Advice for henna application- Update with pics!

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Hi everyone! This will be my first time attempting to apply henna on my own and I'm quite nervous because I know it's a long process in order to do it correctly. I tried henna years ago but I had my mom apply it for me, and even that was arduous. If I can do this successfully without wanting to jump out the window mid way, I would love to continue to henna on a regular basis

I have been seeing conflicting application instructions, and I'm not sure which is the best/easiest for someone who is applying on their own. The link below says to start at the top center and coil small sections around each other to form a bun:

Hair Tutorial: Applying Henna for Red tones - YouTube


"Henna for hair" says to start at the bottom/back of your head and work upwards section by section.

For those of you with long hair, what is your preferred technique? Do you have any tips that might be helpful or make things easier on me? I know myself and I can foresee getting overwhelmed and cursing myself as I'm covered in mud and not knowing if I am reaching each section of my hair, etc. I am hoping to avoid this so your advice is greatly appreciated! TIA.
2's+3a/ med density/ normal-high porosity/ fine-med texture, normal elasticity (I think!):
Wash: CJ Daily Fix/Giovanni TTTT
Conditioner: Giovanni TTT
DT/PT: CJ Rehab, SSPDT
LI: Giovanni DLI, AO Mandarin Magic- Jane Carter Scalp Nourishing Serum for dry, sensitive scalp
Stylers: AG Re:coil, Mop C Curl Cream, CCClite, Spiral Solutions FHG...Sealing w/ Coconut oil
Finishing product: JC Nourish & Shine, MD Strawberry Smoothie
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Last edited by BLB; 01-14-2013 at 07:33 PM. Reason: update
Ok I took the plunge and I did it. I'm sitting here with my head all wrapped up, see pic. Thanks for the tips everyone! Kidding, kidding

In case anyone is looking for tips in the future, I'll describe what I did. I used the henna caravan coiling technique (see above link) as best as possible. I sectioned my damp hair into 5 sections so I could work on thin strips without the rest of my hair getting in the way. Of course at times strands would slip out or get in the way but I just continued to separate and work on thin strips. Each section was coiled around/on top of the last which did help it to stay put and out of the way of other sections.

I used a hair color brush to apply to my roots on both sides, and to slop some henna on the length of hair. Then I used my (gloved) fingers to grab more henna and massage into into my scalp/roots and down the length of hair to ensure I was covering every bit.

The key for me was PATIENCE. I was overwhelmed as soon as I started, but as I finished the first top section I resolved to stay calm and just focus on each strip I was covering. I did not think about all I had left to do (which would quickly make me go insane). I got into a sort of "groove" as I was about a 1/3 of the way through.

When all sections were done (hooray!), I used the brush to cover all the edges around my head again, and overall to sort of smooth the mass into place. I massaged more into my scalp as well while trying not to disrupt the coil I had created. The nice thing is the henna really helps hold everything pretty solidly. Finally I covered with saran wrap and a disposable plastic shower cap. The whole process took about an hour and 10 minutes I believe.

Here's the one catch- now that it's heating on my head, the left side by my temple and ear keeps dripping out!! It's driving me nuts. As I'm typing I can feel it dripping again! I keep wiping with damp and dry paper towels and I even added an extra layer of plastic wrap to that side- but it keeps coming! This is going to be the worst part but I'm going to try and persevere for another 2 and 1/2 hours- YIKES!

Hopefully this might help someone in the future if they do a search. I'll post before and after pics when I'm done!
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2's+3a/ med density/ normal-high porosity/ fine-med texture, normal elasticity (I think!):
Wash: CJ Daily Fix/Giovanni TTTT
Conditioner: Giovanni TTT
DT/PT: CJ Rehab, SSPDT
LI: Giovanni DLI, AO Mandarin Magic- Jane Carter Scalp Nourishing Serum for dry, sensitive scalp
Stylers: AG Re:coil, Mop C Curl Cream, CCClite, Spiral Solutions FHG...Sealing w/ Coconut oil
Finishing product: JC Nourish & Shine, MD Strawberry Smoothie
http://picasaweb.google.com/11444057...eat=directlink
I'm sorry you didn't get any suggestions here. I just sort of blop it on as needed, since the rest of my hair is naturally red (I henna the roots).

Glad you found a tutorial. Hope it works out for you.

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I did you that coiling technique in applying my first (whole head) henna application, but now that it's almost time to do my roots only, I'll probably have to apply it as I would a traditional commercial dye (in horizontal sections).

