Experiences with Henna?

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Wow its so funny this thread was bumped because I was actually online trying to find information on Henna

This Fotki member has some great progress pictures http://members.fotki.com/Cichelle/about/

and she mentions how she uses Henna to help her hair grow. I'm debating whether to use it or not.
Originally Posted by mariag002

Her hair grows at an amazing rate. Wow![
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Holy cow! It sure does!

an aside - I see she has a Flexi-8. Do you know which size that is Suburban? I reaelly want one of those.
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So guess who was so impatient, she decided to find (and succeeded in finding) a local whole saler Catherine is taking too long and I'm ready to get this show on the road.

I left work early today after having a 1hr conversation w/ a henna artist and professor (of Genetics) from India. She moved to the US when she was a little girl and has been hennaing her hair (beautiful hair by the way) since she was 7. She buys her BAQ henna directly from India in medium quantities and uses it for her side job. The coolest part is that one of the classes she teaches at Peace College (here in the Triangle) discusses eastern and middle eastern traditions and she does a whole month on henna, its uses, and how to apply it to skin and hair!

I met her at her home at lunch time and bought 500grams. She supplied me with gloves and a carrot application tube and lots of information (most of which I'd already learned from this thread and hennaforhair.com)

She frequents the hennaforhair.com site and recommended it, if I hadn't found it yet. I told her that thanks to Spiral I knew allllll about hennaforhair and that I'd spent most of the last month lurking around. She greatly respects Catherine and thinks that it is great that I support her. I'm happy to have found a reliable, educated, local vendor in the area!!! You never know when you'll need a henna fix

I mixed up my batch a few minutes ago and I'll probably apply it first thing in the morning. I'm definitely going to do a harvested hair test first...probably over night. She offered me some of her frozen henna from her last batch, but I declined. The process of mixing it up is fun too Plus, she used a little lemon juice and I wanted to use (and did use) ACV.

I'll keep you guys posted!!! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas

Edited to add: She thinks that the henna will work great on my hair...she said she can tell that I've been cassia'ing because of the shine and the softness (she was all in my head!!) and she thinks that it'll absorb the henna rather quickly. She wants to see my results ASAP, so I'll probably go back to her house sometime over the weekend!
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OMG! You are soooo lucky to have found a local supplier and fellow henna user! And you bought 500 grams? I'm sooo jealous. I am considering buying it in bulk too. I can't wait to see/read updates on your experience. I hope you like it as much as I do. Just be prepared for possible increased thickness lol.
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OMG! You are soooo lucky to have found a local supplier and fellow henna user! And you bought 500 grams? I'm sooo jealous. I am considering buying it in bulk too. I can't wait to see/read updates on your experience. I hope you like it as much as I do. Just be prepared for possible increased thickness lol.
Originally Posted by spiral-nc
I'm ready girl!! Bring it on

Of course, an hour after I mixed up the batch I bought from her, the postman brought me 300g of Catherine's henna :/

But oh well...I need to develop a stash anyway

I'm going to do a mild DT tonight to prepare for my very first henna tomorrow That way, my hair will be detangled and damp after a mild shampooing directly before the henna application. I'm too excited for words. After reading about it for a while, the anticipation is getting to be a bit ridiculous.


ETA: So, I checked on the henna mix and although it has only been 5 hours or so, the dye has released. My thumb (which I used as my sophisticated testing device) is orange

So, do I wait until tomorrow? Will more dye be released in the next 5 hours? Let me know, cuz I'll do it tonight!!

haha
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Sometimes my dye seems to release a little immediately, but I always wait 9 to 12 hours to be sure I have complete release. But if your house or room is very warm, the henna might release its dye faster.

Wow - you have 800 grams of henna! Now i'm double jealous .
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Oh Nikki, a couple more things:
Your hair is brown, like mine was right? BAQ henna shows up pretty well, it seems, on brown hair - so it may change the color after a few hennas. My hair went from brown to brownish-burgundy-cherry. It shows up enough on brown hair that people notice and comment on it.

My hair has gone through a few stages as I henna:

1. First henna - hair was less porous. Took longer to wet, stayed moist longer, but not wet. Felt a lot thicker. Felt "different". Noticed a little less frizz.

2. Second Henna - hair went back to "normal" in that it wet down quickly. Felt softer. Noticed even less frizz.

3. Third Henna - hair feels even silkier - like "doll hair", as someone put it. Feels stronger, looks deep brownish/burgundy-cherry (like cherry-glazed chocolate)
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Spiral-Thanks for talking about porosity. My aunt and one of my friends recommended henna to me, but when I researched it, I read that the coating it leaves makes it more difficult for your hair to absorb moisture, so it was not recommended for very dry hair.

Now, I have hair that is both very dry and with a really low porosity. Do you think that henna or cassia might inhibit my hair's ability to absorb conditioners and leave ins, or just plain ol' water?

