Experiences with Henna?

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I hadn't henna'd since November (lazy) and my grey hairs were SCREAMING "Look at us!" LOL
I had close to 2 inches of greys and finally I couldn't take it anymore.

Unfortunately I didn't pee green. I was hoping to LOL
I could only leave it on a few hrs because for some reason the smell gave me a migraine. I must've been extra sensitive or something because its my 4th henna since Oct. and that's never happened before. TMI ALERT: I was so nauseous I even took a pregnancy test! I'm without child at the moment LOL I was only able to keep the henna on 4 hours.

Anyway my hair came out fine. I had to shampoo the ish out of it to take the smell away. I then had to condition it to death to make it moisturized. I applied aloe vera gel and my hair came out really nice. I'll henna again in April because I don't want my curls to elongate.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

^^ I know the feeling. I hate the smell henna leaves in my hair. When I get it wet, I smell like a wet dog. I have to condtion with some really fragrant VO5 condish and Aubrey O condish to get most of the smell out.
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
I find that adding an essential oil, like lavender or peppermint, really helps to get rid of that "henna smell".

ETA: Be warned, adding ACV to your henna gives you a mixture that smells sort of like old collard greens.
4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!

Last edited by preciousjewel76; 02-05-2008 at 02:18 PM.
You have beautiful results girls! I'm jealous

I really want to try it espacially when i see curlynikki's hair and spiral's too! But, i'm afraid to have more volume than what i have on my head! I really wanna tame my hair

What do you think?
ETA: Be warned, adding ACV to your henna gives you a mixture that smells sort of like old collard greens.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
girl you are crazy!! (i haven't added acv to my mixes in a while. but the smell is not great at all.)
I'm going to Mexico until this bills business blows over.

pw:master shake

ETA: Be warned, adding ACV to your henna gives you a mixture that smells sort of like old collard greens.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
girl you are crazy!! (i haven't added acv to my mixes in a while. but the smell is not great at all.)
Originally Posted by ItsiRC
Yeah, I learned not to do that again. It was STANKY! I think I used orange juice+water in my last batch. I'll try green tea next time around.
4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
Hello ladies...I am new to NC and I have been reading all the information that has been shared here in this forum about henna....I have been thinking about using Cassia because I would like to soften and elongate my curls and have heard that this might help. What should I add to it because my hair is kinda on the dry side already and I know that clay can make it drier.
So am I the only one who likes the smell of Henna?

Each time I open a package I stick my nose in and then I breath in (a couple times)....it's like a ritual -- I guess I'm weird like that


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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I like the smell of henna so your'e not alone...what I don't like is the almost chemical-ly smell my hair has for 3 days after my henna session....
4a, Natural since 2002, co wash only,acv, aohsr,aojay,vo5 strawberriesncream,deva b-leave-in,set it free,smoothnshine gel activator (yes small amounts work great), and HENNA!!!!

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So am I the only one who likes the smell of Henna?

Each time I open a package I stick my nose in and then I breath in (a couple times)....it's like a ritual -- I guess I'm weird like that
Originally Posted by dsg-girly&curly
I like the smell of henna, too. It's just that adding things to it can make it smell not so great. I like herbally, fresh scents like henna.
4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
The smell of Henna doesn't necessarily stink, but after a few days my hair just smells "dirty" and I hate that. Now that I think of it, when I purchased my Henna from FNWL it came with a small fragrance bottle. Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe I was supposed to put the fragrance inside the Henna ??? I have no idea.

Anyway the smell of grass on my head makes me wanna puke
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

I too love the smell of Henna - it smells very earthy to me. I am planning on hennaing sometime this weekend. I haven't done it in a month or so.

I will use my Celectial Seasonings Red Zinger Tea as my liquid. It is very acidic and has a bright red color from the Hibiscus added to the tea.

Hoping for brilliantly colored hair this go round!!
3C, BSL Unstretched -
A while back Curlynikki was corresponding directly with the Jamila people about getting it directly from India. Did you (cn) or anyone else ever order any?

I've cassia'd a couple of times with Neutral from WF and am ready to step it up to henna! Since I'm much to impatient to wait, I went to an Indian grocery and found the Jamila brand. Its in the same box as on the Abid website but its in the clear package rather than the silver Spiral mentioned she got from Catherine. Even though its one of h4h's recommended suppliers, I'm afraid to use it because it doesn't have any dates. Has anyone used this brand (with the clear package) at all?

Another little complication is that I have blond/light brown highlights. Although I LOVE my hightlights, I have come to terms with the fact I must kiss them goodbye for the sake of ultra fan-tabulous stretched hair.

