Experiences with Henna?

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Ive been viewing Spirals page too and shes inspired me to try the Jamila henna also! I was wondering if there is a combination to help the henna turn out more brown but i will try out the jamila first when i get the extra money (broke college student lol). Curlynikki im glad that the neutral henna worked for you!
Originally Posted by Talisa3636
Talisa - adding indigo or amla will give the henna a more brown tone. But not lighter brown than your hair is. Definitely read up on the different results from indigo and amla first though.

Nikki- The frequency all depends on your hair. In fact a guy named Hairball on the HfH forum recommends doing two cassia treatments back to back to jump start the process. His hair is in amazing condition and long.

But most people seem to do cassia and henna once to twice a month. Often that has something to do with covering gray or other colored roots when using henna. I would think that starting out with every other week would be good. Then you can assess how your hair is reacting and determine in you can either step it up or cut back the frequency.

Btw, isn't the shine great! And it lasts way longer than normal conditioners. I also find that my hair is softer and silkier with each henna - so your next treatment should yield even better results. Plus Catherine guarantees that her stuff is fresh. It really does what store brand conditioners are supposed to do - give you shine, softness and strength. Btw, go easy on the oil. It imparts temporary softness, but some people find that it inhibits uptake the the tannins by coating your hair. A little bit may be fine though. You may want to experiment with it.

Oh, to get those last few bits out of my hair, I find it's good to do a light shampoo after I have almost everything out. Then I condition with a non/low protein conditioner and I'm set.
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spiral,

the shine that my hennaing imparted almost scared me! it almost looked like my daughter's baby doll's hair!

as i've mentioned, my hair is medium brown and naturally looks dusty and dull, even though it's moisturized, healthy, and elastic.

the neutral henna makes it gleem. and it is so silky and strong and always feels supple and moisturized, never dry and crackly.

i love my aubrey organics conditioners, but even when i used them as a deep treatment, they couldn't impart this kind of shine to my hair.
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spiral,

the shine that my hennaing imparted almost scared me! it almost looked like my daughter's baby doll's hair!
Originally Posted by rainshower
Rainshower, that's a great description LOL. You're right, it does remind me of doll hair!

Oh yeah, I have found that my hair reacts differently to the products I use now. I seem to need less. Have you guys seen this?
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Hell yeah! When I went to apply BB Curl Quenching yesterday I didn't need half as much, mainly because my hair already had slip. I used less products too. Spiral, I read that post on hennaforhair. com by the guy who reccs to use cassia twice in a row...i'm going to take his advice (and yours) and do it again tonight. Then I"ll wait a week or 2 and see...

Thanks soooo much! Anything that will thicken my hair, add shine and eliminate splits...i'm on it like 'white on rice'...or 'like stink on a turd'

thanx again
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This sounds interesting... I think that I'm going to give it a try...

Do you guys think that it would be *bad* to use the rainbow henna from whole foods? I'm only asking because my inner PJ is writing out a check to Whole Foods as we speak because she wants to try it NOW...

About how long does it take for the neutral henna from online to be delivered?

ETA: Is there much of a price difference between the whole foods stuff and the online stuff?
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spiral,

the shine that my hennaing imparted almost scared me! it almost looked like my daughter's baby doll's hair!
Originally Posted by rainshower
Rainshower, that's a great description LOL. You're right, it does remind me of doll hair!

Oh yeah, I have found that my hair reacts differently to the products I use now. I seem to need less. Have you guys seen this?
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
i used to have to use a quarter size amount on each of four sections of my hair after shampooing when detangling. now, i use a quarter size amount of conditioner on each side of my hair after shampooing when detangling.

even though my ends are in fantastic condition since hennaing, i still smooth a nickel size amount of jojoba oil onto them while my hair is still damp.

hennaing has become a staple in my hair care. i won't apply it any more frequently than every two months since the effects are long-lasting.

i'm glad everyone is having such great results with a natural product.

oh, and curlynikki, if you have a massage feature on your showerhead that pulses pretty hard, use that during your rinse to get those bits and grit out in addition to a conditioner with good slip. or you can try sifting your dry henna before the application to avoid the bits and grit.
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I don't think so. I tried it and received wonderful results. The posters on hennaforhair.com think its odd that Rainbow comes in a variety of color, when pure henna is red. This means that there must be additives...but they don't list them. So, this calls into question the 'organic' label on the packaging. I've concluded that it doesn't apply as much to the Rainbow Cassia. Plus, it worked well. I'm only trying some from the hennaforhair website to see if works any better. I say go for it!

Actually, I just ran up to Whole Foods an bought another bottle, lol. I want to do it again this evening! Oh, also, I added EVOO...simply wonderful!
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I don't think so. I tried it and received wonderful results. The posters on hennaforhair.com think its odd that Rainbow comes in a variety of color, when pure henna is red. This means that there must be additives...but they don't list them. So, this calls into question the 'organic' label on the packaging. I've concluded that it doesn't apply as much to the Rainbow Cassia.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
I think you're righty, Nikki. I'd stay away from the other Rainbow Hennas that say other colors, like burgundy, etc. Other stuff has to be added to get those colors - it could be indigo, but who knows if they don't list all the ingredients? I agree with you about sticking to the "neutral" Rainbow henna, since that should be just cassia. Do they list anything else on the box, Nikki?
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Spiral, it just says henna...which can't be right either, because Cassia is Cassia not Henna. On the label it says Neutral Henna. I still had a good experience, and I'm sitting under the dryer doing my second treatment. I've posted pics of my hair today after the first treatment. the shine was awesome and I felt like it had a bit more body.


