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Curlies who have used Henna . . .

BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
. . . show us your photos, please! I would love to see the results and I know others would, too.

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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Here is my henna album.

    pw is my username

    I don't henna currently, but I did for a couple years and I think I will again someday. I loved henna.
  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Wild~Hair--you and your hair look beautiful!

    I have some poor pictures, but here they are. First is one from the day after I did it with no styling products, etc, so it's fuzzy (both hair and pic quality!):
    henna002.jpg

    And this is from this morning, still damp, using just gel, which I never do, and it's very humid, so....
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  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    Wow! it's amazing the vibrant color you can get with henna. You guys look great!

    I'm just too chicken. It looks like it would be messy to use, and my curls can't handle alot of conditioning without going limp. I'm afraid with its conditioning properties, henna would be too much for my curls.

    Thanks for sharing those!
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Thanks you guys.

    Brio, you could always do a test strand. Collect the hairs that fall out naturally until you have a good sized sample. This would allow you to see how it would affect your curl pattern.

    It's always vital to do a test strip with henna anyway.
  • AmbicurlerAmbicurler Posts: 8Registered Users
    For those of you who have used henna, where did you get it and what particular kind was it? Real store or online vendor? Body art grade henna or something else?
    2C/3A, currently:
    CO Wash - VO5 Chamomile Tea
    CO - Suave Humectant Conditioner
    Generic PM The Conditioner scrunched it, followed by Aussie Dual Personality Mousse + Leave in Conditioner, and a few blobs of HESMU scrunched on top.

    Scrunch with MF towel, air dry for about 15 minutes, diffuse until mostly dry, air dry some more, come back and scrunch in some more mousse and then diffuse until completely dry. Curls are unusually well defined and clumpy!

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  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    Ambicurler wrote: »
    For those of you who have used henna, where did you get it and what particular kind was it? Real store or online vendor? Body art grade henna or something else?

    When I buy Henna I either order it from From Natural with Love click here for the site or I go to a local Indian store in my area. Not all henna is the same so make sure to buy 100% real henna. For example, there's a brand called Rainbow Henna that has all these different colors... they claim to be 100% natural but real henna doesn't come in so many different colors. If Henna once a week it will elongate your curls so if you're worried about losing the curl I wouldn't recommend you do this all the time. I do it to color my greys and strengthen my hair.

    It is time consuming, I won't lie. I have to put the mix together on a Friday, Henna on a Saturday and let it sit in my hair for at least 6 hours. I have pictures of it on my Fotki /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fmariag002%2Fthe-henna-experience%2F" class="Popup
    I don't like the mess, but I refuse to put any more chemicals in my hair and this is natural. Plus I'd be coloring once a month and I don't want to do that to my hair.

    If anybody is interested, there is a Henna thread on the 4A forum. Anybody can join in, not just people with 4A hair. Its about 50+ pages long so happy reading! LOL

    This is a picture of my dark brown hair and the red lines you see are from the Henna. That sucker was a grey hair that Henna turned red.
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    - Maria

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    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Very nice, Mariag...I read through many, MANY of those pages on the 4A forum before doing it-good info. I also recommend www.hennaforhair.com -great site, and you can get the henna here from www.mehandi.com . Very reasonably priced, I received free books on cd, and downloaded the free instructional book as well. It made me so much more comfortable to take the plunge. I also read bunches on the henna hair forum there. From all I've seen, I would only purchase body art quality henna from a reputable site or dealer. I did 2 strand tests to determine what mix I wanted to use...
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    You are all my new hair idols, everyone looks amazing!

    I have strange magical hair that refuses to appear realistically in a photo. You have to imagine it darker.

    henna04cd9.th.jpg
  • ChrysovyiChrysovyi Posts: 110Registered Users
    Everyone's hair looks fabulous with henna - gorgeous colours and condition. It makes me wonder about giving up the indigo, but I think I've got too much grey.

    I'll try and post a photo. My hair looks awful though because I took this to post in the bad hair days thread! There are some slightly better ones in my Fotki (PW: frizzy) but this shows how the henna is taking over. I use equal quantities henna/indigo/cassia.

    I buy mine from /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.henna-boy.co.uk%2F" class="Popup - the henna is BAQ Jamila.

