Experiences with Henna?

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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!!!
Originally Posted by Azua74
I wish I knew about a place. I need to do a treatment STAT. I plan to take a walk around in Brooklyn on Monday. Near Atlantic and Flatbush and see what I can find. If I find any good deals I'll pm you.

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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?
Originally Posted by foxycus02
People do use chamomile to lighten, but I think it's used as a treatment on it's own...or mixed with honey. I'm not sure if it has the same effect mixed with henna. I read about a honey/chamomile tea mixture that should be applied prior to sunbathing...I'm not interested in lightning up things, so hopefully it won't have this effect with the henna treatment
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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.
Originally Posted by solange
Thanks. I am going to try both when they are in stock (want the scentless amla) to see how they work.
Ladies, when I did my treatment last week, I used green tea (steeped in filtered water) as my liquid. I didn't use any ACV, but I still added honey. I didn't let it sit either...I mixed it up and applied 30 minutes later. My hair came out feeling much softer! This is a keeper! Just thought I'd share

Also, I DTed with heather's Moisture Maniac and my hair feels sooooooooo moisturized and it's incredibly shiny.
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So, are you saying that it didn't need the acid for dye release or did the green tea suffice for that purpose? What kind of green tea did you use?
if luvin KCKT and KCCC is wrong I don't wanna b right

sell crazy somewhere else...we're all stocked up here.
According to the ladies over at hennaforhair.com many teas have a certain level of acidity (green tea, chamomile (sp?), hibiscus, etc.) and therefore, the tea mixed with filtered water eliminates the need for a liquid with a higher acidity level. The dye release was the same, but my hair came out softer and smoother.

I brought a cup of water to a boil, let it cool for 1 minute then steeped 2 organic green tea bags (from an Asian Market...can't read the name brand, because it's not English, lol) for 3 minutes. I let the tea cool and then mixed it with 100g of henna.

hth
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Thanks, I'm gonna give that a try. I tried it with my loose leaf emerald princess green tea and it made my hair smell so good. I'm gonna try it this time w/o the ACV.
Thanks that helped a lot.
if luvin KCKT and KCCC is wrong I don't wanna b right

sell crazy somewhere else...we're all stocked up here.
Thanks, I'm gonna give that a try. I tried it with my loose leaf emerald princess green tea and it made my hair smell so good. I'm gonna try it this time w/o the ACV.
Thanks that helped a lot.
Originally Posted by jcurlady
On the Everyday mehndi website, they stated that loose leaf tea was the best for henna mixes! So that should be great. Eliminating the ACV will leave you with super moisturized hair. I have never tried loose leaf...probably out of laziness. How does it compare to baggies and how do you prepare it (for drinking purposes, lol). I've been thinking of buying green tea on-line, but I didn't know where to start. Where do you buy yours from?

thanx
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Where do you buy yours from?
I have about three places here in Charlotte that sell the loose leaf teas, but the only one I know of that ships it to you is Teavana. If you go on their website you'll find different types of teas and a description. I like the japanese wild cherry, emerald princess, and mango green. They sell a cup called the perfect tea maker and the swiss gold tea ball. I like the tea ball better b/c I wore that infuser out, but it was still worth buying.

hth
if luvin KCKT and KCCC is wrong I don't wanna b right

sell crazy somewhere else...we're all stocked up here.
ok, i just finished reading ALL 55 pages! yall are out of control with this henna, but everyone's results have convinced me i need to try this. i ordered 1000g of BAQ2 henna for brunettes from catherine. it should be here in about 2 weeks and i will post results.
Frizz Central!
ok, i just finished reading ALL 55 pages! yall are out of control with this henna, but everyone's results have convinced me i need to try this. i ordered 1000g of BAQ2 henna for brunettes from catherine. it should be here in about 2 weeks and i will post results.
Originally Posted by mikievora
Did you really read all 55 pages.....wow! and did you really order 1000 grams (10 boxes) of henna your first time out......double wow!!!! You're gonna love it!


