Experiences with Henna?

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OK - I'm all henna'ed down for the evening....it's about 2:10 pm, so I may rinse about 11:00 and do an overnight conditioner. I'm going to do a fancy scarf wrap and run out and do a few errands...lets hope I don't drip.


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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I did a treatment last night for the first time in 3 weeks. It was sort of a quasi experiment, lol.

Hair before henna: (1)75% shrinkage, if not more, (2) dry, (3)fine/thin strands, (4)FRIZZY, (5) splits, breakage, etc.

Hair 'on' henna (i.e. weekly treatments and 2-3 treatments for the first week---all in all, upwards of 9-10 treatments w/in 2 months): (1) 40% shrinkage, (2) moisturized thanks to the henna and DTs, (3)thicker strands that were elastic and strong, (4) 60% less frizz, (5) fewer splits and breakage, (6)good hair days...everyday!!!!! (7) generally appeared longer, bigger and more AWESOME, lol

Hair 'off' henna (i.e. no treatments for 3 weeks): (1) 60% shrinkage...not as shrinky as my hair prior to henna'ing, but not quite as stretched out as before. It took 2 weeks before I noticed this, (2) still moisturized, (3) not sure if it was in my head or not, but some of my strands didn't feel as substantial as they did weeks prior and i noticed more shedding and a few splits, (4) FRIZZY, (5) fewer splits than before henna, but more than I noticed weeks before, (6) good hair days until week 3...I was dying last week, (7) looked shorter and lacked volume like it did before henna. I even resorted to using my night-time claw clip to stretch my hair.

There you have it folks. It took 3 weeks for the stretching and frizz-off effects to dissipate, but the overall health and conditioning remained to a greater extent, which is of the most importance. I'm going to stick to bi-weekly treatments, and since this is the case, I'll continue to buy Catherine's henna.

I'm sitting here with a DT in right now, and I'll rinse and style tonight.
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Wow! Thanks for the detailed assessment Curlynikki!
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Wow! Thanks for the detailed assessment Curlynikki!
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
Ditto - Thanks Curlynikki. Sounds like your hair can become addicted to henna.


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 did my 4th overnight henna treatment last night in 4 weeks. As I rinsed it out this morning, my hair felt strong and smooth but it is noticeably less curly.

I was a "wavy" 3C with a bit of frizz 4 weeks ago and my hair is much less curly today. I actually had to plop and scrunch to try to get some of the curl back in - I've never had this issue before. My hair almost looks like it's been texturized to a 3B in places. It is most noticeable in the front and in the canopy near the ends.

I'm going to give my hair 2 weeks until my next henna to see if I can get it to curl a bit more.
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I see so many references to henna loosening the curl pattern, but I want to tell you it's not loosening these tight curls I have. I think I'm on my 6th henna application -- I guess it depends on your texture.


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 see so many references to henna loosening the curl pattern, but I want to tell you it's not loosening these tight curls I have. I think I'm on my 6th henna application -- I guess it depends on your texture.
Originally Posted by dsg-girly&curly

Yeah, every curly is different. In my experience, it seems that people with thinner strands experience the stretching effects. I just co-washed my hair and the way it looked it pre and post henna is like night and day. My hair is wet and hanging past my shoulders right now...last week, when wet it sat on top of my shoulders.

Here are 2 more things I realized with my 3 week hiatus:

1. I used a larger quantity of my products for less than stellar results
2. My products didn't work as well, for sure...


Tonight, applying my products was easy as pie I didn't need much at all and the frizz was contained. It was easier to manage, detangle and it just looked better...smoother. I guess I'm definitely addicted to henna...I like my hair a lot more when I'm 'on' henna than when I'm 'off'.
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I did my 4th overnight henna treatment last night in 4 weeks. As I rinsed it out this morning, my hair felt strong and smooth but it is noticeably less curly.

I was a "wavy" 3C with a bit of frizz 4 weeks ago and my hair is much less curly today. I actually had to plop and scrunch to try to get some of the curl back in - I've never had this issue before. My hair almost looks like it's been texturized to a 3B in places. It is most noticeable in the front and in the canopy near the ends.

I'm going to give my hair 2 weeks until my next henna to see if I can get it to curl a bit more.
Originally Posted by solange

If your hair responds like mine...it'll take 2.5 weeks or so for it to snap back. I've yet to see it shrink to it's pre-henna length, but I noticed a tighter curl on week 3 of no henna. I don't think the straightening is permanent, but it definitely lasts longer than a week. The first 2-3 days after my co-wash, my curl pattern is pretty weak and my hair is stretched out to a point to where I don't really care for it. But, by day 4, it's perfect, lol.
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The front of my hair, the "bang" section doesn't have much curl, it's 3b wavy I guess... I'm thinking if I separate that, henna the rest, then go back and henna that section the last hour or so it might night loosen up as much. What do you all think?

Thanks for the details Nikki... I'm a little less worried my hair will get addicted. lol
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The front of my hair, the "bang" section doesn't have much curl, it's 3b wavy I guess... I'm thinking if I separate that, henna the rest, then go back and henna that section the last hour or so it might night loosen up as much. What do you all think?

