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Is amla still working for you?

KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
After sustaining damage from a recalled store-bought dye (It was "Clairol - Natural Instincts" but whose naming names? :angry7:), I did a search here for info on natural products that might improve the condition of my hair. In doing so I stumbled on and read the 33 page mega thread in this forum called "Experiences with Amla". It has terrific info with a lot of reports on how amla has been a kind of holy grail for many - helped condition hair and counteracted the curl loosening effects of henna. Problem is, that thread (plus the related 36 page spin-off thread) is from 2009! Do any of you ladies have an update on how amla worked out for you in the long run? I would love to hear from any of you who either still use amla, or chose to stop. If you stopped, why? Any experience you can relay would be really helpful :)

TIA
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  • ricotdorothyricotdorothy Posts: 436Registered Users
    bump.
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  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    I've used amla a couple of times and liked it. Made my hair feel springy and defined. Very clean also. :thumbleft: I don't use it regularly though. Didn't find it necessary in my routine. 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

  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Poema, when you say you didn't find it necessary in your routine, do you mean amla ultimately didn't work any better for you than your other products?
  • SistapopdemcurlSistapopdemcurl Posts: 225Registered Users
    I use amla all the time especially mix with henna. This Ayurvedic powder is excellent for strengthening the hair. Earlier this year, I suffered a bad strain of the flu which weaken my hair. Every two weeks I used amla to bring back my hair to life. Now my hair is very healthy and strong. Usually I mix it with conditioner and oils to help the application on my hair. I hope this helps.
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Poema, when you say you didn't find it necessary in your routine, do you mean amla ultimately didn't work any better for you than your other products?

    Oh, it definitely worked! It's more a matter of time and money. Plus I like how henna makes my hair look and I don't have the curl loosening concerns some people have regarding henna.

    If you're looking for something to make your curls "pop", amla is a good option. Just be prepared to rinse rinse rinse! :)
    || 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

  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I've been wanting to try amla for the curl enhancement, but I can't find it in any stores. Do you guys know any place? Not online please..
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Keihs wrote: »
    I've been wanting to try amla for the curl enhancement, but I can't find it in any stores. Do you guys know any place? Not online please..

    If you need an option on the ground, I suggest you look for an Indian grocery store. A common brand to find there is Hesh Amla, which is the one I used.
    || 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

  • MrsComboCurlzMrsComboCurlz Posts: 625Registered Users
    Keihs wrote: »
    I've been wanting to try amla for the curl enhancement, but I can't find it in any stores. Do you guys know any place? Not online please..

    I LOVE LOVE AmLA. Right now...for today ONLY ...ButtersNBars is having a 25% off flash saLe,till 12midnight. They sell Henna/Amla/Brahmi/Cassia etc. if you'd like to try, this opportunity is good!

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    Sharika Butters-N-Bars.com
    *Cleanse: BoBeam, Giovanni Tea-Tree
    *Rinse Cond: Herbal Essence HH
    *Deep Cond: Deity America (green tub), CRN Algae Hair Mask
    *Leave-in's: Soultanicals, Pura Body Naturals, Alikay Naturals Lemon-grass spritz
    *Twisting: Obia Naturals TWB, PBN Cupuacu Butter, Camille Rose
    *Treatment: Henna/Amla/Cassia/Brahmi
    * LCSO Method
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Ricotdorothy, I forgot to thank for the bump! So … thanks :D

    Sistapopdemcurl, sounds like you've really made amla work for you. About how long have you been using it?

    Poema, I think we “talked” about henna on another thread recently. It's great that it works for you so well and doesn't relax your curl :) I had one bad experience with it (a migraine was made worse lol), but am still considering matching it with the amla and some indigo. Not quite sure what I want to do anymore :? Yeah, I hear the amla is really gritty and hard to rinse out – looks like some ppl on that old amla thread tried to remedy that problem by mixing it with coconut milk (have you?). For some it worked, for others it didn't (I think?).

