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December 7, 2008

Henna Pictorial


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Tips:

  • Use your fingers- Opt for finger detangling before and after the application process. Applying and rinsing is stressful enough on your strands, so be gentle, and use your fingers instead of a comb or denman to detangle, to prevent unnecessary shedding.
  • Use a moisturizing Deep Treatment after rinsing the henna. Avoid products with excessive amounts of protein. For DT ideas, see Products I'm Using Now.
  • When applying the henna, smoosh it through with your gloved hands. Don't try to rake it through. Manipulate the hair as little as possible.
  • Clean up immediately after the application process to prevent orange streaks on your counter top!
  • Remember, henna isn't for everyone. Please research thoroughly before embarking on any experimentation. Check out www.hennaforhair.com and this article. It is permanent, and can be drying if the proper precautions aren't taken.
  • Henna doesn't lighten the hair. I've received this question several times over the past few weeks. If your hair is black, henna will add shine and an auburn glow in the sun...that's it. It can't lift dark hair. If your hair is medium-light brown, you'll get auburn results.

96 Chime in!:

Maria said...

Great tutorial Nikki! You're the one that got me into henna in the first place. Best thing I ever did for my hair.

Breezy said...

Great tut!

MAGGIEE said...

Do you wait for the dye release before applying to your hair as they suggest on henna for hair website?

CURLYNIKKI said...

Thanks Maria!

Maggiee, I can't speak for other brands, but Jamila Henna starts to release dye after about 30 minutes, which is the length of time it takes me to get in the shower and condition and detangle. By the time i get out, the paste stains my fingers. Another reason I don't wait, is because the dye will continue to release while its in my head for 13 or so hours. It works better for me this way.

Anonymous said...

Can you explain the "smooshing" a little better. How exactly do you smoosh? lol

I usually apply my henna from root to tips kinda like I am applying a relaxer so I can make sure it gets all over. Should I be doing this differently?

sophia said...

where do you get jamila henna in the box because I went to hennaforhair to get some but they only listed, punjabi prime, yemen and a few others. I didnt see any jamila though? I ended up with punjabi prime but Id like to try the jamila next time so which one do I get? Also, how do you get it so thick coated like that? When I put it in my hair it was really more so they same way lot of conditioner looks. Thin and shiny even though if I squeezed it, it would smoosh. Is it because you keep the mix thick?

Nik said...

Is henna supposed to make your hair thicker? Because my hair is already thick and I don't want anything to make it any thicker?

CURLYNIKKI said...

lol, I literally grab a glob of henna and squish it through the length of my hair. I try not to pull on the hair, or rake it through. I just squish, or smoosh :D

Sophia, there are 3 posts in the Henna category. Check out the 2nd one...the one I wrote yesterday. I have a link to the Jamila henna on the mehandi site. Her site is very difficult to navigate! And yes, Catherine of hennaforhair advises to keep the henna paste thick, like cake batter. Your mix sounds like a 'gloss'...minus the conditioner. Thicken it up a bit, and you should get better results.

Nik, yes. It most certainly will make your hair thicker, so proceed with caution ;) This the very reason I decided to try henna...for the thickness!

J said...

FANTASTIC! I'm new to using cassia and I'm hoping to do my third application over next weekend. Your video help a great deal with regard to the amount and consistency to prepare.

Thank you for taking the time to make this video for us Nikki, it's very much appreciated!

J x

Anonymous said...

i know you probably mentioned this somewhere, but i have to ask. My hair is naturally pretty dark but can look light brown in different lighting.... is it possible for me to achieve auburn result (think asheley simposn's hair color) with henna in certain lighting?

Justme said...

Great pictorial! Hmm...just realised I do not smoosh on quite so much henna mix. In your pictorial your hair is completely covered with henna so it looks like a kind of cap but when I apply you can still see my hair. I wonder if this has an efect on results? I currently use 100g of jamilla henna (my hair is neck length stretched), should I be using more??
I did find henna somewhat drying (my own hair tends to be very dry already) but with a DT (AOHSR) after it is soft and moisturized.

Anonymous said...

A whole bottle of conditioner! Girl, you must make a lot of money.

Pretty Curls said...