However, red hair, like jailbird jumpsuit orange, is just NOT a good look for me. Since I don't have any indigo, I want to use the black tea or red wine h4h mentioned to darken the henna. (That is, if I get up the nerve to use the box Jamila rather than default to cassia again.) Has anyone had any experience with darkening the henna without indigo? If so, what was your mix and results?

Last edited by adamsrib5; 02-09-2008 at 06:44 AM.
I erroneously darkened my henna once by adding amla powder (just about two tablespoons) and I've also read that some people use coffee to do the same thing. The amla much to my dismay definitely darkens the henna -- look in the henna folder in my photobucket.


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/
Long time no see ladies. This is my first henna since mid November. Long time, I know. I'll let you all know how it goes after I wash it out and DT.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
Staples
Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
http://public.fotki.com/MsHeatherNicole/

"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn

Last edited by HeatherNicole; 02-09-2008 at 04:11 AM.
A while back Curlynikki was corresponding directly with the Jamila people about getting it directly from India. Did you (cn) or anyone else ever order any?

I've cassia'd a couple of times with Neutral from WF and am ready to step it up to henna! Since I'm much to impatient to wait, I went to an Indian grocery and found the Jamila brand. Its in the same box as on the Abid website but its in the clear package rather than the silver Spiral mentioned she got from Catherine. Even though its one of h4h's recommended suppliers, I'm afraid to use it because it doesn't have any dates. Has anyone used this brand (with the clear package) at all?

Another little complication is that I have blond/light brown highlights. Although I LOVE my hightlights, I have come to terms with the fact I must kiss them goodbye for the sake of ultra fan-tabulous stretched hair.

However, red hair, like jailbird jumpsuit orange, is just NOT a good look for me. Since I don't have any indigo, I want to use the black tea or red wine h4h mentioned to darken the henna. (That is, if I get up the nerve to use the box Jamila rather than default to cassia again.) Has anyone had any experience with darkening the henna without indigo? If so, what was your mix and results?
Originally Posted by adamsrib5
Hi I backed off because the thought of sending them money via Western Union scared me...Catherine stated that people had reported receiving nothing in return. I know she has plenty of motivation to make up a story like that, but I didn't want to chance it.
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

thanks for responding. i find that really interesting because isn't abid the same company she orders from? what does your local connect think?

do you think i should try this jamila eventhough its in a clear package and has no date? the other packaging is the same from the abid company. spiral mentioned earlier in the thread something about silver packaging.

Last edited by adamsrib5; 02-09-2008 at 11:30 AM.
Ahhhhh the feeling of debulking. I'm DTing right now, but just the feeling of less frizz and fluff, makes me happy.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
Staples
Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
http://public.fotki.com/MsHeatherNicole/

"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn
thanks for responding. i find that really interesting because isn't abid the same company she orders from? what does your local connect think?

do you think i should try this jamila eventhough its in a clear package and has no date? the other packaging is the same from the abid company. spiral mentioned earlier in the thread something about silver packaging.
Originally Posted by adamsrib5
i bought the clear package from catherine, i don't remember if it had a date on it or not. it was ok.
I'm going to Mexico until this bills business blows over.

pw:master shake

Hello! Hope you ladies don't mind a 3a/b stopping by, but you have this nice henna thread

I've ordered some samples for strand tests from Catherine, but I don't have a real clear plan yet.

My natural hair is dishwater with greys. Started greying at 23. I've been dying golden blonde with Loreal Feria since then (minus a brief stint as a redhead, more on that below). The Feria has lately stopped working on the greys, and makes my eyes water and the house smell like a swimming pool anyway, so I'm looking for a different solution.

I see that Lexie, in some of her experiments, has managed to create a golden blonde mix. So that is one option. It does kind of make me nervous getting the henna/indigo mix right though. I don't want to end up green, or dark brown.

I love the look of deep, vibrant red, and I attempted to go to that once with commercial drugstore dye. I loved the color, and it looked fan freaking tastic on me if I do say so myself, but the color would all fall out in about a week. Considering it took 3 boxes to do all my hair, the upkeep was just way too ridiculous. I ended up lifting it and starting over with the golden blonde. That was years ago, all that hair is cut off now.

I'm seriously considering hennaing all of it red. But it's such a drastic change and so permanent, it will never lift like the drugstore product did. Plus I'll have to shelve all my brown eyeliner and yellow gold jewelry

My tentative plan is this: first, see how the strand tests/skin tests go. Assuming no disaster there, I will at least cassia my whole head and see how I like that. If I liked how the golden blonde strand test turned out, I will try that too. I will buy enough henna so that if I turn out green or something from the golden blonde attempt, I can straight up henna over the top.

Any advice/thoughts?

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