Experiences with Henna?

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Hey Jeamaria, sorry - don't think I was being clear. I had squiggles and a patch on my crown that was straightish before I started to use henna. I was watching to make sure the henna wouldn't pull out the squiggly curls or make my crown straighter. But henna hasn't straightened those areas, even though overall my hair shrinks less. So, I don't think you have to worry, but a strand or patch test might be in order, because everyone reacts differently.

PS. This weekend may be a henna weekend if my package arrives in time !
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
thanks spiral, that is encouraging. I was talking about hair that is already straightish now, and worried that the henna might make the slight bends in the hair even flatter, but from what you're saying, it's stretched out the straightish hair without straightening it, which I wouldn't mind.

BTW, does the jamila henna come with a date on it to ensure freshness? If so, is it catherine's doing or is this the way the henna is always sold?
Originally Posted by jeamaria
Thats a good question! I want this answered as well. By the bye, it's almost a henna day I think I'm going to henna overnight on Friday.

Spiral, what did you order?
Originally Posted by curlynikki

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OK, I'm going out today to find some more henna and cassia. I live on the edge of a large Indian/Pakistani neighborhood so it shouldn't be hard. I'm going to look for the 2007 Jamila crop of henna.

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so, i met w/ FrizzCurls today at our Connect's house to buy more henna of course, and how about her hair is GAWGEOUS! I'm sure it was pretty before the henna, but her color is so rich in person...even indoors

Just thought I'd share


On to other things, our Connect, a professional henna artist and henna user since she was 7, tried the Jamila brand in the clear plastic and wasn't pleased. She said the color was not vibrant (it was even kinda brown) and had weak dye content. I don't know what to make of that. Catherine did say that no matter what type of Jamila you buy, you can be sure that it is 100% pure henna. I guess the worse that could happen is poor dye quality, which doesn't matter a whole bunch for some of us, because our hair is black and no amount of dye would color it red anyway.

I think I'll still stick to Jamila in the silver packages and the BAQ I get from the Connect for now.
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so, i met w/ FrizzCurls today at our Connect's house to buy more henna of course, and how about her hair is GAWGEOUS! I'm sure it was pretty before the henna, but her color is so rich in person...even indoors

Just thought I'd share


On to other things, our Connect, a professional henna artist and henna user since she was 7, tried the Jamila brand in the clear plastic and wasn't pleased. She said the color was not vibrant (it was even kinda brown) and had weak dye content. I don't know what to make of that. Catherine did say that no matter what type of Jamila you buy, you can be sure that it is 100% pure henna. I guess the worse that could happen is poor dye quality, which doesn't matter a whole bunch for some of us, because our hair is black and no amount of dye would color it red anyway.

I think I'll still stick to Jamila in the silver packages and the BAQ I get from the Connect for now.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Lol I love how she is referred to as the "Connect"
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So what brand does your connect use Nikki?
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So what brand does your connect use Nikki?
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
It's not a brand that I know of. Her family has been purchasing henna straight from a family farm in India since she was a kid. For 3 generations she and her fam has trusted this one family to provide them with high quality (Bridal Quality), finely sifted, expensive azz henna. The dye content is outrageous and it rinses out like the silver packaged Jamila. She had a tattoo on her left arm and hand today...it was soooo dark, not orange at all.

It comes in a plastic baggie, stapled together, nothing fancy. She buys it in bulk twice a year and keeps it in the freezer. The most recent crop was Summer '07 and she's currently waiting on samples and prices for the new crop and will keep all of her faithful henna'ers posted.
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Yeah I really don't care much for the dye content like you said Nikki. I might one day buy in bulk the Henna in the silver packets, but for right now the clear bagged Jamila is fine.

Okay, i asked this earlier but I'm going to ask it again. Is henna always a bright green or can it vary in shades? Mine was more of a grayish or brownish green...dirty green. It smells like hay though. Is that normal?
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Yeah I really don't care much for the dye content like you said Nikki. I might one day buy in bulk the Henna in the silver packets, but for right now the clear bagged Jamila is fine.

