Experiences with Henna?

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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?
Originally Posted by Cherish
I would like to know if anyone has tried Cassia mixed w/ Amla as well. I bought 300g of Cassia, 200g of Amla, and 100g of Shikakai from Henna Sooq recently. I'm thinking of mixing about 30g of Cassia w/ a small bit of Amla, honey, and hot water infused w/ marshmallow root. I'm in dire need of trim--should I trim my hair first? Also, I dunno what conditioner to use afterwards (lately I havent been using conditioner, since I just go straight to my cream leave-ins)...I have some Elucence MBC, then I bought some Better Botanicals Pure Gloss Conditioner and Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape Conditioner yesterday. I dont want my hair to be super-dry after the treatment. About a week ago I did an Amla & Shikakai treatment w/o using a conditioner afterwards; my hair was a little dry, even though I soaked my tresses in a bath of herbal infused water (blue malva, rosebuds, marshmallow root & honey).
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I don't have any advice about the cassia/amla - sorry. But if you are in dire need of a trim, as you said, I would do that first, then do the treatment and strengthen your new ends. You're hair will just feel better too. Also, although cassia and henna are good "conditioners", it's more of a strengthening conditioning. It's not the slippery, moisturizing kind of conditioning, so a good moisturizing conditioner afterward wouldn't hurt.

Also, can you tell us more about the Marshmallow root infusion that you make? I've been wanting to use some in a recipe, but I don't really know how to work with it.
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I tried henna this weekend and I have to say that I love it...I'm a total convert. I'm tempted to do it again since I don't have to go to work until Wednesday, but I have Christmas things to do so it will have to wait until the weekend.

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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.
Originally Posted by solange
Has anyone tried adding amla oil instead of the paste to her conditioner? I am thinking of trying that as a DT.

If anyone has tried that can you post about it?
Okay, I want to try a henna treatment! I don't want to read 1000 plus comments, so could someone answer?

1) Is it possible to henna your hair without adding color?
2) How often should you get a henna treatment?
3) What colors will henna dye your hair?
4) What are the benefits?
5) Who can do it?
6) How much is it?

Thanks in advance!
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I don't have any advice about the cassia/amla - sorry. But if you are in dire need of a trim, as you said, I would do that first, then do the treatment and strengthen your new ends. You're hair will just feel better too. Also, although cassia and henna are good "conditioners", it's more of a strengthening conditioning. It's not the slippery, moisturizing kind of conditioning, so a good moisturizing conditioner afterward wouldn't hurt.

Also, can you tell us more about the Marshmallow root infusion that you make? I've been wanting to use some in a recipe, but I don't really know how to work with it.
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
hi Spiral I like to use marshmallow root to condition & moisturize my hair--usually I pour it as a final rinse but lately I've been washing my hair in the sink so I just fill up the sink w/ my herbal infusion and let my hair soak in it. I love combining blue malva, marshmallow root, rose buds, and honey. I just boil some water then throw in the herbs--sometimes I use a muslin bag to hold the herbs and other times I have to use a strainer. I tried using a coffee filter recently and that didnt work out too well lol.

So I didnt trim afterall...couldnt find my hair sheers. I did the Cassia treatment using marshmallow infused water, about 30g of Cassia and a ton of honey. First of all, I didnt make enough to saturate my hair lol. I would have to mix up at least twice as much. Secondly, it took forever to wash out in the sink. I kept draining the water and rinsing...I did that about 8 times before the water got sufficiently clear of yellow and green particles. My hair came out a little dry on my ends, but looking at the strands they looked shiny & strong I'm slowly twisting my hair--its taking forever since I have to detangle each strand and of course its the holidays so I'm super busy.

My resolution for 2008 is take better care of my hair. I think I want to alternate treatments of amla, cassia, and rhassoul with Aubrey's GPB; keep my hair in protective styles and only wash every 3 weeks. I was doing this earlier this year but I stopped after I started at the Academy & then my new job.
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Okay, I want to try a henna treatment! I don't want to read 1000 plus comments, so could someone answer?

1) Is it possible to henna your hair without adding color?
2) How often should you get a henna treatment?
3) What colors will henna dye your hair?
4) What are the benefits?
5) Who can do it?
6) How much is it?

