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Old 10-20-2009, 05:53 PM   #21
 
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Amla gave me thickness and definition, but when I mixed it with brahmi and maka, my hair started to grow amazingly. I'm in love with these ayurvedic herbs.
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Are these safe for color-treated hair? I have done research, but can't find anything on it. If it darkens I may have to reconsider.
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The darkening happens over time. If you use it every week, the darkening may happen quicker. However, if you use it monthly, you may not experience the darkening as fast.
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What results have you noticed? How often do you do the treatment?
Definitely thicker hair, stronger hair, and less shedding all over the place. I also personally notice more shine to my hair and it looks darker. I'm also getting good hair growth.

I was doing a paste treatment once a week, then I recently tried slowing down to every other week. If I go longer, my hair immediately protests and starts acting crazy - tangles, shedding, demands more product to stay moisturized.

I'm going to start doing tea rinses in between paste treatments, just so I can still get the herbal goodness every week, but cut down on the amount of time spent on my hair every week.

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Are these safe for color-treated hair? I have done research, but can't find anything on it. If it darkens I may have to reconsider.
I don't see much about people who use these herbs on their color treated hair unless its in relation to henna/indigo, not chemically colored hair. The only thing I can say for certain is that I have noticed more of a sheen to my already dark hair and I do believe there has been a darkening to it. It's a property of amla and bhringraj, so you probably want to take that into consideration. It won't happen in one application, and you won't get dramatic jet black hair, but over time, the darkening becomes noticeable.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:26 AM   #25
 
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I also purchased my ayurvedic powders from EkuaSoul's store--awesome shipping time.

I am glad I read this thread. I used a mixture of amla, brahmi, kapoor kachli, maka and shikakai the last two weeks. I now know not to add the shikakai. Is there anything counterproductive to adding the kapoor kachli? I love how it fragrances my hair--light and pleasant.
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Actually, www.ayurnaturalbeauty.com IS correct... you've been gone so long you missed the new site launch.



I still have the ecrater store too for a while.

See, these are the cons to ordering in bulk. If I hadn't ordered so much freakin powder, I would have checked out this new site by now.

LOL! Buying in bulk (from Ayurnatural Beauty) is still awesome as you get free shipping. Weren't you notified via email about the site?
I went back and checked my email and I was. But I get sooooooooo much mail from places I online shop (GAP, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Victoria's Secret, Barnes and Noble, Borders, you get the picture...) that I just look over the emails and don't read them or I even highlight them all and throw them away.
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I also purchased my ayurvedic powders from EkuaSoul's store--awesome shipping time.

I am glad I read this thread. I used a mixture of amla, brahmi, kapoor kachli, maka and shikakai the last two weeks. I now know not to add the shikakai. Is there anything counterproductive to adding the kapoor kachli? I love how it fragrances my hair--light and pleasant.
I've used kapoor kachli and the only thing I had to watch was how much of it I used. The first time I used mostly all kapoor kachli and it took a while for me to get all the grit out (granted I didn't let the mixture sit long either).

Other than that, I love that it kills the smell of the stinkier pastes and whenever I use it, my hair comes out fragrant and fluffy. It has such a pleasing smell to it.
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:18 PM   #28
 
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I'm am so interested in my hair not shedding as fast, at my crown my hair is noticably thinner. I am currently wearing updos with my twists to hide it. I am not interest in the darkening. I'm just started to get others to notice my henna. I will give up my burgundish color for a fuller fro any day though.

So how much of this are folks mixing for one treatment because a box is only 50g. I use 200 g of henna in one application.
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I'm am so interested in my hair not shedding as fast, at my crown my hair is noticably thinner. I am currently wearing updos with my twists to hide it. I am not interest in the darkening. I'm just started to get others to notice my henna. I will give up my burgundish color for a fuller fro any day though.

So how much of this are folks mixing for one treatment because a box is only 50g. I use 200 g of henna in one application.
I can usually get 2-3 uses of the a box of maka, but again, I am using more amla and brahmi in relation.
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I'm am so interested in my hair not shedding as fast, at my crown my hair is noticably thinner. I am currently wearing updos with my twists to hide it. I am not interest in the darkening. I'm just started to get others to notice my henna. I will give up my burgundish color for a fuller fro any day though.

