Experiences with Henna?

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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.
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
If you have really thick hair, maybe you do need 300 grams! I think my hair has volume, but isn't extremely thick. So I could see that. Also, you do the same thing I do - mix up more than you need and freeze the rest. It's such a time saver!
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Spiral, how much honey do you put in 200g of henna? I'm definitely doing this next time, I just don't want to over-do it with the honey.
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
Spiral, how much honey do you put in 200g of henna? I'm definitely doing this next time, I just don't want to over-do it with the honey.
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
Oooh, now this is kind of trial and error. I added the honey until I got a creamy, cake batter texture. I think I used a third to half a honey bear (sorry, I didn't measure). However, when I use honey again, I will probably use a little less than last time, because it got runny after being exposed to the heat from my scalp for several hours. So, that's the only thing to look out for.

I would still mix up 300 grams, do the dye release thing, and then add the honey. Then if you only need 200 grams, great -- you can save the rest. But if you need more, at least you have it.
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Does anyone mix their henna with cassia?

My hair is naturally black, if I use 2:1 henna to cassia will it give a more auburn tint? I am afraid the straight henna or henna with indigo on black hair will look more burgundy/cherry as I have seen in some pictures.

I plan to do a sample first, but I want to hear from people who used henna on naturally black hair. Thanks
Does anyone mix their henna with cassia?

My hair is naturally black, if I use 2:1 henna to cassia will it give a more auburn tint? I am afraid the straight henna or henna with indigo on black hair will look more burgundy/cherry as I have seen in some pictures.

I plan to do a sample first, but I want to hear from people who used henna on naturally black hair. Thanks
Originally Posted by iara

It's going to be next to impossible for you to get auburn (or a brown/red) on black hair. Henna doesn't lighten and nothing (not cassia...not amla, etc.) will bring your hair up to a brown shade to produce an auburn tone with henna use. If your hair is black, the result will be cherry red highlights under sunlight or backlighting indoors. You probably won't see much of a change unless you're outside. People have likened henna to coloring on black paper with a bittersweet-orange crayon.

My virgin black hair still looks black 95% of the time...outside my hair glows red. It's actually really cool because nothing out of a box can replicate this effect. If you want to balance out the red (or see less red results) do mix in amla cassia...it'll cut the henna a bit, but the color will still be red. Your hair, will however, be a richer, shinier black indoors. Loves it!!!!

In short, the most you can hope for...with any mix, is slight red highlights in the sunlight and barely any color change in doors. I use henna for the conditioning effects...the color just happens to be a plus.

Good luck
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Thanks.

LOL. I know henna does not lighten I just wanted to see if I could somehow get more of a warm red instead of a cool burgundy. I will keep mixing samples to see what I get.
iara: Did you check out Catherine Cartwright-Jones Quick Mix Chart -- it's on page 49 of the Henna for Hair manual.


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 )

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I have co washed once since my last henna and my hair still looks stretched out and over conditioned. I even used my B2B Curl enhancing conditioner which usually makes my hair more curly - no luck yet.

If it weren't so cold out, I'd CW daily until it started to curl up again!!

I'm going to shampoo tonight with CON to see if I can get more of my curls back
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Solange, after about 4 co-washes my hair starts to curl nicely again. Until then, I coax it by scrunching and finger twirling the ends. It still doesn't curl up as much as it use too, but it starts to look acceptable after a while. I know what you mean though...the first couple of days are, blah
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On Fotki someone left me a comment telling me to add cinnamon to make the Henna smell better and paprika to add more of a reddish color. Has anybody tried this? If I added flour I could also bake a henna cake LOL

On better news... a co-worker from Pakistan is going to give me the name of the store where her mom buys her Henna at. She was surprised to find out I use Henna and said her mom does it once a month.
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I used to use the neutral hennalucent (with compounds) years ago, and had good experiences with it. I mixed it with EVOO and a little condish. It gave my hair weight and substance/strength. However, I found the process time-consuming for my lifestyle at the time so I stopped using it.

