Experiences with Henna?

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I just completed my 4th henna treatment. I think I love it. The shine, thickness and color is incredible, although I am experiencing a little dryness. I may go back to adding a little oil to my routine.

I'm not sure if I have the process down just yet. Last night I used CurlyNikki's green tea recipe and rinsed it out this morning with Eucelence Moisturizing conditioner. Are you supposed to shampoo it out or cowash it? I never feel like the henna is entirely rinsed out and I've tried both.

I apologize in advance if this has already been addressed.
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Well i ordered the punjabi prime henna from Catherine last night I brought 500g i hope that is enough for 4 heads (I am having my mom come over too),I cant wait until it gets here...We are going to do a whole beauty night with facials and hennaed heads,now i have to find the most moisturizing recipes,any suggestions?Has anyone used this particular henna? what did you think of it?
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I got a box cassia and wasn't happy with how it turned out so I 300g from the Mehandi site I think that henna in the box was old so I hoping for much better luck with this one my plan it is do it every other week for a while
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i finally got some jamila henna 2008 crop. it's more of a brownish green color rather than green like the other brand i used. it is staining because i tested a spot on my hand. just wondering if this is how it's supposed to look.
ok, i dont know if this has been asked yet, but how do you get rid of the henna smell? i dunno, maybe im not washing it all out, but whenever i do it, i get this smell like, i dunno, bacon or something, and if i put anything else on my hair it really just smells worse...

anybody else experience this? usually i dip my head and then wash the henna out in the shower, but this last time i spent an hour working cheap conditioner thru my whole head/hair in an effort to wash it all out. then i wash with giovanni's. i dont remember seeing any residue left, but i could be wrong...

or could it be the fact that i mixed deva onec and shea butter together? (the shea butter i bought off this dude selling african items and i got a bigass tub for $5...i should've known the stuff wasn't the pure unrefined kind...)

stupid henna. you better be glad you make my hair sexy, otherwise it would be so over lol
Sam, you're hilarious. I wish I could help! My hair smells like bacon right now, lol.
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Has anyone else tried this henna from Catherine`s?How long does your henna take to get to you via Mehandhi.com?
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Has anyone’s curly pattern loosened from henna-ing? I’ve done two henna treatments and this past one loosened a patch of my curls, poo-ey. Is there something I use so they revert back?
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It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it []. The hard... is what makes it great. -- Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

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Hello. I'm very new here. I started trying to read the entire thread, but then my cassia from catherine got here so quickly! What's the best way to do a cassia treatment? should I shampoo my hair first/ co-wash? Should I apply the cassia directly after the shampoo, or after a conditioning? Should I add evoo and/honey? How long should I keep it on my hair for? A lot of questions, I know! also- my hair is long but thin and more wavy/ frizzy than curly, how much should i use? I ordered 500.

thanks!

btw, curlynikki- I LOVE your blog!
Has anyone’s curly pattern loosened from henna-ing? I’ve done two henna treatments and this past one loosened a patch of my curls, poo-ey. Is there something I use so they revert back?
Originally Posted by KinkyPJ
mine did! Ive been hennaing for the last 2 months prob a total of 10 times altogether, and my curls got really loose. I tried to do a angela davis fro the other day, and it looked so wack its not even funny...well it was funny cuz it was floppy as hell, no "70's black power" left in it @ all lol
So, I did my henna on Saturday. I did the mix with chamomile tea, let it sit for 1hr, mixed in a few tbs of honey. Then I applied it, let it sit over night, co-washed it out with suave and dt'd with suave humectant mixed with evoo and honey for 3 hrs.

My hair is soooooooo dry! I don't know what I did wrong. I have pretty dark, almost black hair so i didn't expect to have any color, but I didn't see any difference in shine or manageability. And the dryness... OMG! My hair is already pretty dry, and I have been working on that. But is there anything that I can use for moisture?

I just wound up putting in some Giovanni Direct(which also doesn't really do anything for my hair) and twisting my hair with a shea butter concoction I made.

Should I mix some oil or something with the henna to help?

(thanx for reading throught the rant to find my question. I will have to post something else to help with my "dry hair" problem)
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Has anyone’s curly pattern loosened from henna-ing? I’ve done two henna treatments and this past one loosened a patch of my curls, poo-ey. Is there something I use so they revert back?
Originally Posted by KinkyPJ
mine did! Ive been hennaing for the last 2 months prob a total of 10 times altogether, and my curls got really loose. I tried to do a angela davis fro the other day, and it looked so wack its not even funny...well it was funny cuz it was floppy as hell, no "70's black power" left in it @ all lol
Originally Posted by sam1082
Yep it loosens the curl on some folks hair but not everyone. Its so unpredictible. Same recipe and brand every time does not = same results at all. Some curlies have posted that Henna has no affect on their curl pattern. I don't plan to stop Hennaing even though I no longer have any curls to speak of because I don't want to show my gray hair yet. I practice with different natural styles and sometimes just zap it with my Sedu Flat Iron. I must say the Henna has made my hair really easy to flat iron after air drying. It also takes well to roller sets and twisting and especially to straw sets. If I'm out of time I just let it air dry and then pick it out with a regular pick from Wal-Mart. I must say my hair is stronger and barely a hair breaks off in my pick. It looks OK and to tell the truth I get compliments from nonblacks every single time I just air dry and pick. They ask me what did I do to my hair thinking the twistouts and strawsets etc. are the regular and the natural is something new. I just say thanks. I don't talk about hair in the office.
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So, I did my henna on Saturday. I did the mix with chamomile tea, let it sit for 1hr, mixed in a few tbs of honey. Then I applied it, let it sit over night, co-washed it out with suave and dt'd with suave humectant mixed with evoo and honey for 3 hrs.

