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August 29, 2011

For the Henna Heads- I Re-Upped!

after a henna treatment in May


Hola Chicas,

I'm officially restocked! I wrote in to Catherine at Mehandi.com inquiring about all the emails I'd received from you gals this past year detailing your inability to get your hands on my beloved and highly recommended BAQ Jamila Henna (the kind in the foil wrapping). I also wanted deets on the best of the best crop she had in stock... I've been out of the game for a minute and need to play catch up.

Catherine shared a ton, but the gist is that Mehandi is now having their henna's lawsone and pesticide content independently tested and she wasn't impressed with Jamila's results. Apparently their lawsone content- the dye molecule that gives us our amazing results- is unpredictable and the pesticide levels are frequently higher than other hennas due to blowover from nearby cotton farming. Jamila, you're on notice!

So with that, she's since been exploring other options and has brought in several new crops from other areas. The Rajasthani Twilight came highly recommended with one of the highest lawsone contents (2.9%), silky texture (which means easily applied and rinsed), and fine sift. I purchased a kilo (hehe, a kilo) and was gifted 500g of a different Jamila crop to test. So yeah, I'm good... for a while. I'll be back soon with reviews!



#thatisall

Nik

Where are you getting your henna from? What's your favorite brand right now and why?

86 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

I'm really anxious to try henna but I'm currently relaxed with highlights. I'm thinking of using the henna on just a portion of my hair to test the results. I've tried to transition to natural but just relaxed my hair two weeks ago. Can relaxed hair use henna? Will it affect my hair when I decide to relax again. I love your site!

MillieB said...

Im a new henna head and i've been using Dulhan in the green box. Found it at an Indian Grocer near my house and i think its working pretty good so far. i've only henna-ed twice and i have noticed some reddish brown color in the sunlight (my hair is jet black). I went to mehandi.com because i wanted to try jamila and it said that the crop had a low dye content so it was a lower price... but i didn't want to chance it and miss out the full benifits of henna. Anywho, i have one more box of dulhan and im looking forward to my third session!

Destinee said...

I've always used Jamila. Haven't ventured out to try anything else. If it aint broke, don't fix it right? lol

CURLYNIKKI said...

@anon, I feel you. And that's usually the case with me, but my PJ is itching!

@Millie, I had an excellent experience with Dulhan.

@anon, you can most certainly use henna! Check out longhaircareforum.com. Lots of relaxed heads use henna with great results. Just make sure you're using quality stuff from a reputable vendor.

Anonymous said...

I've used the Jamila BAQ my first three hennas. The Jamila BAQ with indigo 50/50 along with prolonged sun exposure gave me more red than I wanted. The third henna I went 50/75 and it was better but still coppery. This past week I used the Rajasthani with indigo and it browned down the copperness of my grays (too lazy to do a two step and I don't want jet black hair). I get mine from butters-n-bars. I'm planning to stock up on the Rajasthani

Anonymous said...

I'm new to henna and applied my first one in July. I saw that you ordered Jamila from Butter-n-Bars and that is who I went with. Do you stil use them? If not, why not?

CURLYNIKKI said...

LOVE Butters-n-Bars! I highly recommend their site as well.

Talisa said...

I'm in love with Jamila!! I love the rich color and how it doesn't talk a million years to rinse out lol. This new Rajashani sounds pretty awesome :-) I have a kilo of Jamila BAQ to work through but I might try a few boxes in the future!

mangomadness said...

I like Dulhan henna in the green box as well. I'm glad I heard of it on this blog--it made me feel safer about using a henna found on the ground. I've hennaed three times with it and it works well (nice reddish tint in the sun). I have 1.5 boxes left (enough for three applications). I think I'll henna this weekend...I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, CN! Its Anon/Mishie again. I just purchased some samples from Mehandi and will do henna the underside of my hair so won't disturb the highlights. They are growing out pretty rapidly, so I may use the dark brown to cover my greys.

lyfeisluv said...

