I'm so confused about Amla. I initially became interested b/c they say it helps tone down the red in henna. But from what I've read on other forums (e.g. hennaforhair.com...), many have also said that it's very drying to the hair.

But sounds like you've experienced just the opposite effect--and without added oils or condish.
BC'd April 25, 2009 : http://public.fotki.com/DeeMarie617/bc/image1.html

Started transitioning Feb. 2008. I love what I've discovered! My scalp thanks me every day.

pword: hairitis