive oil. Will leave it overnight. I am very excited to see the results tomorrow.
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After using creams I am back to real deal henna. My grays are so frigging color resistant.
After using creams I am back to real deal henna. My grays are so frigging color resistant.
Originally Posted by adthomas
What kind are you using and where do you get it from?

I was using Dulhan from a local Indian store here in Vegas but now I'm ordering my BAQ Jamila from a supplier on Amazon. I love how finely sifted the Jamila is!
I threw away the box. Not sure. I bought it store that sells Middle Eastern products.

Last edited by adthomas; 06-10-2014 at 12:56 AM.
I've had some great experiences with henna - although I only use it to boost the strength of my hair, not so much for colour. You can buy it pretty much anywhere here (every hair shop, corner store, or market - but I'm not in the US for those that are).

I'd say, once you have a good formula, that's what makes the biggest difference. When I added extra conditioner to mine, my hair loved it so much and the washing out process was MUCH less painful. I also use black tea to release the dye, because I think it's acidic enough. Finally, I add in a bunch of oils including castor and coconut to give it a little extra conditioning.

Happy Henna-ing!
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I did a henna treatment twice this week and I noticed the curls in the front of my head are extremely loose. I was a 3c in the front now the curl is more of a 3b. My 4a sections are more elongated. I'm wondering if I do another henna treatment next week, if my curls would be come even more loose? I don't want drastically loose curls. Not what I'm looking for.
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I did a henna treatment twice this week and I noticed the curls in the front of my head are extremely loose. I was a 3c in the front now the curl is more of a 3b. My 4a sections are more elongated. I'm wondering if I do another henna treatment next week, if my curls would be come even more loose? I don't want drastically loose curls. Not what I'm looking for.
Originally Posted by hippiedoll
Hi,

Some curlies have said that they notice curl loosening with henna because it attaches not only to the core of the hair to make it stronger from within but also "coats" the cuticle of the hair. This can make it heavier which is why some notice curl loosening (the curls hang more). You might experience more curl loosening with frequent use. If you can get your hands on Amla you might want to try that as it is said to help give bounce to curly hair and some who have experienced curl loosening with henna have said amla has helped give bounce to their curls (it is not always guaranteed).
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Whoa so many pages o_O

I'm in India and want to buy the pure one (the red dye) here soon.

But is henna suitable for every kind of hair (strand thickness and porosity)?
And does the color bleed from hair onto your clothes during sweating?

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Whoa so many pages o_O

I'm in India and want to buy the pure one (the red dye) here soon.

But is henna suitable for every kind of hair (strand thickness and porosity)?
And does the color bleed from hair onto your clothes during sweating?

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Originally Posted by Fimu
Hi Fimu,

Oh you will get some great Henna in India Absolutely every kind of hair can use Henna regardless of their hair strand thickness and porosity. The only thing to keep in mind is that it can make the hair feel dry afterwards so you want to do a moisturizing DC after. Some ladies have said with frequent henna use they have noticed curl loosening (it's never happened to me personally). Henna attaches itself to the cuticle and core of the hair and can therefore "weigh down" the hair strands maybe more so for people with really fine hair but like I said my medium/fine hair hasn't loosened so I can not attest to that.

It will not bleed any color just make sure you have rinsed all the henna out of your hair once your done till you don't see or feel any of it in your hair. Henna is permanent, once it's in there it is in there. Hope you enjoy your Henna!
It is a never ending exciting adventure!

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I finaly had success with my stubborn gray hair that don't easily absorb color. My use of pure henna would give me this sickly looking copper color I hated and following with indigo was hit or miss. Wet hair didn't work because I'm. Dry didn't work either. I spritzed my hair to be damp. Applied black Surya to the section I have the copper hair. covered with platic cap and scarf and went to bed. Washed it out the next morning and the ugly copper highlight are gone and in place now deep reddish brown.
I bought Nupur 9 henna in India . I will schedule a DIY treatment soon.