@ Curlynikki

*still

That's great! I was concerned because everyone seemed to use Mehandi and I wasn't too sure if BnB had good quality henna. Thanks for the validation. I will continue to use Jamila from BnB. I'm so new but very excited about this new healthy hair journey.

Thanks for your informative site. It truly helps a new natural. I've never relaxed but I was a victim of the pressing comb for quite some time. Your site has helped in such a way that I don't need to even look at a pressing comb or a cellophane. I'm going to henna for ever!!!!

Talisa said...

I can't lie, the increased pesticide levels are sort of disappointing! Then again weather can be unpredictable when it comes to farming.

Anonymous said...

I order from http://www.hennasooq.com/ and have been pleased with their service, prices and quality. Most recently took advantage of a pre-shipment sale and bought 10 boxes of the Jamila BAQ 2011 crop for $50.00 so I'm good for a while too. Wish I'd heard about this pesticide issue earlier though :/ (thanks for the heads up Nik). I'll look at other brands when my stash starts to run low but, aside from the fact that I may be poisoning myself with each treatment, I am happy with Jamila's 2011 crop.

Anonymous said...

Great information Nikki! Thanks for keeping us in the loop.I plan to start hennaing in the very near future.

mycurlymane said...

I was just looking at Mehandi.com last night reviewing the Rajasthani Twilight.
I've been wanting to upgrade my Henna for some time now and can't wait to try this!

Courtney said...

I use Godrej Nupur Mehendi Powder 9 Herbs Blend, 150-gram and purchase it off of amazon.com. It contains 9 natural herbs Brahmi, Shikakai, Aloe Vera, Methi, Bhringraj, Amla, Neem, Hibiscus, and Jatamansi
Love the color and the way it makes my hair feel!

Anonymous said...

I always get my mine from Catherine....yes there are some local stores but i know her quality will always be top notch....so that the seller for me...

TiAnna Mae said...

I'm still waiting on my shipment of Jamila BAQ! I wish I had seen this post first though. This will be my first henna application whenever it gets here. I'll be sure to post pictures.

tiannamae.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

i use dulhan not sure of the difference honestly, i use it becaues that is what my local indian grocer has...i dont know what i am suppose to be looking for but i have never had a problem with it

Mylah said...

Is it safe/recommended to use henna over hair that's been dyed/lightened?

Keisha said...

I use Dulhan henna because I can get it from a local indian grocer but I need to step my game up and dabble in some more expensive/better quality henna... I'll see how that goes.

KeshaSharee said...

I get my henna and other ayurvedic herbs from HennaSooq.com. Kadijah is so nice and forthcoming with helpful info. I started out using cassia and jumped on Rajasthani henna after about 3 sessions. It yields a burgundy tone but with amla its a copper effect. I want to try morrocan henna just to get a different perspective.

Kimberly said...

Hey Nikki! I purchase my henna from heena.sooq.com. I use Jamila's 2011 crop. So far so good. However, I wanted to try Mehandi's Celebration Henna but the with issues going on in Pakistan, I think it'll be a minute before we see anymore Celebration Henna. I've been looking at the Rajasthani Twilight and would love to try it but I need to hear more about it. Please keep us posted when you use the twilight. I'm waiting on your review before I purchase it! :-)

Anonymous said...

Awwww man. I just ventured out got bold and decided to finally try this henna thing and placed an order with Butter-n-Bars yesterday afternoon now to find out there is a chance im going to use pesticide in my hair lol I will just have to say a little prayer before application

Nisha said...

I ordered from Mehandi.com the African American henna thinking that was the best for our hair... i could feel the difference but the color was just so so. I can't wait to see your review about the new crop while I finish using this batch I have... I think I have enough for 3 or 4 applications. I also did a Cassia treatment last weekend... it did make my hair feel a little stronger... strength is my main goal and color secondary! Love your site! Thanks for giving me the gall to try to take care of my own hair and more importantly to learn how!!