    MrsComboCurlz, a question about the online shop: Do you know if their ingredients are strictly organic? I keep reading that ingredients like henna and amla need to have no other additives or you can't go back to using commercial dyes (without ruining your hair). TIA
  • MrsComboCurlzMrsComboCurlz Posts: 625Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Ricotdorothy, I forgot to thank for the bump! So … thanks :D

    Sistapopdemcurl, sounds like you've really made amla work for you. About how long have you been using it?

    Poema, I think we “talked” about henna on another thread recently. It's great that it works for you so well and doesn't relax your curl :) I had one bad experience with it (a migraine was made worse lol), but am still considering matching it with the amla and some indigo. Not quite sure what I want to do anymore :? Yeah, I hear the amla is really gritty and hard to rinse out – looks like some ppl on that old amla thread tried to remedy that problem by mixing it with coconut milk (have you?). For some it worked, for others it didn't (I think?).

    MrsComboCurlz, a question about the online shop: Do you know if their ingredients are strictly organic? I keep reading that ingredients like henna and amla need to have no other additives or you can't go back to using commercial dyes (without ruining your hair). TIA

    For me Commercial Dyes are a "no no". IMO those are the culprits that ruin hair lol...not Ayurvedic powders. I can attest to it...the Hesh Amla isn't a brand of the online store...the boxed brand can be found in Indian stores etc
    The Amla product states that it's 100% Amla Powder (Indian Gooseberry/Embelic Myrobalan) BNB's claims all organic but if you have questions about any other products from the site...you can shoot Sharika an e-mail...she gets right back! ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1354921736.078573.jpg
    *Cleanse: BoBeam, Giovanni Tea-Tree
    *Rinse Cond: Herbal Essence HH
    *Deep Cond: Deity America (green tub), CRN Algae Hair Mask
    *Leave-in's: Soultanicals, Pura Body Naturals, Alikay Naturals Lemon-grass spritz
    *Twisting: Obia Naturals TWB, PBN Cupuacu Butter, Camille Rose
    *Treatment: Henna/Amla/Cassia/Brahmi
    * LCSO Method
  • MrsComboCurlzMrsComboCurlz Posts: 625Registered Users
    Right now I'm using Hesh Brahmi/Amla
    Henna Sooq Red Raj or Jamila Henna
    and Cassia from BnB's

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1354922263.679922.jpg
    *Cleanse: BoBeam, Giovanni Tea-Tree
    *Rinse Cond: Herbal Essence HH
    *Deep Cond: Deity America (green tub), CRN Algae Hair Mask
    *Leave-in's: Soultanicals, Pura Body Naturals, Alikay Naturals Lemon-grass spritz
    *Twisting: Obia Naturals TWB, PBN Cupuacu Butter, Camille Rose
    *Treatment: Henna/Amla/Cassia/Brahmi
    * LCSO Method
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    For me Commercial Dyes are a "no no". IMO those are the culprits that ruin hair lol...not Ayurvedic powders. I can attest to it...the Hesh Amla isn't a brand of the online store...the boxed brand can be found in Indian stores etc
    The Amla product states that it's 100% Amla Powder (Indian Gooseberry/Embelic Myrobalan) BNB's claims all organic but if you have questions about any other products from the site...you can shoot Sharika an e-mail...she gets right back! ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1354921736.078573.jpg

    Thanks. Pure is what I'm interested in ;) I know what you mean about commercial dyes. if I don't like natural-based dyes for some reason though (or other ayurvedic powders in general), I want the option to revert back to a semi-permanent pro dye (minus the peroxide), which is more gentle than other commercial dyes. According to my research, I wouldn't be able to switch back from the natural powders unless they're definitely all natural because you can destroy your hair (all in one fell swoop) from the chemical interaction. ... So I like that the online store you're pointing us toward seems to have powders that should be all natural :)
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Right now I'm using Hesh Brahmi/Amla
    Henna Sooq Red Raj or Jamila Henna
    and Cassia from BnB's

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1354922263.679922.jpg

    About how long have you been using this combo? What does this combo do for your hair?
  • SistapopdemcurlSistapopdemcurl Posts: 225Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Ricotdorothy, I forgot to thank for the bump! So … thanks :D

    Sistapopdemcurl, sounds like you've really made amla work for you. About how long have you been using it?

