Experiences with Henna?

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After another great experience w/ Cassia tonight, I've decided to bite the bullet and try henna

I've Cassia'd 4 (or 5) times now, and I've tried different mixes. The best so far has been cassia/warm water/1.5 tablespoon of EVOO/2 tablespoons of honey. I left this mix in today for 5 hours and rinsed to reveal soft, defined, heavy hair!

I've been on the hennaforhair.com all night reading (I know right...what an exciting Friday evening) about henna and its conditioning effects and I bought some BAQ from mehandi.com.

If it gets here next week, I'll use it on Thursday and keep you guys updated w/ results.


Spiral,


What should my henna mix consist of? Or, what have you had the most success with? My Cassia seems to go on easier and wash out easier w/ honey and EVOO in the mix (plus it yields much more moisture). Could i add a little conditioner to the henna?

I'm thinking: ACV, water, honey, (conditioner?)

When I'm preparing the mix (ACV (cut w/ water), and henna)) do I add in the other ingredients (i.e., honey, conditioner) at this time or after the dye has released? From reading posts, I believe the answer is after the dye has released...

Thanks a million!!
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Nikki,

how many ounces of Cassia do you use in your mix?
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Hey Nikki. I'm so excited that you're trying henna! My advice is to keep the mix as simple as possible. Many people say that oil interferes with it, some don't. Maybe if you only use a little you'll be okay.

But I have had great success and zero dryness with just henna, water, acv, and honey. I really think the key is doing a good deep conditioning afterward with a protein free or low protein conditioner - go for moisture. I used AO Honeysuckle Rose last time. Before that, I was using Trader Joe's Nourish, left in for 45 minutes, and that worked great as well.

This is how I prepare my henna:

1. Dump my henna in a bowl

2. Mix my acv with a cup of water (room temp. Some people add boiling water to get faster dye release, but it makes henna fade over time). Change the amount of water depending on how much powder you're using.
You want only just enough water/acv to moisten all the henna.
(also, I use only 4 tblsp of ACV for 200 grams of henna. And I probably don't even need that much to get dye release)

3. Add acv/water to henna and mix, add a little more water if necessary (just to be sure that there are no dry parts.) Don't add too much water/acv

4. The henna should be very thick, like mashed potatoes, because the honey that you add later will thin it out

5. Cover with cling wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 9 to 12 hours or until you see dye release.

6. After dye release has occurred, I add my honey. I don't measure, I just add it until I get the texture I want - goopy, but not too thin, like extra thick pudding. The mixture will be silky smooth.

7. Then apply it very thick, like icing, and leave on for four hours minimum. The henna will pull your hair almost straight if you apply thick, like you should.

8. Wrap your hair around your head, and wrap your head in cling wrap, then put on a wool hat or wrap your head in a towel. Natural heat is important for getting the henna to take. So keep your head warm. Your head will feel verrry heavy,You may need to lie down and read a book or watch a movie LOL.

I have some henna in my freezer and plan on doing a treatment tomorrow . I can't wait. I am going to experiment with doing it without the honey to see if I get a brighter reddish/burgundy color. Henna will still deposit red with the honey, but someone mentioned that honey makes it a little darker. So I want to see for myself. I'm a little nervous because I've never done it without honey before.

I may use the leftovers to color my nails next week
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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I'm henna-ing my hair as I type.

I used light mountain natural in neutral. I didn't use distilled water like in the instructions, but I did boil the water first. Added a little less than 2 cups of water and 2 tbs of ACV with the mother. Maybe about 1/2 cup of honey.


I forgot to detangle my hair first, which made applying a major pain.


Results to follow....
hello.world.
I'm henna-ing my hair as I type.

I used light mountain natural in neutral. I didn't use distilled water like in the instructions, but I did boil the water first. Added a little less than 2 cups of water and 2 tbs of ACV with the mother. Maybe about 1/2 cup of honey.


I forgot to detangle my hair first, which made applying a major pain.


Results to follow....
Originally Posted by webjockey
Yesterday was my first time actually detangling (thoroughly) before the cassia. It made the process MUCH MORE simple and less of a hassle. I definitely rec' taking the extra 20 minutes or so to detangle before applying. It'll save you time in the long run.
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I'm henna-ing my hair as I type.

I used light mountain natural in neutral. I didn't use distilled water like in the instructions, but I did boil the water first. Added a little less than 2 cups of water and 2 tbs of ACV with the mother. Maybe about 1/2 cup of honey.


I forgot to detangle my hair first, which made applying a major pain.


Results to follow....
Originally Posted by webjockey
Webjockey, I look forward to seeing your results .

For future reference, you don't need to use ACV with "neutral henna". It's actually a plant called Cassia Obovata, and it just requires warm water and , if you like, a bit of honey for smoothness.

The ACV is for the normal henna plant "Lawsonia inermis". The acid in the ACV releases the red dye.
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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Use only the PURE STUFF
What is Cassia?
3c/4a
Cassia is similar to henna in its conditioning properties (and glossing effects), but it is a completely different plant. It is often referred to as neutral or clear henna. It doesn't give off the red stain, but does impart strength and elasticity.


hth
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I just purchased Light Mountain Henna. (Cassia) I'm going to put it in later.. will it damage my hair if I leaving it in over night?
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I just purchased Light Mountain Henna. (Cassia) I'm going to put it in later.. will it damage my hair if I leaving it in over night?
Originally Posted by curli
You should be fine - just make sure it doesn't dry in your hair - wrap it completely in cling wrap and a shower cap or something.