Oli said...

I was thinking of using Mehandi, but after hearing Lush do it, I'll probably use that
Any reviews of Lush's henna?

Anonymous said...

http://www.ayurnaturalbeauty.com/products/Jamila-Henna.html has some jamila 2011 henna but i never ordered from there before. i am giving it a try very soon !

hairscapades said...

Henna back in effect;)!!

Wow, perfect timing Nik! It was time for me to re-up on Jamila henna too and I was planning on ordering some Zizyphus from Mehandi too as my buddy Michelle on Radiant Brown Beauty had some nice results with it restoring some waves/curls lost to repeated henna applications.

http://radiant-brown-beauty.com/zizyphus-restore-curls-alternative-amla/

I'd tried amla, but I couldn't really tell if it made a difference. I also want to try some cassia as an "in between" conditioning treatment! Since I want to get those and can't find Zizyphus or cassia on the ground, I'll pick some of this RT up too!

I, like many above, also use Dulhan. But, I do a half and half mix of 100g Dulhan w/100g Jamila, which I learned from none other than you:). I also have a bag of Trichup and a bag of Nupur in the refrigerator that I've yet to try! I got those (thinking the Nuper was an ayuverdic wash! *lol*) while I was at my local Indian grocer re-upping on Dulhan. Love that it's only $1.49 a box. Has anyone used the Nupur or Trichup? Any feedback/reviews?

Shelli

Anonymous said...

I have ordered in the past from Henna for hair, and also butters N bars but I recently took a stroll into my local indian store and found a brand called Reshma, I love it, it doesnt take long to release the color and it rinses out easy. But the best thing is its only 2.99

Alta Angel said...

Can't wait to see your review for this henna. I used the last Celebration Henna batch from Mehandi that had lawsome of 3.2%, so I am curious if the new batch is just as good. I LOVE this henna and the staff at Mehandi is so helpful!

Ashley Jane said...

I love Henna but I might have to switch to cassia since it's loosening my curls a ton. I get my Henna from some Indian store in VA. I probably shouldn't use there's, it's low quality but it seems to be working well to me and it was like $1.75 a box. Plus all the Indian women in the local area use it.... I use Jamila

Anonymous said...

SO what exactly are the benefits of henna?

Anonymous said...

I get my henna from Ayurnaturalbeauty.com and I've been a Jamila addict ever since. Still working my way through the 10 boxes of Jamila 2010 I have in my hair closet (yes...I have a closet entirely for my hair products) lol I also ordered several bags of the Godrej Nupur Mehendi Powder 9 Herbs Blend, and I am VERY pleased with the results. This makes my hair super soft, fluffy, and uber manageable! So much henna in one bag, and I have enough for two applications! The addition of the other ayurvedic herbs makes it easy to wash out as well...LOVE. I will be alternating between Jamila and Godrej from now on :)

Anonymous said...

Hello nikki, I never tried henna before, and wanted to know the key benefits in using the mixture? Also, how often should a person apply henna?

Alexis

Anonymous said...

I've been using Celebration henna from Mehandi and I like it! It rises out well too! I've been doing the process for about 2 years now and now my daughter is "addicted" too! Henna's for life! :)

tianna said...

Lush Henna is not the easiest application of henna. I tried their block and it took 20 washes to get it out of my head!! it requires a lot of work to break it down because i comes in a block... Believe me, its not the one to use!!

Octavia said...

i just started using henna in October of last year because of your website. I was living in Hawaii and could not take have the crazy thick frizzy hair and gave henna a try. The henna I used i was able to buy it buy the pound, like buying fruit. Take as much as you need from an organic market in Haleiwa( an area in Hawaii). I loved it. Now that I am state side again. I am not sure who to buy and where to buy henna from. I tried finding a place that lets here but with no luck.

Anonymous said...