So how much of this are folks mixing for one treatment because a box is only 50g. I use 200 g of henna in one application.
I only about about 2 tsps at most due to its drying properties. I've found my length of hair, it works. My hair is shorter than yours.
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:18 PM   #31
 
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I started using henna last year to bulk up my hair,I recently came across the ayurvedic spin off thread i made it to page 16 before my vision went funny...lol.
I want to try these are they safe over henna? Tomorrow is my birthday and this possible purchase is my b-day present to myself.
Which one is best for moisture and thickness?
I took the dosha test, 4 of them i think.
I am Predominantly Vata with some Pitta.I am looking for growth and thickness any advice on which ones i should get?
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #32
 
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For growth and thickness, I'd recommend Amla and Brahmi as I've seen awesome growth from using these two powders.
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Definitely, amla and brahmi, but you can also add maka (bhringraj) powder for growth as well.

General benefits of the powders:

Amla - Nourishment, Thick hair, dark hair, helps with hair fall. Amla also really helps with maintaining curls.

Brahmi - Thick hair, strong roots, really helps with hair fall and shedding

Bhringraj (Hesh Maka) - Strength and growth, dark hair. Some people report great curl definition, ie "ringlets" with some elongation.

Amla can be used alone, but for me, it has more impact when partnered with brahmi. I have used them in equal amounts and one a little more than the other. When it comes to shedding, again, for me, brahmi really helps with that.

Experimenting is really the only way to know what will work for your hair when it comes to mixes and ratios, but hopefully this will help some.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:11 PM   #34
 
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Thank you... I am buying those three tomorrow plus the Kapoor Kachli for fragrance.Any suggestions on skin care for dry skin? I have been browsing your website all night, but there are so many powders to choose from and i am impulsive..lol.That is why i am waiting until tomorrow to buy,does the powder expire? once mixed how long before it goes bad?
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Thank you... I am buying those three tomorrow plus the Kapoor Kachli for fragrance.Any suggestions on skin care for dry skin? I have been browsing your website all night, but there are so many powders to choose from and i am impulsive..lol.That is why i am waiting until tomorrow to buy,does the powder expire? once mixed how long before it goes bad?
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The powders unopened/unmixed expire 3 years from the manufacture date. All were manufactured this year. So, end of 2011, into 2012 is when they would expire. When I open a bag, anything I don't used, I put back into the box and put the box into a ziploc storage bag to keep fresh.

If you leave your mixture sitting out for more than a day, it has a good chance of going bad as some have already tried this and experienced it. Outside of henna, there's no reason to have these herbs sitting for longer than a few hours. (I let mine sit for all of 30 minutes, maybe an hour if I'm doing some things) There's no dye waiting to be released - just mix well and apply.

If you have any leftover paste, you can freeze it for use the next time. Just thaw overnight or the morning of - when the paste is room temp, you can mix more with it or just use what you thawed if its enough for your planned treatment.
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Definitely, amla and brahmi, but you can also add maka (bhringraj) powder for growth as well.

General benefits of the powders:

Amla - Nourishment, Thick hair, dark hair, helps with hair fall. Amla also really helps with maintaining curls.

Brahmi - Thick hair, strong roots, really helps with hair fall and shedding

Bhringraj (Hesh Maka) - Strength and growth, dark hair. Some people report great curl definition, ie "ringlets" with some elongation.

Amla can be used alone, but for me, it has more impact when partnered with brahmi. I have used them in equal amounts and one a little more than the other. When it comes to shedding, again, for me, brahmi really helps with that.

Experimenting is really the only way to know what will work for your hair when it comes to mixes and ratios, but hopefully this will help some.

Thank you so much for the breakdown!! Off to ordering some right now!

Also, how do you apply? With your hands or a brush? And do you use water or oil?

Great thread!
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Amla gave me thickness and definition, but when I mixed it with brahmi and maka, my hair started to grow amazingly. I'm in love with these ayurvedic herbs.
Yay!!!

Thanks for your reviews!!!!!
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You're are welcome. In response to your question, I may not be Ekua, but I hope that you don't mind. I usually apply my pastes with hands. In that manner I could actually 'feel' where the paste is going and have more control over how much a section needs. I add water and sometimes a little oil. I haven't used oil for a while since my hair is responding well to the paste with water. Today, I experimented by adding coconut milk instead of water. I'm excited to see the results.
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Just got my maka and amla.That was Super Speedy.(I think I ordered on thursday or late wednesday) The only sad thing is I had just hennaed and deep conditioned when the mail lady knocked on the door. I normally wash on Sunday but I'm going to the Miss Jessies event. Thank you so much Ekua. That's fantastic customer service!
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:33 PM   #40
 
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I can't find Maka, Kapoor Kachli, or Hibiscus powder on the ground, and just ordered from Ayunatural along with some other powders.

I've been using an herbal henna that contains Maka, Brahmi, Methi, Amla, and a few other powders, but it will be nice to make my own mixes from scratch instead of doctoring the prepared herbal henna mixes I find on the ground.
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