So... I tried henna without honey. I just rinsed it this morning. So far, I detect no difference in moisture or softness. This may be because this is my third henna and my hair is already well-conditioned. Rinsing wasn't difficult, per se, but I think I got more of the residual dye out faster when I used honey. I'll have to continue experimenting.

I've decided that henna is the best deep conditioner money can buy. I bet cassia is right up there with it (I haven't used cassia on my whole head yet). After this last henna, my hair is seriously softer and in better condition than it's ever been in my life ! I'll knock on wood that it keeps working that way. Regular deep conditioners seem like temporary fixes to me now - only good until the next wash.
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

http://public.fotki.com/Spiral

H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
Use only the PURE STUFF
Ok so I tried Casia and I LLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE it!!!! Its only 20% dry but I've never seen my hair clump so well & I usually finger coil my hair & my hair just coiled on its own.. I didn't even have to put much product in my hair. I had to hash some out because it was too heavy. I even put Cassia in my daughters hair & it made it super soft & manageable .

Now if I can only get those darn twigs & grains out in one wash..
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I still haven't gotten my henna yet. It's been almost 2 weeks!
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
Ajidahk, did you order from Mehandi? It usually doesn't take that long. If it hasn't arrived my week's end, maybe give them a call.
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

http://public.fotki.com/Spiral

H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
Use only the PURE STUFF
I'm henna-ing my hair as I type.

I used light mountain natural in neutral. I didn't use distilled water like in the instructions, but I did boil the water first. Added a little less than 2 cups of water and 2 tbs of ACV with the mother. Maybe about 1/2 cup of honey.


I forgot to detangle my hair first, which made applying a major pain.


Results to follow....
Originally Posted by webjockey
Webjockey, I look forward to seeing your results .

For future reference, you don't need to use ACV with "neutral henna". It's actually a plant called Cassia Obovata, and it just requires warm water and , if you like, a bit of honey for smoothness.

The ACV is for the normal henna plant "Lawsonia inermis". The acid in the ACV releases the red dye.
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
forgot to report back.

All I have to say is detangle detangle detangle before doing this. I ripped out so much hair after rinsing this stuff out. My hair is naturally shedding alot because of post-partum stuff, but dayum.

I don't have the high shine some other folks reported, but it does feel "healthier" and my curls are more sproingy. On my 4b parts, it just doesnt look as dull but no curls magically popped up in those areas.

Will I do it again? Sure? But I'll detangle first
hello.world.
Ajidahk, did you order from Mehandi? It usually doesn't take that long. If it hasn't arrived my week's end, maybe give them a call.
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
Yes, I ordered it from there. I emailed the lady last night and she said that if i don't get it by monday, she'll resend it.
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
Ok, for those of you who use cassia, what kinds of styling produts do you use in your hair in between treatments? Do you still deep condtion after washing or do you just wash and condtion? If you don't condtion your hair before the treatment, how do you detangle your hair? How long do you recommend leaving the cassia in your hair? I've heard from 1 hour to 6 hours. TIA!
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
Ok, for those of you who use cassia, what kinds of styling produts do you use in your hair in between treatments? Do you still deep condtion after washing or do you just wash and condtion? If you don't condtion your hair before the treatment, how do you detangle your hair? How long do you recommend leaving the cassia in your hair? I've heard from 1 hour to 6 hours. TIA!
Hey

I hope your order gets there soon....that must be incredibly frustrating

Anyway, to answer your questions:

-I use the BB line and Herbal Essence Body Envy gel in between treatments

-I deep condition (leave-in BB Curl Quenching, apply plastic cap and sit under bonnet dryer for 20 minutes or so). OH, and I don't use shampoo to rinse it out...just a LOT of cheapie conditioner

-I condition my hair before the treatment w/ a cheapie conditioner (that contains very few, if any oils). I detangle in sections, rinse, wring and then apply cassia/henna. This makes for easy application and easy rinsing.

-I've left it in from 1hr-6hrs. I don't think it matters...you're not waiting for color, but i figure that it can't hurt to leave it on longer. If you use heat, you can definitely leave it on for a shorter period of time.

I'm still waiting inpatiently for my henna to arrive!!!!! If it gets here this week, I'll do it Friday or Saturday
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Wow its so funny this thread was bumped because I was actually online trying to find information on Henna

This Fotki member has some great progress pictures http://members.fotki.com/Cichelle/about/

and she mentions how she uses Henna to help her hair grow. I'm debating whether to use it or not.
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Wow its so funny this thread was bumped because I was actually online trying to find information on Henna

This Fotki member has some great progress pictures http://members.fotki.com/Cichelle/about/

and she mentions how she uses Henna to help her hair grow. I'm debating whether to use it or not.
Originally Posted by mariag002
Her hair grows at an amazing rate. Wow!
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