Experiences with Henna?

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so,

i took the dive and ordered henna today after months and months of thiiiiiiiiinking about it.

i want it more for the strengthening properties than for color. dont really care about that.

i'll be doing a lot more reading/research before i actually use the stuff. i know that's important with henna.

i was reading through the hennaforhair.com e-book, along with lots of posts on henna from different boards

i'm really excited about this as i NEED to regain my hair's strength and resiliency
Glad it worked out for you rociobutterfly! BTW. your mix sounds like a very light consistency, 100g w/ 2c liquid. Do you get a lot of drippies?

Last edited by jeamaria; 09-13-2008 at 04:17 PM.
Glad it worked out for you rociobutterfly! BTW. your mix sounds like a very light consistency, 100g w/ 2c liquid. Do you get a lot of drippies?
Originally Posted by jeamaria
Thanks! I actually don't get any drippies, I brew up 2c but usually don't use the whole amount. The consistency is like yogurt or cake batter. I'm going to try to put up pics but my hair does not photograph well

Glad it worked out for you rociobutterfly! BTW. your mix sounds like a very light consistency, 100g w/ 2c liquid. Do you get a lot of drippies?
Originally Posted by jeamaria
Thanks! I actually don't get any drippies, I brew up 2c but usually don't use the whole amount. The consistency is like yogurt or cake batter. I'm going to try to put up pics but my hair does not photograph well
Originally Posted by rociobutterfly
Thanks for the explanation!
Originally Posted by curlynikki
thanks. that was a lot of good info.
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does hair have to be dry to use henna? can i just wash/co-wash my hair and then apply? or do i have to wait for hair to dry first?


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hi shake I love your hair by the way...

I only henna on wet hair. It makes the application process much easier.
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i hadn't henna'd in two months. my hair was looking dull, but i thought it was from sometimey maintenance during my vacation...but my good friend henna corrected all that...it's soOoo shiny. and it's really red now. and soft...)
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Thanx so much nikki! i've admired yours for a while now!!

i was gonna be so upset if i had to take time to dry my hair just to wet it back up with goop minutes later!! lol. didn't make sense...just wanted to check!!


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I know you can prepare cassia just for conditioning without getting dye realease, but can you do that for henna? I really don't want to change my hair color, but everyone I talk to says henna is much better for conditioning and such than cassia is.
I know you can prepare cassia just for conditioning without getting dye realease, but can you do that for henna? I really don't want to change my hair color, but everyone I talk to says henna is much better for conditioning and such than cassia is.
Originally Posted by Dragongurl288
henna is a dye. you can't change that. if you don't want to change your hair color, then henna by itself is not for you. the hennaforhair site explains different concoctions you can make to adjust the color.
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a few people have managed to "kill" henna - inactivate the dye molecule, lawsone - and still get the conditioning effect from the remaining tannins in the "dead" henna paste. however, i tried to do this, and even after repeatedly boiling my henna mixture with added acid (lemon juice) over the course of several days, it still dyed my hair. the tint was much lighter than usual, and it definitely conditioned as well as ever, but if you don't want to add any red at all to your hair, henna (by itself) is not the way to go.

if your starting color is dark brown, though, you might be able to get away with using henndigo - henna + indigo - to match your own natural color. it would take a lot of strand testing, but if you managed to match your own color, you might get the benefits of henna without dyeing your hair red.

i've never done this, though ... it's just something i think would work.
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Hi curlies, does anyone know how long it is safe to keep a henna mixture in the freezer?
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I really need help, my Mom bought one of those compund hennas. She doesn't believe that the pure henna is no more expensive than hair dye. She insists on using it, is there any way to minimize the damage it could cause?
Hi curlies, does anyone know how long it is safe to keep a henna mixture in the freezer?
Originally Posted by KinkyPJ

henna paste, up to 6 months.

henna powder, up to a year. recommended.
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So I read like the first 18 pages of this thread 2 months ago and it made me really interested in henna. I have thin, frizzy, dry, short hair. After looking for jamila henna in the 2 measly indian stores up here, I ordered from FNWL.

Now that my henna's on the way, I can't find the thread about whether to mix with lemon juice, acv, or hot water. I saw that CurlyNikki tried to mix it with honey too and had good results. What was the best mix for you? And is it really worth it to leave it in for 8hrs? TIA
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So I read like the first 18 pages of this thread 2 months ago and it made me really interested in henna. I have thin, frizzy, dry, short hair. After looking for jamila henna in the 2 measly indian stores up here, I ordered from FNWL.

Now that my henna's on the way, I can't find the thread about whether to mix with lemon juice, acv, or hot water. I saw that CurlyNikki tried to mix it with honey too and had good results. What was the best mix for you? And is it really worth it to leave it in for 8hrs? TIA
Originally Posted by Kinky DaySha
hi...most people use an acid to help release the dye. lemon juice is harsher than acv. many people actually use tea, which is slightly acidic but less drying than lemon juice or acv. i used lemon juice once, and it was the worst henna experience. i was doing DTs twice a week for two weeks to get my hair back to feeling normal.

i use about 2.5 cups of strong chammomile tea with 200g of jamila henna. i don't find it worth it to leave it for 8 hours. i wait 30-60 minutes before adding the honey (until smooth pudding consistency) and apply the henna...but then again, i do overnight hennas so there is plenty of time for the dye to release while on my hair. hth! happy henna'ing
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Hi curlies, does anyone know how long it is safe to keep a henna mixture in the freezer?
Originally Posted by KinkyPJ
i agree with bugeyez...just freeze the actual powder. when you thaw out the henna paste, you have to do so quickly to avoid the demise of the dye. it's an absolute pain in the butt defrosting henna.
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Thanks BugEyeZ and Curlymami.
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