If you want a detailed report of my henna/amla experience, please go to the thread called "Is Amla Still Working for You?" The reason I used amla with my henna is because amla is supposed to help keep the curl pattern from loosening/relaxing from the henna. Regardless of your hair type, the 4a forum has some really helpful threads on henna (including my thread, as stated above). I've found Hennaforhair.com has really detailed, solid info on henna, including a related forum.
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Last edited by Korkscrew; 01-13-2013 at 02:54 AM.
Thanks Ladies! Korkscrew- I am looking forward to only doing my roots next time as you described Thanks for the tip on threads to read. When I first hennaed years ago I was obsessed with Henna for Hair and the forum, but I wasn't able to read the forum this time because I needed my login to be approved and the approval came too late.

Anywho- The results are in and I'm happy. You won't see much difference in the before and after, but I knew that going into it. My hair turned a darker, richer brown with a red sheen to it. It's almost auburn but not quite. My highlights that are almost grown out are a lighter red/brown, as are my few grays. I would LOVE bright red hair, but that's never going to happen with henna since my hair is so dark.

As for the curl- it was so nice after I styled! My curls were tighter than they've been in a long time, seriously. So for those who are scared about their curls loosening after their first henna, don't be. I debated mixing with amla but I'm glad I didn't. My after pics were taken right after I woke up and I was shocked about how well my curls held up. I haven't had good "morning hair" like that in what feels like forever! The night before was misty too.

So overall it's not a dramatic change but I'm happy with the results. It feels good to be able to color in a safe and natural way that's good for my scalp and porous hair!

FYI- I used Red Raj from henna sooq and left it on for 4 hours. The pics aren't great but it's the best I could do with bad lighting

BEFORE (and in need of a trim)
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AFTER
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Advice for henna application- Update with pics!-henna-2.jpg
2's+3a/ med density/ normal-high porosity/ fine-med texture, normal elasticity (I think!):
Wash: CJ Daily Fix/Giovanni TTTT
Conditioner: Giovanni TTT
DT/PT: CJ Rehab, SSPDT
LI: Giovanni DLI, AO Mandarin Magic- Jane Carter Scalp Nourishing Serum for dry, sensitive scalp
Stylers: AG Re:coil, Mop C Curl Cream, CCClite, Spiral Solutions FHG...Sealing w/ Coconut oil
Finishing product: JC Nourish & Shine, MD Strawberry Smoothie
http://picasaweb.google.com/11444057...eat=directlink
Your hair came out looking very nice! Glad you're happy with it I'm sure your hair is loving you for it and I bet you'll notice the difference in porosity soon if you haven't already.

I strongly caution you against urging others not to consider amla, based solely on your own outcome. There are threads here and all over the net with formerly curly and wavy-haired women lamenting permanently looser curls or straight hair because of henna (even a single application of henna). My hair is curlier than yours and even with amla, my curl pattern loosened some.

Amla, when mixed with henna (1:4 ratio) acts as "insurance" against possible curl loosening affects from henna. There is nothing to lose from using it, and it may help avert heartache. Luckily, you weren't one of the many women this happens too, at least upon first application anyway.

Enjoy your "new" hair
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Oh my gosh I had no idea it could be that bad, sorry! Thanks for the heads up. I have such a loose curl/wave pattern that I figured if anyone would lose curl it would be me. The reason I didn't use amla was because I thought it would possibly take away some of the red from the henna so I took my chances with the loosening curl.

If my porosity gets better with henna I will be forever grateful and keep it up! Porosity is my biggest issue.

I just looked at your album korkscrew- your hair is amazing! I have major hair envy.
2's+3a/ med density/ normal-high porosity/ fine-med texture, normal elasticity (I think!):
Wash: CJ Daily Fix/Giovanni TTTT
Conditioner: Giovanni TTT
DT/PT: CJ Rehab, SSPDT
LI: Giovanni DLI, AO Mandarin Magic- Jane Carter Scalp Nourishing Serum for dry, sensitive scalp
Stylers: AG Re:coil, Mop C Curl Cream, CCClite, Spiral Solutions FHG...Sealing w/ Coconut oil
Finishing product: JC Nourish & Shine, MD Strawberry Smoothie
http://picasaweb.google.com/11444057...eat=directlink
Thanks for the compliment lol you have nothing to envy: your hair is great

Yeah, you're right about amla toning down the red a bit. That is one drawback and I can see how you and others might eliminate it from the mix because of that. I just wanted folks to know about that possible curl-altering henna side effect. Sounds like you've had an all-around successful experience though, doing it exactly as you did it.

About the porosity thing: when dry, does your hair have a smoother, shinier appearance then it used to? If so, that could be one sign your porosity has improved (is lower).
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