Wow..that was a great tutorial. I have some henna somewhere, will have to try this :)

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you so much. I going to order Jamila and use it once I take my braids out :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful tut!!!

Do you do anything to prevent the henna from staining your ears?

Have you ever tried the cassia (neutral henna)?

I'm transitioning - Any thoughts on what henna does to relaxed hair?

DblDee said...

I have officially ordered my Jamila Henna. I'm so excited I can't for it to arrive.

Anonymous said...

OMG,i've never heard of henna, my hair is natural, not chem altered, however I did color it about six months ago, would like it to grow quicker and thicken up. Should I try this product?

Ann

Anonymous said...

I've henna-ed a couple of times but was not impressed. Maybe it was b/c I used a brand I picked up from my local Indian grocery store. I'm going to order a couple of boxes of the Jamila brand and see if that makes a difference.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nikki,

I noticed your jamila henna box had that super sift on the bottom. Does it have to say that? I ordered my jemila henna from www.mehndiskinart.com and it doesnt have that label at the bottom. Do you think this type is safe to use. Have you heard any reviews about this websites henna?

~Jazz

CURLYNIKKI said...

Jazz, when you open the box, is it in a silver/foil package or clear/celophane package? IF the packaging is silver, you're in the clear. I've ordered from mehndiskinart too, but I can't remember if it had the date on the bottom. The important part is the packaging. If its foil-y, you're good :D

@ anonymous, my skin is not light enough for me to be concerned about it staining.The only thing that gets stained are my palms (during the rinse process). Although the henna is all over my hair line, ears and chest, I never have a problem. People with fair complexions may have to be careful.

Jazzmine said...

No it is in a clear package. So i guess i shouldn't use it huh? :( When you ordered from meh.. did it come in a silver or clear package?

CURLYNIKKI said...

You can use it...it won't hurt your hair, but it may be a waste of your time and effort. I've used the celophane packaged Jamila before and its just a lower grade...its a little grittier and the dye content is not as high. It won't hurt your hair though...you just won't reap all the benefits. Mehndiskinart has both the celophane and the foil packaged, but the foil packaged will always be the higher priced. They might call theirs "bridal art quality'. Let me know if this helps!

sophia said...

alright so im trying to download skype right now so i can ask you more about the smooshing however it just finished its installing and its now 103 pm est.:( so i guess ill just have to ask you here, do you go layer by layer of your hair? i was going layer by layer and rubbing it in from my scalp to ends, but now im thinking after reading what you wrote i should just be slappin it on there? well im gonna mix some up right now and see how it goes, this time im not gonna wait 10+ hrs for dye release, im gonna try your method but i dont have as long as you leave it on, so im gonna try sitting under a dryer instead. thanks for all your help :)

Anonymous said...

OK! Thank you so much for the informtaion. Thank god you had that little info in your tutorial or else i wouldnt of known this. I most def. want all the benefits! I just order jemila henna from hennaforhair for now on. Thanx Nik!

~Jazz

Mojito Chica said...

Nikki, are you still buying from Catherine these days?

Sarina said...

I just tried you henna recipe and I love it! the color, the feel, everything really. It may be too soon to tell but I think it helped with my breakage problem too ^_^ . I plan on doing another one in the next few days and ordering a lot more jamila for Catherine... I only need one box per session so its not that expensive.... Oh and the SO is not happy... he says it looks like I put poo in my hair lol, but he'll get over it

Thanks Nikki!

Tifanee said...

I did a henna tonight. I didn't buy the Jamila brand. I plan to get that tomorrow at my local Indian store. I went there to get the "henna" I used tonight. I didn't get the Jamila henna because I wasn't sure it was the right one, but I should have because I'm sure the one I got wasn't 100% henna as it said the color was dark brown. So, I did some research on Ayur henna last night because it's the one I bought and found out that it is made with Henna, Amla and Shikakai and other herbs. I'm not sure of the results yet because I'm leaving it on overnight. However, I will be using just henna from now on and the Jamila brand. I hope I get good results and stronger hair!

missglass said...

okay so i'm thinking about doing henna after i take my braids out do you think this would be okay cause my hair is not a fan of protein but i think i need some kind of hair strengthener and was thinking this would be a great opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Hi there I wanted to know if you experienced any breakage before you started henna treatments,and if you did, whether the henna improved the breakage. I realize henna is not a protein.