    Poema, I think we “talked” about henna on another thread recently. It's great that it works for you so well and doesn't relax your curl :) I had one bad experience with it (a migraine was made worse lol), but am still considering matching it with the amla and some indigo. Not quite sure what I want to do anymore :? Yeah, I hear the amla is really gritty and hard to rinse out – looks like some ppl on that old amla thread tried to remedy that problem by mixing it with coconut milk (have you?). For some it worked, for others it didn't (I think?).

    MrsComboCurlz, a question about the online shop: Do you know if their ingredients are strictly organic? I keep reading that ingredients like henna and amla need to have no other additives or you can't go back to using commercial dyes (without ruining your hair). TIA

    I use amla at least once a month or once every two months.
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Ricotdorothy, I forgot to thank for the bump! So … thanks :D

    Sistapopdemcurl, sounds like you've really made amla work for you. About how long have you been using it?

    Poema, I think we “talked” about henna on another thread recently. It's great that it works for you so well and doesn't relax your curl :) I had one bad experience with it (a migraine was made worse lol), but am still considering matching it with the amla and some indigo. Not quite sure what I want to do anymore :? Yeah, I hear the amla is really gritty and hard to rinse out – looks like some ppl on that old amla thread tried to remedy that problem by mixing it with coconut milk (have you?). For some it worked, for others it didn't (I think?).

    MrsComboCurlz, a question about the online shop: Do you know if their ingredients are strictly organic? I keep reading that ingredients like henna and amla need to have no other additives or you can't go back to using commercial dyes (without ruining your hair). TIA


    Ooh, is scent one of your migraine triggers or did it just exacerbate a migraine that was brewing from something else? Amla isn't too hard to rinse out – it's very similar to henna actually. Just rinse under the tub faucet and grab some cheap condish and go go go! lol I haven't used coconut milk in my mixes, because I like to keep them very simple. That way if I don't like what the treatment does to my hair, I have a very short list to troubleshoot. :sign6:
    || 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

  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    I use amla at least once a month or once every two months.

    Thanks Sistapop.

    poemaXX wrote: »
    Ooh, is scent one of your migraine triggers or did it just exacerbate a migraine that was brewing from something else? Amla isn't too hard to rinse out – it's very similar to henna actually. Just rinse under the tub faucet and grab some cheap condish and go go go! lol I haven't used coconut milk in my mixes, because I like to keep them very simple. That way if I don't like what the treatment does to my hair, I have a very short list to troubleshoot. :sign6:

    You know ... I'm pretty sure I was already getting a migraine prior to applying the henna. With migraines there's just that sensitivity to smell and (wow!) the henna was so strong it was like lying directly underneath a standing cow in a field of freshly cut grass - a cow that evacuated directly onto my head. Sorry to be that gross but that's exactly and precisely the feel and smell of the situation. The weight of the henna was the other thing that exacerbated the migraine. I tried so hard to keep it in my hair for a few hours (while breathing through my mouth to avoid the henna smell). Tried really hard LOL ... So really it's just a bad memory that keeps me away from it. That plus I don't want red hair or a potentially loosened curl pattern. But I'm still considering mixing it w/amla and indigo for some other color outcome.

    I like your idea of keeping it simple with the amla. When/if I try it, I'll go ahead and use condish in the way you describe :) Question: how similar to henna is the smell and consistency? On the amla mega-thread, some ppl complained about the smell. (Still, I can handle it as long as I don't stupidly use it while suffering a headache again.) ... I really appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions :D
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I don't really know any indian stores around here. Will products with amla help? Any suggestions of ones you can get in stores not online?
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    I use amla at least once a month or once every two months.