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  • jillipoojillipoo Posts: 3,795Registered Users
    Just wanna say what a cool thread this is! This brunette has enjoyed seeing all your beautiful red curly hair!
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  • HarleyCurlHarleyCurl Posts: 256Registered Users
    This brunette..ahhhemm I mean blonde..Tee hee, has enjoyed see it too!! Everyones hair looks so shiny! Does the henna help to make your hair shiny too? I don't know anything about henna,but it sure is pretty on y'all!
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    The henna does make my hair way more shiny. And strong. However it also makes it red! Permanently! So there is that to consider. I love red so I'm basically very happy with it, but even I have my little dramas about whether to go more brown and things like that.
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    I did a little henna treatment last night (cost $2.99/pk, Colora brand), sat under the hot bonnet for an hour, napped.. came out with really soft hair, but not much color difference. It's okay though, there is a slight color change, which I'm sure will be more noticeable when I do the next treatment in two weeks.

    Maybe next time I'll use the dark chestnut brown henna.. I'm not so sure the red is for me.
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  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    Henna semantics (lol): If it's not reddish-orange, it's not henna alone, or at all.
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    Riot Crrl wrote: »
    Henna semantics (lol): If it's not reddish-orange, it's not henna alone, or at all.

    Really? Dang.. what the hell did I buy?? lol

    My nails are a reddish orange today.. I hope I got the right thing.
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    "...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
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  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    Then that's a good sign it contained at least some henna...

    These are the ingredients I found for Colora's neutral shade.
    Natural Ingredients: Henna, may also contain plant extracts of Indigo, Centaurea, Rhubarb, Lichen and Litmus Moss. 100% Natural Formula that is 100% Chemical Free! Not tested on animals. Color may vary from person to person. Not suitable for more than 20% grey.

    I think that most of us are purchasing body art quality henna which has no additives. It is only red. I think we are also mostly leaving it on some hours.
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    Riot Crrl wrote: »
    Then that's a good sign it contained at least some henna...

    These are the ingredients I found for Colora's neutral shade.
    Natural Ingredients: Henna, may also contain plant extracts of Indigo, Centaurea, Rhubarb, Lichen and Litmus Moss. 100% Natural Formula that is 100% Chemical Free! Not tested on animals. Color may vary from person to person. Not suitable for more than 20% grey.

    I think that most of us are purchasing body art quality henna which has no additives. It is only red. I think we are also mostly leaving it on some hours.

    Next time I'll leave it on a while longer.. I just can't see doing a 6 hour marathon with a shower cap on though.. ugh. I'll probably do a 2-3 hour stretch, max. I get impatient.
    "The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
    "...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
    My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    mariag002 wrote: »
    Ambicurler wrote: »
    For those of you who have used henna, where did you get it and what particular kind was it? Real store or online vendor? Body art grade henna or something else?

    When I buy Henna I either order it from From Natural with Love click here for the site or I go to a local Indian store in my area. Not all henna is the same so make sure to buy 100% real henna. For example, there's a brand called Rainbow Henna that has all these different colors... they claim to be 100% natural but real henna doesn't come in so many different colors. If Henna once a week it will elongate your curls so if you're worried about losing the curl I wouldn't recommend you do this all the time. I do it to color my greys and strengthen my hair.

    It is time consuming, I won't lie. I have to put the mix together on a Friday, Henna on a Saturday and let it sit in my hair for at least 6 hours. I have pictures of it on my Fotki /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fmariag002%2Fthe-henna-experience%2F" class="Popup
    I don't like the mess, but I refuse to put any more chemicals in my hair and this is natural. Plus I'd be coloring once a month and I don't want to do that to my hair.

    If anybody is interested, there is a Henna thread on the 4A forum. Anybody can join in, not just people with 4A hair. Its about 50+ pages long so happy reading! LOL

    This is a picture of my dark brown hair and the red lines you see are from the Henna. That sucker was a grey hair that Henna turned red.

    The henna looks great in your dark hair. I love the way it highlights.
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  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    Riot Crrl wrote: »
    You are all my new hair idols, everyone looks amazing!

    I have strange magical hair that refuses to appear realistically in a photo. You have to imagine it darker.

    henna04cd9.th.jpg

    that is some awesome color!
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    3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!
  • MixedUpCurlyChickMixedUpCurlyChick Posts: 2,568Registered Users
    So does that mean any color of henna u use will have some kind of red hue or highlight to it? And it won't go away? I saw black henna in the store and was curious about. I currently use Paul Mitchell PM Shine (which I like b/c its semi perm and tends to add some shine) but its rather costly and I don't like being a slave to the salon unless I'm blonde (which I will be in the summer lol).