CurleeMeex said...

it's weird i have a blog and my name is curleemeex. however, curlynikki definitely has more of a ring to it haha.
Nikki, your hair is gorgeous :)Reminds me so much of my sisters hair. Hopefully soon my hair will get that healthy. With the help of your site i believe i can :)
my hair is really pretty when wet but when it dries in its natural state(no twists/braids) it drys frizzy and rough. what can i do to keep my hair bouncy and alive once dry?

I bought 100g of the jamila and 100g of the cassia. is it okay to mix them together? or should i use the cassia first and then the next week use the jamila? what do you suggest?

Nappturall said...

Hello , I was thinking (again) about henna and your beautiful hair. I haven't tried it yet..waiting for my "stash" to get here lol. but when some ladies and yourself experience dryness due to the process of henna as you perfectly expalin...I was thinking instead of adding honey to the mixture...what about melted shea butter to the mixture instead of honey? What do you think? Maybe I'm thinking tooo much...I'm really excited about the henna process!

Nappturall said...

the song on your henna vid ..what is the name and who is it by...I like

Traci said...

Slightly weird henna question - anyone else with funny colored pee post-henna? Anyone? Anyone? Just me? OK.

I don't wanna give it up because I've been having GREAT results (Curlynikki, following some of your suggestions and advice has TRANSFORMED my hair, but that's another post:) ). But green pee is weirding me out....

Anonymous said...

***ATTENTION ALL HENNA HEADS!***

Right now @ blackcatredcat.com which is a sister site owned and operated by mehandi.com (where our lovely CurlyNikki gets her henna) a 100g box of henna is only $3!!!

ONLY $3 FOR A 100G BOX OF JAMILA HENNA!!!

I just bought 7 boxes and only paid $29 INCLUDING SHIPPING!!!

GO GET SOME CURLIES!

NapturalBeauty said...

Wow! I use henna already, but after seeing this tutorial If I didn't I would have started. Great tutorial and beautiful hair. God Bless.

~*Za*~ said...

Hey Nikki!
I have a twa. Do you think I should wait for my hair to grow a lil bit more before I try this out?

Kourtney said...

What does it mean that henna is permanent? I know that must be a silly question, but I don't understand?

ed said...

I really enjoyed your tutorial. I was just curious, is there a reason why you don't use an acid like lemon or orange juice in your mix?

CURLYNIKKI said...

acids like lemon or orange juice, and even ACV dry out the hair. I opt for milder acids.

Mary said...

Curly Nikki,

Did you answer the question about the song that is playing in the Henna video? I like it too!

Also do you wash your hair with shampoo before the Henna treatment or do you cowash

T. Kimberlyn said...

I just used Henna today for the first time and thought the green pee may have been a result of it.....so Traci, you're not the only one....lol Hopefully it'll wear off quickly.

Nikki, I absolutely love your hair and your blog... keep on inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Mary...I'm not Nikki but the song is Kanye West's "Robocop" from his last album (808s and Heartbreak)

SunshineOne said...

Has anyone else ordered their Henna from the blackcatredcat site?

Anonymous said...

I tried my first henna treatment yesterday and although i didnt see much change in color, I immediately noticed that i didnt have anymore breakage. Even when I went through it today with my fingers, not even one strand came out. My main reason for doing the treatment was for the conditioning benefits as I have only been 100% since april and I have been trying to figure out an all natural regimen. After much research Ive discovered Karens Body Beautiful and Henna. With these products I might be able to get a ponytail again by the end of the summer. Thank you for your tips and tutorials. You truly were a help.

Sunnybella08 said...

Would it be bad for me to use the Mixed Chicks deep conditioner after I hennaed my hair? Ive used the Weekly Deep by Jessicurl I think I like it but I have way way too much hair for that stuff. I find that I only get 2 uses per bottle which on conditioner I have to order thats a big at no! I can get at least 4 out of the Mixed Chicks.Good thing I only wash my hair twice a month if that- its been in big twist that ive been pinning up in bun.