    Thanks Sistapop.

    poemaXX wrote: »
    Ooh, is scent one of your migraine triggers or did it just exacerbate a migraine that was brewing from something else? Amla isn't too hard to rinse out – it's very similar to henna actually. Just rinse under the tub faucet and grab some cheap condish and go go go! lol I haven't used coconut milk in my mixes, because I like to keep them very simple. That way if I don't like what the treatment does to my hair, I have a very short list to troubleshoot. :sign6:

    You know ... I'm pretty sure I was already getting a migraine prior to applying the henna. With migraines there's just that sensitivity to smell and (wow!) the henna was so strong it was like lying directly underneath a standing cow in a field of freshly cut grass - a cow that evacuated directly onto my head. Sorry to be that gross but that's exactly and precisely the feel and smell of the situation. The weight of the henna was the other thing that exacerbated the migraine. I tried so hard to keep it in my hair for a few hours (while breathing through my mouth to avoid the henna smell). Tried really hard LOL ... So really it's just a bad memory that keeps me away from it. That plus I don't want red hair or a potentially loosened curl pattern. But I'm still considering mixing it w/amla and indigo for some other color outcome.

    I like your idea of keeping it simple with the amla. When/if I try it, I'll go ahead and use condish in the way you describe :) Question: how similar to henna is the smell and consistency? On the amla mega-thread, some ppl complained about the smell. (Still, I can handle it as long as I don't stupidly use it while suffering a headache again.) ... I really appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions :D

    I'd say amla has a similar consistency to henna, but you only need to keep it on your hair for 30mins, if I remember correctly. In terms of the smell, I think to me it smelled like cranberries – which makes sense since amla is acidic. I don't mind the smell of henna though, so I might not be the best judge of how smelly it is! :pig:
    || 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

  • NoodleNapsNoodleNaps Posts: 463Registered Users
    I was huge on amla, around 2009 (I think I was a contributor on that thread). I used it at least once a month as the main ingredient in a paste with other herbs. I stopped because other things in life took over and I didn't always have time, and I'm definitely feeling the ill effects. A lot of hair issues I suffered last year (knotting, splits, etc) only started after the amla treatments stopped. I don't know if it was just coincidence, but I am definitely making the effort to reintroduce regular amla treatments to my routine. Now I really only use it in my henna treatments to counteract curl loosening, and I only do those every 3 months or so.
    Products in current rotation:

    Terressentials Pure Earth Mud Wash; Elucence MBC (now really just for cowashing, leg shaving or emergencies); Curl Junkie: Repair Me, Deep Fix, Curl Rehab; AOHSR (retiring); Oyin Handmade: Honey Hemp, Hair Dew, J&B; Qhemet Biologics: BRBC (retiring- prefer Oyin HD), AOHC, OHHB; Jojoba Oil for scalp; Castor Oil or Shea butter to seal; Henna & Ayurvedic pastes when I can be bothered.

    Still searching for the perfect stylers, but loving CJ CIAB over everything so far
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    I have never done an amla treatment but it is one of ybe ingredients in an ayurvedic mist from Lace Naturals that I use to moisturize my hair and my hair loves this stuff.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • Truqueen01Truqueen01 Posts: 202Registered Users
    Still love Amla. Both henna & Amla have a place in my regimen.
    -Henna is more labor intensive. Amla can be used immediately after being mixed with all of it's good benefits. I usually leave henna on for longer lengths of time. I use Amla more if Im strapped for time.
    -Amla doesn't change hair color, just makes hair darker, shiny more rich looking. Henna is good for coloring my grays.
    -I get good frizz control & manageability from using both.
    HTH.
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Hm – I forgot that I mixed my leftover amla powder into the coconut oil I use for overnight oil treatments. Just did one last night, so I'll report on whether the results are any different from when i use my non-amla oil blend (Oyin Handmade Afterbath Oil - which also has coconut oil in it).
    || 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

  • ricotdorothyricotdorothy Posts: 436Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Ricotdorothy, I forgot to thank for the bump! So … thanks :D

    Sistapopdemcurl, sounds like you've really made amla work for you. About how long have you been using it?

