I henna'd my hair! Pics and Qs for other henna heads

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Hello curlies! I dyed my virgin hair with henna. I just wanted to post about it here, since this is where I think I first found out about it. And I love looking at before and after pictures myself, so I figured I would add another thread.

What I did:
I mixed 100g amla and 300g with diluted lemon juice. (That was way too much henna for my waist length, layered hair in hindsight. I think I need half that much.) I let it sit overnight. Then I mixed in more diluted lemon until it was the consistency of yogurt. I applied the henna all over my hair in sections, and then I covered my hair in plastic wrap and a towel for 3.5 hours. I rinsed everything out, did a DT with curl junkie's strawberry banana DT, and then styled as normal. These are the results the first day! I love it! I may do some coffee rinses to get more of an auburn though.

Questions I have:
How long does it take for the henna smell to go away? I am cowashing and shampooing, and my hair still smells like fish food as my BF put it... -_-

How long does your henna color last? I know my roots are going to grow out, but how long does the vibrant red last? I used mehandi BAQ.

When I do the second coloring of my hair, should I henna all over, or just roots? I've heard the second application kinda seals in the color better if you do it all over.

TIA

Oh and the before pic is stretched, old hair. Not my usual curl pattern.
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Last edited by waterlily716; 11-13-2012 at 12:00 PM.
OMG I love it!!! That color looks stellar on you. Remember that it will oxidize a bit darker over the next few days.
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Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

Questions I have:
How long does it take for the henna smell to go away? I am cowashing and shampooing, and my hair still smells like fish food as my BF put it... -_-

I'd say it takes a week, but it depends on how often you cleanse your hair. Mehandi.com suggests adding powdered ginger or cardamom to the mix to complement the smell. Some products also work with the smell better than others!

How long does your henna color last? I know my roots are going to grow out, but how long does the vibrant red last? I used mehandi BAQ.

Hm. I don't know what to tell you. Henna is permanent, although it does fade a little bit over time. I'd gone 4-5 months without hennaing (My hair is very dark, so I could get away with it. ) and I could still see the red in there! It had faded a bit though – or maybe I just got used to it.

When I do the second coloring of my hair, should I henna all over, or just roots? I've heard the second application kinda seals in the color better if you do it all over.

A second coloring will result in a darker color, since you are adding another layer of the translucent coating. I'd say: if you don't mind going darker, go ahead and do another full head treatment. (Unless you are on a tight budget, that is.) Once it's the color you like, do root touch-ups only.

Originally Posted by waterlily716
HTH!
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Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

I really like the colour! It suits you.

May I ask, how can henna help the health of the hair...? Just wondering....I don't know a lot about henna.
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I really like the colour! It suits you.

May I ask, how can henna help the health of the hair...? Just wondering....I don't know a lot about henna.
Originally Posted by Knotty_Maddy
The lawsone molecule in henna binds to the keratin protein in the hair and fills in cracks in the hair's cuticle.

Henna for Hair

It's different from a protein treatment in that it forms a coating around the strand:
Case Studies showing Microscopic Views of Hair

However, this coating still allows moisture in and out, so although some say henna makes their hair dry, a DT or two will get you back on track!

Ultimately, the way it helps the health of your hair is by preventing damage to the hair's cuticle. Think about it: instead of chipping away at your cuticle scales when you detangle, the henna coating is there to take some of the stress. It will chip before your cuticle has to chip. It's an additional layer of protection.
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Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength


Last edited by poemaXX; 11-14-2012 at 12:11 AM.
Thanks everyone! I think I can already see it getting a bit darker.

That is so interesting about the henna and coating the strand. My hair felt like it had just had an intense PT after I rinsed out the henna. I don't do PTs very often, so it took me awhile to realize that I need to DT before I could even start to detangle or style my hair lol. My hair does feel very soft and strong now.

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CG method since 2006 @:-)
fotki pw: whim updated 06.05.14
CO wash: suave naturals coconut
rinse out CO: GVP conditioning balm & honey <3
stylers: As I Am leave in, original moxie hold up serum
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Poema, thank you for explaining that! I appreciate it. I will now have to do some henna research of my own! I can see from both your lovely hair, and waterlily's, that it gives beautiful curl and condition, seemingly
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
Poema. Can you post a recent pic of your hair? From what I can tell in your profile pic your hair looks gorgeous. Also my hair is a dark brown right now, if I henna my hair what would it do for me? I am looking to tighten my curls some. I bought the alma you recommended to me awhile ago but only used it once how should I use it and what does it do again? Thanks
Poema. Can you post a recent pic of your hair? From what I can tell in your profile pic your hair looks gorgeous. Also my hair is a dark brown right now, if I henna my hair what would it do for me? I am looking to tighten my curls some. I bought the alma you recommended to me awhile ago but only used it once how should I use it and what does it do again? Thanks
Originally Posted by Crownedwisdom
Hi Crownedwisdom! Thanks for the complement. <3 I posted before-and-after pics of my latest henna treatment on this thread: Who is using henna currently?