Anonymous said...

I’m looking to gain thicker, fluffier hair. My hair is fluffy but does not have as much volume or thickness (to my liking). Are there any before and after pics that I may view or any suggestions other than henna?
Nikki B.

Trinigoinatural said...

Yay i am doing my second henna today.....My 1st experencie left my hair dry..because i didn't follow with a deep conditioner treament

Anonymous said...

I recently did a henna treatment a week ago and so far I like the results. I have been doing a twist and curl using Silk Elements protein enriched mousse with shea butter on the ends. This has been the healthiest ,most moisturized and shiniest my hair has looked and felt since being natural. You did mention not to use protein with the henna and I have read other blogs/fotkis that caution against protein in the hair. Why is that? Am I setting myself up for hair damage down the road by using the alcohol free protein mousse?

Anonymous said...

I bought Karishma Henna from an Indian Grocery Store in Milwaukee, WI. It's green and it comes in a clear bag. I really like it. Has anyone else tried this brand?

Val said...

I never wanted to try henna because of the reddish tint. bt the benefit of shinier, stronger hair might be worth it. I went natural over one year ago and am planning to showcase my mane for the upcoming year. Please visit my blog http://valhasit.blogspot.com/

Thanks

Alicia said...

Hey, I've heard alot about henna and really want to use it BUT my hair is still relaxed! Should i still use the henna even though my hair is relaxed? will it damage my hair?

Anonymous said...

Hello
I just read you blog today i need H ELP
going thru menpause hair very very thin
nerves caused it to come out in top (bald) fro stratching i bought jamila in clear wrap my hair is drier than a broom Please HE LP
Ellen r

Anonymous said...

Wasted my money. I bought the clear package also. Thank God I didn't use it yet.

Anonymous said...

I bought the clear package also, used it and recognized a difference in my curl pattern (it loosened a bit), my hair was thicker, and shiner but I saw minimal color change. I'm using the foil package this weekend to see what results! So excited!! Thanks Nikki

The Handmade Project said...

I used the black and my hair looks great, but HOW DO I WASH all of the henna out? It's like I'm snowing black flakes...

BTW, I added your site to my blog roll after discovering you through Savvy Brown!

Anonymous said...

I just need to know if I can continue my weekly routine of egg and mayonaise and apple cider vinegar rinse after Henna?


Thanks!

Marguerite said...

I just used henna for the first time tonight and I am so pleased! I mixed henna, green tea & rhassoul clay and left it on for 40minutes. I'm more interested in the conditioning & strengthening properties. My hair was smooth and laid down so slick! wow! I have curls and all! I'm keeping this as a monthly treatment! wow...it's incredible. The real test will be when I do a braid out. :o) Thanks Nikki!

Anonymous said...

I am going natural but I still have some perm on the ends. I want to know if I can use henna?

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki,

I'm loving what I see on your site and am seriously thinking of trying Henna.
I've been natural for nearly three years now, and my hair looks a lot like your 'before' pics of fall 2006.
The only thing is that I have a LOT of white hair (runs in the family!) and have been getting it professionally dyed a deep chocolate-brown colour with red highlights. The hairdresser uses very nice, not too damaging chemical dye (not the boxed stuff that is full of strong smelly chemicals.. this one hardly smells at all). Still, I am sure the chemicals are stopping my hair from being its best.
I LOVE your results and hope to achieve similar ones BUT how can I henna my hair and maintain a chocolate brown colour that totally covers my whites? Any advice?
Thanks a million!
Y

Andrea said...

Hi Nikki,

Thanks for the tut. Prior to knowing about henna's benefits on hair and it's dye affect I used a permanent color agent. I read that to go over it (months later) it is best to use body art grade Henna which doesn't contain metalics. Would your process work the same way for the body art grade?

cdona said...

Hi Nikki,
I like the tutorial. However, I'm newly natural having just done the BC on the 4th of July 2010!!! what is the reason for the honey and green tea? Is this the process for all henna coloring? I love your site btw!

abadiva said...

