Curlies who have used Henna . . .

It's been fun to see all the gorgeous henna heads in this thread. I also use a henna/cassia/indigo mix (Light Mountain brand, shade Light Brown) to warm up my color and tint the greys a light gold.

As others have said in this thread, always make sure you moisturize copiously after using henna as it can be very drying. Also, I've found that leaving henna on my head for a long time makes my fine, wurly curls straighten out. That's why I just tint my hair subtly for a few minutes, rather than doing a proper henna application.

Here are my current recipes:

Root Touch Up:
1/2 cup light brown henna (Light Mountain brand)
2/3 cup boiling water
1/2 t citric acid

Heat water in non-metal container in microwave (don't let any metal touch your ingredients at any time - henna produces funky colors if you do). Mix boiling water with powder and let it sit until cool. Add citric acid, stir well and decant into applicator bottle. Apply to clean, dry roots only. Work in with fingers. Process for 20 minutes. Add some conditioner to henna paste already on head and work through rest of hair. Let sit for 2 mins and rinse out completely using lots of conditioner.

All-Over Henna Gloss:
3T light brown henna (Light Mountain brand)
3T boiling water
Stand until cool
1/2 cup non-silicone conditioner or full-fat, plain yogurt

Mix water and henna in non-metal container. Let it sit until cool. Add conditioner or yogurt and stir very well. Work through all hair and process for 10-20 minutes (depending on porosity of hair). Rinse out completely.

My hair looks somewhat lighter in the attached photo than it does in natural light, but the color is fairly accurate.
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Type: 3a, f, ii/iii, medium porosity, sensitive to certain proteins
Styling: Co-wash, rinse with warm then cold water, scrunch gel into wet curls, gently blot curls with cloth diaper, air dry without disturbing, smooth strays down with gel
Color: Monthly cassia/henna/indigo on roots to disguise greys
Goals: BSL, chemically virgin hair - ACHIEVED!

Last edited by paleocurl; 12-22-2008 at 02:44 PM. Reason: Edited for accuracy
Does your henna not need to sit for 10-12 hours for the dye release like regular BAQ henna does???

Indigo and Cassia work straight after mixing, I think, but henna usually requires that time to let the red dye release.
CG/Mod CG (soap bars) since 8/12/08
CO wash/Cond: Kathymack & Flowermoon Castille soap bars, V05 Chamomile Tea, Suave Ocean Breeze, Biolage Conditioning Balm
Styling loves: DIFFUSING! CK, KCNT, KCCC, FOTE (on dry hair only), Re:coil, Proclaim gel
Not sure about: Boots, Tweek, KBB Milk, DMHJ
HATE: plopping, FOTE on wet hair, BRHG
Does your henna not need to sit for 10-12 hours for the dye release like regular BAQ henna does???

Indigo and Cassia work straight after mixing, I think, but henna usually requires that time to let the red dye release.
Originally Posted by MimsTX
MimsTX, before I answer, I have to mention, I absolutely LOVE your color and texture. I've even bookmarked your fotki account

As for the henna, I've tried all kinds of different brands and methods, and sometimes there wasn't any release until hours later. However, with this shade of the Light Mountain brand there is definitely adequate color release by the time the mixture cools down.

I usually test on a piece of white paper before applying and there's always a delicate marigold stain on the paper after rinsing (sits for 5 mins). It may be that the subtle effect I'm after doesn't need full color release, but I've let the mixture sit for much longer and it worked exactly the same for me.
Type: 3a, f, ii/iii, medium porosity, sensitive to certain proteins
Styling: Co-wash, rinse with warm then cold water, scrunch gel into wet curls, gently blot curls with cloth diaper, air dry without disturbing, smooth strays down with gel
Color: Monthly cassia/henna/indigo on roots to disguise greys
Goals: BSL, chemically virgin hair - ACHIEVED!
Huh.... weird.

lol, I wonder what color it would turn if you left it for the full dye release. (just idle curiousity speaking now).

And thanks! I hate having to disabuse people of the notion that I'm a natural redhead, but I adore what henna's done for my color and shine.
CG/Mod CG (soap bars) since 8/12/08
CO wash/Cond: Kathymack & Flowermoon Castille soap bars, V05 Chamomile Tea, Suave Ocean Breeze, Biolage Conditioning Balm
Styling loves: DIFFUSING! CK, KCNT, KCCC, FOTE (on dry hair only), Re:coil, Proclaim gel
Not sure about: Boots, Tweek, KBB Milk, DMHJ
HATE: plopping, FOTE on wet hair, BRHG
lol, I wonder what color it would turn if you left it for the full dye release. (just idle curiousity speaking now).
Originally Posted by MimsTX
I'm guessing it wouldn't matter too much, since the mix only sits on my head for 20 mins max. That said, I imagine I'd have deep golden/orange hair if it sat on there for a few hours, judging by the colors I've seen when I leave the white paper test for too long. Not gonna test that theory anytime soon!
Type: 3a, f, ii/iii, medium porosity, sensitive to certain proteins
Styling: Co-wash, rinse with warm then cold water, scrunch gel into wet curls, gently blot curls with cloth diaper, air dry without disturbing, smooth strays down with gel
Color: Monthly cassia/henna/indigo on roots to disguise greys
Goals: BSL, chemically virgin hair - ACHIEVED!