Thanks in advance!
Originally Posted by GuyanaGal718
You may want to check out the Henna for Hair forum www.hennaforhair.com & download the e book. There's lots of helpful info on that forum.
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I just wanted to say my first Henna experience turned out FABULOUS due to this thread. I was so excited when I did it I forgot to take pics but I'll post the after shots in a couple days. It was so easy to apply, clean, and rinse out. My hair looks great, everybody asked about what I did, my cousins and aunts had me writing every detail lol.

The $1.49 pure BAQ henna I found at a local indian store works just fine and the results look just as good as those who used more expensive plus shipping and handling types lol.

THANK YOU to every single person who posted a question, an answer, or experience in here, especially Curly Nikki who started this whole ruckus Even though I browsed a ton of other forums about Henna, this is where it all began for me.... thanks ladies!

Happy Henna New Year!
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Hey Everyone
I used Henna for the first time yesterday and I have to say ...my hair loved it. I put my hair in three puffs before going to bed so you know my puff were matted and flat...Anyway, I did not feel like detangling so I put the Henna in and when I did my last rinse my hair was soft ( I was shocked). I have not put any products in my hair except for Giovanni leave in (this is unsual for me....I use lots of product) Plus I just started using Giovanni, too. How often should I do this?
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Iara,

I used the Amla Oil years ago while I was transitioning. It was okay and did seem to make my new growth soft. I later moved on to coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil and castor oil which seemed to work better on my hair.

This time around I am using Amla powder and mixing that with olive oil and conditioner in my daughter's hair.
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I think I'm done with henna. Maybe I'll try cassia since is has similar benefits. I'm just over this color. I hoped it wouldn't really lighten, just have a reddish cast in the sun, but, my hair has turned that reddish brown color that I just don't like.
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I'm happy to hear that most of you are having good experiences with henna. I've been MIA because I went home for Christmas. Some of my fam hadn't seen me since Christmas 2006, so imagine their surprise at my hennaed hair I received compliments every day...from family, friends, strangers...and three of my aunts purchased some online after seeing my hair. Even my father, who is very caring and thoughtful, but not very observant told me that my hair looks fuller I couldn't have been more pleased.
Just thought I'd share

Happy Henna'ing
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Hey Nikki! I'm so happy that you had positive responses from your family and friends...Isn't funny how people go from being totally against you going natural to loving it!
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Hey Nikki! I'm so happy that you had positive responses from your family and friends...Isn't funny how people go from being totally against you going natural to loving it!
Originally Posted by Frizzcurls427

Girl, yes!

And by the way, our store is out of SM I'm going to call them after the new year to see if they've restocked.

ttyl
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Hey Nikki! I'm so happy that you had positive responses from your family and friends...Isn't funny how people go from being totally against you going natural to loving it!
Originally Posted by Frizzcurls427

Girl, yes!

And by the way, our store is out of SM I'm going to call them after the new year to see if they've restocked.

ttyl
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Well they better get it because that is my new HG product!!! Girl I forgot to tell you I love Sheamoisture! My hair has made a complete turnaround!
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I think I'm done with henna. Maybe I'll try cassia since is has similar benefits. I'm just over this color. I hoped it wouldn't really lighten, just have a reddish cast in the sun, but, my hair has turned that reddish brown color that I just don't like.
Originally Posted by keepitmovin
have you tried mixing it with indigo?
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Hey Nikki! I'm so happy that you had positive responses from your family and friends...Isn't funny how people go from being totally against you going natural to loving it!
Originally Posted by Frizzcurls427

Girl, yes!

And by the way, our store is out of SM I'm going to call them after the new year to see if they've restocked.

ttyl
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Well they better get it because that is my new HG product!!! Girl I forgot to tell you I love Sheamoisture! My hair has made a complete turnaround!
Originally Posted by Frizzcurls427

YAY!!!
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Hey Nikki! I'm so happy that you had positive responses from your family and friends...Isn't funny how people go from being totally against you going natural to loving it!
Originally Posted by Frizzcurls427

Girl, yes!

And by the way, our store is out of SM I'm going to call them after the new year to see if they've restocked.

ttyl
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Well they better get it because that is my new HG product!!! Girl I forgot to tell you I love Sheamoisture! My hair has made a complete turnaround!
Originally Posted by Frizzcurls427

YAY!!! I love it too...it's changed my life, lol. Well, along with henna of course...
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