Hi,

Thanks for the video. I need help big time though. I live in West Africa & I have access to the Natural Henna leaves, but I can't seem to find a tutorial online about how to use the natural henna plant. If anyone knows how to do a henna treatment with fresh henna leaves, do share with me. I still plan to experiment though, will probably blog about it.

Anonymous said...

Nikki,

What do you do to keep your hair from changing to the reddish color?

afrolicious said...

Hi CurlyNikki or anyone else that may be able to answer. Why do you steep 4 tea bags of the green tea? Is that just to reap the benefits of the green tea? To tone done the reddish colour of the henna? or for better dye release?

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

I henna'ed with indigo Thursday and i noticed a slight darkening, i liked it, But i don't need hair thickening,and it didn't loosen curl.(I only left in 4hrs because I was scared it would straighten hair too much)How often do you suggest i apply if i don't want hair thickening and loosening of curls but enjoy the other benefits?

CurleeSue

Anonymous said...

Hi CurlyNikki!

I am new to the site & I have read nearly all the info & comments about henna. I am curious to try it but I am hesitant on the outcome. I have really tight curls & it seems that henna is a potential solution to loosen them up. I have been natural since '07 & I don't wear wash & go's because my curls are so tight, so I have been doing twist outs since then. I would like for my hair to show the length that it is when its wet. I also have a little chemical color (golden) left on my hair & that has me concerned as well as to the color change. I don't want to wait until its all gone to try henna. My hair is dark brown so I'm guessing the red is the way to go..??? I'm fair-skinned so I'm afraid it will darken my hair too much & wash me out(Don't want to look crazy!). And the fact that its permanent scares me because if it doesn't look right I will be stuck with that color. Do you have any advice to ease my mind for me to start this process? Do you think Carol's Daughter products will work will with the henna?

Sorry about all the questions...

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki. I am new to the site. I keep coming back to your site because you give soooo much information. And I want to say thank you first of all for that. Second, I would like to Henna but I am nervous for several reasons. One, I have recently colored my hair trying to achieve a redish color to my dark tresses but it only shows in the sun even with a permanent. So I don't there to be any damages if I use the Henna. And how long should I wait? Second because I have no clue what I am doing. You mentioned the use of Alma before. What would that be for? I just want to make sure that when I do purchase to try it out I go to the rigth site and purchase everything I need for a great outcome. Any and ALL advice you can give would be awesome. Thank you in advance!

Anonymous said...

Correction I meant Amla.

atlbabii_gurl08 said...

Hey Nikki,
My hair is jet black and I really really like my color, but I also want to try henna to experience its conditioning effects. Is there any way to use henna but keep your hair black? Ive heard of something called indigo, but could you explain what your method would be for using it with henna?

Thank you in advance :)

honeybrown1976 said...

Atlbabii_gurl08


Try Cassia. It is good for conditioning and it won't change your hair color. The effects are temporary; so, you'd have to use it more often than henna.

Anonymous said...

Hello Nikki I have been debating whether I should try Henna or not for awhile and Im finally going to try. . . My sister is interested also but she is not natural. Is it alright to use Henna on relaxed hair?

Anonymous said...

Greeting CurlyNikki and all!

I have been glued to your sure for the past three days! I reside in the Caribbean and like most people in the region I am a mixture of 5 different races ( 2 indigenous indians, east Indian, white French, and black). As a result my hair is wavy on the parts most easily seen and s-curly on the inside (not sure how to classify it). I've been natural for about 6 years now and the only styling product that my hair likes (it's extremely sensitive) is white rose petroleum jelly mixed with extra virgin olive oil. I stopped using conditioners after they stopped bringing down le kair hair cholesterol, and other conditioners I have tried leave my hair dry, brittle, frizzy, and too poofy to manage. This has left me chained to the pull back in one routine, which I am giving up on because my hair has been dessimating every hair thing in sight. I would live to wear it out, but all this tropical humidity and sunlight makes it impossible. I am interested in henna, but love my jet-black hair. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated because my hairline has been thinning and I don't want to end up scalping myself.

Sidebar: I find it interesting to read that you use coconut oil to soften your hair, as it is considered common knowledge in the Caribbean that it does the exact opposite, and that's why Indians of mixed race use it to make their hair stiffer like the hair of their single race relatives.

thanks for all of your help ladies!

