Experiences with Henna?

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I tried Henna today (its still on my head) and I mixed it with lemon juice. I only did 400 gs, I knew I should have done five. I'm not sure if I got full coverage.

Does anyone know where I can find indigo powder?
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I tried Henna today (its still on my head) and I mixed it with lemon juice. I only did 400 gs, I knew I should have done five. I'm not sure if I got full coverage.

Does anyone know where I can find indigo powder?
Originally Posted by GuyanaGal718
That's alot of henna!!! At least to me it is because my twa only requires 100 gs. Anyway, I hope you love the outcome.


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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Anyone know of a store that sells good quality henna in Queens or Brooklyn?

If you are going to purchase henna from a store, what should you look for in the product?
I tried Henna today (its still on my head) and I mixed it with lemon juice. I only did 400 gs, I knew I should have done five. I'm not sure if I got full coverage.

Does anyone know where I can find indigo powder?
Originally Posted by GuyanaGal718
The first time I did henna, I used 400g of henna as well. I soon realized I used too much. When I mixed 400g of henna, I added enough water until it had a frosting consistancy. I thought that this would be enough to cover my bra strap length hair-- it barely did. The second time I did henna, I used 200g and added water until it looked like brownie bater, let it oxidize and then added about a 1/2 cup of honey. This mixture gave me more than enough-- I had about 1 1/2 cups left over for a gloss! The 200g mixture was just as good as the 400g mixture, the only thing was that the 200g mixture was a little runny and I had to cover my hair really well. I'm not sure how much hair you have, but just try stretching the henna as much as you can. Using 400g of henna per application can get expensive.


You can get indigo at hennaforhair.com
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Last edited by Ajidahk; 01-12-2008 at 11:13 PM.
I tried Henna today (its still on my head) and I mixed it with lemon juice. I only did 400 gs, I knew I should have done five. I'm not sure if I got full coverage.

Does anyone know where I can find indigo powder?
Originally Posted by GuyanaGal718
The first time I did henna, I used 400g of henna as well. I soon realized I used too much. When I mixed 400g of henna, I added enough water until it had a frosting consistancy. I thought that this would be enough to cover my bra strap length hair-- it barely did. The second time I did henna, I used 200g and added water until it looked like brownie bater, let it oxidize and then added about a 1/2 cup of honey. This mixture gave me more than enough-- I had about 1 1/2 cups left over for a gloss! The 200g mixture was just as good as the 400g mixture, the only thing was that the 200g mixture was a little runny and I had to cover my hair really well. I'm not sure how much hair you have, but just try stretching the henna as much as you can. Using 400g of henna per application can get expensive.


You can get indigo at hennaforhair.com
Originally Posted by Ajidahk
I used 400 g and it was almost barely enough. I have ALOT of hair. But I only paid 1.99 per 100g pack.

My hair is really soft now and I like the new color I have. I'm thinking of going jet now. Do I have to henna all over again and do the indigo, or can I just do the indigo now?
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So, I hennaed twice before my BC in November. I just bought some more today at the indian grocery store. Anyway I was looking at my red hairs that used to be grey. So I pulled some hairs to the side to get a good look at the red hair (they're facinating). The red hair was completely grey at the root and red at the top. I was kind of excited b/c it shows that my hair is growing (doh). I had to share it w/ somebody else and of course they were nearly as interested as I was.

Anybody else have this?
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So, I hennaed twice before my BC in November. I just bought some more today at the indian grocery store. Anyway I was looking at my red hairs that used to be grey. So I pulled some hairs to the side to get a good look at the red hair (they're facinating). The red hair was completely grey at the root and red at the top. I was kind of excited b/c it shows that my hair is growing (doh). I had to share it w/ somebody else and of course they were nearly as interested as I was.

Anybody else have this?
Originally Posted by jcurlady
Yes but I don't pull my greys because if I pull out ONE... SIX more will come out LOL I can tell how much my hair has grown by my ugly greys. Right now my grey is about an inch (hate those bastids) the rest is red and I have to Henna ASAP.

