Experiences with Henna?

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jsocurleigh,
i so feel you on not being able to color your hair. do the effects of henna wear off, so like in 3 months you could color your hair? i've been thinking about using a rinse. i think foxycus was able to color her hair after using henna.
Originally Posted by ItsiRC

Generally, no henna doesn't wear off. The last time I put henna in was mid February. Foxycus mainly used cassia, I think she only used henna once.

Keep in mind most of us used different types of BAQ henna. Mine had a massive dye content. My hair came out really, really red from the beginning.

I added a pic of my latest color-over-henna disaster
http://public.fotki.com/jsocurleigh/.../color003.html

When it comes to my own hair, I'll do ANYTHING to it, so I'll try this again in a month or so, with a higher volume developer. It's just hair, it'll grow back
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What henna did you use to get that really red hair?
My favorites
Qhemets AHOC,OHHB
Yemen Henna
HHC
AOHR Deep Conditioner
Coconut,Jojoba and JBC oils
Rosemary Oil/w horsetail,coltsfoot and Nettle leaves.
My own homemade mixtures
BlackStrap Molasses

http://public.fotki.com/mj11051
I think the brand is Duhlan? There is a picture of it in my products album. I bought it from a local indian store. The date on the package said it was harvested about a month before I bought it and keeping it in the freezer definitley kept it super fresh.
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can you freeze the dry henna powder to keep it fresh? i think i read somewhere in here that you can.
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BC - March 21, 2000

Currently using: AO HSR & GPB conditioners, Vatika Oil, SheaMoisture, homemade African Black Soap shampoo & hair lotion.
can you freeze the dry henna powder to keep it fresh? i think i read somewhere in here that you can.
Originally Posted by sunshower

Sure can! The top shelf of my freezer is full of Jamila henna boxes
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can you freeze the dry henna powder to keep it fresh? i think i read somewhere in here that you can.
Originally Posted by sunshower

Sure can! The top shelf of my freezer is full of Jamila henna boxes
Originally Posted by curlynikki
good, because i ordered quite a bit...lol. tomorrow will be henna thursday for me!
--Tiffany--
*Reformed PJ*
3c/4a - coarse and super thick, APL when curly, somewhere around WL when stretched
http://public.fotki.com/hokukoroku/ - i never update. shame on me

Last Relaxer - January 30, 1999
BC - March 21, 2000

Currently using: AO HSR & GPB conditioners, Vatika Oil, SheaMoisture, homemade African Black Soap shampoo & hair lotion.
It's only been two weeks and I already have regrowth, lol. Almost that time.

Sunshower, you can also mix it and dye release it, and then freeze it. When thawed it dyes even better.
i've got some leftovers from today's henna sitting in the freezer right now.

it's 10pm and i just rinsed out my DT. my hair looks shinier, but i couldn't tell a difference in softness. my hair feels pretty soft after rinsing out conditioner anyway, so i really wasn't expecting it to feel that much softer. the color isn't as bright as it was with my patch test. i did add some lavender and rosemary EO's this time, since my hair smelled pretty funky after the patch test. i think i read somewhere that those can make the results come out darker, so i wonder if that was it. but i can tell a difference in the overall color of my hair, which is naturally a kind of off-black with brown highlights. now, i see a reddish cast all over when the light shines on it, and my highlights are a darker auburn-y color (yes, i said auburn-y. lol).

at this point, i'll be going to be with a semi-wet head, so i'll see how it looks/feels in the morning. i might use my leftover henna mix tomorrow or saturday just for the heck of it. if not, i'll probably use it next weekend. i may leave out the EO's next time, or just use less.
--Tiffany--
*Reformed PJ*
3c/4a - coarse and super thick, APL when curly, somewhere around WL when stretched
http://public.fotki.com/hokukoroku/ - i never update. shame on me

Last Relaxer - January 30, 1999
BC - March 21, 2000

Currently using: AO HSR & GPB conditioners, Vatika Oil, SheaMoisture, homemade African Black Soap shampoo & hair lotion.
I'm thinking of trying the neutral henna cause i don't want the color effect of henna (i just want my own hair color).But i have some questions, and I'll be very happy if someone answer them for me

1.How long must i let the mixture stay before using it?
2.How long can i/must i leave it on my hair?
3.What can i add in the mixture?

Thanks
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1. If you are just using cassia, and not trying to get any blonde color from it or anything, you can just mix and apply immediately.

2. Must? Probably about an hour minimum I would say, for max benefits. Can? Overnight or beyond. Obviously you don't want it to mildew or something, but I'd say anything 24 hours or shorter is totally fine.

