Experiences with Henna?

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Guys, I'm sad to report that I don't plan on henna'ing this weekend...and I'm definitely going through withdrawals I started to mix a batch up twice yesterday, but after my last stint, I think it's time to move to twice a month. Last week it took 3 washes, yes 3... for my hair to snap back...and snapping back is only to my chin now, and I don't want it to get any looser.

I did however, do an overnight DT, and I'm very proud of myself. I never DTed before Henna and now I plan on DTing overnight at least twice a week...since I started working from home this week (YAY!), I can DT overnight and rinse in the morn after working out I'll probably henna next weekend.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
curlnikki: Have you been henna'ing every week since you started?


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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Girl, yes

I did 2 (or 3...can't remember) in one week and then henna'ed at least once a week every time after that. I think I henna'ed twice the second week too. I've henna'ed ALOT The experts are right...the more you henna the more the effects become visible. My hair has completely transformed
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Girl, yes

I did 2 (or 3...can't remember) in one week and then henna'ed at least once a week every time after that. I think I henna'ed twice the second week too. I've henna'ed ALOT The experts are right...the more you henna the more the effects become visible. My hair has completely transformed
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Well your hair looks wonderful. I'm sitting here with my third henna application on; I can't wait to see what the cumulative effects will be on my hair -- I just ordered twenty 100 gram boxes (it's amazing how I find money to buy hair products) and I can see where it can be addictive because the initial color is so fantastic. Thanks for all your posts/advice.


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!!

http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/dsg373839/
I just picked up a packet of a henna blend from an Indian grocer. I'm concerned, though because I cannot find any single thing about the brand on the internet. How can I find out if it has metallic dyes or not?

The brand is "Kisan's" and its in a silver, yellow, and green packet. It's just called "Hair Care Henna...with amla shikakai, and brahmi herbal hair conditioning and colouring formula".

Has anyone heard of this?
3c-like S-waves and random curls
Fine density; medium & fine strands
Naturally very dry and very frizzy
I hennaed last night with the remaining henna I mixed last week. I added honey to it as well as apple cider vinegar that I had steeped a bag of apple cinnamon tea into. This vmade the vinegar a dark reddish orange. I applied last night, went to the gym and then rinsed out at around noon. It looks a little bit darker to me this time, I'm guessing it's the tea.

We'll give it another day or so to see the final color. My hair is baby soft and shiny. I am also noticing that I am not shedding and my hair doesn't shed nearly as much as before.

I'm going to continue to henna weekly for now. I have about 15 100g boxes of henna that I need to use up!!
Guys, I'm sad to report that I don't plan on henna'ing this weekend...and I'm definitely going through withdrawals I started to mix a batch up twice yesterday, but after my last stint, I think it's time to move to twice a month. Last week it took 3 washes, yes 3... for my hair to snap back...and snapping back is only to my chin now, and I don't want it to get any looser.

I did however, do an overnight DT, and I'm very proud of myself. I never DTed before Henna and now I plan on DTing overnight at least twice a week...since I started working from home this week (YAY!), I can DT overnight and rinse in the morn after working out I'll probably henna next weekend.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
be careful that you dont start to overcondition your hair...you'll lose curl defintion that way too
Hey Ladies! I've been away, but I'm back now. Man, my life is CrAZzY right now! I may not get to henna again until I relocate to LA - and that's a month from now! .

OMG!!!! Spiral-Spiral-Spiral!!!!! I was on your page....AGAIN, lol .... and I was looking @ your styles (trying to do my hair differently for work 2morrow) ....OMG....I know I said it b4, but again, your hair is soooooo pretty, abosolutely gorgeous!!! okay, back 2 looking for a style
Originally Posted by momo7
Thanks Momo! That's so nice of you to day - that made my day

I haven't hennaed in two weeks . I just trimmed my hair about an inch or inch and a half tonight. It felt so good! I have to be careful though, cause I like to trim. I've been deliberately staying away from the scissors. I hope I cut it even.

HeatherNichole - I finally found those Goody Ouchless headbands yesterday! Yay! I haven't tried to use them yet.
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Guys, I'm sad to report that I don't plan on henna'ing this weekend...and I'm definitely going through withdrawals I started to mix a batch up twice yesterday, but after my last stint, I think it's time to move to twice a month. Last week it took 3 washes, yes 3... for my hair to snap back...and snapping back is only to my chin now, and I don't want it to get any looser.

