Henna vs Henna Gloss: Effect on Curls/Waves?

xylia1225xylia1225 Posts: 6Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
I'm interested in using henna to dye my hair red (it's currently a medium brown, so I'm aiming for it to be a nice auburn color). However, I'm afraid of losing my wavy curls (when they behave they're 2c). I was considering doing a gloss instead of a full treatment, thinking the curl loosening effect would be lessened. Am I correct in thinking that, or is the effect about the same either way?
2c low/medium porosity
CG since May 2018

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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,501Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    I'm not sure what a henna gloss is... but I'm guessing maybe it's henna with a bunch of other stuff in it? In which case I would not use it. I could be totally wrong. :)

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • xylia1225xylia1225 Posts: 6Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    Gretchen said:
    I'm not sure what a henna gloss is... but I'm guessing maybe it's henna with a bunch of other stuff in it? In which case I would not use it. I could be totally wrong. :)
    A henna gloss is using pure henna, and mixing it with a conditioner before applying. I've read that people use it 1) to get a more subtle color and 2) to help combat dryness and help the henna rinse out more easily. Since the henna is diluted, I was thinking it would lessen the curl loosening effect as well, but I'm not sure.
    2c low/medium porosity
    CG since May 2018
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,501Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    OH!  Ok! Could you try the gloss first and see what impact it has and then if you're good with it, try the pure henna? 

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • xylia1225xylia1225 Posts: 6Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    Gretchen said:
    OH!  Ok! Could you try the gloss first and see what impact it has and then if you're good with it, try the pure henna? 
    I'm thinking I might experiment that way, or who knows maybe I'll like the color from just doing the gloss and will be happy with that :smile: I'm also looking into amla, which is supposed to help bring back/maintain curl pattern if henna loosens it
    2c low/medium porosity
    CG since May 2018
  • Kinky Curly-Coily MeganKinky Curly-Coily Megan Posts: 67Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    I thought henna gloss was a glossy oil or something lol! We learn sometime new everyday 😄
  • lynn3lynn3 Posts: 1Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    henna gloss (assuming dye released) is lighter and usually temporary as far as color change. A full blown henna (I've done 2-4 hr hendigo) will leave your hair feeling thicker and will relax the curl a bit. Supposedly adding amla to the mix helps retain more curl, but I'm not totally convinced.

  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,501Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    lynn3 said:
    henna gloss (assuming dye released) is lighter and usually temporary as far as color change. A full blown henna (I've done 2-4 hr hendigo) will leave your hair feeling thicker and will relax the curl a bit. Supposedly adding amla to the mix helps retain more curl, but I'm not totally convinced.

    We have such smart curlies here!

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • socurlssocurls Posts: 184Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur

    I often use henna and I love it ! 

    I advise you to use yemen henna powder and radjastan henna which are more red .. and the most the most natural henna possible !


    Be careful, some henna contain sodium picramate, it's salt derived from picramic acid. "The metal salts found in some henna so-called 'natural' can accentuate the color and help the henna to better attach to the hair, but they have a fairly similar effect to the components of chemical staining, which can irritate the scalp and damage the hair "


    And if you ever do a chemical ( or not ) coloring on it after .. there will be a lot of damage ..


    And also do not take henna that contains indigo, because first of all a lot of people are allergic to indigo (I'm part of it) and if you do another coloring also later or even discoloration/bleach .. You will have a good chance that your hair will turn green ! Ahah (I also had this slightly few months ago.. while for more than a year I had no more indigo in my henna.. ) 



    I love henna for beautiful shiny hair, healthy ... etc
     
    But you have to take it as natural as possible !

    I just created an Instagram account on the evolution of my curly hair journey ! 
    It will be a pleasure to find you there  :)

    https://www.instagram.com/socurls/

    @socurls
  • xylia1225xylia1225 Posts: 6Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    socurls said:

    I often use henna and I love it ! 

    I advise you to use yemen henna powder and radjastan henna which are more red .. and the most the most natural henna possible !


    Be careful, some henna contain sodium picramate, it's salt derived from picramic acid. "The metal salts found in some henna so-called 'natural' can accentuate the color and help the henna to better attach to the hair, but they have a fairly similar effect to the components of chemical staining, which can irritate the scalp and damage the hair "


    And if you ever do a chemical ( or not ) coloring on it after .. there will be a lot of damage ..


    And also do not take henna that contains indigo, because first of all a lot of people are allergic to indigo (I'm part of it) and if you do another coloring also later or even discoloration/bleach .. You will have a good chance that your hair will turn green ! Ahah (I also had this slightly few months ago.. while for more than a year I had no more indigo in my henna.. ) 



    I love henna for beautiful shiny hair, healthy ... etc
     
    But you have to take it as natural as possible !

    Thank you! I have some Rajasthani henna sitting waiting at home for me to get brave enough to use it, haha! 
    2c low/medium porosity
    CG since May 2018
  • socurlssocurls Posts: 184Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Give us news after applying henna! :smiley:

    Oh and also the last tip, add some conditioning, yoghurt or a light oil into your henna.
    The henna tends to dry a little hair during the application..
    And no shampoo for 48 hours after application, to give time to henna to oxidize a little, the color takes at least 48 hours to be really perfect  :) 
    I just created an Instagram account on the evolution of my curly hair journey ! 
    It will be a pleasure to find you there  :)

    https://www.instagram.com/socurls/

    @socurls

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