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Old 03-21-2009, 09:26 AM   #21
 
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Also many thread stated it contains mineral oil but I don't see it
It's there.

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Old 03-21-2009, 09:47 AM   #22
 
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I know alma is very conditioning, however I love my red henna color and I'm afraid it will darken my hair.
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I've read that amla enhances curls. What exactly does that mean

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Old 03-21-2009, 05:33 PM   #24
 
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The enhancement of curls, means that your curls are more defined when you use Amla. I tried amla for the first time this week. So far I'm loving it as I got great definition. I'll continue to use it in the coming weeks. I bought 4 boxes of Hesh Amla powder.
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Miss Kitty, so far I haven't had much darkening to my color. I did my third Amla treatment last night and can still see the red hue in my hair, even though I haven't used henna in 2 months.

Mesocurly, what I find is that it doesn't disrupt my curls or loosen them. It enhances them and reduces frizz. It also makes product application a lot easier, and I can use less product with the same curl definition. I don't have ANY products in my hair in either picture.



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Old 03-21-2009, 06:41 PM   #26
 
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Thanks Fleurzty, Then I'll make a tea tonight when I do my hair.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:29 PM   #27
 
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Wow Fleurzty!


I am officially a Fleurzty groupie.


You rock for posting this. I had emailed quite a few ayurvedic centers and asked about several herbs and have gotten no responses - so this post is a breath of fresh air.

And it is with pictures!

I was on the fence about this, but I think I must try it at once.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:46 PM   #28
 
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Hello Deemarie and Jeamaria,



I have heard the same things.

Do you think that maybe the 'drying' is due to the amount used? The length of time it is left on the hair? What it is mixed with? Herbs aren't standardized so maybe some amla is mixed with other products like some forms of henna are?
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:18 PM   #29
 
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Thank you Prettycurls, I have a groupie ! I appreciate the compliments. I agree that practice might have to do with how drying the Amla is. If I leave it in my hair too long, it becomes much more difficult to rinse it out.

On another note, be sure to rub your scalp while rinsing. I scratched my scalp today (lightly) and saw that I had some brown stuff under my nail . Not cute at all! In the future, I will check as soon as my hair is rinsed to make sure it is completely rinsed out of my scalp. I'm also thinking of adding a little brown sugar to my conditioner and gently rub my scalp with it before applying the deep conditioner to my hair.
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Bare with me this last time. One of the things I like about henna is the loosening effect it has on my tightly coiled hair. I stopped putting amla with my henna when I read it enhances curls because I thought it would make my coils tighter (which I DON't want). Amla won't undo the henna loosening effect, right?

So if I'm understanding this right, amla enhancing/defining curls means less frizz, better clumping of strands, right?

BTW Fleurzty, your hair is beautiful.

Someone should write a book "Curly Hair for Dummies" with pictures and definitions. I'd buy it.
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:02 PM   #31
 
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Fleurzty, your hair is so beautiful!!!

I keep meaning to tell you that I love your accent. What's your native language?

I received the Amla you sent me and I might use it tomorrow night. For those of you that don't like the gritty feel, I mix it with a deep conditioner and it gives me the moisture I want and also its easier to apply to my hair.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:27 PM   #32
 
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Thank you Prettycurls, I have a groupie ! I appreciate the compliments. I agree that practice might have to do with how drying the Amla is. If I leave it in my hair too long, it becomes much more difficult to rinse it out.

On another note, be sure to rub your scalp while rinsing. I scratched my scalp today (lightly) and saw that I had some brown stuff under my nail . Not cute at all! In the future, I will check as soon as my hair is rinsed to make sure it is completely rinsed out of my scalp. I'm also thinking of adding a little brown sugar to my conditioner and gently rub my scalp with it before applying the deep conditioner to my hair.


You know I have had issues with scalp build up overall. I have to use a low poo. I tried co-washing and I had white gunk all over my scalp and I called myself really massaging my scalp whenever I co-washed. I was told to never use my nails to scrub my scalp so I was using the pads of my fingers, but maybe that wasn't strong enough.

I have no idea what the buildup was and the last time I had a Ouidad cut, when the stylist took me to the bowl to wash she embarrassed the heck out of me by asking me had I been washing my hair. I kept telling her yes, but with conditioner only. It took a lot for her to get the buildup off my scalp and I stopped co-washing after that and went back to shampoo.

I also exfoiliate my scalp from time to time with a gentle chemical peel to make sure that I am getting everything bc I am just that paranoid now.

But this is a good tip about the Amla.

I was initially confused about Amla thinking that it was a shampoo, but now I have learned that it is a conditioner.

So far I have learned that Aritha, Neem, & Shikakai are all cleansers. Aritha adds strength and Neem is for deep cleansing.

Amla, Bringraj, Brhami, Triphala & Jatamansi all seem to be used as conditioners for moisture and growth.

Bringraj is considered the king of herbs for hair growth and it adds deep moisture.

Brahmi some say is drying, but it is good for growth as well.


I have kind of gathered from my limited research that the ratio of herb to water determines whether is acts as protein on the hair or as a moisturizer. I am trying to get more information about this.

I have also seen it discussed that certain herbs should be mixed in order to counteract those effects. Like Brhami should be mixed with Amla to countereffect its drying. Or Neem should be mixed with Bringraj to do the same.


I hope that I am making some sense. I am trying to get more and more info before I take the plunge, but I am sure that I will take the plunge- soon.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:45 PM   #33
 
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I just brew mine like coffee, let it sit to cool, then spritz on my scalp, massage, rinse with water then poor the remaining all over and repeat rinsing. I don't like the paste. Talk about grit city.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:13 AM   #34
 
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For those wondering about the color. I just posted my latest hair color pictures. My hair is slightly darker but I attribute it to not having henna'ed in about 3 months. You can see from the pictures that even after no henna for this long period, I still have some red hues in my hair with the flash or in the sun.
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I just brew mine like coffee, let it sit to cool, then spritz on my scalp, massage, rinse with water then poor the remaining all over and repeat rinsing. I don't like the paste. Talk about grit city.

Thanks for that tip.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:49 PM   #36
 
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You know I think I may have found out why amla can be so drying.

It contains high concentrations of malic acid. The one that people use in skin peeling. Maybe that is why some people say it such a good exfoilator for the skin.

It also has mucic acid, gallic acid, and ellagic acid.

I have no idea what those all are, but will post when I find out more.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:08 PM   #37
 
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I've been meaning to post these, but life happens. I was able to capture the thickness in my hair after using Amla for a month. My hair wasn't this thick even at its longest. The shine is all butters though. My hair is loving the TLC





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Old 04-08-2009, 09:13 PM   #38
 
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Fleurzty you are sucking me into this Amla thing with your hair pornYour hair looks fantastic! Does the amla affect color? I want to keep my hair nice and white/gray.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:31 AM   #39
 
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Oh Wow! Your hair looks amazing. How often do you use Amla as a treatment?
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My first henna (Karishma brand, which contains amla and brahmi) gave too much of an auburn color because my hair was previously colored. So I decided to start added more alma and brahmi to it. My color toned down to a brownish-auburn which I love. I have also used amla alone and the results were amazing. I got strong, shinny, silky hair. I have decided to do an amla/brahmi deep conditioning bi-weekly from now on.

I also pre-poo with Dabur Amla Gold. It only list amla/almonds and henna as the ingredients. I don't kow if it contains mineral oil . So far, I really like it a lot, but it smells like detergent. I kept it in overnight, used a scarf and two satin bonets, yet I still moved my head everytime my hubby got close to it . I guess I used too much. It's still a keeper for now.
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