I think, from these posts, I would be blown away by cassia so I ordered 200g from Mehandi. Has anyone tried cassia mixed with amla?
Has anyone straightened or blow dried their hair after using henna? How did it turn out?
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
Has anyone straightened or blow dried their hair after using henna? How did it turn out?
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
I did a rollerset a few weeks ago and had very bright, silky hair !!

I am happy to report that my curls are finally back. I think that my hair was over conditioned from all of the henna. I had perfect hair today after cowashing. I had volume, shine and curls in all the right places! Most amazing of all was that I only cwed with a cheapie Suave conditioner. In my pre-henna days, I would have had to use a very good and heavy DT to get similar results - shiny soft curls.
Another benefit of the henna is that I only have to use a tiny amount of styling product/leave in on my hair:-).

I think that I'm going to slow my roll and just do bi weekly hennas from here on out.

Edit - I forgot to add something important!! My girls have been bugging me to try henna - they see me with it on my head every Friday night and they are curious. I made an Amla treatment for my youngest, mixing it with her conditioner and letting it sit on her hair for 30 minutes. Her hair has been very soft and tangle free and smooth since then. I think I'll do this for her once a month.
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On Fotki someone left me a comment telling me to add cinnamon to make the Henna smell better and paprika to add more of a reddish color. Has anybody tried this? If I added flour I could also bake a henna cake LOL

On better news... a co-worker from Pakistan is going to give me the name of the store where her mom buys her Henna at. She was surprised to find out I use Henna and said her mom does it once a month.
Originally Posted by mariag002
I used cinnamon before. I didn't notice a difference in color but my hair did smell good!
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Hello my curly divas, I love reading the forum and I finally have been convinced that I want HENNA! So I made an appt with an Indian salon where they apply Henna and then send you home to wash out because they say it must stay on for at least 2 hours. The name of the salon is Curl up or Dye based in King of Prussia, PA. I'm scared, not knowing what to expect. I asked her about the product and she said it's from India and she formulates it herself. So what do you think....what should I expect? Thank you
Hello my curly divas, I love reading the forum and I finally have been convinced that I want HENNA! So I made an appt with an Indian salon where they apply Henna and then send you home to wash out because they say it must stay on for at least 2 hours. The name of the salon is Curl up or Dye based in King of Prussia, PA. I'm scared, not knowing what to expect. I asked her about the product and she said it's from India and she formulates it herself. So what do you think....what should I expect? Thank you
Originally Posted by Coco2007
Coco2007: That sounds so great and I love the name of the salon Curl up or Dye; Do they have a website?


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/
Hello my curly divas, I love reading the forum and I finally have been convinced that I want HENNA! So I made an appt with an Indian salon where they apply Henna and then send you home to wash out because they say it must stay on for at least 2 hours. The name of the salon is Curl up or Dye based in King of Prussia, PA. I'm scared, not knowing what to expect. I asked her about the product and she said it's from India and she formulates it herself. So what do you think....what should I expect? Thank you
Originally Posted by Coco2007
I donno what to think.. Actually, I'm a little jealous that you found a salon that applies the henna for you. They don't rinse it out because of the two hour wait? How do they know if it turns out ok? That's dope though. Just curious, are they expensive & what other processes do they do?
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Hello my curly divas, I love reading the forum and I finally have been convinced that I want HENNA! So I made an appt with an Indian salon where they apply Henna and then send you home to wash out because they say it must stay on for at least 2 hours. The name of the salon is Curl up or Dye based in King of Prussia, PA. I'm scared, not knowing what to expect. I asked her about the product and she said it's from India and she formulates it herself. So what do you think....what should I expect? Thank you
Originally Posted by Coco2007
That sounds awesome. You gotta let me know how that turns out because I go to school in Philly and would love to try out that salon.
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
Curl up or Dye is in King of Prussia, PA. They do have a website. If you just google the name it will come up. My appt isn't until January 3, so I'll keep you all posted on the results.

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