Experiences with Amla

^^ What you mean by gloss vs a stronger treatment?

Also ladies do you think amla will help with a frizzy crown? I have the least definition/most frizz in my crown area. The curls are there but you'd have to be up close to see due to the frizz factor.
Originally Posted by curlykinkynfrizzy?
I could have my terminologies wrong, but in this thread, I've seen mention of using amla in a conditioner as a gloss, and then as what seems to me a deeper (longer time and stronger strength) treatment. That's what I meant.

As for the frizzies.... YES! I have a problem with crown frizz too. My 1st application, I saw some improvement to the frizz, but nothing to be excited over. This second treatment, there was a noticable difference! So I would definitely recommend to at least try it and see what it does for you.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul

Thank you. I ordered a sample (or the smallest size they have). I will try it out since my crown is my trouble spot. So is a gloss really more like a quick rinse then? Sorry for so many questions. I'm nervous and excited to try it out!
Originally Posted by curlykinkynfrizzy?
no, a gloss is just a diluted treatment because you're adding conditioner or coconut milk. glosses are used primarily to stretch your stash or to recycle prepared paste. you can leave glosses on for varied times. to maximize the benefit, i would recommend leaving a gloss on for longer than a full treatment. but i guess it really depends on what you're hoping to get out of the gloss.

i prefer infrequent full treatments (cost factor) to frequent glosses. as such, i don't bother with glosses. if the consistency of your gloss isn't thick enough, then you end up with a drippy mess. and making pastes of these ayurvedic herbs is messy enough for me.

hth!
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no, a gloss is just a diluted treatment because you're adding conditioner or coconut milk. glosses are used primarily to stretch your stash or to recycle prepared paste. you can leave glosses on for varied times. to maximize the benefit, i would recommend leaving a gloss on for longer than a full treatment. but i guess it really depends on what you're hoping to get out of the gloss.

i prefer infrequent full treatments (cost factor) to frequent glosses. as such, i don't bother with glosses. if the consistency of your gloss isn't thick enough, then you end up with a drippy mess. and making pastes of these ayurvedic herbs is messy enough for me.

hth!
Originally Posted by curlymami
I knew I still had it a little confused... thanks for clearing that up, curlymami!
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I did a Amla gloss yesterday. I just had no time to do a full treatment, so I mixed it into my conditioner and it came out great. I love it! I really missed my Amla. I will do another treatment this coming weekend!
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quick question:

should I be rinsing out my amla tea rinses. I've been reading up on tea rinses on LHCF and a lot of women are comparing them to mini protein treatments. When I make the tea I pour it over my hair and scalp after I rinse out my dt and then leave the tea in, style and moisturize my hair, and then Im done.
Should the tea be rinsed out?
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Last edited by Stephanie198907; 05-26-2009 at 06:34 PM.
quick question:

should I be rinsing out my amla tea rinses. I've been reading it up on tea rinses on LHCF and a lot of women are comparing them to mini protein treatments. When I make the tea I pour it over my hair and scalp after I rinse out my dt and then leave the tea in, style and moisturize my hair, and then Im done.
Should the tea be rinsed out?
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907


This sounds like a good idea- a rinse with amla...

Are you noticing anything funny like breakage, roughness, dryness?

When I did the vinegar rinses I wouldn't rinse with water all the time afterwards.

If it isn't bothering anything...

I have been curious about mixing amla with an aloe gel and honey and using it as a leave in instead of making paste or gloss.
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quick question:

should I be rinsing out my amla tea rinses. I've been reading it up on tea rinses on LHCF and a lot of women are comparing them to mini protein treatments. When I make the tea I pour it over my hair and scalp after I rinse out my dt and then leave the tea in, style and moisturize my hair, and then Im done.
Should the tea be rinsed out?
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907


This sounds like a good idea- a rinse with amla...

Are you noticing anything funny like breakage, roughness, dryness?

When I did the vinegar rinses I wouldn't rinse with water all the time afterwards.

If it isn't bothering anything...