From the beginning of my henna journey, I have used organic Rajasthani henna from Henna Sooq. it is very finely sifted, quick dye release time (about 45 minutes) and I like the burgundy color. This is consistently a great product and Khadija has outstanding customer service and experience.

Venita said...

I'm late to this question, but can I use henna even though I normally color my hair with hair dye? Also, I don't want red or brownish hair color, what can I use to make it jet black? I'm really unfamiliar with the whole henna thing, but would like to reap the benefits of thicker hair. Venita

Anonymous said...

I'm late to this post, but can I use henna on my hair if I normally color my hair with dye? Also, what can I use to achieve a jet black color, I don't want red or brownish hair color. I'm new to the whole henna thing, but would like to reap the benefits of thicker hair. Venita

Anonymous said...

Hope one of you gals can answer this question...so..if you have a permanent color in your hair, do you need to refrain from doing a henna treatment?

Angus said...

Which brand of henna has the strongest dying capability? I've tried Jamila and Reshma, but I'm now looking for whichever brand consistently deposits the most red color into the hair cuticle.

Anonymous said...

naturalhair429:
I use Dulhan in the green box as well and have had great results. The sift is really fine and the die uptake is excellent. I have also used BAQ Jamila and I like the Dulhan better. I think it's because the Dulhan is mixed with amla, brahmi and other powders so when I rinse it doesn't feel as dry as it does when I use the Jamila. My hair is strong and they both covered my stubborn grays well. I have been Hennaing regularly since April 2010 and my color is fabulous. It's this gorgeous rich burgundy and my greys are like coppery auburn highlights. Getting lots of compliments on the color and in the sunlight it's fierce. Oh and Dulan is $1.99 for 100grams at my indian grocery store which makes it soo convenient to pick up when I run out and budget friendly.

Anonymous said...

I love the Nupur brand I get it from my local indian grocery Patel Brothers store 3.99 for 200 grams and I get all the great results from it that i hear people who use the more pricey brands I'm curious if I'd get even better results with the pricey ones !

Beth said...

For people new to henna with questions, check out the Henna tab at the top of the page, and the henna discussions on the forum here: http://www.curlynikkiforums.com/henna-hair/

Beth said...

Is the pesticide content high in all Jamila henna, or just in the 2011? I purchase henna from Ayur Natural Beauty, which has a good selection, and great customer service. (I've also had good luck with Butters N Bars in the past.) I currently use Jamila 2010 cut with amla in a 2:1 ratio with good results. I have had good results in the past with Rajasthani henna, so I'll purchase that instead when my current stash is gone, or when it goes on sale (possibly sometime this fall, as it seems like some Rajasthani henna is harvested in the fall).

Anonymous said...

Nikki did a tutorial some time ago. here is the link:
www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/henna-pictorial.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Ladies! How many experience loosening of their curls? That part makes me nervous?

PS: @anons: if you click the Rajasthani Twilight link the Mendhi page will direct you to all the beneifts of henna.

Anonymous said...

This is probably irrelevant but I am Nigerian, grew up around the plant. When I was a child, it was mostly used for body art. So now I get my henna from Nigeria whenever I'm there or when my friends/family visit I get a lot of it. The henna I have releases color almost immediately. I started using henna for my hair after a friend directed me to this website. I have "hennaed" my hair about 5 times, I haven't noticed much of a difference but I love the color. My mum thinks my hair is shinier though. I got some for my friend- she adores the stuff. She tells me her hair is softer, detangles easier etc. I can't say I have noticed similar effects...oh I think my hair breaks less though. I have 4c kinks, even relaxer had trouble loosening them so not surprised I see no curl loosening

RNatural said...

Thanks Nikki for the Jamila update. I just received my batch of Jamila henna yesterday. I am processing my 1st ever henna treatment today, so if all goes well, I will definitely be trying the Rajasthani brand next time. I only ordered 2 boxes of the Jamila, so I will have my fingers crossed these first 2 tries!! Wish me luck..