    Poema, I think we “talked” about henna on another thread recently. It's great that it works for you so well and doesn't relax your curl :) I had one bad experience with it (a migraine was made worse lol), but am still considering matching it with the amla and some indigo. Not quite sure what I want to do anymore :? Yeah, I hear the amla is really gritty and hard to rinse out – looks like some ppl on that old amla thread tried to remedy that problem by mixing it with coconut milk (have you?). For some it worked, for others it didn't (I think?).

    MrsComboCurlz, a question about the online shop: Do you know if their ingredients are strictly organic? I keep reading that ingredients like henna and amla need to have no other additives or you can't go back to using commercial dyes (without ruining your hair). TIA



    Your welcome :sunny:.

    I personally don't want to deal with the mess of applying pastes though. That's why for henna I just purchase a conditioner gloss of the stuff. Ive seen glowing reviews for amla and I suspect the only reason it doesn't become a long term commitment for some people is because of the time consuming and messy nature of applying ayurvedic pastes. I find very good results purchasing conditioners that already contain ayurvedic herbs like amla and brahmi.
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    You never stop learning... :color:
  • SSNerdSSNerd Posts: 1Registered Users
    Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Wow! I'm really grateful to you gals for all the info/feedback/updates about the amla and other stuff :D Your experience and advice comes at a perfect time ... it helped me to finally make my decision to take the henna/amla/indigo plunge! I'm fixing to order some things from mehandi.com tomorrow :headbang:

    I plan to post the results. Please wish me luck!

    (PS I still have some q.s and comments for the last few posters above - will post those tonight.)
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Poema, I'll be sure and keep the amla on for a much shorter time than the henna then. Will check w/the folks at mehandi – will ask them if 30 min.s is about right. Cranberry smell! Sounds tolerable LOL I'm really trying to be more open-minded about the smell of henna. When I have migraines just about any strong smell gets to me. So who knows? Maybe I'll feel differently about it this time :) I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your coconut oil – amla mix.

    NoodleNaps, thanks for the update! It's encouraging to hear amla is something that seems to have worked for you long term, even though you had to cut back for a while. Now that you're back “on it” (alongside the henna), hopefully your knots and splits will improve :D … Btw, what color is your post-henna hair right now (how dark or light)? Are you happy with your color?

    Adthomas, great ingredients in the ayurvedic mist. It's so cool that you've found an all-natural product that packs such a punch (I'm still looking, though KCCC is part of my regimen already). Speaking of the ingredients in the mist: I recall reading some good things about bhringraj on that old amla super-thread.

    Truqueen, so excited to hear from yet another person still loving amla! Has the amla darkened your hair over time a little – like, made your henna red less bright/light? (Like you, I plan on using it to cover gray). Glad you're having so much success from the henna a amla together. Thanks for your help :D

    ricotdorothy, the gloss sounds like a smart compromise. I'll have to look into that further. I'm a little control freaky cause I'm trying to get a certain color w/the henna, and maintain a color that's neither too dark or too clown red. Am afraid the glosses will be less predictable than pre-measured pure henna. Did you do the paste initially and then switch to glossing? Cause I'm afraid I could get sick of the paste too (soon or eventually). Thanks.
    SSNerd wrote: »
    Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?

    Would love to hear answers to this too.
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Update: Am (sort of) patiently waiting on my powders :geek:

    Meanwhile, I went to a local beauty supply joint to buy some black gloves and other odds and ends ... Two sales people tried talking me down from using henna. One eye-balled a few of my gray hairs - my semi-color is wearing off - and said henna won't cover gray.