I did however, do an overnight DT, and I'm very proud of myself. I never DTed before Henna and now I plan on DTing overnight at least twice a week...since I started working from home this week (YAY!), I can DT overnight and rinse in the morn after working out I'll probably henna next weekend.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
be careful that you dont start to overcondition your hair...you'll lose curl defintion that way too
Originally Posted by subbrock
Really?! Good info to know. However, my hair is so dry, overconditioning my hair would be an accomplishment

On another note, I hadn't detangled my hair in 4 days and WOW, I felt like I lost so much hair I checked most of the ends and almost all of them had bulbs...so at least I know it was shedding as opposed to breakage. I'm going to stop being so lazy and detangle my hair at least every two days.
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You can get over conditioned. I have been hennaing just about every weekend, usually just a strong gloss and last week I noticed my roots getting greasy when I conditioned it. Some people told me I didn't really need to condition with henna and it turned out I still did need it, but not as much. I don't have to dt as much. I want some of that to get on my ends though as they were still kind of dry so this week I did my gloss and I concentrated more on my ends...we'll see how that turns out.
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Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
You can get over conditioned. I have been hennaing just about every weekend, usually just a strong gloss and last week I noticed my roots getting greasy when I conditioned it. Some people told me I didn't really need to condition with henna and it turned out I still did need it, but not as much. I don't have to dt as much. I want some of that to get on my ends though as they were still kind of dry so this week I did my gloss and I concentrated more on my ends...we'll see how that turns out.
Originally Posted by Brown&Curly
My ends are the only dry parts. Maybe next week, I'll focus on my ends too, as opposed to the entire strand.I'm going to henna on Friday night I suppose...
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Well, I tried this Henna thing last night and I will recount my experience as follows:

I purchased Rainbow brand Henna in neutral
I first deep conditioned and detangled my hair using Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise and rinsed out.
I added boiling water to about 4 oz. of Henna and stirred. I then added olive oil and honey ( I should have measured, but did not. It was probably around 2 tblp of olive oil and 4 tblsp of honey). I then stirred the mixture and applied it to my hair after washing out the conditioner.
I saran wrapped my hair and put a plastic cap and a towel around my head and went to bed.
This morning I washed out the Henna using Jason's natural sea kelp shampoo ( I actually meant to purchase conditioner, not shampoo!
but I used it anyway)
I shampooed twice and continued to rinse for a while trying to get out all of the Henna.
I then did another deep condition using the same Silk Elements conditioner as before, then rinsed out.

The Results:
My hair was not soft, and actually felt straw like, which is worse than usual.
As I was twisting my hair, I realized that not all of the Henna got out and their was alot of grit on my hands as I rubbed through my hair.

A couple of theories that I have on what went wrong:
After I had done the treatment I happened to look on the bottom of the Henna and noticed that it was expired (date was 7/3/07). I am not sure if this would cause a significant change in the results though.
The silk elements has quite a bit of protein, and I did not even think about it until afterwards.

I think that I will try again in a few weeks using a different brand of Henna and different conditioners in my hair.

I just feel horrible about having spent all of that time and effort to get nothing in return


Oh well, maybe things will turn out better next time.

ETA: My hair is 4a/4b and about bra strap length
Well, I tried this Henna thing last night and I will recount my experience as follows:

I purchased Rainbow brand Henna in neutral
I first deep conditioned and detangled my hair using Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise and rinsed out.
I added boiling water to about 4 oz. of Henna and stirred. I then added olive oil and honey ( I should have measured, but did not. It was probably around 2 tblp of olive oil and 4 tblsp of honey). I then stirred the mixture and applied it to my hair after washing out the conditioner.
I saran wrapped my hair and put a plastic cap and a towel around my head and went to bed.
This morning I washed out the Henna using Jason's natural sea kelp shampoo ( I actually meant to purchase conditioner, not shampoo!
but I used it anyway)
I shampooed twice and continued to rinse for a while trying to get out all of the Henna.
I then did another deep condition using the same Silk Elements conditioner as before, then rinsed out.

The Results:
My hair was not soft, and actually felt straw like, which is worse than usual.
As I was twisting my hair, I realized that not all of the Henna got out and their was alot of grit on my hands as I rubbed through my hair.

A couple of theories that I have on what went wrong:
After I had done the treatment I happened to look on the bottom of the Henna and noticed that it was expired (date was 7/3/07). I am not sure if this would cause a significant change in the results though.
The silk elements has quite a bit of protein, and I did not even think about it until afterwards.

I think that I will try again in a few weeks using a different brand of Henna and different conditioners in my hair.

I just feel horrible about having spent all of that time and effort to get nothing in return


Oh well, maybe things will turn out better next time.

ETA: My hair is 4a/4b and about bra strap length
Originally Posted by ladyjag123
i recently tried the henna thing for the first time in a few years and my hair felt just like that too. and i went out and bouth the AO HSr conditioner and the AOMMJ and my hair still feels like crap. boo!
FYI:

For those interested in buying henna in bulk (1 kg or more), check out Henna Sooq (www.hennasooq.com). I just ordered a 1 kg of Rajasthani henna - in 100 g individual packs - for $55, including shipping. I plan to henna 2x per month. My hair is pretty short, so I figure I can use 100g per application. This stash ought to last me through most of '08 !!
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Well, I tried this Henna thing last night and I will recount my experience as follows:

I purchased Rainbow brand Henna in neutral
I first deep conditioned and detangled my hair using Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise and rinsed out.
I added boiling water to about 4 oz. of Henna and stirred. I then added olive oil and honey ( I should have measured, but did not. It was probably around 2 tblp of olive oil and 4 tblsp of honey). I then stirred the mixture and applied it to my hair after washing out the conditioner.
I saran wrapped my hair and put a plastic cap and a towel around my head and went to bed.
This morning I washed out the Henna using Jason's natural sea kelp shampoo ( I actually meant to purchase conditioner, not shampoo!
but I used it anyway)
I shampooed twice and continued to rinse for a while trying to get out all of the Henna.
I then did another deep condition using the same Silk Elements conditioner as before, then rinsed out.

