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Henna Side Effect?

curlmamacurlmama Posts: 24Registered Users
I used henna yesterday for about 8 hours after letting the dye release Friday night with lemon juice and now my urine has a tint of green. Has anyone else had this happen? I used Yemen henna from henna for hair
4a hair
I use Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard. My daughters are 3c and 4b.

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  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    I've read that this happens, but I don't think its harmful. Everytime I do a henna I actually look out for it, but it never happens to me. I use the Yemen henna, too. Great stuff.

    Still the fact that it does happen kinda freaks me out. Not so much about the henna but about other dyes and skin products. It really proves that thinks we put on our skin do get absorbed in our bodies.
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    Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
    Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
    Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


    2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    Not that I've noticed, but I eat some weird foods that are really high in B12 and stuff, so I'm used to funny colors.
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    Did you take a vitamin? Most vitamins will make your urine greener than normal.
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  • curlmamacurlmama Posts: 24Registered Users
    No I dont take any vitamins, did not eat anything different so it must be the henna. I was thinking the same thing about how quickly stuff we eat gets absorbed into our system! The urine color is back to normal now that I have washed the henna out. I am super happy with the color and the condition of my hair. Knowing that the henna is natural and not a chemical product makes me feel good. Just thinking about the chemical dyes and relaxers I have used in the past and knowing that they must have also been absorbed into my system is scary.
    4a hair
    I use Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard. My daughters are 3c and 4b.
  • ChrysovyiChrysovyi Posts: 110Registered Users
    Quite a few of the curlies on the 4a board mentioned the same thing whilst using henna, and it is the henna that does it! I've got a feeling someone asked about this on hennaforhair and got the scientific reason for it - but I can't remember what it was.
  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    I just did my second henna application. I leave it on overnight, and this did not happen to me either time. I did read about it in a few places, though. Even if I peed green forever, I wouldn't trade henna for the world! I used Jamila- Pakistan henna. It amazes me that something so natural not only gives non-fading beautiful red shades, but has totally strengthened/thickened the strands, made my hair even healthier...
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I've used henna for several years, and I often leave it on my head for 8-10 hours. I've never noticed any urine color changes, but then I wasn't looking for it either. I'm going to have to pay attention to that next time. It wouldn't offput me though. Henna is a stain and our skin does absorb things, so it makes sense that henna does get into the body, just as other things do.

    Another Jamila fan here...great dark reds from the Jamila.
  • Riot CrrlRiot Crrl Posts: 3,135Registered Users
    Bumping this because Catherine just posted an answer for it on h4h.

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    Apparently it is harmless like asparagus urine changes.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    This hppnd to me this morning. Weird!
  • Sealvau.SteySealvau.Stey Posts: 2Registered Users
    Yeah, it happened to me today, that's what lead to the search and I found this thread. I mixed mine with ACV, paprika, and Egyption Body Quality Art henna.
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Wondering if any of you buy your pure (BAQ) henna online from somewhere other than Hennaforhair.com (Includes mehandi.com page)? If so, where? Looking for a cheaper, but safe, alternative!

    TIA
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Wondering if any of you buy your pure (BAQ) henna online from somewhere other than Hennaforhair.com (Includes mehandi.com page)? If so, where? Looking for a cheaper, but safe, alternative!

    TIA

    A few options are:
    Henna Sooq
    Butters-N-Bars.com
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    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. Words can't capture how helpful you've been in giving out info on henna. Thanks so much :notworthy: ... I'm going to check those out now :D
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Aw shucks! :) Glad to be of help.
    || 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

  • Luvmycurls3Luvmycurls3 Posts: 32Registered Users
    Have anyone used henna cream? If so, can u put amla in it?
  • UmphUmph Posts: 83Registered Users
    Korkscrew wrote: »
    Wondering if any of you buy your pure (BAQ) henna online from somewhere other than Hennaforhair.com (Includes mehandi.com page)? If so, where? Looking for a cheaper, but safe, alternative!

    TIA
    you can purchase Jamila Henna for $2.99 from Welcome to RanisWorldFoods.com

    it's ridiculous how much some sites charge for the same product; I've tried the "high end" hennas but like Jamila best

    and don't forget Ebay :)
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  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Thanks - I really appreciate this info. Thing with the RanisWorldFoods site is: looks like at least some of their henna products aren't pure. I don't even see ingredients listed (including percentage of lawsone). They're selling "black henna" too (no such thing - that's code for henna adulterated by chemicals like PPD, which can react to future hair processes with volatility, literally melting the hair. I'm not sure I trust ebay either when it comes to henna. I'm sure you're right about some good deals on henna there. It's just too easy for an independent seller to say it's pure henna without it really being pure henna IMO.
  • JLeighsJLeighs Posts: 904Registered Users
    I use the Jamilla from HennaSooq and it's excellent. I have used Jamilla from Mehandi.com as well and it's very good henna too, but I got majorly turned off by a few things, one of which is the shipping prices.
    2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.
  • Marie01141976Marie01141976 Posts: 13Registered Users
    I have never had any urine changes when doing henna, and I leave mine on for around 6 hours. I only us body art quality henna, I am wondering if the henna was contaminated, or maybe it was something you ate or drank?
    FYI, I buy my henna from Henna Sooq. I have ordered from Mehandi.com as well, but I have fallen in love with the Red Raj from Henna Sooq. They have the best customer service, reasonable shipping, and quality products. I have emailed them with questions many times, and the owner responds within 24 hours! Now that is good customer service.
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  • nubiennzenubiennze Posts: 1Registered Users
    Umph wrote: »
    you can purchase Jamila Henna for $2.99 from Welcome to RanisWorldFoods.com

    it's ridiculous how much some sites charge for the same product; I've tried the "high end" hennas but like Jamila best

    and don't forget Ebay :)

    Is their Jamila BAQ or henna for hair? As someone mentioned, the site doesn't offer much info. Also, can you recommend any specific eBay sellers?

    Thanks!
  • KaitAleeseKaitAleese Posts: 37Registered Users
    you can order on Amazon.com
  • Wurly_GirlWurly_Girl Posts: 41Registered Users
    I read that some henna sellers put green dye in the henna powder to make it look fresher.
    It is likely that this dye is absorbed by the skin and then eliminate by urine.
    Btw i never noticed green urine after using henna :)
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  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    That link seems to be broken, so I can't read the explanation. I've been using cassia/henna regularly for a couple of years and have never experienced green urine. It truly doesn't make much sense unless you are ingesting the henna, but I suppose it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. It's possible some substance could possibly cross the cell membranes and into the bloodstream and be filtered out by the kidneys. Interesting--I'll have to pay closer attention to my urine next time.
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  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    Wurly_Girl wrote: »
    I read that some henna sellers put green dye in the henna powder to make it look fresher.
    It is likely that this dye is absorbed by the skin and then eliminate by urine.
    Btw i never noticed green urine after using henna :)

    Hm, good point. The practice off adding green dye to henna to make it look fresh is called "polishing".
    || 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

  • Eve.CookEve.Cook Posts: 1Registered Users
    My mother has this same issue with henna (when I don't, and we use the same batch of henna), so we looked into it.

    As it turns out, henna is a diuretic (even when applied topically). Frequent henna users sometimes run into trouble as a result, because they can pee out vitamins and medications too quickly.

    But so, one of the most common (but harmless!) side-effects of any kind of diuretic is-- you guessed it!-- green pee. Possibly due to all the vitamins (either from supplements or just from regular food) that you're suddenly peeing out.

    Mystery solved!