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Old 09-21-2007, 11:04 AM   #41
 
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Reading all of the good things about henna made me wanna try it too. I went to Henry's today and bought some. I have a couple questions, has anyone ever heard of the brand, Light Mountain Natural? They have a bunch of different colors and they even have a color chart in the store that shows u what color ur hair is likely to turn which was very helpful. So I got the red hoping that it's not gonna be too red. The ingredients say, Red henna (lawsonia inermis) and that's it. My other question is, does anyone know why it says not to use metal bowls, mixing utensils etc.? I'm also not sure about how to mix it. It comes with instructions but I see some of u guys talking about adding olive oil and honey... If I wanna add that stuff do I completely omit the water or reduce it...?
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Dmarie, I put the mix in the bowl, then added boiling water while stirring to get it to a yougurt type consitency. I then put in a table spoon of oil and 2 table spoons of honey. I didn't do exact measurements w/ the water...just winged it.

I've never seen the Light Mountain in stores but after browsing the board Spiral rec'ed, I came to the conclusion that Rainbow and Light Mountain are pretty much the same thing. Like Spiral said, avoid the ones that are NOT red or colorless, because there are other ingredients in these that may not be listed. The red should be fine...I'm sure Spiral will chime in...I hope

In other news, I posted pics of my bodiful hair after the 2nd Cassia treatment. Like I said, my hair is super shrinky, but it feels and looks a little bigger.
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Yup, I agree with you Nikki - only get the one that says Red or Neutral and make sure there is only one ingredient - either henna or cassia, as all the other ones have other stuff added.


Nikki, your second cassia turned out great - love the shine and volume!
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Your hair looks great! This is exciting.
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I've never seen the Light Mountain in stores but after browsing the board Spiral rec'ed, I came to the conclusion that Rainbow and Light Mountain are pretty much the same thing.
Curlynikki - thanks for that info... D_Marie, that's the same brand that I saw at the whole foods here in baton rouge. Please post pics and let us know how it works out when you are done... I would much rather drive up the street and buy some from the store instead of waiting for my order to arrive, especially if the results are the same or similar!
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:24 AM   #46
 
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I bought the Jamila Henna in the 2007 crop on thursday! I hope it works great on my hair :-). about how long is the shipping Spiral?
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Natashamck and Talisa, I definitely want to hear about and/or see your results! I was hoping my cassia would come in the mail today, but no luck.

I received not one, not two, but three compliments on my hair today while out and about! Not that my life revolves around compliments, but it sure does feel good. We do alot to keep our hair looking good and healthy and its awesome when someone notices
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:47 AM   #48
 
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You hennaed hair looks fabolous! I can see the added body and shine it gives plus it looks great with the existing color. I really cant wait to try it out now :-) hopefully my digital cam will be nice to me
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Natashamck and Talisa, I definitely want to hear about and/or see your results! I was hoping my cassia would come in the mail today, but no luck.
Me too Ladies! Can't wait to see your results.

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I received not one, not two, but three compliments on my hair today while out and about! Not that my life revolves around compliments, but it sure does feel good. We do alot to keep our hair looking good and healthy and its awesome when someone notices
Nikki, strangers in real life never really commented on my hair that much. My friends and family did, but that's it. After the first time I did my full henna, I got more compliments on my hair in a week, from complete strangers, than I ever had. I think it was the extra oomph in color, shine, and thickness that made people notice it. My instructor at the gym said it makes a halo around my face lol.

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, it took me about a week to get my henna. I can't wait to do it again.

Btw, some interesting posts over at the HFH forum - Lexie, who does a lot of experiments, said that she found that a few teaspoons of coconut oil did not inhibit dye uptake, but honey did! This is suprising, because a lot of people say the opposite, and I've been getting great color with honey. Still, I may try my next treatment without honey and see what happens.
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Natashamck and Talisa, I definitely want to hear about and/or see your results! I was hoping my cassia would come in the mail today, but no luck.
Me too Ladies! Can't wait to see your results.