The Results:
My hair was not soft, and actually felt straw like, which is worse than usual.
As I was twisting my hair, I realized that not all of the Henna got out and their was alot of grit on my hands as I rubbed through my hair.

A couple of theories that I have on what went wrong:
After I had done the treatment I happened to look on the bottom of the Henna and noticed that it was expired (date was 7/3/07). I am not sure if this would cause a significant change in the results though.
The silk elements has quite a bit of protein, and I did not even think about it until afterwards.

I think that I will try again in a few weeks using a different brand of Henna and different conditioners in my hair.

I just feel horrible about having spent all of that time and effort to get nothing in return


Oh well, maybe things will turn out better next time.

ETA: My hair is 4a/4b and about bra strap length
Originally Posted by ladyjag123
Perhaps it's the conditioner that you used 1st? I have applied henna only twice but each time I did it on hair that was either freshly shampooed or had very little product. I condition (lightly) after I've rinsed the henna out of my hair.
Ladyjag123, I noticed that you used Henna Rainbow, which has color and according to some people isn't 100% Henna. I think that maybe this is why you didn't like it. Real Henna doesn't come in all those different colors. I almost bought that last week.

Solange I can't believe how cheap you bought that Henna!!! I need to go to an Indian store in my area.

Here are some pictures of the red highlights from Henna'ing

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Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Well, I tried this Henna thing last night and I will recount my experience as follows:

I purchased Rainbow brand Henna in neutral
I first deep conditioned and detangled my hair using Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise and rinsed out.
I added boiling water to about 4 oz. of Henna and stirred. I then added olive oil and honey ( I should have measured, but did not. It was probably around 2 tblp of olive oil and 4 tblsp of honey). I then stirred the mixture and applied it to my hair after washing out the conditioner.
I saran wrapped my hair and put a plastic cap and a towel around my head and went to bed.
This morning I washed out the Henna using Jason's natural sea kelp shampoo ( I actually meant to purchase conditioner, not shampoo!
but I used it anyway)
I shampooed twice and continued to rinse for a while trying to get out all of the Henna.
I then did another deep condition using the same Silk Elements conditioner as before, then rinsed out.

The Results:
My hair was not soft, and actually felt straw like, which is worse than usual.
As I was twisting my hair, I realized that not all of the Henna got out and their was alot of grit on my hands as I rubbed through my hair.

A couple of theories that I have on what went wrong:
After I had done the treatment I happened to look on the bottom of the Henna and noticed that it was expired (date was 7/3/07). I am not sure if this would cause a significant change in the results though.
The silk elements has quite a bit of protein, and I did not even think about it until afterwards.

I think that I will try again in a few weeks using a different brand of Henna and different conditioners in my hair.

I just feel horrible about having spent all of that time and effort to get nothing in return


Oh well, maybe things will turn out better next time.

ETA: My hair is 4a/4b and about bra strap length
Originally Posted by ladyjag123
My hair feels like that after I henna, especially my ends. You cannot use a condish with protein because it will make your hair impossible to deal with. AO HSR worked well to detangle my hair after Henna. Giovanni 50/50 condish worked better. I am liking Amla better than Henna. As someone mentioned before it does leave your hair softer. Then again, the indian lady did tell me that Henna should be done every two weeks or better yet once a month and Amla can be done up to 2 times a week. I agree! When I did the Henna twice in a week my hair felt noticeably dryer and needed a bit more pampering.

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Ladyjag123, I haven't even tried henna yet so my knowledge is only secondhand, but I noticed a few things in your post:

a) the conditioning beforehand, which you already mentioned.

b) I don't know if you just didn't write it down, but I didn't see where you added an acid and leave your henna in a warm place for a few hours to get dye release. The conditioning benefits of henna are in the dye and if you didn't get dye release chances are you won't get much of the conditioning.

c) not everyone can add oil to their mix without it inhibiting the dye uptake and thus conditioning.
I forgot to mention that it also depends on the results you want. I like my tight curl shape, I feel its unique and more me. I'm not looking for looser curls, just more body and health. So I don't need to do it as often.

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Curlies who alma, is the alma gritty and difficult to rinse out of the hair?
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ladyjag123: I'm sorry to here about your experience -- it'll be better the next time. I noticed that you mixed your henna with boiling water. I'm not sure of the Rainbow henna, but the hennaforhair.com henna application instructions cautions you not to use boiling water.

I applied henna on Friday (this time I mixed in a tablespoon of amla powder). My result was really chocolate cherry well conditioned hair. Then after I rinsed the henna out on Saturday I did a dt consisting of AORM, honey, olive oil, and here is the clincher, a tablespoon of shikakai & brahmi powder. Well, my hair is really well conditioned, but I believe the shikakai and brahmi powder made my hair color really dark (like almost black). So now I'm henna'ing again .


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!!

http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/dsg373839/

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