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To henna or not to henna

Avatar • Dec 21, 2010


Reader Tiffany says;

Hey Leila, I have a question and wonder if the BGLH community can help me. I have very fine hair and, after doing some research, I think henna might help to thicken up my strands. But I’ve also read that for some women henna doesn’t work well, and even leads to breakage.

I just wanted to ask your readers to share their henna experiences. Did it work for them? And if not, why? Also, are there any tips or tricks for me to keep in mind? Thanks!

Alright ladies! What have your experiences with henna been like?

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Eleisha
Eleisha
9 years ago

I’ve tried Henna, I do not have fine hair however, but I loved it. I actually got the Henna from a local Indian Grocery store by my house for $4. The color set really well in my hair, I have only done it once so I cannot talk for long term experiences, however I did not have any breakage or adverse side effects. I would just suggest to sift it first to get it finer so there isn’t a lot left after you rinse it out.

JOURNEY
9 years ago

I’ve used henna since I’ve been natural for a year now. First you should make sure that you are using “real henna” and not imitation henna. This type of henna can have chemicals in it and can do some damage to your hair. Go to mehandi.com and the website has tons of information about where henna comes from, FAQ’s etc.. You have to follow the instructions! It took me awhile to decide if henna was right for me and I have no requests. I have no breakage and henna actually does the opposite making your hair stronger and stopping hair… Read more »

bride91501
bride91501
9 years ago

I henna’d for the first time 1 month ago, and hands down, it is the BEST thing I’ve done for my hair since going natural. My hair is mostly medium to thick density, but I have some areas (in the very front and very back), that are fine. I also LOVE really big hair, so I decided to try henna to thicken my strands. As a 4b, my hair also tends to be very dry, so I’m always looking for ways to retain moisture. Henna seemed perfect for both reasons. I could immediately tell the difference as soon as I… Read more »

Bitty Boss
9 years ago

I have fine hair and I henna once a month to every few months. It has made my hair thicker and adds a nice sheen to my strands.

Some great henna brands to try (my favs):

Karishma Henna
Reshma Henna

Shones
9 years ago

My hair is mostly fine, but thick. I tried henna for the first time about two years ago and did it (stopped this summer) about every 4 months using Jamila from Butters-n-Bars.com. For me… Pros: lovely color, decent as a conditioning treatment. Cons: it’s messier than other conditioning treatments that offer similar results, e.g. honey + olive oil, mayo, bentonite clay. You have to be careful not to get it on your clothes/hands. Decision: I’m just sort of ho-hum regarding henna right now. For strengthening, it’s just OK to me. I would do it again, but only to get that fantastic… Read more »

Tiffany X
Tiffany X
9 years ago

It’s funny you posted this because I just henna’d my hair for the first time this past weekend. I was a little nervous at first but I got satisfactory results, I only left mines in for about four hours so it didn’t really color my hair, which was good because I like my dark strands! However I noticed the thickening effects and the softness of my hair. I just wish I had of left it in a little longer (maybe slept in it). I liked it enough to definitely do it again.…probably over the holiday weekend. note: I mixed mines… Read more »

honeybrown1976
honeybrown1976
9 years ago

As I type, I have Jamila henna in my hair, lol. I’m keeping it on for 10 hours and I’ll apply my dc after rinsing. I mixed Jamila henna, a couple of splashes of lemon juice, warmed distilled water, 1/2 cup of HE Hello Hydration, and 1 cup of Vo5 Passionfruit Smoothie. I let it sit overnight. Prior to applying, I adding some coconut oil and peppermint oil. So, I’ll see what happens!

I plan to do this once a month. Good luck!

P.S. I have thin to medium, fine hair.

Tiffany X
Tiffany X
9 years ago

.….By the way I used Jamila and you can usually find it at your local indian grocery store.

e
e
9 years ago

I wouldn’t mind doing some Henna but I do hear that if you have some grey hairs,that it won’t adhere and have that part turn orange reddish color. I just dyed mine a midnight blk semi-permanent from Clariol Instincts, and love it.

Sauleta
Sauleta
9 years ago

I have been doing henna since Feb 2010, and I love it. I started out doing it once a week, for like 3–4 months, but the process can be quite tedious, so now I do it once a month. When I first started I was using a mixture of Henna, green tea, and honey, but I think the caffeine and acid combo in the green tea was a little strong for my hair, so it did feel dry and a little brittle, but now I do what is called a Henna gloss. My Henna gloss consist of Henna, coconut milk,… Read more »

Ann
Ann
9 years ago

I used henna for the first time last weekend and it made my hair color bright and my hair full of volume and sheen. I have thick, coarse hair and was experiencing breakage prior to using it. I haven’t noticed any breakage since using the henna yet. I will definitely use it again next month, though.