(My curls don't currently hang in front of my face – my stylist suggested I try bangs last January. Never again. So now I'm growing my hair out... Faster, faster I say! )

My hair is dark brown too, so you'll notice that henna will leave a translucent red color on your hair, but won't change the color drastically. Like CurlyNikki explains on her website, it's like rubbing a red crayon on black paper: the paper will still look black, but it will be shiny and will have a red sheen in certain lighting conditions. Note that henna may loosen your curls a bit, but getting the moisture balance right usually tames this effect.

Amla is recommended to help curls tighten up. It's an acidic treatment. You can make an amla tea to use as a rinse or you can mix it up into a yogurt-like paste and apply to the hair. When I've used it it's made my curls very springy. It's often recommended to people whose curl pattern has loosened after several henna treatments.

HTH!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

Hi !! I'm a newbie here., and I'm interested in this subject about henna.

I've read a lot and I know the benefits of hennaeing hair, but I got doubts about it.

I see this post is quite old., 7 years now. But I hope if you could please reply my questions.

The first is.. do henna straight curly hair¿? I'm a 3B curly and my curls needs a lot of moisturizing to define well.
I fear if I use henna., I'll do good improving the health of my hair but on the other hand might I lose my pattern.

And the other question is ., do henna dry out hair?

Thank you so much in advance

Last edited by Owl; 03-28-2014 at 01:19 PM.
LOVE IT!!!!


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Hi !! I'm a newbie here., and I'm interested in this subject about henna.

I've read a lot and I know the benefits of hennaeing hair, but I got doubts about it.

I see this post is quite old., 7 years now. But I hope if you could please reply my questions.

The first is.. do henna straight curly hair¿? I'm a 3B curly and my curls needs a lot of moisturizing to define well.
I fear if I use henna., I'll do good improving the health of my hair but on the other hand might I lose my pattern.

And the other question is ., do henna dry out hair?

Thank you so much in advance
Originally Posted by Owl
I don't know that these people visit this forum anymore..

Henna doesn't straighten curly hair, but it *can* loosen curl after repeated use. I haven't had a problem with that yet, I've been using henna for a few months now.

It can dry your hair out, yes. Follow up with a deep conditioner, like stated in the thread.

if you're worried about losing your pattern, try cassia instead. Cassia won't deposit color, though.
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Planning on doing henna over the summer- my order is backordered so I'll have to wait a month or two. So what deep conditioner do you guys use after henna-ing? I have some GVP but am not sure if that would do the trick...
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Hello curlies! I dyed my virgin hair with henna. I just wanted to post about it here, since this is where I think I first found out about it. And I love looking at before and after pictures myself, so I figured I would add another thread.

What I did:
I mixed 100g amla and 300g with diluted lemon juice. (That was way too much henna for my waist length, layered hair in hindsight. I think I need half that much.) I let it sit overnight. Then I mixed in more diluted lemon until it was the consistency of yogurt. I applied the henna all over my hair in sections, and then I covered my hair in plastic wrap and a towel for 3.5 hours. I rinsed everything out, did a DT with curl junkie's strawberry banana DT, and then styled as normal. These are the results the first day! I love it! I may do some coffee rinses to get more of an auburn though.

Questions I have:
How long does it take for the henna smell to go away? I am cowashing and shampooing, and my hair still smells like fish food as my BF put it... -_-

How long does your henna color last? I know my roots are going to grow out, but how long does the vibrant red last? I used mehandi BAQ.

When I do the second coloring of my hair, should I henna all over, or just roots? I've heard the second application kinda seals in the color better if you do it all over.

TIA

Oh and the before pic is stretched, old hair. Not my usual curl pattern.
Originally Posted by waterlily716
That's really pretty. I like it a lot and your curls are beautiful. I've never colored my hair in my life but my beautician best friend tried a "neutral henna" on my hair once for shine. We realized that I already had so much shine and sparkle that it didn't appear to have made much of a difference.


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
That's really pretty. I like it a lot and your curls are beautiful. I've never colored my hair in my life but my beautician best friend tried a "neutral henna" on my hair once for shine. We realized that I already had so much shine and sparkle that it didn't appear to have made much of a difference.
Originally Posted by AngelaE8654
Thank you! Hehehe yeah it sounds like you're talking about cassia right?

It's funny that this thread has been resurrected because I'm now wanting to get rid of the henna from my hair. LOL! And right after my aunt in law sends me henna from the middle east. Jeez!

Anyone got tips for getting rid of or at least masking henna. It's not a super different color from my natural color now, but henna is obviously very red while my natural color is brown and golden toned.

3a/b low to normal porosity curls
CG method since 2006 @:-)
fotki pw: whim updated 06.05.14
CO wash: suave naturals coconut
rinse out CO: GVP conditioning balm & honey <3
stylers: As I Am leave in, original moxie hold up serum
@waterlily716 on YouTube, FB, & Twitter
Blog: Curls and Blossoms

Your hair is beautiful. Love the henna color and I think you have awesome curl definition. :-)

P.S. Do you have a YouTube channel? I think I've watched some of your videos.


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
Hey waterlily716,
as far as I know, you can´t really remove henna fom your hair. But maybe you could try to add another plant based hair color that is more similar to your natural hair. Drugstores here sell this Sante.de - in different colours. I´m sure there is something similar in the US.
I use these as strenghtening treatments for my fine hair, they are not damaging, do not contain any chemicals and I can keep my natural hair color .
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