My henna experience

juicedabouthairjuicedabouthair Registered Users Posts: 111
Well ladies -

I purchased some henna this weekend from a local Indian store. I bought two different types and actually used the one that was a mix of henna, amla, and shikakai (sp?).

I mixed it with green tea infused warm water and a tiny bit of lemon juice until it looked like brown mashed potatoes. This morning I added honey until the mixture was smooth. I applied (after shampooing and conditioning) and had it all wrapped up on my head for 4-5 hours while doing homework and other stuff around the house.

I recently rinsed it out (not half as bad as when I once tried the brand from Whole Foods) with lots of V05 conditioner, and could definitely tell the difference in the feel of my hair. It felt smoother and silkier - yet strong, and I could feel the curls in a more defined state while rinsing my hair.

The only problem so far is that unlike those who said they could only tell the color difference in sunlight, I could immediately see the bright red upon towel trying. I can't imagine how it will look in natural light when dry considering I looked like Ronald McDonald (okay - not that bad) while it was wet. I'm trying to be calm while sitting with a homemade deep conditioner on, but I fear that tomorrow at work will be a particularly long day as I explain my bright red hair.

Will it fade? I didn't get anything like this color (or conditioning) effect from the WF store henna.

Thanks!
juicedabouthair
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  • juicedabouthairjuicedabouthair Registered Users Posts: 111
    Update: the color toned down after rinsing out the deep conditioner and cowashing this morning. A few people noticed and complemented on the color today at work. Most people couldn't even tell.

    So I think I might try it again, but perhaps not as frequent as some do - perhaps once a month or so. I might also try cassia - same conditioning properties without the color, right?
    juicedabouthair
    mostly 4a??

    http://public.fotki.com/juicedabouthair/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/juicedabouthair

    Products currently in rotation:
    • Curls by Sister Smith with added oils
    • SheaMoisture Leave-in
    • Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
  • mariag002mariag002 Registered Users Posts: 3,557 Curl Neophyte
    I'm glad you responded because I was going to ask you if the color faded a bit. Cassia will give you the same results minus the color.

    I have to Henna on Friday night because I need to be Henna-free for my birthday this Saturday. I like how you said your henna was a potato-like substance. I like to call it baby poop LOL I use Henna because I have greys in the front I have to kill off once a month. I think that if you use Cassia once a month you'll be fine. Did your hair feel dry? I find that if I don't over-moisturize my hair it'll feel dry for days or until I co-wash again. This time I'm going to add yogurt and honey in my next batch.

    I'm glad it worked for you.
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • juicedabouthairjuicedabouthair Registered Users Posts: 111
    I was so nervous about possible dryness that I heard about that I overconditioned between the deep treatment I did right after and co-washing the next morning.

    I am also a fan of honey in my deep treatment conditioner. And I will definitely try cassia.

    Thanks!
    juicedabouthair
    mostly 4a??

    http://public.fotki.com/juicedabouthair/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/juicedabouthair

    Products currently in rotation:
    • Curls by Sister Smith with added oils
    • SheaMoisture Leave-in
    • Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

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