Donna
Donna
9 years ago

I have fine but thick 4a and I am a long time user of Jamila henna. It thickens my hair and leaves it feeling soft and very shiny with no shedding. I mix mine a la Curly Nikki, only using green tea.

iri9109
9 years ago

i’ve never used henna…im to scared about the curl loosening effects & its not a risk im willing to take right now, even though i hear about its benefits…i like the other ayurvedic treatments ive done though…they make my hair feel soft and strong, so i’m thinking about trying cassia one day since i heard its the same as henna without the color or curl loosening, but you have to do it more often because the results dont last as long

ChiCityKitty
ChiCityKitty
9 years ago

I have been using henna twice a month since August and I have noticed a huge difference in the texture and thickness of my hair. It did loosen the curl a bit but it feels stronger and softer. The first monthly treatment, I mix the henna with indigo to keep my hair color a very rich dark black / brown. The second monthly treatment, I will henna gloss by mixing the henna with a conditioner. Before I starting using henna, I did my research on the Henna for Hair Forum — http://www.forums.hennapage.com/. I also read about Curly Nikki’s henna experiences… Read more »

Danni
Danni
9 years ago

In fear of just repeating the above comments I want to say that henna is the only thing that kept me from going back to a relaxer. It made my hair super strong, soft, and manageable; and the color is just awesome. Even my permed strands are thick, healthy and gorgeous! If I had discovered henna before going natural I probably never would have. It is such and awesome gift from nature!

ChiCityKitty
ChiCityKitty
9 years ago

Sauleta, I echo the same sentiments! I love being on the dark (henna) side!

And Curly Nikki is hands down the best tour guide for henna PERIOD.

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
9 years ago

Wow, amazing that henna gets only positive reviews. I used it when I was a teenager (20 years ago LOL) and a couple of times since. To be quite honest I would do it for the color and not for conditioning so I didn’t notice any difference. But now I’m sold and will do it next week LOL.

Kimberlie
Kimberlie
9 years ago

I have fine (3b/c) hair & I love my henna. I do it about once a month & it really has helped with the thickness of my hair. It also loosens the curl a bit so my hair looks alot fuller. My hair has more spring & bounce to it. I do not get a mess when applying my henna. I mix it in a blastic bowl & then section my hair & apply the henna with a hair color brush. It goes on easily. I then comb my hair up and around & wrap my head in Saran Wrap before… Read more »

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

Am I the only one who had a bad experience with henna? I did a henna gloss and left it in overnight. For the following few days, my hair was so soft and amazing, but then it started breaking off and has been ever since (4 months). It was definitely dumb of me to leave it in for so long on the first try, but I’ve learnt my lesson.

Ashley
9 years ago

I love Henna. I henna my hair every two weeks, alternating from a henna gloss to a straight henna paste. I have yet to have any problems with my henna as far as my hair being dry bc I do an extensive DC afterwards.

loveLee
loveLee
9 years ago

I used henna a long time ago and i loved it. It never broke my hair off and I was a teen using it on relaxed hair then. i plan on using it again once i find the real stuff. I never left it in over night and i did at times over do it but still no breakage. The Henna I used had a recommended time on it, if I am remembering correctly.

Sherri
Sherri
9 years ago

This is great! I just added the finishing touches to a batch of henna I plan to freeze and use this weekend! I have used Body Art Quality Henna from mehandi.com for over a year and I absolutely love what it does for my hair! In April of last year, I had such a serious allergic reaction to hair coloring (done at a salon) that I ended up at an ER clinic. My scalp wept from sores, and my face looked like I had gone ten rounds with Evander Holyfield! I, too, was reluctant to try henna. All the research I’d… Read more »

kibkabe
9 years ago

I love henna! My hair’s already pretty thick tho. I use it more for the natural highlights. The best henna is from a foreign company and in powder form. I’ve left henna in my hair for hours and overnight, and I never had issues after it was washed out, but others have. It’s a good deep conditioner to help repair damage. I haven’t used it in more than a year cuz it makes a big mess, but I still have my highlights. So it’s good stuff. But hair stylists would say otherwise. I’ve met some who told me henna is… Read more »

Princess mop top
Princess mop top
9 years ago

My hair loves henna!