I have been curious about mixing amla with an aloe gel and honey and using it as a leave in instead of making paste or gloss.
Originally Posted by Prettycurls
I have the ususal amount of breakage(transitioning) which is not a lot at all. Just a few broken hairs when i detangle but nothing more than that. My hair is neither dry or rough so I guess the tea rinses can't be doing that bad. I was just worried I might be doing a protein overload since my moisturizing dt has protein in it as well. My tea rinses are a pretty diluted mixture, 4 tblspns of amla and 1 of orange (slip,softness) and 3 cups of hot water. No negative side effects so far
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no, a gloss is just a diluted treatment because you're adding conditioner or coconut milk. glosses are used primarily to stretch your stash or to recycle prepared paste. you can leave glosses on for varied times. to maximize the benefit, i would recommend leaving a gloss on for longer than a full treatment. but i guess it really depends on what you're hoping to get out of the gloss.

i prefer infrequent full treatments (cost factor) to frequent glosses. as such, i don't bother with glosses. if the consistency of your gloss isn't thick enough, then you end up with a drippy mess. and making pastes of these ayurvedic herbs is messy enough for me.

hth!
Originally Posted by curlymami
I knew I still had it a little confused... thanks for clearing that up, curlymami!
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul

tHANKS.......I was confused too lol...
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quick question:

should I be rinsing out my amla tea rinses. I've been reading up on tea rinses on LHCF and a lot of women are comparing them to mini protein treatments. When I make the tea I pour it over my hair and scalp after I rinse out my dt and then leave the tea in, style and moisturize my hair, and then Im done.
Should the tea be rinsed out?
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907
I typically do a final water rinse after I do tea rinses when I get heavy handed with the teas and my hair ends up feeling slightly stiff, somewhat similar to a protein treatment. A final rinse helps me get rid of that feeling.
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So...I havn't been albe to find amla on the ground...and I refuse to drive all over DC/MD/VA on a hunt for amla. Can you ladies post links of where you purchase your herbs from? i want to do a cost comparison so that I can get the most items from one place and not have to pay a bunch of shipping and handleing.
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To make my amla stretch (I can't buy it on the ground so I have to buy it in bulk online), I use a mixture of 50 grams of Amla mixed with water and just a regular conditioner (Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship has been the latest), honey and EVOO.

It's runny but I just put on a plastic cap and wrap a towel around my neck and leave it in for 45 minutes. Here's my Sunday "ritual/spa day":

Shampoo hair
Rinse
Apply Amla/conditioner mixture, leave in for 45 minutes
Rinse
Apply deep conditioner, Leave in for 20 minutes under heated cap or 1 hour without
Rinse
Put hair in twists, flat twists and/or ponytail

I have cut back henna'ing my hair to about once every 3-4 months (1 because it's expensive and 2 because it loosens my curl pattern)

With the increased amla treatments, I've really seen an increase in thickness, the color of my hair is darker and shinier, I can use less products and my NATURAL CURL PATTERN is enhanced.
Originally Posted by curlykye
Cool...i'm going to have to try that out...thanks ladies! Ok...next question...where do you purchase your amla from? I can get henna on the ground here in DC (but I hate arguing with the indian lady trying to pass me off Jamila 2002 crop instead of the "good" stuff like I'm an idot)...so I would rather just buy in bulk online.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I know you asked for an online store but I've never purchased amla online. I did use an indian grocer locater and found a few in my area that carried the powders:http://diggsamachar.com/grocery/grocery.htm

hope it helps.
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907
I buy my Amla powder in bulk from here:

http://www.theindianfoodstore.com/he...l-powders.html
Originally Posted by curlykye

OMG thank you for this!! The amla I bought at mehandi.com was like $10 per 100g. I don't know why they are so expensive but considering I plan to use amla for LIFE, this low price suits me just fine!!
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
and i bought in bulk at amazon.com. i think next time i order i'll use curlykye's vendor since they have all the powders and i can mix and match for the same cost. plus, free shipping with $79 purchase, can't beat that.
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ok so i as a followup i dont think i am ever doing a wash n go again...

i just dont like how my hair turns out the front doesnt curl as much as the back and i think it looks weird

my friend liked it i had no second day hair i had a huge mishapen fro with defined curls in the back

i do think the kccc gave me great shine and hold but yeah my hair wasn't a fan of being out
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So...I havn't been albe to find amla on the ground...and I refuse to drive all over DC/MD/VA on a hunt for amla. Can you ladies post links of where you purchase your herbs from? i want to do a cost comparison so that I can get the most items from one place and not have to pay a bunch of shipping and handleing.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Amazon has a special on Hesh Amla, buy 5 get 1 free. Shipping these days is costly but try to find an online vendor close to your home state to cut down on costs.
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So...I havn't been albe to find amla on the ground...and I refuse to drive all over DC/MD/VA on a hunt for amla. Can you ladies post links of where you purchase your herbs from? i want to do a cost comparison so that I can get the most items from one place and not have to pay a bunch of shipping and handleing.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Amazon has a special on Hesh Amla, buy 5 get 1 free. Shipping these days is costly but try to find an online vendor close to your home state to cut down on costs.
Originally Posted by MochaTai
Just a note...I've purchased through the Buy 5, Get 1 free on Amazon as well. The trick though is that the vendor charges the shipping costs per box of Amla. I think the shipping cost is like $3.99 so they multiply that by the 6 boxes...which I think is SOOOOO bogus. So I think it actually came out cheaper for me to just buy from the Indian Food Store I mentioned above.