You can see the red "greys" really well in this picture
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Last edited by mariag002; 01-13-2008 at 10:30 AM.
me too...my grey/red hair is 1/2 inch grey, the rest red. i plan to henna in between switching braids/twists...towards the end of the week
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I'm on vacation here in NorCal and I found some henna w/ the date on it here. I'm definitely gonna slap some henna on my head before I go back to work. I'm not in love w/ the greys but I'm so excited at the growth and now I'll be able to measure my growth by the greys. Who ever thought that grey hairs could be a gift and a curse.
if luvin KCKT and KCCC is wrong I don't wanna b right

sell crazy somewhere else...we're all stocked up here.
I did the unmentionable.....I wasted a batch of henna. I mixed it up Sunday morning thinking I would apply it after church, but I got really busy and one thing lead to another and I was soooo tired I did not get to apply it. So my plan was to apply it on Monday.........but I was too tired. So now it's Tuesday and I don't think it's any good by now (even though I put it in the refridgerator on Sunday evening). I hate that I wasted a box of 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/
Hi Ladies,

I love this site!!! All of you have inspired me so much. Thank you.

My mom and I both love henna and indigo. The problem is it is so expensive. Recently, I bought my mom henna and indigo, 400g each from hennaforhair.com and it cost me including shipping and handling $80.00 (this was not my first purchase). Now I have to buy some for my hair. My hair goes below the middle of my back when stretch out. This is getting ridiculously expensive!!! Does anyone know where I can get BAQ henna in NYC? I'm desperate. Help!!!

By the way, my hair since using henna is softer and has no frizz. It doesn't have as much volume which I miss. But what disturbs me is that I have straight pieces. My hair is curly at the roots, straight in the middle and curly at the end of the hair strand. What can I do? Is it because the mixture I am making to acidic? The last time I made a mixture with just orange juice because I was afraid that I was loosening the curl because the mixture was too strong because of the ACV. Maybe this is do because I am not evenly distributing the product? What do you suggest? Does Amla really help?
Hi Ladies,

I love this site!!! All of you have inspired me so much. Thank you.

My mom and I both love henna and indigo. The problem is it is so expensive. Recently, I bought my mom henna and indigo, 400g each from hennaforhair.com and it cost me including shipping and handling $80.00 (this was not my first purchase). Now I have to buy some for my hair. My hair goes below the middle of my back when stretch out. This is getting ridiculously expensive!!! Does anyone know where I can get BAQ henna in NYC? I'm desperate. Help!!!

By the way, my hair since using henna is softer and has no frizz. It doesn't have as much volume which I miss. But what disturbs me is that I have straight pieces. My hair is curly at the roots, straight in the middle and curly at the end of the hair strand. What can I do? Is it because the mixture I am making to acidic? The last time I made a mixture with just orange juice because I was afraid that I was loosening the curl because the mixture was too strong because of the ACV. Maybe this is do because I am not evenly distributing the product? What do you suggest? Does Amla really help?
Originally Posted by Azua74
Well, why don't you try incorporating what the veterans of this forum already recommended; which is adding honey, olive oil, and a couple tbsps of AVC. I have follwed that routine since I started putting henna in my hair and I always get beautiful curls but clearly my hair isn't as long as yours.

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Hi Ladies,

I love this site!!! All of you have inspired me so much. Thank you.

My mom and I both love henna and indigo. The problem is it is so expensive. Recently, I bought my mom henna and indigo, 400g each from hennaforhair.com and it cost me including shipping and handling $80.00 (this was not my first purchase). Now I have to buy some for my hair. My hair goes below the middle of my back when stretch out. This is getting ridiculously expensive!!! Does anyone know where I can get BAQ henna in NYC? I'm desperate. Help!!!

By the way, my hair since using henna is softer and has no frizz. It doesn't have as much volume which I miss. But what disturbs me is that I have straight pieces. My hair is curly at the roots, straight in the middle and curly at the end of the hair strand. What can I do? Is it because the mixture I am making to acidic? The last time I made a mixture with just orange juice because I was afraid that I was loosening the curl because the mixture was too strong because of the ACV. Maybe this is do because I am not evenly distributing the product? What do you suggest? Does Amla really help?
Originally Posted by Azua74
Well, why don't you try incorporating what the veterans of this forum already recommended; which is adding honey, olive oil, and a couple tbsps of AVC. I have follwed that routine since I started putting henna in my hair and I always get beautiful curls but clearly my hair isn't as long as yours.

** Good luck**
Originally Posted by Kimiee02
Thanks for the suggestion Kimiee02.

I didn't mention it in my last post. But I have mixed henna with coconut oil, honey, and a few other things such as cinnamon. I just want to know if there was something else I could do that wasn't already mentioned.