Valarie said...
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Valarie said...

I use the Jamila Henna.. there is 1 natural beauty supply store that orders and sells them here so i always stock up there

Abt my curls loosening. I have 3c, 4a, 4b and 4c hair textures and from what i've seen the only part that is slightly loosened is my 3c section. Now it hangs longer than everything else.

I wish it'd loosen up my 4c section a bit b/c my hair looks totally uneven b/c of how it shrinks in one section and hardly in the other!

Monica said...

Thanks for the info Nikki! I just recently Henna'd for the first time last weekend. I use the Henna for African Hair from Mehandi.com. I loved the results. It says it's not good for gray coverage but I only have 2 strands so that wasn't a big deal. It's lawsone content is 2.2% I believe. So far so good. I used your tutorial, and your directions were excellent! I love your site. You are such an inspiration, I BC last month and I'm loving it!!!! Keep it up Nikki!

B. Leah said...

Nikki, I am so happy you commented on this. I am relatively new to henna. I purchased five boxes of the Jamila Henna from Mehandi about two months ago, but I was relecutant to use it. Well, I did my first Henna treatment two weeks ago, and I decided to Henna again last weekend, I am extremely happy with my results. I was disappointed when I went on Mehandi website to find the Henna that I previously purchased was no longer available. Well, after a long conversation with a representative from Mehandi this afternoon, I decided to purchase the Rajasthani. I ordered four boxes. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for always keeping us in the loop.

Honey Bear said...

I tried Lush Henna bars in July thinking it would be easier. No extra mixing, no waiting for dye release. I have to agree with tianna, it is not the easiest to apply or rinse. LARGE particles of coffee, clove...etc that get stuck in our curls and kinks.
It did relax my curl pattern a little and condition my hair well. But I had to literally stand in my yard and shake the crap out of my hair... and that was after rinsing multiple times!

Michelle said...

I am using Yemen Henna. I love the reddish color my hair gets. I have been using Henna for a year and love the fact that my scalp is no longer itchy. I stills struggle with the dull look. My hair has no shine.

Carla said...

I've been using 2010 and 2011 Jamila from HennaSooq.com and from a local henna artist. I love Jamila so its discouraging to read that the standards may not be as high as I hoped. I will experiment with other options, but keep using Jamila for the time being.

curlybean said...

how many women experience the curl loosening? Is very noticeable?

Anya said...

Thanks for this article... this is probably why my Henna is not doing such a good job (I just buy mine at the Indian supermarket)... I've even stopped using Henna but u make me wanna continue now:) Looking forward to your review.

As for another Henna option I am hearing great reviews from Henna Sooq there twitter page is here - http://twitter.com/#!/hennasooq

Talk to you soon Nikki

Anonymous said...

Regarding loosening - while chatting with Nikki it seems that if your hair is more of an "S" pattern or WAVES you may experience some loosening. However if your hair curls in COILS / CORKSCREWS you are less likely to experience loosening. This was our observation but not saying this is the rule for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I've just applied henna for the first time using the Rajasthani henna and I have to say I'm hooked! The results are instantanious, my hair finally has a natural sheen to it and it looks and feels stronger. I purchased my henna from Hennasooq because I currently use their shampoo bar as a clarifying shampoo and have had great results. Hennasooq is also a local company for me therefore I was able to go and speak to someone in person. Great service, great price and their website is very informative as well.

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty said...

Thanks Shelli for sharing my post! I want to try this new henna though because I'd love to try the higher dye content. I'm currently using the Henna for African Hair and I like it but this is going on the list!

NoOtherMe said...

OMG...Im so amped about the Henna experienced. I just purchased the Rajasthani Twilight tonight. I am so excited. I used to be a color feigned natural before my BC.

Margaret said...

I purchase my henna from HennaSooq. She is wonderful and is available to answer e-mails and offers great sales. I have used Jamila, however now I mix Yemen and Rajasthani. My last purchase will probably last a while. lol This is good information regarding the pesticide issue.