I have type 4 fine and thin hair which is noticably thicker since I started henna treatments.It also gave me a beautiful deep brown/mahogany/red colour.
I leave mine in over night. In my mixture I use tea,let it sit,then add conditioner and oils just before I apply.

Hope it woks for you too.

Maureen
Maureen
9 years ago

I’ve done two henna gloss treatments so far, the first time I didn’t sift it so make sure you do, as mentioned before. Days later I still had grains left in my hair. Besides that, I haven’t really noticed a big difference in the shedding which has always been a handful and still is. I’m hoping that’ll improve, and that my hairline will grow in because it has been thinning for the last couple of months. It does look like my hair is much softer, slightly looser and the shine has improved greatly (I don’t know if that’s only the… Read more »

JenChin
JenChin
9 years ago

What a timely article/responses, I have debated on whether to Henna or not for a month now, after these reviews.… I will Henna this weekend & thanks for stressing it has to be the pure henna not the chemically altered one. Love you naturels

keyz
keyz
9 years ago

This is so crazy! I’m on Christmas break from college and I was swearing up and down that I was going to try henna before school started(in case it came out awful…I would have time to fix it). Now I’m convinced and will def. get the jamila type of henna. Thanx ladies!

lina40
9 years ago

Hi there — i wont repeat too much of what I have seen posted, but I will point out that.. – henna will make your hair thicker, stronger, more voluminous, and yet easier to detangle — due to the deposit it leaves on the strands. Depending on the porosity of the hair you may get a rich vibrant color, or a more subtle color with highlights that intensifies in richness over time. Don’t forget that your scalp will get a great exfoliation and stimulation as well. – henna glosses are not to be left on overnight. You may have to keep in… Read more »

Minimalist Beauty
9 years ago

I love henna!!! I’ve been using it monthly since March of this year and have seen my curls soften and also get stronger. I mix about 100 grams with a can of coconut milk. The coconut milk gives great dye release without the drying effects of other acids or tarps. I leave it in as long as possible (3–6 hours). Karishma Henna has a great herbal mix and Jamila Henna gives a beautiful burgundy color. Adding hibiscus powder enhances the burgundy shade even more. I would definitely recommend using henna for healthy hair and beautful color. I think of henna… Read more »

Perla
Perla
9 years ago

Henna’s definitely become one of my staples. I try to henna once a month. Over the past 5’months my hair has become thicker and less brittle. It also fills in the gaps in my strNds from split ends- not repairing them but giving me more time for my hair to grow out before a trim

RisesPhoenix
RisesPhoenix
9 years ago

I’m currently transitioning, 6 months post relaxer and I’ve been toying with the idea of henna to aid in detangling and hopefully reduce breakage (that line of demarcation thing is killing me). What scares me is the colour. I’ve always been a jet black hair kind of girl. i don’t know if I could handle my hair bright. Has anyone ended up with bright/orange hair?

Anikra
Anikra
9 years ago

I am so glad you asked this question! I am interested in trying but I do want to get semi-permanent color in my hair this summer and was wondering what negative effects Henna can have on my chemically processed hair (i.e. I am natural but want color. Any opininons on this?

Anon
Anon
9 years ago

Just something to remember about henna…if you have a lot of gray, white or silver hair, you’ll get orange hair from henna, not red. I spent some time in India, and it’s the dye of choice for old people whose hair is turning or has turned white. Let’s just say that a bunch of Indians are running around giving Carrot Top a run for the money, which isn’t exactly the most flattering choice for a brown-skinned person. It’s shocking and awful looking but the norm and they seem to prefer it to just having grey or white hair. You’ll probably get… Read more »

babycakes
babycakes
9 years ago

Can you all please state what DC you all use after your henna treatment…tia

MsOverproof
MsOverproof
9 years ago

@Kim — I had a less than postive reaction to Henna the first time I tried it as well so dont feel bad. I had just cut off my perm and had color in my hair, about a month later I tried Henna. My hair was DRRRRRRRRY, brittle and breaking, I was not a fan. Fast forward 1yr. I have been using Amla powder as a conditioning treatment for a few months not (check out this treatment on naturallyleslie.blogspot.com) and it had my hair feeling GREAAAAT!!!! so I decided to revisit the Henna. I have to say the results this… Read more »

Dani
Dani
9 years ago

@babycakes
In the summertime (I live in the HUMID Midwest) I used Suave Humectant (think I spelled it right) with my hair steamer. Suave is cheap and awesome. And as of right now I’m on the hunt for the perfect winter ready DC. I have used AO- Honeysuckle Rose but I’m only 60% in love with it. Any suggestions for a winter DC ladies? A cheapo and/or a highend please!