But what disturbs me is that I have straight pieces. My hair is curly at the roots, straight in the middle and curly at the end of the hair strand.
Originally Posted by Azua74
How often are you applying Henna? Because it loosens the curl if you apply it, for example, once a week. I only Henna every 6 weeks so this has never happened to me, but from what I've been told the straight pieces aren't permanent.
- Maria

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Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Ok, I've been lurking, and I've read nearly all the posts . I will get through them all but you ladies love henna so much you've been talking a lot. I wanted to thank you all for sharing your enthusiasm, it's inspiring me to take the plunge soon. I found another henna forum which is geared more towards professional henna artists (though they do have a hair section http://www.hennatribe.com/viewforum.php?f=14) and they seem to agree with you all that the lemon juice isn't necessary. (What was a relief to me 'cause I really just want the color and if I can use plain water I'm going to feel better about trying this stuff on my butt length CG hair. I don't want to mess it up, it took me a long time to grow <grin>).
They also brought up one issue I'm not sure you've covered and I'm interested in hearing about. I know many of you use honey in your mixes. In addition to being a good humectant (in other words it retains water), Honey has a small amount of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide in it (that's one of the reason's its naturally antibacterial; see http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs...ournalCode=acm). In someways I would think a honey mix would act more like commercial hair dye, which has peroxide and an oxidizing agent, and let the lawsone (the dye molecule in henna) permeate the hair shaft better, while at the same time, since it's such a small concentration of peroxide it would be much gentler than such a dye would be (not to mention the other benefits of both henna and avoiding ppds, a toxic chemical found in most commercial dyes). The Long Hair Community even has people using honey to take henna out of hair: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=62261.
So my question is: Have any of you seen a lightening effect with the honey, or do you think the honey itself has effected your hair in any lasting way?
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Last edited by mirdreams; 01-16-2008 at 10:46 PM.
Quoting myself.....

Anyone know of a store that sells good quality henna in Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn?

If you are going to purchase henna from a store, what should you look for in the product?
Originally Posted by iara
I'm going to henna on Sunday and use Chamomile tea as my liquid. I've heard lots of good things about it and I'm anxious to see if it adds even more conditioning!

I'll keep ya'll posted
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I just wanted to ask something.I was walking through the street and i saw a henna box in a Egyptian shop (i don't remember the name) and it was only 3 dollars.Do you think its a good henna?I think quite the opposite i just wanted to confirm my thought.
I'm going to henna on Sunday and use Chamomile tea as my liquid. I've heard lots of good things about it and I'm anxious to see if it adds even more conditioning!

I'll keep ya'll posted
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Sounds interesting! Ive heard the same with Green Tea. There is a franchise of nail shops in the city that only use green tea to do your manicures and pedicures. Ive never tried it but I heard theyre great.

On an experimenting tip I cassia'd last night and I mixed it with Trader Joes Mesquite Dessert honey and a small vial of hot oil treatment from Sallys. Its from their "ion" something brand. It was great, my strands felt smooth from application and really soft this am.

PS- Didnt people use chamomile to lighten hair / add gold tones?

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Ok, I've been lurking, and I've read nearly all the posts . I will get through them all but you ladies love henna so much you've been talking a lot. I wanted to thank you all for sharing your enthusiasm, it's inspiring me to take the plunge soon. I found another henna forum which is geared more towards professional henna artists (though they do have a hair section http://www.hennatribe.com/viewforum.php?f=14) and they seem to agree with you all that the lemon juice isn't necessary. (What was a relief to me 'cause I really just want the color and if I can use plain water I'm going to feel better about trying this stuff on my butt length CG hair. I don't want to mess it up, it took me a long time to grow <grin>).
They also brought up one issue I'm not sure you've covered and I'm interested in hearing about. I know many of you use honey in your mixes. In addition to being a good humectant (in other words it retains water), Honey has a small amount of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide in it (that's one of the reason's its naturally antibacterial; see http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs...ournalCode=acm). In someways I would think a honey mix would act more like commercial hair dye, which has peroxide and an oxidizing agent, and let the lawsone (the dye molecule in henna) permeate the hair shaft better, while at the same time, since it's such a small concentration of peroxide it would be much gentler than such a dye would be (not to mention the other benefits of both henna and avoiding ppds, a toxic chemical found in most commercial dyes). The Long Hair Community even has people using honey to take henna out of hair: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=62261.
So my question is: Have any of you seen a lightening effect with the honey, or do you think the honey itself has effected your hair in any lasting way?
Originally Posted by mirdreams
I've used honey in my hennas - not for a better color but for the conditioning aspect of it. I think a lot of people who henna on this forum do. I used honey the first time and none the second. I noticed that my strands felt rougher the first time. I could feel the cuticle on the hairs and the second time I had the henna on for a much longer time and the strands didn't feel as rough. It's interesting....gives you something to think about.
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