Okay, i asked this earlier but I'm going to ask it again. Is henna always a bright green or can it vary in shades? Mine was more of a grayish or brownish green...dirty green. It smells like hay though. Is that normal?
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
I'm not sure...like most things, i'm sure it varies in colors. I do know that our 'Connect', who is pretty knowledgeable (from experience and her studies...she has a PhD in genetics and has done research w/plants) says that she was put off by the brownish color of the Jamila. The henna powders I've purchased from Catherine are always a vibrant to dark green...never brown. The Cassia I got from Catherine is an even lighter, vibrant green...like neon or something, compared to henna.

This is a pretty good representation of the henna powders I've used (the one on the far left and center):

http://www.hennaforhair.com/faq/index.html

And it does smell like hay...once you mix it, it'll smell like spinach, lol.
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Heather, my henna is usually pretty green - like olive green, I guess? But definitely not gray. It usually smells kind of like fresh cut grass to me.

ETA:
Nikki- I just saw your other posts. That's interesting about the Jamila in the clear packets. Guess I'll stick to the silver packets too.
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Hm...maybe I'll take a picture of it and show you. Or it could be that yellow lighting I was under b/c when I was in the store I opened a box to check and it looked green to me.
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Hm...maybe I'll take a picture of it and show you. Or it could be that yellow lighting I was under b/c when I was in the store I opened a box to check and it looked green to me.
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
Sounds good I'm curious anyway
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Okay now in person it does seem to have more green tint to it. I dunno. I just don't want to have bought some old ass henna lol. I guess we'll see when it's time to check for dye release
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The flash is bright, but it looks a little green...kinda brownish? Not sure. My henna powder is GREEN, no its ands or buts about it. Once mixed, it looks like the color of spinach or collard greens, lol.

If its not green, it might be stale?
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Heather, is your camera color fairly accurate? It looks kind of brown.


This is what my henna looks like.
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Okay mine when it was mixed definitely did not look like collard greens. Right now it looks brownish. Should I do a harvest test? I'm not worried about it not being Jamila henna, I'm worried about how long it had been sitting on the shelf before I bought it.

Is there anyway I'll be able to tell after it's finished sitting for the dye release?
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My henna looks a little brownish when I mix it, but it doesn't start out that way. Maybe you can wait to get dye release, then put a little glob on your palm. Leave it there for a minute, and then wipe it off. If you have an orange splotch, it's henna, even if it's not the freshest.
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Okay mine when it was mixed definitely did not look like collard greens. Right now it looks brownish. Should I do a harvest test? I'm not worried about it not being Jamila henna, I'm worried about how long it had been sitting on the shelf before I bought it.

Is there anyway I'll be able to tell after it's finished sitting for the dye release?
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
After mixed and sitting for a few hours the mix would look a bit brownish a good way to tell if it has a dye release is to wipe a bit on a towel or to see if it stains your fingers slightly.

BTW I have a mix that i left in a bowl for 2 weeks in the fridge and for about a week on the counter (my roomies put it there when i was gone for a week). Is it still safe to use? I might just go ahead a by a new batch of my Jamila henna...
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BTW I have a mix that i left in a bowl for 2 weeks in the fridge and for about a week on the counter (my roomies put it there when i was gone for a week). Is it still safe to use? I might just go ahead a by a new batch of my Jamila henna...
Originally Posted by Talisa3636
It's safe, but it won't do much. The dye will have demised by now - it won't bind to your hair anymore. It's best to freeze your henna. And when you thaw it, thaw it quickly in a bowl of warm water and use it right away before the dye demises. So, at this point, you'll need a fresh batch.
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Well I just realized that I mixed this ish in a metal pot, the pot and the henna was ridiculously cold when I touched it so I put the pot inside my heated conditioning cap lol. I think I'll let it sit like that for 2 hours.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
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Tigi MM Conditioner
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Thank you!! Im ordering a new amount now lol :-)
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Oyin: Honey Hemp, Sugar Berry
Anita Grant: Creamy Cafe Latte, Rhassoul DC, Babassu Amla Shampoo Bar, Monoi De Tahiti
Bee Mine: Curly Butter
Other: Millenia Mud, Hicks Oil
Homemade: Jamila Henna, Alba UnPetroleum Mix, Scalp Oil Blend, Aloe/Condish Spray, Condition Rinse (Aussie Moist & Mane and Tail)
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