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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ok, i just finished reading ALL 55 pages! yall are out of control with this henna, but everyone's results have convinced me i need to try this. i ordered 1000g of BAQ2 henna for brunettes from catherine. it should be here in about 2 weeks and i will post results.
Originally Posted by mikievora
Sweet! I looked at your pics and I'm sure your results will me magnificent!! Your color is gonna be hot Keep us posted.
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i did! i got sucked in, and it took me like 5 days to get thru it because im so busy with work and school. you guys have really got me hyped for this. i did order alot, but im not sure how fast im gonna go thru it and kinda want to build up a stash since it takes things longer to get thru the mail to over here. i do have to say this wont be my first time though. i tried a henna for the color (since i never felt comfotable doubly destroying my hair by using color when i was perming). i used a box i found at our local turkish store and got the 'bad' results everyone talked about. only after reading this whole thing did i realize why. i cant wait, and will def be posting pics
Frizz Central!
doing henna treatments doesn't give me soft hair like some of y'all, but it has definitely made my hair stronger. i found a few knots in my hair, but i was at work, so i just pulled the hair out by the roots. i looked at the hairs, they were so thick and strong. i will definitely continue to do this once a month.
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I have to Henna tomorrow. I can't stand the grey hairs anymore. I've been prolonging it because I hate how I'm stuck in the house for hours when I apply henna. I have to work at home this weekend so this will be a good time to do it. Hopefully I won't get henna on my paperwork or laptop LOL
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I hennaed yesterday w/ pomagranate green tea. My hair is so soft and my DH says it smells like flowers. I think that I can only henna every 6 weeks at most b/c it loosened my hair way more that I wanted it to. I bought a bag of amla from the indian store. I want to give that a try next.
Oh and no more gray roots.
if luvin KCKT and KCCC is wrong I don't wanna b right

sell crazy somewhere else...we're all stocked up here.
I haven't henna'd since November!! I didn't have the money to spare over the holidays to order any online. I am on a serious mission to find Henna locally. My husband gets antsy when he starts seeing too many packages coming in the mail. My shopping can get out of hand at times. LOL.

I will definitely be Henna'ing on Friday night. I may even try curlnikki's suggestion about mixing it with Tea. I'm thinking about trying Cassia on my daughters hair. She's only seven (4a/4b). Do you think she's to young? No matter what I try her hair always looks frizzy and dry after about an hour.
ok, my henna from catherine just got in today, so, im finna mix some up with some green tea and will aply it tomorrow a.m. and let it sit while i write a paper for school. im planning to mix honey, olive oil and some cinnamon into it. im excited!

**Update:
i like it. i forgot to add the cinnamon, but the smell wasnt bad, so... i let it sit for about 5 or 6 hours before i rinsed. i wasnt excited about red hair, but the color is fantastic! my hair definately seemed easier to manage, and the curls more defined while i was rinsing the henna out in the shower. it also seemed fluffier. it was still a bit frizzy and dry-ish while i was applying my DT, but we will see how it turns out once i rinse that out and put in product. i took some photos to try & compare the difference to my hair a few weeks ago, but i cant tell. all in all, i think the combo of co-washing & hennaing will give me good results. anyway, i have 9 more boxes, so...
Frizz Central!

Last edited by mikievora; 02-02-2008 at 07:42 AM.
OK, I've jumped on the Henna Train and I love it. My hair feels so strong. Stronger than I ever remember. I mixed my Jamila henna with tea and Kemi Oil. Love the color and can't wait to see it in a few days.

My hair loves: Original Moxie Get Clean No-Foam Shampoo, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Cream, Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream, Original Moxie Just Gel, Aubrey Organics QPB Conditioner, Devacurl Set It Free, Jamila Henna, Rosewater.
ok, i just finished reading ALL 55 pages! yall are out of control with this henna, but everyone's results have convinced me i need to try this. i ordered 1000g of BAQ2 henna for brunettes from catherine. it should be here in about 2 weeks and i will post results.
Originally Posted by mikievora
Sweet! I looked at your pics and I'm sure your results will me magnificent!! Your color is gonna be hot Keep us posted.
Originally Posted by curlynikki

Nikki, I love STASH tea. Their chai green tea is absolutely awesome. However, I order it from mothernature.com, so much cheaper.

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