19karle08 said...

Lol @ Nikki hehe'ing at ordering a kilo of henna. That's something I would have done. I swear you are a friend in my head lol.

NancyM said...

I've now hennaed 3 times with Jamila BAQ henna. I really like the results. It gives me a nice color and make my hair softer. I'm currently transitioning (8 months so far), so I don't know if it's loosened my curls, but I do know that I have much less dandruff and my scalp looks great since I've been using it. Is that weird?

Oh, and I always put a little conditioner in my henna before applying it.

Anonymous said...

I have 4c penspring coils. I have used henna for over a year now and I have noticed a loosening of my curl.

Yes, henna loosened my 4c curl. Yippee you say? mmmm...NOT!

My 4c did not turn into an "S" curl.

No, my 4c coils were "frizzier" than normal, and didn't "clump" into coil-outs when I applied my gel. I really have to coax the coil-out to clump together. Coil-outs are my new protective hairstyle.

Not complaining here, because henna+indigo makes my stuff black and glossy as a raven's wing! Woot-woot!

I have used several "brick and mortar" brands because of the exhorbitant shipping costs.

Here is my opinion - your experience may differ.

NUPUR - meh! Difn't color my gray

LUSH - didn't color my gray + way too much work

RAINBOW - don't waste your money; even the persian black when mixed with ACV and black coffee failed to color my gray

Surya - henna powder didn't color my gray

Light Mountain CTG - works wonderfully but gives me a wicked headache (maybe it's the saran wrap?)

HTH

Missy said...

Hi CurlyNikki. I am waiting to hear about your experience with the Rajasthani henna. Did I miss the post? In the mean time I think I will stock up on Jamila from Mehandi since it's on sale.

valeria1025 said...

LOL @ the "kilo" of henna! Yesterday, I purchased 12 boxes of the Jamila 2011 from ayurnaturalbeauty.com for $65 (free shipping and a coupon code: ncurl10), so I fully understand the kilo purchase. I am a little dismayed at the pesticide thing though, but my results are fantastic.

I started the henna process in June 2011 and do an overnight treatment about every two weeks (I need 200g each time). I used Nikki's recipe and add a small amount of vinegar. So far, I have only used Jamila (non BAQ) and had one experience with the henna for african hair from mehandi.com. I like both but will continue to stick with jamila cuz nothing's wrong yet, so im not changing it.

Since June, my hair has gotten MUCH stronger, shedding has been greatly reduced, growth has greatly increased, and I have a consistent deep red (not burgundy) hue on my dark brown hair. I think its to the point now where you can see the red hue in regular light instead of only seeing it in the sun.

Lastly, I know it may sound like Im making this up, but from June to now, I have grown and RETAINED a couple of inches of hair. Much less breakage!! I was just above APL in June and now, I swear to heaven, I am more than halfway to BSL. INSANITY! FYI: I am relaxed and haven't been natural since I was 13. Im 27 now.

Henna forever!

Alexandria aka Renita said...

omg I currently have a weave, and I just purchased some henna from mehandi, can't wait to take this out this week and be a Henna Head

Anonymous said...

I've been Hennaing for I guess about two years. I have moderate to severe allergy to commercial hair dyes.

I bought the celebration henna and must've gotten a horrible batch. It's doing NOTHING except giving my grays a weird yellow. Supposedly it takes longer for dye release. I actually timed it today. It's been 12 hours and the dye still isn't strong.

Moe Anthony
I purchased the 3.2% Rajasthani when they had it and it worked wonderfully. I will wait to see how the new 2.9% batch review goes before I commit. I don't want to discount hennaforhair yet!

Anonymous said...

