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Old 01-20-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
 
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Default I hennaed my hair today! Couple of questions please.

I used amla as well. Right now, the grey roots are quite bright. I hope it tones down a bit in a couple of days. It's great that it is natural, but not so sure about the smell. Also, it made my hair kind of feel like straw afterwards.

Is there protein in henna?

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
 
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I used amla as well. Right now, the grey roots are quite bright. I hope it tones down a bit in a couple of days. It's great that it is natural, but not so sure about the smell. Also, it made my hair kind of feel like straw afterwards.

Is there protein in henna?

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Henna acts like a protein, filling in spots in your hair strengthening it...so that may be why your hair feels the way it does.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
 
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I used amla as well. Right now, the grey roots are quite bright. I hope it tones down a bit in a couple of days. It's great that it is natural, but not so sure about the smell. Also, it made my hair kind of feel like straw afterwards.

Is there protein in henna?

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Henna acts like a protein, filling in spots in your hair strengthening it...so that may be why your hair feels the way it does.
Ok, thanks...will the color mellow in a few days, do you know?
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I'm honestly not sure about the color. Hopefully someone can chime in!

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
 
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It takes a few days for the color to oxidize and settle. If you are looking for more color then you might not want to use Amla since this tones the red down.
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It takes a few days for the color to oxidize and settle. If you are looking for more color then you might not want to use Amla since this tones the red down.

I wanted to tone the red and preserve my curls so I did use amla. But my greys are coppery. I hope they darken to more auburn. Is that unrealistic?
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:04 PM   #7
 
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It will take 48 hrs for the henna to oxidize. The red should turn more dark and deeper colour. Immediately after colouring with henna the colour is always brighter and more orangy. Hope you will be more happy with the colour after it is "ready".


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1. You have protein sensitive hair, that is why it's dry. Deep condition, oil treatment, etc. It will retain these treatments well so don't worry. Also amla helps. Amla is all you need with henna in regards to adding something acidic if you have protein sensitive hair. 2. Gray hair is a challenge. It will be very orange. I suggest if your goal is auburn, to mix indigo with it. It will make your gray retain deeper color. 3.Your hair will darken for a few days then it will fade. If you want to hold and build an auburn it takes awhile, but it's possible.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #9
 
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First, congrats! Your hair looks lovely

Man, henna is a project with a challenging smell lol. About the color: it's true that the henna in your hair will oxidize over time and darken some as it does. You have to give it up to four days before you fully believe what your eyes are showing you My grays started out the way yours did (brassy orange). ... Depending on the lawsone content of the henna you used, your grays could even turn into a deep auburn.

Someone recommended I add indigo when I hennaed (for burgundy) and in retrospect I'm happy I didn't because if you accidentally darken your hair too much, there's no going back. Better to try a henna w/a high lawsone content first and possibly have to add a little more dye later. Plus, unless you're looking for a brown or black result, indigo is an added expense and another step in an already tedious process IMO.

The dryness of your hair will probably be remedied by your next conditioning session or by a DC. The henna coats the hair cuticle, so you should also notice increased definition and shine. The dryness isn't indicative of "protein sensitivity". One appears to have nothing to do with the other. My hair loves protein but it's a little dry too after hennaing.

Hope you love the results you see in a few days!
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I think the straw like feeling is because henna opens up the cuticle to deposit the color inside the hair shaft. (At least I think that's how it works). I've foudn that rinsing with loads of conditioner, leaving conditioner on the hair, and loading it with coconut oil (so that it looks "greasy" for a day or overnight) gets rid of the straw feeling really fast.

The red will darken but will still be red. Hopefully it will be cool looking red "highlights"
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:59 AM   #11
 
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I'm a henna-addict since august 2010
The color will became less orange in 3 or 4 days, if you want whites not so orange you can try a mix of 70%henna+30%indigo.
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