3. When I had blonde hair and was trying to get blonde dye out of cassia, I mixed it with 100% lemon juice. The LJ was drying, and I couldn't get any dye anyway. Now I only mix cassia or henna with just water. Oil is supposed to interfere with henna uptake, I don't know if it does with cassia or not. A lot of people dislike the smell of henna, and add a lot of stuff just for the smell. I don't mind it, but I can see why people don't. I didn't find that smell with cassia though. Cassia is more like fresh grass. Henna is kind of like um... boiled grass. LOL.

HTH
I think the brand is Duhlan? There is a picture of it in my products album. I bought it from a local indian store. The date on the package said it was harvested about a month before I bought it and keeping it in the freezer definitley kept it super fresh.
Originally Posted by jsocurleigh

I got your henna brand and I plan to use it next time I henna. What was he date on yours, mine is 01/07. I hope I get the same dye release as you did. I love really red hair.
My favorites
Qhemets AHOC,OHHB
Yemen Henna
HHC
AOHR Deep Conditioner
Coconut,Jojoba and JBC oils
Rosemary Oil/w horsetail,coltsfoot and Nettle leaves.
My own homemade mixtures
BlackStrap Molasses

http://public.fotki.com/mj11051
I've decided that my henna and or amla days are over. I have only used this stuff less than 5x though, lol. It's been quite an expedition, however, in my opinion, I think this stuff works better on straight hair and is also easier to apply on and rinse out from straight hair too. It's just too much of a hassle for my hair altogether.

It's been fun though!!!
Momo, maybe! My hair is straighter than yours but I wouldn't call it totally straight

I will miss your posts on this thread!
Momo, maybe! My hair is straighter than yours but I wouldn't call it totally straight

I will miss your posts on this thread!
Originally Posted by Riot Crrl

Aaaaaawwww!!! You all on NC.com feel like a huge family, lol!!!


I find the powders to be too sandy. If someone were to invent an amla hair cream/amla hair lotion/amla deep conditioner (without mineral oil like the amla oil) I think I'd definitely go back to this stuff. Until then...
1. If you are just using cassia, and not trying to get any blonde color from it or anything, you can just mix and apply immediately.

2. Must? Probably about an hour minimum I would say, for max benefits. Can? Overnight or beyond. Obviously you don't want it to mildew or something, but I'd say anything 24 hours or shorter is totally fine.

3. When I had blonde hair and was trying to get blonde dye out of cassia, I mixed it with 100% lemon juice. The LJ was drying, and I couldn't get any dye anyway. Now I only mix cassia or henna with just water. Oil is supposed to interfere with henna uptake, I don't know if it does with cassia or not. A lot of people dislike the smell of henna, and add a lot of stuff just for the smell. I don't mind it, but I can see why people don't. I didn't find that smell with cassia though. Cassia is more like fresh grass. Henna is kind of like um... boiled grass. LOL.

HTH
Originally Posted by Riot Crrl
Thanks for the help
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I've decided that my henna and or amla days are over. I have only used this stuff less than 5x though, lol. It's been quite an expedition, however, in my opinion, I think this stuff works better on straight hair and is also easier to apply on and rinse out from straight hair too. It's just too much of a hassle for my hair altogether.

It's been fun though!!!
Originally Posted by momo7

You're leaving us?!

I'm sorry you feel this way...Henna has been a lifesaver for me. Everything is not for everybody, but I can say that this curly girl's head loves henna!
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

It's only been two weeks and I already have regrowth, lol. Almost that time.

Sunshower, you can also mix it and dye release it, and then freeze it. When thawed it dyes even better.
Originally Posted by Riot Crrl

I didn't know that! Yay..
I've been wasting a lot of henna then. From now on I will freeze what I don't immediately use. Thanks!
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Yeah it's awesome. If you only need to save it a few days it can go in the fridge too, but it actually improves when frozen and thawed. Once anyway, I think it will start to degrade when frozen and thawed multiple times, so it helps to freeze in small packages.

If you use indigo though, indigo's dying power will be killed by freezing.
Yeah it's awesome. If you only need to save it a few days it can go in the fridge too, but it actually improves when frozen and thawed. Once anyway, I think it will start to degrade when frozen and thawed multiple times, so it helps to freeze in small packages.

If you use indigo though, indigo's dying power will be killed by freezing.
Originally Posted by Riot Crrl
Well that being said it's been about a month or so since I've hennaed.. now that I know I don't have to waste the excess I will prep some for use tomorrow. Thanks so much for the tips!
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)

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