Experiences with Henna?

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Thank you Solange! I can hardly wait till its long! I will keep it in layers and hope it has a nice "cascading" effect like it does now. My mom said to look for Henna at the supermarket, but I highly doubt I will find it there.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Nikki- lol I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed. I really like it and it gets the job done for me. The only thing that I've noticed I don't like about this henna is after its been in the freezer, it clumps together just a little. If I had a strainer I'd just use it, but it's not too terrible and I usually just squish the very few I end up with into my hair.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
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Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
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Solange, your hair looks amazing! Simply beautiful

I haven't sang the praises of henna in a while...so here goes

OMG! My hair after henna number 9 or 10 (still have no idea...lost count) is soooo heavy and the shrinkage issue I once had has vanished. My individual strands are resilient and much thicker...MUCH thicker! I couldn't be happier.

Also, this SheaMoisture/AA Mandarin Jelly combo is doing amazing things. My hair has never been softer, fluffier or this moisturized. I've been applying the two mixed together and although the lack of hold bothered me at first (compared to BE...after I scrunch the crunch, there is 0 hold) I like the big and wild look. Good hair days guys...good hair days

Oh and Heather, I'm going to replenish my slowly dwindling henna supply with a huge stash from FNWL. I'm going on your reviews and your reviews alone...hopefully I won't be disappointed
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Thank You CN - You are my henna icon, along with Spiral NC. Now I'm planning to do weekly Friday hennas also. This friday I will use up my remaining mixed henna from the last time, mixing it with Amla powder and honey. Amla is supposed to promote growth, reduce hair loss and stimulate the scalp. Another new experiment !!

I am curious about your decision to switch to henna from FNWL - is their product superior? I intend to try a few different brands as well so perhaps we can compare notes

I made an Amla and Aloe Vera Gel mask/scrub for my face last night and my skin was glowing this morning


Mariag - I love your rollerset. Your hair looks so good and healthy!!
Originally Posted by solange
Solange, thank you! I don't think FNWL is superior, it's just cheaper and hopefuly comparable Weekly henna's are expensive as hell especially if you're purchasing from Catherine at mehandi...for the past month, I've spent ALOT of money on henna. I'd like a cheaper alternative that still yields good results. Hopefully FNWL will be the one

I'm beginning to get interested in amla as well...I'll check into that!

Heather, I never have leftovers to freeze, so hopefully I won't have this problem... I'm going to try it and hope for the best. It can't be too bad. I read reviews on hennaforhair.com and the biggest drawback is that it could stand to use a few more sifts.
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Nikki- I'm talking about when it's dry. Before it was frozen I had no problem with clumping, but after I put it in the freezer it could do for a little sifting. I think the cold makes it clump a little. Still, I get good results. Hopefully you will too. I definitely recommend getting a couple pounds that way you don't have to pay that stupid small order fee.

Why don't the rest of you FNWL henna users chime in? Maria? Mothereartha?
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
Staples
Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
http://public.fotki.com/MsHeatherNicole/

"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn
I didn't have a problem with my Henna. It felt almost sand-like, it was pretty much grinded up like sand and when I mix it with water it immediately turns into a mud. I ordered the Henna from Catherine. Then again, I had my Henna in the fridge for a month and it didn't clump together. I didn't know I had to put it in the freezer.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

[quote="HeatherNicole"]Nikki- I'm talking about when it's dry. Before it was frozen I had no problem with clumping, but after I put it in the freezer it could do for a little sifting. I think the cold makes it clump a little. Still, I get good results. Hopefully you will too. I definitely recommend getting a couple pounds that way you don't have to pay that stupid small order fee.

Why don't the rest of you FNWL henna users chime in? Maria? Mothereartha?[/quote]

Yeah, were ya'll at?! lol

I'd like to hear from someone that has tried both...
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

What am I chopped liver? LOL I just replied!