Last edited by paleocurl; 12-22-2008 at 03:10 PM. Reason: Fixed formatting
I went the www.hennaforhair.com route for my first time. Have done it twice now, and really am pleased with the results. The second time I added 2Tbsp of indigo to tone down the red a little more, but didn't really notice any difference!!!!! I love how the color gets better, instead of worse like with the chemical colorings plus my scalp also says "thank you"!!!!!

I also have very fine hair, and while my hair does feel more conditioned, it's not weighted down or anything, and it didn't change or relax my curl pattern at all either...

Here are my before/after pics...
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Dulcy
3b fine - modified CG (SLS once a week, no non-water-soluble cones/no -xanes) since Aug 08

Fave Products -
'Poo: NG or Organix 'poos
Cond: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, Tresemme Naturals Moisture/Volumizing, or Suave Naturals, depending on the day!
Leave-in: NG Lavender & Aloe Cond. watered down in a spray bottle
Styling: Giovanni Air Mousse, FOTE Aloe Vera gel mixed with BRHG...
I hated henna! If you have naturally red hair, the result can be scary bright! I could not believe how unnatural it looked. Remember when you color your hair, it is your color PLUS the added color. I did a test strip and thought it was too bright. However, I cut the strip from my hair and left it in the henna over an hour. I figured that I would just apply the henna for 15 minutes and it should be fine. Wrong. I thought the smell was weird - like straw and apple juice (or worse).

I gave it the opportunity to fade/wash out for about 10 days. It still looked unnatural. I went to a salon and asked if they could fix it. He said that they don't dye over henna, because it can cause breakage.

I lived with it until it grew out. It gradually faded. Recently, I put a temp dye over it. The combo did not damage my hair (L'Oreal Color Spa).

It sounds great for some people. I just wanted to share my experience. Try with caution. It isn't for everyone. Trust your test strip. Don't be impatient. If your test strip isn't perfect, keep trying tests... not on your head. Know that henna is a long term commitment.
Henna doesn't wash out - it may fade a little, but it's basically permanent, so DO test your mix(es) on "hair balls". You can color safely over body art grade henna because it is only the vegetable dye from the henna plant - it does not cause breakage even if you color over it. If you use indigo in your mix, however, read up about it very carefully before proceeding.

You don't say whether your's was BAG or not. Henna that is not body art grade can contain all sorts of metals, salts, compounds, etc. and those are what cause problems. Unfortunately, most hair stylists don't know or understand the difference and just shy away from henna altogether to be on the safe side.

As for the smell, it's a dried plant and that's what it smells like - hay or grass clippings. Cinnamon, ginger, and/or cloves - lots of things - can help alleviate a lot of that.

I hated henna! If you have naturally red hair, the result can be scary bright! I could not believe how unnatural it looked. Remember when you color your hair, it is your color PLUS the added color. I did a test strip and thought it was too bright. However, I cut the strip from my hair and left it in the henna over an hour. I figured that I would just apply the henna for 15 minutes and it should be fine. Wrong. I thought the smell was weird - like straw and apple juice (or worse).

I gave it the opportunity to fade/wash out for about 10 days. It still looked unnatural. I went to a salon and asked if they could fix it. He said that they don't dye over henna, because it can cause breakage.

I lived with it until it grew out. It gradually faded. Recently, I put a temp dye over it. The combo did not damage my hair (L'Oreal Color Spa).

It sounds great for some people. I just wanted to share my experience. Try with caution. It isn't for everyone. Trust your test strip. Don't be impatient. If your test strip isn't perfect, keep trying tests... not on your head. Know that henna is a long term commitment.
Originally Posted by ringlets of fire
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

Last edited by auntnett; 07-27-2009 at 10:26 AM.
I'm definately going to try this. I already have strawberry blonde but I'm looking for a more natural way to keep it vibrant. Great post!
So I have officially taken the henna plunge. I'm sitting here right now with my head covered in mud. I wish I had not piled my hair on top of my head because its very heavy. I took a before pic of my hair dry and will hopefully have good results to share in about 4 hours or so. Any suggestions on the easiest way to wash it out?

Update: it took about an hour to wash out. and my bathtub was a mess. it is still a little wet but the color is pretty vibrant right now. and my hair is really soft and really curly for no product in it. I have a before and after pic.
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2b with some ringlets. Modified CG.
Poo: Mop-C, GV Tea Tree, CV poo bar
Cond: AOHR, GV 50:50, Deva Low-Poo
Prod: GV DLI, LOOB, FX Gel, Mop-C Curl Creme,

Last edited by wildfire; 05-04-2009 at 01:26 PM.
I know that I am only two months late responding to this thread, but I think that I finally got around to achieving the color I wanted with henna. This thread and the pictures with it is what really started my whole henna journey. I posted my pics on the link below (hope it works!). Thanks again for all the advice and help!

http://public.fotki.com/Redrox/
Mod CG since April of 2007.

