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Amla Drama

jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
I was excited to finally try this stuff for the first time a few days ago. I added water to it, mixed it around and let it sit for about 2 hours, then mixed in about 3 tbsp honey and applied it to my hair. It was a little grainy since I was so anxious to try it I didn't bother sifting it first. However, I was happy 1 box was enough to cover my hair; I need much more henna than that.

When it went onto my hair it felt smoothing despite the odd grain, and it was also very defining, which I found weird since henna weighs my hair straight. Anyway, when I went to rinse it out about 4 hours later, I was not pleased. It seemed like it rinsed easily but my hair had a certain roughness. When I looked at my hands after touching my hair I saw lots of grainy black pieces. Eventually I gave up rinsing, but when I was applying my leave in some grains were still coming out and my hair still felt rough.

I was so disappointed! I'd heard so many reviews, even from people who hated henna, about amla making their hair more moisturized and softer. I didn't get none of that. The only difference I noticed was my hair "hanging" more which is also an undesirable effect since I prefer volume.

Anyone have any tips on how I could make my next amla experience better? It's pretty decent on my skin so the other boxes I bought will not go to waste, but I would love to make it work for my hair AND rinse more easily. TIA!

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  • KynnibKynnib Posts: 999Registered Users
    Have you tried to wash your hair again. When I use henna I have to wash, condition and then condition again. Its like henna leaves a weird coating on my hair that makes it feel weird and i have to condition again to get it out.
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  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    Thanks KynniB. I haven't tried to wash it with shampoo but I did co-wash and condition after, plus I spent a really long time rinsing. I can still feel little fragments of gooseberry in my hair now, although you can't see them plus there's just a crackliness to my hair.
  • momo7momo7 Posts: 478Registered Users
    Alot of the things I used to use for my hair, including amla, I don't use anymore. I can do without the headache.
  • diamond48diamond48 Posts: 54Registered Users
    jeamaria wrote: »
    I was excited to finally try this stuff for the first time a few days ago. I added water to it, mixed it around and let it sit for about 2 hours, then mixed in about 3 tbsp honey and applied it to my hair. It was a little grainy since I was so anxious to try it I didn't bother sifting it first. However, I was happy 1 box was enough to cover my hair; I need much more henna than that.

    When it went onto my hair it felt smoothing despite the odd grain, and it was also very defining, which I found weird since henna weighs my hair straight. Anyway, when I went to rinse it out about 4 hours later, I was not pleased. It seemed like it rinsed easily but my hair had a certain roughness. When I looked at my hands after touching my hair I saw lots of grainy black pieces. Eventually I gave up rinsing, but when I was applying my leave in some grains were still coming out and my hair still felt rough.

    I was so disappointed! I'd heard so many reviews, even from people who hated henna, about amla making their hair more moisturized and softer. I didn't get none of that. The only difference I noticed was my hair "hanging" more which is also an undesirable effect since I prefer volume.

    Anyone have any tips on how I could make my next amla experience better? It's pretty decent on my skin so the other boxes I bought will not go to waste, but I would love to make it work for my hair AND rinse more easily. TIA!

    I think you used too much Alma. I use only 2 tablespoons at the most at a time. I add it too conditioners to strengthen and to my henna treatments to tone down the red. Did you use the entire box? I don't believe that Alma is used in the same manner as henna and indigo.
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    and Henna/Alma/Indigo. I'm finding out less product is better for me. Photo shows me at my house in SoCal with picked out dry hair w/ a little leave-in cond.
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  • rociobutterflyrociobutterfly Posts: 57Registered Users
    Thanks for starting this thread jeamaria. I have been interested in amla too, but have been scared to try it. I just started getting the hang of henna! The lady at the store tried to sell me some when I bought my last henna stash, but I wanted to research it some more.

    How will you be using it on your skin? What are the benefits?
    TIA!

  • amaraliceamaralice Posts: 302Registered Users
    Diamond is right. You can't use it in heavy quantities - it's too astringent. I use a few spoonfuls in yogurt, EVOO, and honey. It will make your hair hang though. I also DT after w/ my signature DT for an hour.

    After cowashing twice I always have a few grains that linger - I've given up on eliminating that, lol.
    diamond48 wrote: »
    jeamaria wrote: »
    I was excited to finally try this stuff for the first time a few days ago. I added water to it, mixed it around and let it sit for about 2 hours, then mixed in about 3 tbsp honey and applied it to my hair. It was a little grainy since I was so anxious to try it I didn't bother sifting it first. However, I was happy 1 box was enough to cover my hair; I need much more henna than that.