Ital Island Chick

Rachel said...

I've not tried the tea mix before. I've always used lemon juice (and water). I don't think I'd sleep overnight with the lemon juice mix on though, I usually just leave it on for a few hours and then start my indigo.

Hey! Does your site have any tips for indigo as well as henna? As far as any extras to mix in or anything?

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki. I love love your blog. I'm thinking about transitioning (witout the BC) but i'm absolutely terrified but pressing on just the same. I'm currently 16 weeks posts. can henna be used on relaxed hair? Hanna:)

Anonymous said...

Hello Nikki,

I wanted to use exactly what you use for henna, but I am a little afraid because I do not want to dye my hair. Also, I do not want to lose my curls. So my question is the type of henna you use will it change my hair color? Do i need to mix the product and leave in the fridge over night? Basically I want to use henna treatment with out changing my hair color or losing my curls. My hair color is black/brown and I like it the way it is. So please let me know what's best.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

What about using henna on locks(Dredlocks)?

Anonymous said...

Hello Nikki,

Quick Questions. Should I wash and condition my hair before applying Henna? Also, should I base my ears and neck with vasaline before applying henna?

Jazmine Harrington said...

Hello Nikki,
I am currently transitioning and don't have very much natural hair but do have shoulder length relaxed hair. If I use the henna will this damage my relaxed hair. I thought it may help strength my hair and prevent breakage from the 2 hair types.

Trisha said...

This is one of the best and easiest I have seen. I always do it some other way but will most definitely try this after my 6 month grow-out challenge!

Anonymous said...

I Want The Curl Loosening And Smoothing Effects Of The Henna. But I Also Want Jet Black Fair, My Natural Hair Color Is Brown Black. Should I Use Henna Powder Or The Gloss? I'm Confused.

Anonymous said...

Hi CurlyNikki,
I just came across your site today in my attempt to learn more about natural hair and have been glued to it all day. I have been contemplating going natural for a little while now and have not had a relaxer in months, I know I have a courser grade of hair and know it will take some work to tame but would love to take the plunge. After a lot of research and seeing your tutorials I am very impressed and inspired to take on the task of going natural. I am not going to lie I am very nervous but yet excited about doing it. Although I do have one question; I am somewhat confused about what you mean when you say the dye releases, does it release in the bowl once you mix everything together as well as on your head while you sleep and that is why you put it on as soon as you get out of the shower? I hope to hear back and even though I am technically not natural yet or a henna head I def do appreciate this blog and told my twin sister all about it (she is natural) and know she will benefit from this blog. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

CurlyNikki; SOMEBODY please answer these posts! Great questions: 1)Can henna be used on relaxed, transitioning hair, 2)what does dye release mean, 3)should hair be shampooed and conditioned before and after using henna; 4)how can I henna my hair and maintain a chocolate brown colour that totally covers my whites? 5) You mentioned the use of Amla before. What would that be for? 6) Why do you steep 4 tea bags of the green tea 7)HOW DO I WASH all of the henna out? It's like I'm snowing black flakes...8)What does it mean that henna is permanent

Anonymous said...

Hope this helps 1)Can henna be used on relaxed, transitioning hair - Yes 2)what does dye release mean - Essentially, it is the oxidation of the Henna. You have to release the dye to get the best results 3)should hair be shampooed and conditioned before and after using henna; Before - I usually do a Co-wash (only); After - I condition, condition, and DEEP condition!!!4)how can I henna my hair and maintain a chocolate brown colour that totally covers my whites? Try Cassia aka Neutral Henna) mixed with Henna or Indigo - This is where experimentation may have to come into play. You mentioned the use of Amla before. What would that be for? - Similar properties to Henna (Conditioner, Strengthener, etc). Can be used with Henna and Indigo to tone down the Red. 6) Why do you steep 4 tea bags of the green tea- I'm not sure about this (as I am not CN), but I assume she uses Green Tea as a milder dye release in place of Lemon Juice (or any acid for that matter). SN - Use can also use good ole' H20 7)HOW DO I WASH all of the henna out? It's like I'm snowing black flakes... - LOL! Try dunking and swooshing your hair in a tub of water first and then go under the shower head and rinse, repeat, rinse , repeat! It can take a while PS - Did you use Indigo or Henna? 8)What does it mean that henna is permanent - Color wise, yes, but it will fade with time, unless you continue to Henna and then it will become richer. If you are not a fan of the red go for Cassia. Remember to use Body Art Quality Henna- Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment :-) - Dee

NaturalWan said...