I hope not, because from reading all your good and very detailed reviews I'm interested in trying it especially cassia. I had wanted to get a clear gloss, the salon type, but backed out of it because of fears the coating would make my hair even less porous. if cassia can offer the smoothness and shine that I was looking to get from the gloss, plus a strengthening effect, then I think it would be great for my hair. What do you think?
Jeamaria, since Nikki used cassia, she may be in a better position to answer about how cassia affects porosity.

Now henna, in my experience, does not make it more difficult for my hair to absorb moisture. After the first henna, it did take longer to wet down, but that went away after the second henna. My hair actually needs less product now. It absorbs water and leave-in conditioners just fine.

Now, the stuff about henna coating the hair? There was a post about that on the henna forum. Apparently, the compound hennas (the ones with metallic salts) leave a coating on the hair shaft that builds up, blocks out moisture and contributes to damage. And that type of henna has given all henna a bad name in salons. But the totally natural henna doesn't do that, it works inside the hair shaft on the keratin.

If you have very dry or damaged hair, it may take a few treatments to see improvement. But I always say proceed with caution: Order a small amount, and apply it to a discrete section of your hair. Maybe do it a few times to see how it reacts. Then if it feels okay, go ahead and do your whole head. That's what I did.
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I ordered the Neutral Light Mountain Henna yesterday! After reading through all of the posts about the cassia, I started searching for a site that sells it online. I hope it'll come soon. I've noticed that my hair strands are a little weak (I think from stress) so I want to see if this will give my hair an extra boost.
Mostly 4a..crazy hair

Currently using: 100% Aloe Vera Gel , VO5 Conditioners for Co-Washes, Jojoba and Africa's Best Oils, GV Biolage Conditioning Balm , Cream of Nature Detangling Shampoo, ACV rinses, Herbal Tea Rinses (rarely), Alba Botanica Leave-in

Goal: healthy hair and longer hair

UPDATE!!!

So, ya'll know me...I've henna'ed twice since my last post in this thread I figured since it didn't harm my harvested hair, why not start the 'build-up' process. I'm working from home today and I left work early yesterday, so there was no better time than the present

After mixing up my first batch yesterday (200g of henna, 2 tbs ACV, water) I let it sit on top my heating pad and under a blanket for 4 hours...by that time it had released dye, so I decided to slather it on
By the bye, prior to applying the henna, I did a 20 minute deep treatment (with BB Curl Quenching and honey) under a bonnet dryer.

Spiral, my hair is naturally a very dark brown (damn near black), but I had streaks done back in August of '06 that were suppose to be auburn, but have faded to a coppery color. The henna took nicely to the highlights and I've got FIERY RED highlights...yes, FIERY It's different and I like it...plus, it'll probably darken over the next few days. My virgin hair didn't seem to be effected by the color, but then again, I've yet to see it dry or in the sun. As far as texture, after the first henna, my hair felt a little dry, so I did an over night DT while my second batch was releasing dye over in the corner atop my heating pad My hair felt thick and the curls were left undisturbed.

The second batch sat for 12 hours and I applied it this morning after rinsing out the DT. I left it on for 3 hours (1.5 of those hours spent under the dryer) and just rinsed. This time, my hair felt almost silky! Detangling was much easier too. The color didn't change (very deep RED RED) but my strands are definitely fatter, and more resilient.

Tips:

-USE HONEY!!! It made my henna mix the perfect consistency...no drips, easy application, great coverage and easy rinsing

-Run a bath: I don't actually get in the bath, but I dunk my head in it for 5 minutes or so and let the henna work its way out of my hair. It's much gentler than trying to get it all out in the shower. After that, I cut on the shower, and apply conditioner and rinse (over and over) in sections.

-Use a Tub as opposed to a Stand-Alone Shower: I have 3 bathrooms in my house and I've never used the shower in the upstairs guest bedroom. My master bath (has a stand alone and a separate tub) has okay water pressure and a pretty fancy (but less effective) shower-head. Also, the cassia I was rinsing in the stand alone would catch in the crevices of the door and clean up was time consuming and down right dirty. Last night, I used the guest shower for the first time...regular bath tub/shower combo and I discovered that the shower-head had the massage feature and very good water pressure! Rinsing was a cinch and clean-up was unnecessary...all i had to do was angle the shower head to rinse everything off. No nooks, no crannies...easy Bottom line: use a regular tub.

-Did i mention to use honey?

I'm about to rinse the DT out of my head and I'll post pics ASAP.

ttyl
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Now y'all making me want to try henna!
curlynikki and spiral did either of you notice an increase in volume after the henna. I have big hair, but I'm always on the lookout for anything that will add more volume. Thanks!
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Now y'all making me want to try henna!
curlynikki and spiral did either of you notice an increase in volume after the henna. I have big hair, but I'm always on the lookout for anything that will add more volume. Thanks!
Originally Posted by Doc
HELL YES

Spiral motivated me to try it just for this reason. My hair feels thicker in my hands and I hope my wash and go looks thicker too. It's still wet right now, so I can't wait to see the results. My hair feels smoother for sure! As soon as it dries, I'll take pics of the color.