    When it went onto my hair it felt smoothing despite the odd grain, and it was also very defining, which I found weird since henna weighs my hair straight. Anyway, when I went to rinse it out about 4 hours later, I was not pleased. It seemed like it rinsed easily but my hair had a certain roughness. When I looked at my hands after touching my hair I saw lots of grainy black pieces. Eventually I gave up rinsing, but when I was applying my leave in some grains were still coming out and my hair still felt rough.

    I was so disappointed! I'd heard so many reviews, even from people who hated henna, about amla making their hair more moisturized and softer. I didn't get none of that. The only difference I noticed was my hair "hanging" more which is also an undesirable effect since I prefer volume.

    Anyone have any tips on how I could make my next amla experience better? It's pretty decent on my skin so the other boxes I bought will not go to waste, but I would love to make it work for my hair AND rinse more easily. TIA!

    I think you used too much Alma. I use only 2 tablespoons at the most at a time. I add it too conditioners to strengthen and to my henna treatments to tone down the red. Did you use the entire box? I don't believe that Alma is used in the same manner as henna and indigo.
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  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    @momo7: Please elaborate- what kind of problems did you get using amla? Was it worth it in terms of improving your hair's condition.

    @diamond: I didn't realise you were supposed to use that little. But your answer makes a lot of sense. I'll try with a lower amount next time. Thanks!

    @amaralice:You know, I was looking at some old henna for hair threads about amla and one poster mentioned she didn't like it because it was too acidic and it dried out her hair. But she also said it was because her hair didn't like acidic stuff in general. I was wondering if that was my problem, but hopefully it is just a matter of it being too potent for my hair. And thanks for the tips on the leftover grains, too.

    BTW, which brand of amla are you guys using?
  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    Thanks for starting this thread jeamaria. I have been interested in amla too, but have been scared to try it. I just started getting the hang of henna! The lady at the store tried to sell me some when I bought my last henna stash, but I wanted to research it some more.

    How will you be using it on your skin? What are the benefits?
    TIA!

    I've been mixing a small amount into a paste, then smoothing it onto my face in a thick masque. I rinse after 15 minutes. The little bits work as some kind of physical exfoliant, while the high vitamin C content is supposed to help exfoliate and brighten, too.

    I applied it on dirty, oily skin and when I rinsed, my skin was smooth with all the oil sucked up but not dried out. And this was just with a couple tablespoons; I was using 100g on my hair which is so much drier and less lubricated than my face.
  • diamond48diamond48 Posts: 54Registered Users
    jeamaria wrote: »

    I was using 100g on my hair which is so much drier and less lubricated than my face.

    100g of Alma would definitely be too much and would leave your hair dry and also irritate your scalp.
    Fully Natural.Last Relaxer August 2003. Fav Conditioners HE LTR, Elucence
    and Henna/Alma/Indigo. I'm finding out less product is better for me. Photo shows me at my house in SoCal with picked out dry hair w/ a little leave-in cond.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fadiamond48" class="Popup Password 4A?
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  • rociobutterflyrociobutterfly Posts: 57Registered Users
    jeamaria wrote: »
    I've been mixing a small amount into a paste, then smoothing it onto my face in a thick masque. I rinse after 15 minutes. The little bits work as some kind of physical exfoliant, while the high vitamin C content is supposed to help exfoliate and brighten, too.

    I applied it on dirty, oily skin and when I rinsed, my skin was smooth with all the oil sucked up but not dried out. And this was just with a couple tablespoons; I was using 100g on my hair which is so much drier and less lubricated than my face.

    Thanks! I may be trying this soon.

  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    You're welcome rociobutterfly.

    Thanks for helping me make sense of this everyone. I'm so grateful! BTW, I co-washed last night and my hair felt so much better in terms of smoothness, it felt a lot stronger too, which is what I was expecting from the amla. I guess getting rid of some of the little grains helped, too. My hair was still kind of weird when I was putting in my leave in and styler, but it came out well, although hanging a little more than my liking.

    Does anyone have an opinion on how long I should wait before doing another amla treatment? I was planning on doing one a week, but I think doing one next week, albeit with a lot less amla, might be too soon.