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ok so i as a followup i dont think i am ever doing a wash n go again...

i just dont like how my hair turns out the front doesnt curl as much as the back and i think it looks weird

my friend liked it i had no second day hair i had a huge mishapen fro with defined curls in the back

i do think the kccc gave me great shine and hold but yeah my hair wasn't a fan of being out
Originally Posted by hypnotic
Aww man.... did the amla at least make a difference to your hair? Was your hair still wet when you went to bed? If so, that could have been a part of it too.

I don't like how long it takes KCCC to dry, the first day crunchiness, and that couldn't use my regular products with it since it doesn't like oils. However, it has softened over the last 2 days. I've been able to use a little moisturizer product over it without disturbing the hair and it still looks really good. I can see why people are a fan of KCCC. If I could get it to dry faster, I'd probably use it more often.
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So...I havn't been albe to find amla on the ground...and I refuse to drive all over DC/MD/VA on a hunt for amla. Can you ladies post links of where you purchase your herbs from? i want to do a cost comparison so that I can get the most items from one place and not have to pay a bunch of shipping and handleing.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Amazon has a special on Hesh Amla, buy 5 get 1 free. Shipping these days is costly but try to find an online vendor close to your home state to cut down on costs.
Originally Posted by MochaTai
Just a note...I've purchased through the Buy 5, Get 1 free on Amazon as well. The trick though is that the vendor charges the shipping costs per box of Amla. I think the shipping cost is like $3.99 so they multiply that by the 6 boxes...which I think is SOOOOO bogus. So I think it actually came out cheaper for me to just buy from the Indian Food Store I mentioned above.
Originally Posted by curlykye

there are two vendors on amazon that sells a box of 10 with flat rate shipping for the package, not the box! i ordered mine from herbal garden on amazon
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ok so i as a followup i dont think i am ever doing a wash n go again...

i just dont like how my hair turns out the front doesnt curl as much as the back and i think it looks weird

my friend liked it i had no second day hair i had a huge mishapen fro with defined curls in the back

i do think the kccc gave me great shine and hold but yeah my hair wasn't a fan of being out
Originally Posted by hypnotic
Aww man.... did the amla at least make a difference to your hair? Was your hair still wet when you went to bed? If so, that could have been a part of it too.

I don't like how long it takes KCCC to dry, the first day crunchiness, and that couldn't use my regular products with it since it doesn't like oils. However, it has softened over the last 2 days. I've been able to use a little moisturizer product over it without disturbing the hair and it still looks really good. I can see why people are a fan of KCCC. If I could get it to dry faster, I'd probably use it more often.
Originally Posted by EkuaSoul
actually i really like the product in the BACK not the front lol i should have taken a pic but i didnt like it...

i actually sat still for two hours before i even got dressed or ate...anyway i got to the party at 11 i think i was done with my hair at 6ish so it was pretty dry

the amla was great like i said earlier...my hair was really curly, it just doesnt stay curly when it dries lol

anyway i ended up putting my hair in big twists on the 2nd day (actually too big) they were not staying so i redid them just now. i probably will not even touch my hair till monday depending on what happens at the gym
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i mixed too much so i put it in the freezer

should i just take it out the night before to defrost in the fridge and go about it the same way as if it was freshly mixed?
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i mixed too much so i put it in the freezer

should i just take it out the night before to defrost in the fridge and go about it the same way as if it was freshly mixed?
Originally Posted by hypnotic
That's exactly what I do. I always make too much cause I don't want to have to worry about running out while I'm applying. I do my amla treatments on Saturday. I take the frozen container out on Thursday night or Friday morning. When I come home from work on Friday evening, it has thawed by then and I mix more amla powder and water/coconut milk with it. Let that sit all night and Saturday morning, I'm ready to go! I also throw in a tablespoon of honey right before I apply it....
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Ok the smell is killing me!

I had no idea that this had a smell. And i had no idea that this would look like mud! HAHAHA

I washed with back soap and mixed them all together - the amla, brhami and bringraj.

I did 4 tablespoons of amla, 2 of brahmi, and 1 of bringraj. I added water first, then some suave conditioner, and then I added honey.

It wasn't the consitency of frosting, but it wasn't as runny as a soup or rinse.

I could tell a difference when I instantly applied it bc my hair started to form larger clumps. Some of the damaged ends began to blend in as far as thickness goes.


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