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Old 06-16-2010, 05:45 AM   #1
 
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Last week I used henna on my hair mixed with lemon. And now I have lost all my curls. Can anyone please advice me what to do?
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:45 AM   #2
 
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Just have patience. Henna relaxes my hair pretty significantly, but the effect typically only lasts about a week, then another week for my curls to spring back.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:27 PM   #3
 
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Try doing a deep treatment. Henna can be rather drying and that can contribute to lost curl.

If the curls don't perk back up in a week or so, you could do an amla treatment. It boosts curl significantly. You can also add amla to your henna mix to keep it from straightening your hair. It doesn't affect the color appreciably.

I also found that after hennaing, I had to use different products. Henna made my hair much less porous so suddenly my regular routine didn't work. Had to lay off the protein and use lighter conditioners for a while. Of course, after bleaching my henna out I'm right back in porous-land.
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:45 PM   #4
 
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As Salamander & Curlytoast said - give it a little time. Henna can be drying so make sure you're using rich conditioners. It that isn't enough try amla.

P.S. I don't henna anymore because I needed to tone it down with buxus which I had a terrible allergic reaction to.
I was sorry not to be able to use natural plant dyes but vanity prevailed. I use Robert Craig now....

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Old 06-16-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
 
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You have thick, potentially coarse hair, so perhaps this will work for you, as well . . .

After the initial rinse and multiple CO-washings, I resolve not to wash my hair for about a week, to give the henna time to oxidize (which is what embiggens the color molecules and traps them in the cuticle. In my head, this leads to stronger color. In actuality, not so sure. :P) During that time, I just assume that I'm going to rocking a big wave, and I go bonkers with the coconut oil. Every day (I have to pull my hair back the first 2 days, regardless) when dry, scrunched lightly into damp hair, and every night before bed. It's nice to have a bit of a different look, the coconut oil helps rehydrate, and it keeps it shiny and frizz-free.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:52 PM   #6
 
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As a person who has consumed mostly organic food most of her life, I think henna is horrible for hair in general. My experience has been that modern hair color treatment formulations are designed with the latest scientific knowledge about the chemistry of hair and are far less harsh and disruptive than henna.

I just used L'Oreal Excellence Creme this week and the results have been excellent. My hair was basically identical to the way it was before treatment right after the treatment. No disruption to my normal cleaning/conditioning/touchup regimen.
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My experience has been exactly the opposite -- always healthier when using henna, as opposed to chem dyes (which, I will say, never really screwed up my hair unless I color corrected / bleached). Beyond that, I just didn't like the way they faded and dulled out. Definitely don't have that problem with henna.

So I think it depends on the person and their priorities for hair color, honestly. I don't think there's anything wrong with chem color, I just prefer the results -- and the condition of my hair -- with henna.
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My experience has been exactly the opposite -- always healthier when using henna, as opposed to chem dyes (which, I will say, never really screwed up my hair unless I color corrected / bleached). Beyond that, I just didn't like the way they faded and dulled out. Definitely don't have that problem with henna.

So I think it depends on the person and their priorities for hair color, honestly. I don't think there's anything wrong with chem color, I just prefer the results -- and the condition of my hair -- with henna.
+1.

Right now I'm in grad school studying chemistry, and I've always been interested in what the ingredients in cosmetics actually do. Almost all box dyes contain PPD (para-phenylenediamine), which is known to cause allergic reactions in skin. Personally, box dyes made my hair look dull, and my hair strands felt rougher and more brittle. On the other hand, I found that the condition of my hair improved with henna usage, i.e. less frizz, less porous, shinier, and a natural-looking color.
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