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Experiences with Amla

FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
It's been 4 days since my Amla treatment and my hair is still very soft and shiny. Plus, I am shedding a lot less hair. I'll be using it again this weekend and post results. Maybe we can start a Amla lovers group :wav:
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  • afrikurlafrikurl Posts: 736Registered Users
    Start it! Start it! I am very intrigued by amla. I want to try it so bad but I haven't heard much about it. If you experienced curlies could let us know the good the bad and the ugly we'll all be hooked on henna amla and every other natural plant for our tresses.
  • KitathenaKitathena Posts: 1,666Registered Users
    Fleurzty wrote: »
    It's been 4 days since my Amla treatment and my hair is still very soft and shiny. Plus, I am shedding a lot less hair. I'll be using it again this weekend and post results. Maybe we can start a Amla lovers group :wav:

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  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    I bought mine locally, but I noticed that From Nature with Love carries it. Check to see if you can find a local Indian grocer who has it in store because it is a lot cheaper.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    Ooh add me to your challenge! I love Amla. Oh and thank you for the one you're sending me!
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  • Frizzcurls427Frizzcurls427 Posts: 152Registered Users
    I just bought Amla powder from a local Indian market along with Henna and amla oil...I can't wait to try it! Fleurtzy, how are you supposed to store the amla powder?...I haven't opened any of the boxes yet and don't plan to until I decide to use it this weekend.
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  • hippychichippychic Posts: 4,673Registered Users
    I bought some from FNWL. I haven't done anything with it yet though :ncool: I was thinking once I get my condish chronicles sorted out, I'd mix it with that :occasion7:
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  • eyesthatlieeyesthatlie Posts: 261Registered Users
    Could you ladies post your alma recipes/regimens? Do you use the oil or the powder? It's used with henna, right?
  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    Alright ladies, here's what I found so fat. Not a whole lot of information on Amla out there. The most useful info came from LHCF. There is a thread on there from 2005 on the use of Amla to thicken, defrizz, curl, tone down the red in henna, etc. Here's the link to it /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.longhaircareforum.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D97845%26amp%3Bhighlight%3DAmla%26amp%3Bpage%3D5" class="Popup

    Frizzculrs, I have my henna in the hair closet with all my other goodies. The one I bought said to mix it the night before applying it to my hair, but I didn't follow the directions.

    Eyesthatlie, from what I'm reading, you can steep it and use the tea to rinse your hair or make a paste with it, which is what I did. I prepared it pretty much the same way I would henna and let it sit for about 1 hour. Over the weekend, I'll let it sit longer, maybe even overnight and see if that makes it even better. I'm using the powder. I used the oil from Dabur in the past but the results were decent, not at all comparable to using the oil.

    If you can find a local market, then buy it from them and try it before making a large financial investment on FNWL. Catherine at hennaforhair.com recommends its use for enhanhing curls and added a shine to them:cheers:
  • kayasmommykayasmommy Posts: 109Registered Users
    So far, I like amla too. I've been intrigued by ayurveda for the past couple of months. And with some good helpful advice and encouragement from others, combined with a little reading on a couple of other forums I'm really getting to know more about these Indian powders, and am looking forward to using them for a time to come.

    I'm still sporting my TWA, and do a cowash/wash and go most days of the week. Right now, I'm infusing amla into a mixture of castor/coconut/olive oils, and sleeping with it under plastic cap 2-3x weekly. I've also made a tea rinse of amla and brahmi powders and rinse with it 2-3x weekly too. My hair seems to hold its coils better (no matter how much I find my fingers a-twirling) and it feels softer too. I haven't used amla alone as a paste-type treatment (like henna or cassia) yet, maybe I'll do that next. I have tried cassia and also another mix of powders called Kalpi Tone, which has amla in it. I liked it, it was hard to get all the grit out, but I'd definitely do it again. I've done this for about a solid week now, and will do so for at least a month before I make any further evaluations.

    I purchased all my stuff at a local Indian store, with the exception of the cassia.