LouderThanThey
LouderThanThey
9 years ago

Wow, thanks for the info. I think I might go for henna mixed with amla (to retain my kinks) like lina40 suggested.

Shaun
Shaun
9 years ago

Henna is GREAT!! If you don’t want the red undertones, simply follow-up with indigo. You can do indigo after for jet-black hair or add it to the henna for brown hair. HTH.

LouderThanThey
LouderThanThey
9 years ago

@ Dani, try AO GBP or White Camelia. They work better for me than HSR does.

Cygnet
9 years ago

I have fine strands of varying curl sizes, and they are of moderate density on my head. I have used henna since summer of 2007, and I love it. I primarily use it for the color. Because I find henna drying for my hair, and my hair already tends to be dry due to hypothyroidism, I make sure to use lots of moisturizing conditioner. For about a year now, I have mixed my henna with conditioner to apply it, and after I rinse it out with conditioner, I apply more conditioner. For me, if I’m going to err, it will be… Read more »

Dani
Dani
9 years ago

@LouderThanThey
I actually use GBP as well, but since it has protien in it I didn’t know if I would be over doing it if I used it as a DC after henna.

Vivianne
Vivianne
9 years ago

@Minimalist Beauty do you add anything else other than Coconut Milk to your Henna Mix? Do you let it sit to get dye release or apply immediately? My henna glosses still dry my hair out and am curious about the coconut milk to offset. Your input is GREATLY appreciated!

Sauleta
Sauleta
9 years ago

@BabyCakes I use JessiCurl Weekly Deep Condition Treatment http://www.jessicurl.com I also have heard that the Carols Daughter smoothies work really well for DC as well. I haven’t tried it. For those that are experiencing dryness, sometimes it’s usually from: 1. You aren’t rinsing the paste out well enough so some residue is still left on your hair 2. You need to restore the moisture to your hair with either condish rinsing or a heavy DC. 3. What you use to mix your henna with. Sometimes lemon juice or teas have to much acidic components to them. The great thing about all of this is… Read more »

ChiCityKitty
ChiCityKitty
9 years ago

Sauleta,

You and I must be hair twins! Not only are we doing the same henna routine, but we use the same deep conditioner — JessiCurl Weekly Deep Condition Treatment. Great minds think alike!

I just started using the Island Fantasy scent. Now that winter is in full swing in Chicago, I need something to keep my mind on summer.

tiffany
tiffany
9 years ago

i was stupid and put a chemical color dye in my hair…while it looks fine I miss my natural natural locs…and the color. I want to dye my hair back to its origional color instead of the auburn red (only about 10 locs) that it is. Would you recommend putting the henna on top of color treated hair?

Laura
Laura
9 years ago

Hey I have thin hair and I swear by henna..It makes my hair strands feel thick and strong. I also feel I have less breakage when using i and it makes my hair shiny as hell.The only con is you will have a grassy smell until the second wash but I don’t care I love it!

Sweetiepie NYC
Sweetiepie NYC
9 years ago

I used henna over a year ago and my hair strands went from coils to s curls:-(. Yes, my hair was thicker and stronger but my coils were gone. I used green tea instead of plain water and kept it in overnight(fyi).

I big chopped almost 4 years of hair growth *tear* last June because my new growth was not matching with the rest of my hair. I am interest in ayurvedic hair care teatments and may try it in January!

lina40
9 years ago

oy sweetypie — soo sorry about that chop! Did you do it mainly because of the henna curl loosening? Next time around, pre-treat the hair with some ayurvedic oils, coconut oil, or even olive oil prior to application. I have seen curl patterns return over an 8 wk period — again hair porosity can be an issue for people whose coils tend to loosen. Shikakai, amla, and even ACV rinses work really well to balance porosity and improve curl definition. @ tiffany — I would wait at least 1 month before applying henna to color-treated hair. I did an Aveda… Read more »

Adrianna Bell
Adrianna Bell
9 years ago

Okay.. a lot of ppl are not going to like what I say but here we go… Henna dyes contain metallic salts. They are also found in the infamous natural dye “BIGEN”. What Metallic salts do is coat the hair and causes the hair to discolor, lose natural curl and eventually break off. NOW! (I know some people like HOLD up!!!) The dyes are found in Hennas, Men box colors, a few women box colrs, and hair restorers like Rogaine. There are some that CAN use hennas without having to be worried about breakage later. This is how metallic salts… Read more »

muslimah
muslimah
9 years ago

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET! My hair is proteun sensative and dries very easily. It took 48 hours of deep conditioning to keep some of the moisture back in my hair. i had to place lads of melted down shea to keep it moist. My hair is too sensative for henna. I will never do it again.