    How is henna different from other permanent color besides the fact that its all natural? :confused1:
    Riot Crrl wrote: »
    Henna semantics (lol): If it's not reddish-orange, it's not henna alone, or at all.
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  • hinziwinhinziwin Posts: 2Registered Users
    Pure henna will only give a orangey-red color.
    Indigo will give a dark blue color. Sometimes indigo is labeled as black henna even though it is not henna. Also, there are some nasty chemicals like PPD which is also called black henna. That stuff isn't henna either.

    I color my hair and cover my grays with a mix of half henna and half indigo. This gives me a chocolatey burgundy brown color on my normally light brown hair. The indigo tones down the red and gives a more brown shade. The color intensifies and deepens with each application. The henna permanently bonds to the hair and doesn't just coat it so the hairs are a bit thicker. This helps to loosen my curls just slightly. Those with superfine hair might not like this effect though.

    I have pics but not on this computer. I'll try to post them later.
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    So does that mean any color of henna u use will have some kind of red hue or highlight to it? And it won't go away? I saw black henna in the store and was curious about. I currently use Paul Mitchell PM Shine (which I like b/c its semi perm and tends to add some shine) but its rather costly and I don't like being a slave to the salon unless I'm blonde (which I will be in the summer lol).

    How is henna different from other permanent color besides the fact that its all natural? :confused1:
    Riot Crrl wrote: »
    Henna semantics (lol): If it's not reddish-orange, it's not henna alone, or at all.

    It means that products marketed as henna that claim to be any color but reddish-orange, are not henna at all, or at least not henna alone.

    The "black henna" that you have seen was at best a mixture of henna and indigo, or at worst a compound product containing chemical dyes and metal salts.

    How henna differs from chemical dyes depends on the particular chemical dye we wish to compare it to. A lot of chemical dyes deposit their color by using ammonia and peroxide to lift up the scales of the hair's cuticle, so that color can then be shoved up underneath. Henna won't do that, it's strong enough that its dye molecules migrate inside the hair shaft without having to lift the scales open to do so. (Scales may get roughed up a little bit from the manual manipulation that it takes to apply mud to the hair and then rinse it out, but nowhere near ammonia and peroxide, and henna isn't doing it chemically only physically.)

    Any product marketed as "blonde" henna is likely to contain cassia and a small amount of henna, as well as possibly mystery ingredients. If it's only cassia and henna, it won't lighten. Only deposit.

    If you want your hair to be black or dark brown, then body quality henna and indigo could be a decent option. Indigo mitigates the bright redness of henna to create browns and blacks.

    If you like to change your hair color often, it's probably not the greatest option. Some people have had success over time with various henna and indigo removal methods, but that's a long and time consuming road to walk down. Henna and indigo should be considered potentially very permanent until you cut off the hair that it's in.
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    So far since I've used the henna (about a week and a half ago) my hair, even though it's fine, feels fuller and softer.. I like it. I think I like the idea of mixing the indigo with the henna, as I don't wanna be a red head per se.. I like the idea of having a dark chestnutty brown color instead.

    I think this is the best conditioning treatment I've ever used.. but then again I'm kinda new to this "treating your hair right" thing. :wink:
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  • misfitcurlsmisfitcurls Posts: 735Registered Users
    before
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    after
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    HENNA HEAD
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  • criscatcriscat Posts: 355Registered Users
    I don't think henna is for every type of curls. My hair is very thick, and I have a lot of it. Although I love the color, it tends to make my hair dryer and even thicker, like it's coated.
    For that reason, and the fact that henna is so impractical, I rather use a semi-permanent color one tone lighter than my hair, to cover some grays and for shine.
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Wow, misfitcurls...love it! It turned out amazing!

    Hmm...let's see if I can get some pics up. The hair is wet and has nothing in it...and it was the night I did the Henna. The hair is darker now that it's had some time to oxidize.

    Henna Back_edited.jpg
    Henna left.jpg
    Henna Right.jpg

  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    I finally got brave enough to go the henna route and started hennaing my hair in July. I've never posted my results, so here goes.
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Wow, Brio, the red really makes your blue eyes pop. It's beautiful! :)
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Oh! Pretty, pretty!

  • MimsTXMimsTX Posts: 3,482Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My henna pics :)

    Still partially wet in this one (and with a flash on the camera)
    DSC00328-vi.jpg

    And this one's dry (mostly, anyways) and without a flash
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    Crazy the color difference you get in pictures depending on the flash settings. In person, it really looks somewhere in between the two colors. A vibrant dark ginger I suppose.
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