    So far so good...
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  • Storm_N _MomStorm_N _Mom Posts: 259Registered Users
    I have Hesh Amla that I purchased from a local Indain grocer on hand with another box packaged by another company. I paid $1.99 for each box. I haven't used it as like others, I did not find much on how to use the powder, but did find a YouTube video, but the natural sister only explained why she used amla and not how to use the powder. IIRC, the young woman's mother is East Indian.

    I'll give the amla a whirl tomorrow afternoon, and post how my hair reacts. Oh, count me in the amla challenge.

    I love the burgandy tint I get from henna, and hope amla won't darken my hair too much.
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  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    Alright ladies, I did treatment 2 last night, just because I won't have time this weekend. I figured better early than late :) So, it wasn't a fluke. My hair is so loving me right now.
  • nikkidanniellnikkidanniell Posts: 235Registered Users
    Okay now I'm wanting to do this! Fleurzty your hair looks great! I know you made a paste with the Amla, but how much powder did u use? And how much water? hot water ? tea? I hear people saying it's hard to rinse out.. so should I add oil to help this?

    Thanks!
  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    The first time I used one box, but this time I used two. It helped coat my hair better. I also mixed it with a little olive oil. I'm not sure how much water exactly I used but I allowed it to form a thick paste. Now, I had some leftover and I used it today to make a tea that I will used by this weekend to rinse my hair. I made the tea with the Amla, hibiscus flowers (that I honestly love) and nettles. I'll keep the tea in the fridge overnight. I planned on doing the rinse today but I'm wearing a puff that I think is too cute to disturb LOL. Really I walked in the bathroom and walked back out thinking, "no way, I'm going to mess with this hair". It's big, full and fluffy and I love my hair looking big, so I am ver happy right now :toothy8:
  • CurlyChick77CurlyChick77 Posts: 84Registered Users
    hmmmm I add Amla to my henna....maybe I will try it alone....

    Ur hair is beautiful missy!
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  • jamaican_curlyjamaican_curly Posts: 12Registered Users
    I have Hesh Amla that I purchased from a local Indain grocer on hand with another box packaged by another company. I paid $1.99 for each box. I haven't used it as like others, I did not find much on how to use the powder, but did find a YouTube video, but the natural sister only explained why she used amla and not how to use the powder. IIRC, the young woman's mother is East Indian.

    I'll give the amla a whirl tomorrow afternoon, and post how my hair reacts. Oh, count me in the amla challenge.

    I love the burgandy tint I get from henna, and hope amla won't darken my hair too much.

    She has recently put up a video of how she makes the paste
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  • DeeMarieDeeMarie Posts: 56Registered Users
    I'm so confused about Amla. I initially became interested b/c they say it helps tone down the red in henna. But from what I've read on other forums (e.g. hennaforhair.com...), many have also said that it's very drying to the hair.

    But sounds like you've experienced just the opposite effect--and without added oils or condish. :dontknow:
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  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    I was very disappointed with amla.

    When I used it, I mixed a little under 100g with chamomile tea and some honey and applied it to my hair. It was very gritty, but I loved the way my hair looked while it was in; when I use henna it weighs my hair frizzy straight, but with amla I had cute miniature but deep waves all over like someone had went through my hair with a crimper.

    I was only gonna leave it on for a 1/2 hour, but I ended up leaving it on for almost 2 hours, IIRC, which was probably too long in hindsight. When I rinsed (which I didn't find too difficult despite the grit) my hair felt STRIPPED. It was also mad droopy. It felt a little stronger when I pulled it but not by much.

    I made a thread about it on here and a lot of posters were like "You shouldn't use amla on its own!", unlike with henna. But prior and subsequent to that it seemed that that was exactly the way most people were using it on other sites. I put it down to the fact that my hair doesn't take well to very acidic products and it seems amla was no exception to that rule.

    In the weeks that followed, I noticed I had a lot more split ends and I think this could be very likely down to the amla.

    OTOH, it is the SUPREME exfoliator. I'm just not sure I would ever put it in my hair again, except as part of a tea or an oil infusion.

