Experiences with Henna?

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OMG... I've reached the end! I read every single post on every single page of this thread. Wow.

Anyway, thanks for all the information, ladies! I ordered 400g henna 400g indigo and 200g of alma powder from mehandi a couple of days ago and I can't wait until it gets here! I'm hoping I can match my natural color from this. Thanks again!

ETA: Oops! That's 500g of both henna and indigo. I wanted 400 but the store doesn't sell that amount so I got 500g.
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

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Last edited by QuirkyYogini; 10-04-2008 at 12:56 AM.
OMG... I've reached the end! I read every single post on every single page of this thread. Wow.

Anyway, thanks for all the information, ladies! I ordered 400g henna 400g indigo and 200g of alma powder from mehandi a couple of days ago and I can't wait until it gets here! I'm hoping I can match my natural color from this. Thanks again!
Originally Posted by QuirkyYogini
Because of your hair length, you may want to get a friend or your hubby to help you apply and rinse out.
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Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective.

Henndigo occasionally.
Okay. Soooo...I chickened out and did not order the henna. Now, for some unknown reason (oh wait - it's because of all these beautiful haired fotkis), I'm back on the henna bandwagon and dying to try it. I bought the Jamila box brand henna from a local Indian grocer. Surprisingly it only cost $0.99/box!! I bought 4 - for 2 treatments. As excited as I am about the price I didn't want to end up with henna I can't use....

So I'm wondering - is it okay to mix jamila with coconut oil, olive oil and honey? How much? Distilled water, right? ACV or no ACV? Chammomile tea? Thanks ladies! Looking forward to posting results soon!
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I love natural products and I need a DC at least 2x a month. This sounds interesting. But can henna be mixed with EO's or carrier oils? There are some EO's that stimulate hair growth and nourish follicles, combined with the shine, condition and thickening properties of henna... that would be the best DC ever! Does anyone know?
OMG... I've reached the end! I read every single post on every single page of this thread. Wow.

Anyway, thanks for all the information, ladies! I ordered 400g henna 400g indigo and 200g of alma powder from mehandi a couple of days ago and I can't wait until it gets here! I'm hoping I can match my natural color from this. Thanks again!
Originally Posted by QuirkyYogini
Because of your hair length, you may want to get a friend or your hubby to help you apply and rinse out.
Originally Posted by aricurl
Heh heh. I wish I would have seen this about two hours ago! I'm actually sitting here with henna and indigo on my head. That was rough! I think I actually had the mixture a little too thick. I actually snapped a few hairs trying to get it on every strand. It wasn't that many though, so I think it's OK...

I also think I should have had my hair saturated with water. I let it air dry a little and I think that made it harder to rake through my hair. I ended up just smushing it on my hair and then trying to rake it through. It was so hard doing it in sections! I probably missed a few spots but I went over and over and kept looking for hair (mainly near the scalp) that wasn't coated.

I used about 250g (150g of henna and 100g of indigo) and that was the perfect amount for my hair. I guess next time I just need to do it as soon as I get out of the shower and make the mix a little thinner. We'll see what it looks like in the morning!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



There's nothing like the feel of your post henna hair! I henna'ed on Thursday night, and my hair looks and feels great! Quirky, I hope your hair turns out AWESOME!
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Last edited by curlynikki; 10-04-2008 at 07:33 PM.
There's nothing like the feel of your post henna! I henna'ed on Thursday night, and my hair looks and feels great! Quirky, I hope your hair turns out AWESOME!
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Thank you! It's a little more red than I would like, but I am sure it will tone down a little. I'm very tempted to henna again to jump start it like you did.

When I first started to wash the henna out, my hair felt very dry and rough. After I got most of it out, I began to use some of my conditioner to help wash it out. My hair immediately felt much softer and was easier to work with. I then slapped on tons of AO HSR mixed with Africa's Best hair oil and it's still on my head. I wore a microwave cap for about an hour and I hope that will help even more.