But if you want to change your hair color from reddish to a more brownish shade, in what ratio do you mix pure henna with indigo (or something else) then? I'm already aware that by indigo the hair gets darker than originally.
CG, Waist-length when wet, loose 3b w/ 3c napes, high density, kinking hair
Climate: dew = 40 - 60 F, 70-95% humidity
Goal: reduce tangles and flyaways

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Low poo: Harmonie Familie
Co&RO: Argan Care
LI: Andrelon Zijdeglans & Zen + YTC (orange sticker)
Sealant: sunflower oil
Protein RO: Schwarzkopf anti-klit Co
Pre-wash: coconut or olive oil

: coconut oil, wash days, dew = 50s, 50-70% humidity
: rain, high humidity, cones or humectants?

Last edited by Fimu; 09-27-2014 at 03:31 AM.
I bought Nupur 9 henna in India . I will schedule a DIY treatment soon.

But if you want to change your hair color from reddish to a more brownish shade, in what ratio do you mix pure henna with indigo (or something else) then? I'm already aware that by indigo the hair gets darker than originally.
Originally Posted by Fimu
A lot of people instead of mixing the indigo do it as a second process. I add coffee to my henna to tone down the red a little bit. Also henna makes myhair dry like a protein treatment so afterwards I dc and cowash frequently stay completely away from anything with protein for at least a week.
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A lot of people instead of mixing the indigo do it as a second process. I add coffee to my henna to tone down the red a little bit. Also henna makes myhair dry like a protein treatment so afterwards I dc and cowash frequently stay completely away from anything with protein for at least a week.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Did your henna'ed hair eventually tolerate protein or coconut oil again?
CG, Waist-length when wet, loose 3b w/ 3c napes, high density, kinking hair
Climate: dew = 40 - 60 F, 70-95% humidity
Goal: reduce tangles and flyaways

Clarify: YTCar poo
Low poo: Harmonie Familie
Co&RO: Argan Care
LI: Andrelon Zijdeglans & Zen + YTC (orange sticker)
Sealant: sunflower oil
Protein RO: Schwarzkopf anti-klit Co
Pre-wash: coconut or olive oil

: coconut oil, wash days, dew = 50s, 50-70% humidity
: rain, high humidity, cones or humectants?
A lot of people instead of mixing the indigo do it as a second process. I add coffee to my henna to tone down the red a little bit. Also henna makes myhair dry like a protein treatment so afterwards I dc and cowash frequently stay completely away from anything with protein for at least a week.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Did your henna'ed hair eventually tolerate protein or coconut oil again?
Originally Posted by Fimu
After a week of only moisture I can reintroduce protein. My hair is protein sensitive even before henna. I use protein rinseouts but don't do protein treatments unless I'm overconditioned. my hair has never like coconut oil that much.
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Did your henna'ed hair eventually tolerate protein or coconut oil again?
Originally Posted by Fimu
I don't really go out of my way to use protein in a deep conditioner on my hair anyway, but after about 1-2 weeks I used coconut oil on my hennaed hair with no problem.
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Whoa so many pages o_O

I'm in India and want to buy the pure one (the red dye) here soon.

But is henna suitable for every kind of hair (strand thickness and porosity)?
And does the color bleed from hair onto your clothes during sweating?

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Originally Posted by Fimu
When I used Jamila Henna I NEVER had any bleeding. However, every time I've used the Nupur Henna, I've had bleeding on all of my white shirts. Therefore, I will not be using it again. I will say that everyone's hair is different and what happens to one person's hair may not with the next person.Another thing....I've never experienced loosening of curls. But, it seems my curls are actually tighter now that I've been using only Henna. I use to do 1/2 Henna and 1/2 Cassia and my curls stayed the same. So you just have to try for yourself!
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Originally Posted by island_girl80
Hi Island_girl. Have you heard of Amla? It is a natural ayurvedic herbknown to darken hair. You might have to use it a few times but it also depends from person to person and what the colour of your hair is when you start. The lighter the hair the easier it might be to notice the darkening. I have quite dark hair and also use henna so I do not really notice much darkening but what I do notice is if I use amla together with henna, the henna isn't quite as red as when I don't use the amla. The amla seems to "tone down" the redness of the henna.

Amla also has conditioning and strengthening properties Hope it helps. Oh and if you use Amla you will want to DC after because similar to henna it can make the hair feel a little dry afterwards (less than henna does but still a little dry).
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