    BTW, I used the Hesh kind.
  • BrownBrowsBrownBrows Posts: 6Registered Users
    Does anyone know if it's ok to add Dabur Amla Oil to my henna? If so, at what point.

    Also many thread stated it contains mineral oil but I don't see it on the label which reads:

    Paraffinum liquidum, Canola Oil, Palm Glycerides, Amla (Emblica Officinalis) Extract in Canola Oil, Fragance, t-Butyl Hydroquinone (Anti-oxidant).

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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    BrownBrows wrote: »
    Also many thread stated it contains mineral oil but I don't see it

    It's there.
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  • mj11051mj11051 Posts: 407Registered Users
    I know alma is very conditioning, however I love my red henna color and I'm afraid it will darken my hair.:-(
  • mesocurlymesocurly Posts: 58Registered Users
    I've read that amla enhances curls. What exactly does that mean :confused1:

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  • blessedhimeblessedhime Posts: 1,458Registered Users
    @ mesocurly
    The enhancement of curls, means that your curls are more defined when you use Amla. I tried amla for the first time this week. So far I'm loving it as I got great definition. I'll continue to use it in the coming weeks. I bought 4 boxes of Hesh Amla powder. :happy10:
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  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    Miss Kitty, so far I haven't had much darkening to my color. I did my third Amla treatment last night and can still see the red hue in my hair, even though I haven't used henna in 2 months.

    Mesocurly, what I find is that it doesn't disrupt my curls or loosen them. It enhances them and reduces frizz. It also makes product application a lot easier, and I can use less product with the same curl definition. I don't have ANY products in my hair in either picture.

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  • mj11051mj11051 Posts: 407Registered Users
    Thanks Fleurzty, Then I'll make a tea tonight when I do my hair.
  • PrettycurlsPrettycurls Posts: 1,482Registered Users
    Wow Fleurzty!


    I am officially a Fleurzty groupie. :angel10:


    You rock for posting this. I had emailed quite a few ayurvedic centers and asked about several herbs and have gotten no responses - so this post is a breath of fresh air.

    And it is with pictures!

    I was on the fence about this, but I think I must try it at once.
  • PrettycurlsPrettycurls Posts: 1,482Registered Users
    Hello Deemarie and Jeamaria,



    I have heard the same things.

    Do you think that maybe the 'drying' is due to the amount used? The length of time it is left on the hair? What it is mixed with? Herbs aren't standardized so maybe some amla is mixed with other products like some forms of henna are?
  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    Thank you Prettycurls, I have a groupie :blob7:! I appreciate the compliments. I agree that practice might have to do with how drying the Amla is. If I leave it in my hair too long, it becomes much more difficult to rinse it out.

    On another note, be sure to rub your scalp while rinsing. I scratched my scalp today (lightly) and saw that I had some brown stuff under my nail :-(. Not cute at all! In the future, I will check as soon as my hair is rinsed to make sure it is completely rinsed out of my scalp. I'm also thinking of adding a little brown sugar to my conditioner and gently rub my scalp with it before applying the deep conditioner to my hair.
  • mesocurlymesocurly Posts: 58Registered Users
    Bare with me this last time. :confused1: One of the things I like about henna is the loosening effect it has on my tightly coiled hair. I stopped putting amla with my henna when I read it enhances curls because I thought it would make my coils tighter (which I DON't want). Amla won't undo the henna loosening effect, right?

    So if I'm understanding this right, amla enhancing/defining curls means less frizz, better clumping of strands, right?

    BTW Fleurzty, your hair is beautiful.

    Someone should write a book "Curly Hair for Dummies" with pictures and definitions. :toothy7: I'd buy it.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    Fleurzty, your hair is so beautiful!!!

    I keep meaning to tell you that I love your accent. What's your native language?

    I received the Amla you sent me and I might use it tomorrow night. For those of you that don't like the gritty feel, I mix it with a deep conditioner and it gives me the moisture I want and also its easier to apply to my hair.
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