    Both said it causes build-up on the hair (And?). Plus, they were (of course) trying to pedal the same "gentle" semi-perm. formulas w/peroxide that recently jeopardized my curls. Well, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. They're biased and trying to earn a living :disgust:

    Can't wait for my stash to arrive :love5:
  • tricellotricello Posts: 95Registered Users
    I just noticed that amla powder is in SS deeply decadent dt. Not sure if that makes the difference but that is my one HG product since I think it actually improves the physical condition of my hair.
    High Density, High Porosity, Medium Texture, 3B with some kink

    DT: SS DDMT - HG
    Lo-Poo: No Preference
    Co-wash: CJ Smoothing Conditioner
    RO: CJ Strengthening Conditioner - HG
    LI: CK Satin Roots
    Styler: CK Coil Jam
    Other Likes: Castor Oil; CK Twist Whip, MD CSC
    Dislikes: Wheat Protein; Aloe LIs or Stylers

  • ricotdorothyricotdorothy Posts: 436Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Poema, I'll be sure and keep the amla on for a much shorter time than the henna then. Will check w/the folks at mehandi – will ask them if 30 min.s is about right. Cranberry smell! Sounds tolerable LOL I'm really trying to be more open-minded about the smell of henna. When I have migraines just about any strong smell gets to me. So who knows? Maybe I'll feel differently about it this time :) I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your coconut oil – amla mix.

    NoodleNaps, thanks for the update! It's encouraging to hear amla is something that seems to have worked for you long term, even though you had to cut back for a while. Now that you're back “on it” (alongside the henna), hopefully your knots and splits will improve :D … Btw, what color is your post-henna hair right now (how dark or light)? Are you happy with your color?

    Adthomas, great ingredients in the ayurvedic mist. It's so cool that you've found an all-natural product that packs such a punch (I'm still looking, though KCCC is part of my regimen already). Speaking of the ingredients in the mist: I recall reading some good things about bhringraj on that old amla super-thread.

    Truqueen, so excited to hear from yet another person still loving amla! Has the amla darkened your hair over time a little – like, made your henna red less bright/light? (Like you, I plan on using it to cover gray). Glad you're having so much success from the henna a amla together. Thanks for your help :D

    ricotdorothy, the gloss sounds like a smart compromise. I'll have to look into that further. I'm a little control freaky cause I'm trying to get a certain color w/the henna, and maintain a color that's neither too dark or too clown red. Am afraid the glosses will be less predictable than pre-measured pure henna. Did you do the paste initially and then switch to glossing? Cause I'm afraid I could get sick of the paste too (soon or eventually). Thanks.
    SSNerd wrote: »
    Anybody use the oil instead of the powder and see results?

    Would love to hear answers to this too.

    I've actually never tried a full on henna treatment mostly because I don't want to change my hair color I just want the strengthening and conditioning benefits. I noticed my finer baby hairs took color quickly and if I had stuck to it I probably would have ended up with deep red highlights in my hair. My hair was also generally shinier and frizz free.
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    You never stop learning... :color:
  • ricotdorothyricotdorothy Posts: 436Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Update: Am (sort of) patiently waiting on my powders :geek:

    Meanwhile, I went to a local beauty supply joint to buy some black gloves and other odds and ends ... Two sales people tried talking me down from using henna. One eye-balled a few of my gray hairs - my semi-color is wearing off - and said henna won't cover gray.

    Both said it causes build-up on the hair (And?). Plus, they were (of course) trying to pedal the same "gentle" semi-perm. formulas w/peroxide that recently jeopardized my curls. Well, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. They're biased and trying to earn a living :disgust:

    Can't wait for my stash to arrive :love5:


    Reminds of a beauty supply store clerk who told me I would have to straighten my hair first in order to use flexirods. Indoctrination is a beast. She tried to tell me curly wont take a curl.:laughing7:
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