Hello everyone! I haven't seen this question posed before: Will henna stain ACRYLIC bathroom fixtures? That's right, acrylic! I've been around quite a few years, and never encounter an acrylic sink and shower until I moved into my townhouse. Crazy, huh? I'm sooooo wanting to henna my hair, but fear permanently staining those fixtures. Of course, I could just dunk my head in the kitchen sink (made of stainless steel); but I'm really curious to know if anyone else has encountered a similar situation, and what remedy they employed.

Peace and blessings!

Anonymous said...

Hey Nikki, thank you for the tutorial! I hennaed yesterday and it turned out wonderful. I dont think I will be doing it weekly as I dont want my curl patterned loosened, but perhaps monthly glosses are in order. I deep conditioned with a leave in conditioner after I washed all the henna out and just rocked a wash and go. Usually my hair dries into a soft afro, but now it has maintained its curly pattern all day! Very pleased, thank you so much!!

Lana-lee said...

Hey Nikki, I am a very new naturalista...I BC'd in June - without a quarter of the information I have on natural hair now. I decided to go completely organic with my hair care last month and I tried henna for the first time last night into this morning (thanks to you and your henna journey - it inspired me). I bought a 'rainbow' brand henna earlier this month - having not seen your page yet so I tried it out. I'm under my deep-conditioner at this moment - so I'd let u know how it turned out. My problem though was the conditioning process - since I went organic I was wondering what would be the best 'cheapie' conditioner to use...i usually use the terressentials organic wash to wash my hair - with no conditioner afterward...so I had to revert to an old Dove conditioner I had just for today...have to go seek out some natural henna and a solution to my conditioner problem today - THE HENNA CHALLENGE IS ON!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for providing this information. It is extremely helpful and good to know there is a healthy way to color your hair. Much appreciated!!

Anonymous said...

I bought Jamila Henna on Amazon.com and it doesn't have the label at tehe bottom of the box. Is it still safe to use?

Anonymous said...

Just mixed my first batch of henna (Jamilla from mehandi.com) using lemon juice. Does anybody have any advice and do I really have to was first and let the henna sit 12 hours. I must admit I'm a little nervous. Ok, a lot, a really lot.

CurlieQue1010 said...

I goofed - only used 2 tea bags and too much water...will I still get the dye release if I sleep in the henna? If not how can I fix this, I still have a lot left.

malaunrouge69 said...

I don't care about the Henna thickening my hair my questions are as follows:
Does it change the texture?
Does it increase growth?
What are the best brands?
Have you heard of Karishma Herbal Henna which contains Amla, Shikakai and other herbs?

I'm seeking excelerated growth on my my 4b/4c hair. I love the tight curls but it may not be my permanent texture only because I am just 1month natural 1-2inch if that in length.

Anonymous said...

Can I use Henna on dread locks? I have been dreading my hair for almost 6 months.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki. I have jet black hair and I want to keep it that way; however I am interested in trying henna. Do you think the henna application followed by an indigo application is the best way to go?

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled beyond no means! i henna'd the first time last week saturday and i must say that i'm happy with the results! even if it takes time before actually seeing anything, i felt my tightly (very tightly) coils loosen up a bit. i'm going to keep up with this ^^ thank you Nikki ^^

ScoopofV said...

My Jamila Henna didn't come with a date or sift lable on it, but im using it still cause i spent my money. First time using henna, hope my blonde looks nicer red :).

Dramaqueen said...

Hi Nikki: Right now I use commercial haircolor (Garnier Nutrisse) to cover my gray. I want to stop using it and start to use henna. How long should I wait from the last time I color my hair before I use henna? I don't want to wreck my hair it's the healthiest its been in 20+ years and all natural and about 6 inches long.

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