Edited***

So I did my second treatment, rinsed and applied TJ Nourish and BB Curl Quenching. I showered, rinsed and styled. My hair is soooooooooooo soft and tangle free. I swear that the styling process took longer tonight...granted, I'm tired, but I felt like my hair was twice as thick, especially up front. I give Rainbow's Cassia 2 thumbs up, but I still can't wait to try the Cassia from hennaforhair.com.

I'll post pics again tomorrow of the results.
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Nikki - your hair looks amazingly gorgeous!!

ETA: If the box only lists henna and it's neutral, then it is just cassia. I'm curious to see if you find a diifference between that and the Mehandi cassia.
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your results sound great, curlynikki. I can't wait to try henna. Have you noticed any other changes with the henna?
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
Me too, I wanna do this. I all for more managable hair, even if the color doesnt change. Sounds sooo pretty after a few times.
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Hello ladies,

I wish i would have veiwed this info 2 weeks ago! After about 5 years of no hair color I conceded to a semi perment natural black color from dark and lovely. Had I known about this product I would have opted for this product! Nevertheless I'm interested in the Cassia neutral henna.

Curlynikki your hair came out beautiful ( not that it wasn't before) with the Cassia. Spiral-nc girl your my hair idol!

Curlynikki, Spiral-nc, Rainshower please let me ask you all a few questions since you have exprience with the product.

First, Do you think I could use this product since I just colored my hair with a chemical? Then if not, how long do you think I should wait before useing it ? My ultimate goal would be for me to just use henna for color, and cassia for conditon & shine. With that said if it's okay to use the Cassia How long do you think I should wait before I may use the henna for color?

I could kick myself for not researching products before coloring. I used this color and it has just a muted tone w/no shine. The box said it should wash out eventually.

Please let me thank you all in advance for your time and effort. I'd appreaciate any advice that you can give.

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We get this stuff at Whole Food??!
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Nikki, your hair looks great, so shiny! I want to stop coloring, maybe this is a good alternative. I've definitely lost some shine and volume with the constant coloring.
We get this stuff at Whole Food??!
Originally Posted by Kell
I went to Whole Foods yesterday (I'm in Baton Rouge, LA) and all they had by way of henna hair color was this "light Mountain" stuff - no "rainobw" brand - and they didn't have anything that said "neutral" henna ... but I know that curlynikki got hers from Whole Foods.

I guess I'll just have to order and wait...
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Nikki, your hair looks great, so shiny! I want to stop coloring, maybe this is a good alternative. I've definitely lost some shine and volume with the constant coloring.
Originally Posted by Fleurzty

Thanks Ladies

Fleurzty, its definitely an alternative. Your hair is naturally lighter than mine too (similar to Spirals?), so although you won't achieve a dramatic color change, it will leave behind a reddish stain. A lady on the board hennaforhair.com said to think of "coloring over black (or brown paper) with a reddish orange crayon."

After all of my color (which has dried my hair out!) is grown out, I'll begin hennaing, rather than using cassia. But until then the conditioning, volume and strength that cassia treatments provide is sufficient.

Spiral, I talked w/Catherine and she said that Cassia is not a protein treatment...so thats good news! Last night, after I rinsed it out, the slip was amazing. I put conditioner on it just because...out of habit I guess, but my hair sure didn't need it. I have to say that my hair is a bit more shrinky, but in a good way. It feels denser
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We get this stuff at Whole Food??!
Originally Posted by Kell
I went to Whole Foods yesterday (I'm in Baton Rouge, LA) and all they had by way of henna hair color was this "light Mountain" stuff - no "rainobw" brand - and they didn't have anything that said "neutral" henna ... but I know that curlynikki got hers from Whole Foods.

I guess I'll just have to order and wait...
Originally Posted by natashamck
Order it now! They do same day shipping on orders that are placed before noon
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Just placed my order... can't wait
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Uptown curls, Pure henna can be used on color treated hair - but not henna products with metallic salts. Always do a test first on a discrete section of your hair first before doing your whole head, though. ETA: And thanks for the compliment!

Nikki, my original plan was to henna once a month, and use cassia in between. But I got caught up experimenting with the henna. Now, you're making me want to return to my plan and use cassia as my deep conditioner lol.

It's funny how, with the mixing and rinsing, even though it's more work than taking a store bought conditioner and slapping it on, I still look forward to doing my henna treatment. I actually like the process - like a spa treatment. And the results definitely justify the effort.
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Uptown curls, Pure henna can be used on color treated hair - but not henna products with metallic salts. Always do a test first on a discrete section of your hair first before doing your whole head, though.

Nikki, my original plan was to henna once a month, and use cassia in between. But I got caught up experimenting with the henna. Now, you're making me want to return to my plan and use cassia as my deep conditioner lol.

It's funny how, with the mixing and rinsing, even though it's more work than taking a store bought conditioner and slapping it on, I still look forward to doing my henna treatment. I actually like the process - like a spa treatment. And the results definitely justify the effort.
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
Same here. My fiance was teasing me yesterday because he said that I 'live for the ritual'. He always pokes fun at my hair obession, but I guess he's right, if it takes a process (i.e. wait a week, buy the mix, add boiling water, add honey, stir, wait to cool, apply in sections, leave on for hours, etc.) I love it and I stick to it. Plus the results are so wonderful, I can't see myself getting tired of it.
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