Maureen
Maureen
9 years ago

Is there anyone who knows if freezing henna can make it loose its strength?

Cyan
Cyan
9 years ago
Reply to  Maureen

Actually I’ve read on other sites that you can freeze henna and reuse it and it would be just as strong as the day it was made!!

Moni
Moni
9 years ago
Reply to  Maureen

I’ve frozen henna and it was just as strong as making it fresh.

Dani
Dani
9 years ago

Freezing henna does not make it lose its strength. It’s actually whats is recommended if you have any left over from your application. It also helps the dye release.

lina40
9 years ago
Reply to  Dani

Yes freezing henna not only preserves the staining ability, but many get a stronger deposit on the hair.. Do not freeze indigo, though — it has a short lifespan. Dye release happens within 10 minutes or so in warm water.. any leftovers with indigo should be discarded — if you think henna smells “herbal”.. indigo may smell like a 60s part–ay

Blessings and Happy Hair!
Lina

Rachel B
Rachel B
8 years ago
Reply to  lina40

where did you get the indigo color from?

ChiCityKitty
ChiCityKitty
9 years ago

Adrianna, Pure henna does not contain metallic salts. Compound prepackaged henna dyes can contain metallic salts as well as a variety of other damaging chemicals. Here is some information from Mehandi’s website — http://www.hennaforhair.com/science/index.html: How do manufacturers of “henna hair dye” make all those different henna colors? Boxes of commercially produced “henna for hair” come in a range of colors. Henna, itself, DOES NOT come in a range of colors. The only dye molecule in henna (Lawsonia Inermis) in sufficient quantity to stain hair is Lawsone , which is a red-orange molecule. Any company that claims they create the wide… Read more »

lina40
9 years ago

Thanks ChiCity Kitty — I was wondering how to respond to Adrianna’s point. Not all henna containing products are “natural” or even “chemical-free”. You have to read the ingredients and/or check the supplier or brand of the henna very carefully. I think most of the people reading and responding to this post are looking for the natural and pure henna. This is the henna that is best — Body Art Quality henna (BAQ) is even better because it is usually ground much finer and double or triple sifted for smooth application. If your henna is in a jar or a… Read more »

Sauleta
Sauleta
9 years ago

@ChiCityKitty…yes my twin natural hair sista we do have a lot of things in common…LOL How long have you been natural & doing Henna?

@Lina40 You are bringing up a lot of good tips and advise that I included in my post as well. Good job =)

ChiCityKitty
ChiCityKitty
9 years ago

Sister Sauleta, I have been natural for 10 years, mainly rocking a very, very close cut TWA. I don’t know if I would classify it as a TWA because it was this (snap in the air) short. I tried to grow it out a few times, only to get frustrated since I didn’t know how to properly care for my hair. Last year, when my husband, who prefers my hair short, said that he didn’t believe that I would grow my hair long because of the many failed attempts. So I accepted his challenge and 15 months later, my hair… Read more »

lina40
9 years ago
Reply to  ChiCityKitty

Yes indeed ChiCity — this the green cast that some henna newbies experience — where the salon color (containing metallic salts) reacts with the henna that has been previously deposited. This is where the salon color caution comes into play. I have done salon color and a post-henna treatment 6 wks later with a beautiful renewed vibrant color, — usually brighter than the original tone! But I make sure to wait at least 6 months if I want to lighten again.. and most likely only the roots will take. Once you use indigo — it will be next to impossible… Read more »

Iris
Iris
8 years ago
Reply to  ChiCityKitty

Where do you buy the Henna or Indigo you use?

Sweetiepie NYC
Sweetiepie NYC
9 years ago

@lina40–yes, I did the big chop due to the loosen curls. Thanks so much for the suggestions (I am going to try them)! I greatly appreciate it. I was thinking about incorporating the following: Neem, Amla, Arita, Brahmi, Maka, Kalphi Tone and Shikakai powders along with Dudhi and Jabakusum oils. What do you think? I have read that these items are good for strengthening and conditioning your hair without loosen the coils. Also, I heard Cassia is good too.

Thanks so much Lina40:-).