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I received not one, not two, but three compliments on my hair today while out and about! Not that my life revolves around compliments, but it sure does feel good. We do alot to keep our hair looking good and healthy and its awesome when someone notices
Nikki, strangers in real life never really commented on my hair that much. My friends and family did, but that's it. After the first time I did my full henna, I got more compliments on my hair in a week, from complete strangers, than I ever had. I think it was the extra oomph in color, shine, and thickness that made people notice it. My instructor at the gym said it makes a halo around my face lol.

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, it took me about a week to get my henna. I can't wait to do it again.

Btw, some interesting posts over at the HFH forum - Lexie, who does a lot of experiments, said that she found that a few teaspoons of coconut oil did not inhibit dye uptake, but honey did! This is suprising, because a lot of people say the opposite, and I've been getting great color with honey. Still, I may try my next treatment without honey and see what happens.
Spiral, your hair was beautiful long before the henna! If I saw you on the street I'd definitely compliment you The volume, length and color is unmatched...your transition pics were lovely too!

I was going to omit the oil in my next batch (per your advice) and keep the honey but after reading this most recent post, maybe I should omit the honey too? I know I'm doing a color treatment, but do you think the honey would effect the uptake of the moisturizing properties of the cassia?
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Old 09-22-2007, 01:24 PM   #51
 
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Aww thanks Nikki

I don't know the answer to the honey/cassia question. I'll post it in the forum, and see how the other henna girls weigh in.

ETA: So, so far Lexie has responded, and she said that honey has no negative effect on her cassia treatments
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Old 09-22-2007, 02:14 PM   #52
 
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Sweet! I love that forum. Thanks for turning us on to it
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:52 PM   #53
 
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curlynikki, spiral and rainshower, do you all usually wash and condition your hair before the treatment, or just after?
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Ajidahk, I like to start with a clean/naked base. So, I shampoo my hair first, but I don't condition it. I just apply the henna as soon as I rinse. But, that's just the way I do like to do it. Others may have success with other methods. It is considered best to apply henna to clean hair - no styling product, oils, etc. But maybe if you condition with an oil-free conditioner that doesn't coat the hair too much, it would be okay.
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Ajidahk, I like to start with a clean/naked base. So, I shampoo my hair first, but I don't condition it. I just apply the henna as soon as I rinse. But, that's just the way I do like to do it. Others may have success with other methods. It is considered best to apply henna to clean hair - no styling product, oils, etc. But maybe if you condition with an oil-free conditioner that doesn't coat the hair too much, it would be okay.
Same here, I use Creme of Nature Shampoo.
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It came, it came, it came


My lovely package from Catherine came today and I couldn't wait to open it and try it. Off the bat, I could SEE the differenece. No sand, twigs, no grit...just a finely ground powder. I mixed up a batch,added honey and applied to freshly washed hair (Creme of Nature). I'll post results later. I'm guessing since it looks this different, I'll get different results? I was very impressed by how easy it was to stir up the mix and how easy it was to apply. Hopefully washing it out will be a piece of cake too, since there is no annoying grit.

I'll keep ya'll updated!
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Hi Ladies,

Spiral-nc thanks for the info. I think that I will have to break down and get on the Henna ban wagon! I went to the whole foods store where I live today and they said that location just stopped carrying it. So, If I don't find it locally I will have to order it.

Curlynikki ,I can't wait to see how your hair will compare between the rainbow brand and Catherines. Your feed back might be a deal breaker for me to order online. This is why I love this site a source that allows us to share info. Knowledge is Power!

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Awww... shipping must be slow to Baton Rouge - because it seems like takes me FOREVER to get some products in the mail...

curlynikki - can't wait to hear your results!
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:33 PM   #59
 
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Darn you women! I've always wanted to try henna, but I wanted to try the black henna that's supposed to darken (like bluish black).

Has anyone tried this kind before? My hair is black, but I want it blacker and shinier.
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Truth be told...there is really no difference in the results (between the Rainbow and Catherines). My hair is just as silky, soft and shiny...but no more so than when I used Rainbow brand. The only plus is that it rinsed out MUCH easier. No twigs, sticks, grains or sand... but that was the only difference. I think I'll continue to use Catherine's stuff because there are no fillers. Either way, I definitely rec. Cassia! My ends look and feel great and I'm hoping they'll stay that way. We shall see!
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