Last edited by Infraredhead; 07-14-2009 at 05:52 PM. Reason: spelling error
I left out my wavy photos so I added two pics. Didn't want to discourage my fellow wavies or curlies from using henna!
Mod CG since April of 2007.
I've hennaed my hair multiple times, but the color really only shows in the sun/on the ends because I had some bleach damage in the past.

Henna builds up, so my hair is at a black/burgundy at this point, but I did henna some bleached streaks at the front. I was getting ready to dye over it at that point, but here's pictures.

Henna color:
http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/v...l/DSCF1645.jpg
http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/v...l/DSCF1674.jpg
Bleached and hennaed (which I then dyed over with red):
http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/v...DSCF1822-1.jpg

Sorry about the poor editing job. XD I did it in photobucket rather than photoshop. I think it's funny anyway.
3b/3c/F/M/ii

Conditioners: Suave (Assort.), GVPCB, AOHR, Garnier Fructis (cone-free)
Leave-in: KBB Hair Milk, Lustrasilk SBM, KCKT, assort. conditioners.
Stylers: KCCC, Boots Curl Creme, JCRR, CK, CHS Gel, L.A. Looks Sport Gel
DT: Lustrasilk SBM, SMT, KBB Luscious Locks, H&P Damaged hair formulation
Extras: Coconut oil, olive oil, shea
butter
Color: henna and unnatural red (MP--don't use it)
--> I r male product junkie. Kthx.
Everyone's hair looks fabulous with henna - gorgeous colours and condition. It makes me wonder about giving up the indigo, but I think I've got too much grey.

I'll try and post a photo. My hair looks awful though because I took this to post in the bad hair days thread! There are some slightly better ones in my Fotki (PW: frizzy) but this shows how the henna is taking over. I use equal quantities henna/indigo/cassia.

I buy mine from http://www.henna-boy.co.uk/ - the henna is BAQ Jamila.


Originally Posted by Chrysovyi

Wow- I think that your hair looks great, so if that is a bad hair day, you are very fortunate! :-)

You mentioned using Indigo. Last year when I wasn't so grey, I used just the henna and it made my curls completely frizz free and shiny and bouncy. I've noticed that since I started using indigo to darken from red to dark brown/black, that my hair feels dry, frizzy, and has lost the great definition that the henna alone used to give me. Has anyone else noticed this problem with Indigo?

I'm thinking of adding cassia to my indigo next time to counter act the drying effects, but I'm not sure what that will do to the color and whether or not it'll even help...

Thoughts? Suggestions? :-)
Everyone's hair looks fabulous with henna - gorgeous colours and condition. It makes me wonder about giving up the indigo, but I think I've got too much grey.

I'll try and post a photo. My hair looks awful though because I took this to post in the bad hair days thread! There are some slightly better ones in my Fotki (PW: frizzy) but this shows how the henna is taking over. I use equal quantities henna/indigo/cassia.

I buy mine from http://www.henna-boy.co.uk/ - the henna is BAQ Jamila.

Originally Posted by Chrysovyi

Wow- I think that your hair looks great, so if that is a bad hair day, you are very fortunate! :-)

You mentioned using Indigo. Last year when I wasn't so grey, I used just the henna and it made my curls completely frizz free and shiny and bouncy. I've noticed that since I started using indigo to darken from red to dark brown/black, that my hair feels dry, frizzy, and has lost the great definition that the henna alone used to give me. Has anyone else noticed this problem with Indigo?

I'm thinking of adding cassia to my indigo next time to counter act the drying effects, but I'm not sure what that will do to the color and whether or not it'll even help...

Thoughts? Suggestions? :-)
Originally Posted by samirak1001
I've never had any problem with indigo making my hair dry and frizzy. As for losing curl/definition, try adding amla to the mix to retain curl.

Adding cassia will dilute the color from the henna and/or indigo, which to me was a good thing - just depends on what you're aiming for. It otherwise has about the same effect on your hair as henna.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
thanks so much auntnett! i'm so grateful for your feedback :-) i'll try your suggestions. the tip about cassia diluting the color is sooo helpful. thanks again!!
You're welcome. Also, FYI, besides aiding in curl retention, amla can also slightly tone down the red. You can read more about it and cassia at www.hennaforhair.com
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
You're welcome. Also, FYI, besides aiding in curl retention, amla can also slightly tone down the red. You can read more about it and cassia at www.hennaforhair.com
Originally Posted by auntnett

thanks for this info and the great link. it got me started on researching a variety of the powders, such as brahmi powder. do you know if brahmi would help with toning down the red as well? thanks a million!! :-)
Nope, not familiar with that one - I haven't visited the site in a while, so it must be fairly new there. I think I read up on everything available when I was getting psyched up to do it the first time.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
i'll experiment with the amla first, then try the brahmi at a later time. i'll be sure to share my results :-)

thanks again!

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