DaINKtellectual
DaINKtellectual
9 years ago

Is it possible to henna treat your hair without changing your natural hair color? If not, how long will it take to fade/go away?

vanessa brown
vanessa brown
8 years ago

if you want the effectsof henna withot the color try cassia treatments, nicknamed “neutral henna”

lina40
9 years ago

Hi @Sweetypie — indeed all those herbs are great for cleansing the scalp and hair, as well as stimulating follicles — leading to improved scalp circulation and hair growth. If you can find the shikakai oil and mahabhingraj oil — those are awesome too 🙂 @daINKtellectual — you can use cassia and get the same conditioning and strengthening effects as henna without the color change. You can also perhaps custom blend your henna with herbs so that the resulting deposit is closer to your actual hair color. If you have salon color, usually henna applications are permanent. Virgin uncolored hair usually… Read more »

Sauleta
Sauleta
9 years ago

@ChiCityKitty.…nothing like a good ‘ol challenge to get you to do what you couldn’t before…LOL That’s great that you love where your hair is 15 months later!! I’ve been natural, as far as no relaxer in my hair for almost 10 yrs, but I’ve been truly natural since Feb 2010 (no press, flat iron, or heat) and I did my BC in June 2010. After my BC my hair really went into shock, and that was the first time I got a lil nervous regarding cutting my hair so short, especially without any heat or chemical assistance, but after like… Read more »

ChiCityKitty
ChiCityKitty
9 years ago

@Sauleta,

I say go for it, rock your hair and do your thing!

I just received my package of henna and indigo from Mehandi today. I will be doing my January henna/indigo application this weekend. I can’t wait! 🙂

BTW, I am taking a hiatus from combing my hair. I will only finger detangle. I had my first session this weekend — what a HUGE difference! It takes a little longer but I had no broken ends — only full length shed hairs. I am trying this for the next three months.

Sauleta
Sauleta
9 years ago

@ChiCityKitty I am going to give it a try, and only time will tell, right? Yea for the most part all I do is finger detangle as well. Every now and then I will use the comb depending on if I haven’t touched my hair in 2 weeks, but if I do it weekly I don’t use a comb at all. How funny, I plan on doing my henna this weekend as well. I finally got a lil free time. Haven’t done it in over 2 months, so it’s time. I have one more box, so I’ll be putting my order in.… Read more »

Cyan
Cyan
9 years ago

I did it last week and although I didn’t get amazing results all at once I am willing to keep trying so I can get the benefits that I’ve so read about!! So Saturday is another henna day for me! I would also recommend http://www.curlynikki.com as she has a great section on henna and it seems to be working for her!! I want that for my self too!!!

lina40
9 years ago
Reply to  Cyan

yes curlynikki has some great henna combinations over there — I have tried the green tea and that was somewhat drying to my hair for some reason, but I plan to tweak it a bit more for my next treatment.

Riding the Henna Train 🙂 Happy Henna-ing everyone!
Lina

mangomadness
mangomadness
9 years ago

I love henna! Henna gives my hair a wonderful burgundy tint and dare I say…“thickens” up my fine strands. I use Dulhan Deluxe Mehendi Henna ($2.99 for 100 g at Indian grocery store) for my henna treatments. I will try Jamila henna in the future. My fave mix is 100 g henna, coconut milk and honey. I put the henna in a bowl, add enough coconut milk to get a thick pudding-like consistency and add a healthy squirt of honey. I let it sit until the dye releases. I detangle and shampoo before henna-ing. I apply the henna and let… Read more »

vo mars
vo mars
9 years ago

I love henna-ing my hair. I have seen the difference in the manageability of my strands and I have noticed more curl definition in some parts of my hair. I henna more for the conditioning than for the color. I’ve henna-ed 4x and can barely see changes in hair color. I currently use Jamila but after this last box is done I’m going to try out the caca rouge mama brand from Lush.

DaisyV
DaisyV
9 years ago

I have dyed my hair chemically bright red about two/three weeks ago and was thinking about using henna from lush as the salon dye is making my hair thin. does anyone have any advice on how long to leave my hair until i can use henna?

thanks!

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
9 years ago

DaisyV: Check out curlynikki.com. I don’t know if your question will be answered there, but she has a lot of infomation on henna.

gigi
9 years ago

I bought henna @ wholefoods. It does indeed straighten out your curl which I like because of strinkage. Question, it has been said that we loose approximately 200 hairs a day. If you don’t comb your hair for a week your comb will look like you’re loosing piles of hair, right?

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