Thanks for the details Nikki... I'm a little less worried my hair will get addicted. lol
Originally Posted by jsocurleigh
Jso, I was going to do that too because the front of my hair also tends to get very loose. But the last time I hennaed - last week - I was too lazy and just hennaed it with the rest and crossed my fingers LOL. It didn't get any looser that I noticed. I wonder if it only loosens up to a point?
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Wow! Thanks for the detailed assessment Curlynikki!
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
I know right... She's so thorough...
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my hair is not its usual tight self until around day 4 after applying henna. ...a little frustrating but i do think my hair is better with henna than without (once you wash it out). i think it may have to do with getting ALL the henna out of your hair..by day 4 of co-washing, it's finally rinsing without the orange tint. i'm wearing braids for hopefully a month and then i plan to try to saturate my hair with henna. i've only done 3 treatments.

thanks for the with vs. without henna hair analysis curlynikki. i think that answered alot of questions.
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my hair is not its usual tight self until around day 4 after applying henna. ...a little frustrating but i do think my hair is better with henna than without (once you wash it out). i think it may have to do with getting ALL the henna out of your hair..by day 4 of co-washing, it's finally rinsing without the orange tint. i'm wearing braids for hopefully a month and then i plan to try to saturate my hair with henna. i've only done 3 treatments.

thanks for the with vs. without henna hair analysis curlynikki. i think that answered alot of questions.
Originally Posted by mothereartha
No problem

By the way, I loooooove my hair today. It's back to its beautiful henna'ed self


Has anyone tried both Catherine's and FNWL henna? I'd really like to hear a comparison.
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I am finally trying henna--I have it on right now. I have a questions though, I got a bit of the henna on my ears and neck. How long will it take to get the color from the henna off my skin?

I really hope that this works better than cassia did for me. I used 400g of henna. I don't know how you guys are using 200-250g of henna. Maybe I should use more honey?
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I am finally trying henna--I have it on right now. I have a questions though, I got a bit of the henna on my ears and neck. How long will it take to get the color from the henna off my skin?

I really hope that this works better than cassia did for me. I used 400g of henna. I don't know how you guys are using 200-250g of henna. Maybe I should use more honey?
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
Wow - that's a lot of henna!!! I use 100g each time and that is just enough to cover my hair completely.
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Sorry for the late reply, but I want to thank everyone that replied to me on my first experience with henna. I pretty much knew that my bad experience was at least 80% user error anyway and I should have done more research before trying.
Okay, well I bought two boxes of 100 g each Afshan Mehndi henna powder from a local Indian store. It is sort of a coppery or gold color, not the red color that real henna is supposed to be, so I am not sure that what I bought will be any good or not. It definitely seems to be of better quality than what I purchased before, however. It is not as gritty and full of twigs like the Rainbow henna; it is more of a fine powder.
The instructions simply say to add water, and there is no mention of adding an acid. I plan to add some ACV or orange juice and hot water to the henna and letting it sit overnight before applying it to my hair.
I would like to add honey as well. Am I supposed to add this after the dye release, or before? Thanks again everyone for your help!! I am hoping to have a better experience this time around. I'll keep you posted. If anyone has any other tips for me, please feel free to chime in; I need all the help that I can get!
Sorry for the late reply, but I want to thank everyone that replied to me on my first experience with henna. I pretty much knew that my bad experience was at least 80% user error anyway and I should have done more research before trying.
Okay, well I bought two boxes of 100 g each Afshan Mehndi henna powder from a local Indian store. It is sort of a coppery or gold color, not the red color that real henna is supposed to be, so I am not sure that what I bought will be any good or not. It definitely seems to be of better quality than what I purchased before, however. It is not as gritty and full of twigs like the Rainbow henna; it is more of a fine powder.
The instructions simply say to add water, and there is no mention of adding an acid. I plan to add some ACV or orange juice and hot water to the henna and letting it sit overnight before applying it to my hair.
I would like to add honey as well. Am I supposed to add this after the dye release, or before? Thanks again everyone for your help!! I am hoping to have a better experience this time around. I'll keep you posted. If anyone has any other tips for me, please feel free to chime in; I need all the help that I can get!
Originally Posted by ladyjag123
Hi ladyjag123: I always add honey after the dye release just before I apply and one more thing, when you add water it should be hot water not boiling hot water. I certainly hope you have a good experience this time.


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/
Ajidahk, don't worry about the henna staining your ears, face, neck. Henna takes better to some parts of the body than others. It likes the hands and feet best. I get henna all over myself - it makes my neck look a little tan after I wipe it off, but it goes away very quickly.

Also 400 grams is a lot - it's what's recommended for waist length hair. I only use about 200 - 250 myself, and that totally covers my hair. I think you're correct that you should add more honey (or even water. Just be careful it doesn't get to thin). It'll save you some dollars in the long run.


Ladyjag, I hope you have better luck with this henna. But just be aware that some Indian store brands aren't much better quality than Rainbow. Did you ask around about that brand? And does it have an expiration date on it?
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I am finally trying henna--I have it on right now. I have a questions though, I got a bit of the henna on my ears and neck. How long will it take to get the color from the henna off my skin?

I really hope that this works better than cassia did for me. I used 400g of henna. I don't know how you guys are using 200-250g of henna. Maybe I should use more honey?
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
Hi Ajidahk: My hair is very thick but significantly shorter than yours. I use 100g of henna per application. I hope you will post pictures to show your results.


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/
Thanks so much spiral for responding. Yes, I believe I used too much. My hair is definitely not waist length, it's about bra strap length, but it is pretty thick. The last time I used cassia and I only mixed 200g of it. It wasn't enough to cover my whole head so the results weren't really noticeable. I mixed 400g of henna in hope of using 300g and freezing the rest for a gloss. My mom applied the henna to my hair though and she's a bit heavy handed. I am going to henna again at the end of the week and I will add lots of honey to 200g this time.
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