ETA: I almost forgot, I didn't need as much product today after I rinsed out the DT. Spiral, I did notice that after wringing and stepping out the shower, it was hard as heck to keep my hair wet while applying products. It was moist...but not wet. However, the BB products seemed to work extra well. All i know for sure is that henna is a keeper. I'll do my next treatment the weekend of the 20th.
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ETA: I almost forgot, I didn't need as much product today after I rinsed out the DT. Spiral, I did notice that after wringing and stepping out the shower, it was hard as heck to keep my hair wet while applying products. It was moist...but not wet. However, the BB products seemed to work extra well. All i know for sure is that henna is a keeper. I'll do my next treatment the weekend of the 20th.
Originally Posted by curlynikki

YES!!! I was thinking about this.. After using Cassia, BB HNS made my hair look gorgeous! So all I've been using was some leave-in w/ BB HNS & I'm good to go! This is the softest my hairs ever been. All that damn $ spent on expensive condish when my HG's 6 bucks...
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I can't wait to see the pictures!
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Yay ! I'm glad it worked for you Nikki - can't wait to see pics. Like I said earlier, the feel of your hair will continue to change with subsequent hennas - it should get even silkier.

Question: Your henna connection from India, how often does she henna her hair? In a thread on the henna forum, one indian woman said that they do it once a week on Fridays, because that day is considered a day of beauty. I was wondering if that's true. Every week seems like a lot to me, and I was wondering what effect it has on their hair. I basically do every other week:
week 1 - full henna
week 2 - nothing (usual routine)
week 3 - henna gloss with left overs from previous henna
week 4 - nothing (usual routine)


Curli
, I also have found that hair products are more effective since I started using henna.
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Spiral,

She hennas over her grays weekly...not sure if its on Friday or not. She did say that she dislikes indigo (it has no conditioning properties and dries out her hair) and loves cassia. She said weekly is great and will increase the resiliency of each strand preventing breakage, splits and promoting length retention. I'm going to attempt to do it once a week for the next couple of months and then move to alternating henna and cassia treatments.

She's actually hosting a free henna tattooing party tomorrow from 4-6 to build up her clientele. She invited me and I might go.
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She's actually hosting a free henna tattooing party tomorrow from 4-6 to build up her clientele. She invited me and I might go.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Lucky!!! Actually, that's what I want to try next. I'd like to learn how to do the henna tattoos. There's a beginner's kit on the henna site that I might get.

So, please keep us updated on the once a week henna. I would love to use it as my weeky DT. The great thing about henna is you can mix up a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later use. So you don't have to go through the mixing/waiting every week.

AND, I noticed that henna that has been frozen and thawed is even stronger than freshly mixed henna ( Carrie, an mod from the henna forum, noticed this too) Catherine thinks that maybe the freezing/thawing releases even more of the dye as the rest of the plant walls break down. Isn't that cool? I noticed it because when I would do my gloss with thawed henna, my hands would stain the instant I touched the henna gloss mix.
spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

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Okay ladies

I posted pics of my 85% dry, henna'ed hair in my album. I tried to capture the color in sunlight (by standing in the window). Although you can't see it in the pics, the non-highlighted hair has a auburn tint to it...but it's only visible outside.

My fiancee was making fun of me today. I was so excited about my new henna and cassia stash because its free of sticks and stems...straight from India...that good 'ish'. He said it sounded like I was doing something illegal We all have our vices.

I'll post more pics later after my hair is dry and fluffed out.

adios
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When you all say that thawed henna stains quicker do you think it is because of the cold temperature or the length of time allowed for dye release.

Curlynikki, your hair looks great as always! Thanks for sharing. You mention to use honey...what exactly is your recipe (well, maybe not exactly, but approximately)?

Thanks
When you all say that thawed henna stains quicker do you think it is because of the cold temperature or the length of time allowed for dye release.

Curlynikki, your hair looks great as always! Thanks for sharing. You mention to use honey...what exactly is your recipe (well, maybe not exactly, but approximately)?

Thanks
Originally Posted by bouncy1920
Thanks Bouncy!

I can't give an exact recipe (I didn't measure at all...I just kinda knew how much of each ingredient I needed for the desired consistency). My second mix worked just as well with less ACV.

I mixed 150-200grams of henna w/ about one tablespoon of ACV (if that) diluted in warm water. I can't say how much water/ACV mix I added...I poured a little at a time while I stirred, trying to achieve the mashed potatoes consistency Spiral referred to. After it was thick and all the powder was moistened, I placed saran wrap on the mix and sealed the plastic bowl w/ its lid. I let the dye release and then added a ton of honey. I had a 16oz bottle and I used up nearly the whole thing in my two applications. So I guess you can say I used about 6 ounces of honey for one batch.

I hope this helps. Sorry it is so vague, but I'm not much of a measurer

hth
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