So far, so good! I was really surprised by how soft my hair felt when I used just a little amount of conditioner to wash it out. I think that's a good sign! Now we'll just have to see what it looks like when I wear it down. I'm going for a run now, so I might wear it down and take pictures after my shower.
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



Yesterday I got my order of the new Jamila 2008 crop and I ordered some yemen henna also. Friday I gonna try the yemen and I'll post the results.
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

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So... I henndigoed last night again. This time, I did half and half, and the first time I did 2/3 henna and 1/3 indigo. Last time, my hair was a dark red. (I didn't like it on me.) This time, my hair is black. What the hey? I mean, I look good with black hair, but I'm trying to get my natural dark brown back. *sigh* Maybe it'll fade with a few more rinses.

The good news is that my hair feels thicker and shinier! The bad news is that this time I made the henna too thin and it kept dripping EVERYWHERE! I had to wash it out in 5 hours instead of going to bed, so I didn't make a mess. I was up WAY too late, but I didn't want to rinse it out and waste it.


So I guess next time I'll have wet hair, but a thicker mix like the one I had the first time. I will find the perfect mix sooner or later!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



Speaking of Black hair (color), has anyone used Black henna. I'm coming out of braids and want to dye my hair Black but am too cheap to go to a salon...
You can purchase indigo which is black henna from hennaforhair.com, but you should also purchase regular henna to go along with it. It is much better to henna first, then apply the indigo.
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Vatika-coconut oil
Henna/Indigo
Thanks - I've heard black henna can be dangerous...?
Um... Hello! So no one knows about mixing henna with EOs? Okay... so what do you mix it with? On the henna for hair forum, some people used lemon juice, honey, tea and other stuff. If you've tried it, what's your recipe? My hair is a sandy brown so I don't want it to go red. I'm gonna try the natural henna, but it's supposed to have a lightening effect, which I wouldn't mind. Do you think it could lighten my hair to a chestnut color?
I don't use oils in my mix...i read that it could intefere with the uptake. If you don't want red, I'd definitely go for Cassia (aka neutral henna). Brown hair will become auburn. Also, the cassia will not lighten dark hair (henna doesn't lighten either). It could potentially give gray/white hair a yellow-ish cast, but if your hair is already dark, it won't make much of a difference.

Phoenix, black henna is dangerous. If you want black- go for a henna-indigo application.
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How often do you henna?
4a hair. MOD CG routine.

Present Loves
-Back on the (rajasthani) henna train! My hair is so much better now.
-KBB hair butter mixed with Hairveda Cocasta oil
-Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent
I've been henna'ing once a month since the beginning of the year. Since this month marks a year since I began henna'ing, I'm doing it weekly until November.

hth!
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I've been henna'ing once a month since the beginning of the year. Since this month marks a year since I began henna'ing, I'm doing it weekly until November.

hth!
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Do you do your whole head or just the roots. Ive been noticing that my ends are getting a lot straighter since ive been hennaing.
4a hair. MOD CG routine.

Present Loves
-Back on the (rajasthani) henna train! My hair is so much better now.
-KBB hair butter mixed with Hairveda Cocasta oil
-Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent
I ordered my henna, indigo, and alma samples the other day. I need to try it first before I put it all over my head...lol. Hopefully it will make a difference, since my hair is so dark. But my roots are a reddish brown, my natural hair color. So, I hope I don't have red roots and brown hair....not sexy.
I always do my entire head...My ends always bounce back after a while.

I'm henna'ing tomorrow night ladies!!!!!
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okay everyone. I think I am going to do it. Finally. x'D Well, I think I would like to cassia every week. How does that sound? Also, when henna stretches our curls that is still classified as wearing it natural. I mean it is not like we are altering our curls patterns? I am sorry I do not fully understand. Because I read that the curl loss can be permenent...so I thought like a perm? What is the difference besides henna being a great condition? I appreciate your help.^_^

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