I bought Henna from From Nature With Love and Cassia from Mehandi. They were both fine quality and have been in my fridge since October. They didn't clump and when I apply them on my head, it still feels like baby poop
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

hey ladies!

no complaints about fnwl from me. it mixed well & I didn't experience any clumping dry or frozen. just be wary of the small order charge. I purchased 2 lbs (only) & they hit me with it. otherwise great experience. did anyone see my post on page 40 about styling/blending the 2 different textures? tia
thick, kinky, nappy, hair w/ dashes of curls
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Thanks for the info ladies

And Mothereartha, you know me, lol...when it comes to henna I buy in bulk. BULK. So, I'll miss out on the small order charge. The idea of running out of henna makes me cringe! It's official, I'm an addict.
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

OKay..this may be a silly question, but sry....what is "FNWL"?
OKay..this may be a silly question, but sry....what is "FNWL"?
Originally Posted by momo7
From Nature With Love....it's a website that many people have purchased their henna from.
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

thanx nikki!!! OMG I looked 4 cassia and didnt c it there on the FNWL website .
Momo, buy Cassia here: http://www.mehandi.com/shop/cassiaobovatabuy.html

I ordered mine on a Monday and by Wednesday I had my stash
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Thankz maria, but I ordered from her before and she charges separately for each item to be shipped (even though it comes in the same mail package). It doesnt make much sense to me. I'm in school and that mehandi.com stuff can become VERY expensive. DARN IT!!! :P
Maybe I'm super rich or super dumb but I didn't even notice they charged me twice
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

If anyone wants me to pick up some from my new fav store for them, let me know via pm. They are only $1.49/100g box here.

I have not seen Cassia in this particular store, but there are a couple of others that I'll probabaly explore this weekend
I'm confused. I dont know if I hennaed or made my cassia have a strong dye release. The Henna/Cassia I bought at the indian store this weekend is supposed to be neutral. The indian lady said it would def not change my color. Now the brand Reshma, which says in the description provides a golden cast on dark brown hair. Which was the same as my Cassia. The powder was really fine and green like my Cassia. Everything looked the same except my mix: I added a teaspoon of lemon juice, a few tablespoons of molasses, an egg, and 1/2 a teaspoon of coconut oil. I let it sit for about 5 hrs since I was busy on Thanksgiving day. Then left it for 4 hours as I cooked and cleaned. I applied with bare hands like I did the Cassia. I had a slight orange tint on my palms (strawberry blonde) and on my nails when I rinsed. My hair streaks seem a bit orangie. And when I washed again to roller set my hair there was orangie residue on my nails.
Now I don think this is henna because I think the staining of Henna is more intense and a deep red. This is like a strawberry blonde orange color. Could it have been the molasses? Or the dye release time? the first time I applied I didnt add anything but water.

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Yippi, Yeah, Hooray!!! I did my second henna last night; I had to wake up really early this morning so that I could fit in a dt (which was AORM, honey and hemp seed oil).

My hair is a deep dark chocolate cherry however I wasn't able to capture the color in my pictures (which I'll post tonight). My hair feels pretty good and the texture pretty much looks the same -- it'll take tons to loosen these pin springs and cork screws that I have. I think I'll do another henna this weekend -- I'm curious about what the cumulative effects of hennaing will be on my hair.

HAPPY HENNAING!!!


4A&B -- Henna and the entire Essential Balms product line; lately Carol's Daughter honey mimosa & black vanilla leave-in. Staple products are SheaMoisture, Aubrey Organics and Trader Joes Norish Spa conditioner, ACV and IC Fantasia Gel. I'm also Mixtress (I love making my own hair concoctions )

Be encouraged -- Cuzz Fuzz is what it Duzz!!

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OKay quick question....is it necessary to do a DT (deep treatment) directly after doing the henna? I thought henna was a naturally wonderful DT within itself....I'm a tad bit confused (I never used henna b4 but I'm just curious)
I have a questions, do you co wash before you henna/cassia or wash with a sulfate free poo? I did my 3rd Cassia last nite. In the AM I washed my hair with a sulfate free poo. When I got home I co washed then applied the Cassia. I typically wash with a sulfate free poo before the cassia. My hair turned out so soft. Usually after the cassia my hair is silky yet wiry, not this time. could this be from co washing before hand and not with the poo or the compounding effect of Cassia? Any thoughts....

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