oh no hair turned straight after henna

Hi,

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?
2nd time CG since May 11th, 2011

Coarse hair, high porosity, normal elasticity, density thick

cowash: kruitvat conditioning
condish: inecto coconut Condis, de tuinen cocos, dr orgnics, JC Aloeba
leave in: KCNT, JC Aloeba, Inecto, de tuinen cocos
Curlcreme: JCRR, JCCC, Boots, nut sure of CJ CCC. Like: KCCC when I use it with the smasters technique , boots and loreal studio line gel. JCRR, JCCC.
Gel: loreal invisigel, or BRHG

Can only use KCCC with the smasters technique

LOVE: honey
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.
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.
2a/b right now; 2c when it's longer
Fine/iii density/high porosity

Current favorites:
Suave Naturals Coconut co-wash
GVP Protein Restructuring Conditioner
GVP Conditioning Balm
Eco-Styler, LALSG, BRHG, Garnier Curl Shaping Spray Gel
ACV rinse 1x per week
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....

Good luck!
Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Summer routine - icequeen method and loving CJ Aloe Fix Lite, diluted with a few drops of water for frizz control and clumping.
Curl Junkie conditioners, Elucence moisture balancing conditioner, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ Curl Queen, UFDCM,
Weekly PT (CJ Repair Me) & DT
CG since Aug. 08, still a lot to learn

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.
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.
natural CG for a very long time!

Cleanser: DevaCurl No Poo
Conditioner: AOHR
Leave-in: AOHR, very light amount of KCKT on ends when having tangling issues
Daily touch up: spray made with 1x AOHR 10x H2O
Deep Moisturizing: DevaCurl Heaven in Hair or one ripe avocado

2c/3a
high porosity
medium texture
medium to high density
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.
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.
Originally Posted by CurlyToast
+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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