My hair is soooooooo dry! I don't know what I did wrong. I have pretty dark, almost black hair so i didn't expect to have any color, but I didn't see any difference in shine or manageability. And the dryness... OMG! My hair is already pretty dry, and I have been working on that. But is there anything that I can use for moisture?

I just wound up putting in some Giovanni Direct(which also doesn't really do anything for my hair) and twisting my hair with a shea butter concoction I made.

Should I mix some oil or something with the henna to help?

(thanx for reading throught the rant to find my question. I will have to post something else to help with my "dry hair" problem)
Originally Posted by Kinky DaySha
I actually haven't had any luck with the moisture benefits of henna. I henna'd recently (for the 2nd time in a few months) and it dried my hair out sooo horribly. It was like hay. Dry, brittle, no shine, just hard hair. As sad as it is, henna is just like any other hair product in that it isn't for everyone. I've cassia'd before and gotten softer results, but looking back it was probably the olive oil/deep treatment mix that did the trick. It took about a week and daily shea butter mix applications to get my hair back into soft shape after that henna - and I've still got a ways to go. You may not have done anything wrong. Henna just may not be for you. Sorry. You're not alone though! I've read of a few members who have had the same problems.
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First of all I have to agree with guyanagirl that this thread is a wee bit overwhelming, in a good way though. There just so much info to weed through..

Anyway heres the deal..

I went to India in August and of course did some shopping there. I saw henna at the supermarket over there and with my limited knowledge of henna picked up anything that said all natural. The name of the henna I picked up in called KHADI HERBAL MEHNDI

Here are the ingredients:

Lawsonia inermis, Shikakai, embilica officinalis, sapindus trifoliatus, santalum album, terminalia chebula, bacopa monnieri, ocimum sanctum, terminalia bellrica, acacia catechu, and azadirachat indica..

I know pretty deep, lol. They all natural, but is all of it henna, and if not, is that a problem. I have not tried it yet but I would like to. I was hoping you wonderful ladies would help me out. Another interesting thing to note is that this henna is "dark brown". I have 1300 grams of this stuff.

Now some other questions:

What are the benefits of using henna? I heard thickness but my hair is pretty thick already and I also heard it loosens your curls..is this true?
What kind of precedures to you take when preparing your henna? I heard some mention herbal tea.
How often should I use it?

I posted some new pictures on fotki just to give you a idea of where my hair is at now more or less...

Thanks gals!
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Last edited by Nelda; 10-22-2008 at 10:24 PM.
First of all I have to agree with guyanagirl that this thread is a wee bit overwhelming, in a good way though. There just so much info to weed through..

Anyway heres the deal..

I went to India in August and of course did some
shopping there.

Damn, I'm jealous!!

I saw henna at the supermarket over there and with my limited knowledge of henna picked up anything that said all natural. The name of the henna I picked up in called KHADI HERBAL MEHNDI

Here are the ingredients:

Lawsonia inermis, Shikakai, embilica officinalis, sapindus trifoliatus, santalum album, terminalia chebula, bacopa monnieri, ocimum sanctum, terminalia bellrica, acacia catechu, and azadirachat indica..

I know pretty deep, lol. They all natural, but is all of it henna, and if not, is that a problem. I have not tried it yet but I would like to. I was hoping you wonderful ladies would help me out. Another interesting thing to note is that this henna is "dark brown". I have 1300 grams of this stuff.

Ill let other more experienced users comment on this but i "think" henna is just supposed 2 say henna on the box as far as ingredients, and is supposed to be kinda light green. ive used a couple different brands from online and from the pakistani stores in my area and all of them were the same color/texture and didn't specify the color on the box.

Now some other questions:

What are the benefits of using henna? I heard thickness but my hair is pretty thick already and I also heard it loosens your curls..is this true?

Henna loosened my curls, and my hair feels softer and more manageable. I haven't seen any additional thickness, though. I think it varies per person.

What kind of precedures to you take when preparing your henna? I heard some mention herbal tea.

I do like CNik(shout out! lol) and add enough green tea to make it pudding like or slightly thicker. It makes it way easy to apply, imo. I also throw in a lil honey just cuz i heard someone else was doing it and im a follower...lol nah, i do it cuz it's supposed to add moisture

How often should I use it?

I did it 3 times in my first week, 2/week for the next 3 weeks, then 1/week for a month after that. I'm on 2x/month now. That's what was advised to me and it def worked, but you gotta go with what works for you.


I posted some new pictures on fotki just to give you a idea of where my hair is at now more or less...

Thanks gals!
Originally Posted by Nelda

dude! you got gorgeous hair! cant wait to see what it looks like with the henna =) best advice i can offer is dont get discouraged after the first application. give it a lil time and youll begin to see the benefits. good luck!
okay well ive tried henna and cassia before and they usually leave my hair feeling awful. i had some leftover neutral henna that i added oil and honey to and let sit on my hair for about 4 or 5 hours. adding the oil and honey really made a huge difference because my hair doesnt feel like tumbleweed! it feels alot thicker and oddly enough, stronger.

the bad news is it has loosened my hair so much that i have barely wavy/straight pieces. i tried scrunching them to encourage the curl, but that didnt work either. how long does it take for henna to wear off??

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