Ladies, you can mix your henna with 100% Apple Juice...it's less drying than Lemon or Orange Juice and the dye releases in 6 hours (not 12) per one of the ladies at Mehandi.com--I was worried that it might be too drying on my 13 yr's hair because she has really dry hair/skin and it worked beautifully so now I use it this way on my henna mixes. Also, try wrapping your bowl in a towel and sit it on the stove with the oven on that helps with the dye release.

Until now, I had been a user of Ancient Sunrise Celebration which covered all of my grays but this Rajasthani Twilight henna is off the chain! It has a darker stain than Celebration AND it COVERED all my grays except 2 stubborn strands near my right ear (be sure to wash your hair before hennaing if you have a lot of product or oils in it so that it will take better). Thanks Nikki for telling us about this henna!

Anonymous said...

Well, thanks to you Nikki, your website, and your loyal followers, I henna/indigoed today! I purchased Rajasthani Twilight henna and Ancient Sunrise indigo from mehandi.com; mixed the henna with green tea, and put Argan oil in the indigo with warm water (when it came time to color). Laid paper on the floor and sink, but the cleanup rag was making a bigger mess than the drops it was supposed to clean up!! All told, it was a great process that I will definitely be doing again. I was on your website the entire time, and felt like you and your readers were with me every step of the way. I'm under the heat cap with the deep conditioner (generic Biolage balm conditioner from Sallys), and will twist and curl tonight. Can't wait until tomorrow to see my hair (especially in the sun to see what colors REALLY appear)...my hair is black with dark brown grays, better than the color I ended up with from the beauty salon. AT LEAST IT'S NOT GREEN!!
Again, thank you.
Diane in NJ

Anonymous said...

Catherine has a practice of taking Jamila Summer Crop out of the original Jamila box, re-packaging it and calling it Celebration; then claiming that Celebration undergoes "special" dye testing from the provider. Speaking with the Jamila ppl firsthand uncovered that this "special" testing is untrue. On this alone, I'm leery about anything Catherine claims about her henna. I buy mine from Henna Sooq where you can buy henna under their original names (Rajasthani, Yemen, Jamila, etc.) for a few dollars less.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention Catherine also charges $2 more for Celebration than for the Jamila henna in the regular Summer Crop box. Funny how the pesticides level in Jamila are suddenly a concern after all these years of "special testing". Do your research folks.

Anonymous said...

I use 'Ayuuri natural henna' it is BAQ and 100% pure mehandi. In London they don't sell Jamila or rasjblahblah twilight. In fact people in the stored have never heard of it. This Ayuuri henna is really good though and affordable (£1.65...which is around $2.66 :D

Tiffani B said...

I buy my henna from rainbowresearch.com. I usually buy a kilo of red henna. It's easily applied. I add quite a bit of shea butter to it.

Anonymous said...

I love my henna from Henna Caravan , my hair is shiny, healthy, great color and I love it.
reasonably priced and low shipping and fast service

Anonymous said...

2011 Jamila comes in foil packets with the manufacture date and the lawsone count printed on it. If the repacked box does not have a jamila foil packet with this printed on it then its not 2011.

All this "special" crop that is used by mehandi is a sales tactic and nothing more. There is NO way that you can prove that you are buying henna nobody else is unless your purchasing a full seasons crop which runs into hundreds of tonnes.

Henna naturally degrades in lawsone count. Mehandi has for several years claimed to be selling the same henna with the same batch no and the same lawsone count. So this henna is what several years old!!

The statements above about repackaging are very true. Repacked Jamila from over purchase. Which seems to be the case with most of the henna sold bought in bulk and still selling it several years later and then customers start reporting that the henna is stale and not working.

This so called twilight henna is indian raj henna powder available from all good stockists! dont pay more for the same henna its juts a marketing ploy using the name from a popular movie.

Anonymous said...

According to Jamila themselves mehandi.com has not purchased Jamila henna since 2009 so exactly how they would know about the purity of the current henna powder crop is unknown.

They also state in the region where Jamila is grown and harvested no cotton crops are present so they do not understand how pesticides from blow over could be present in their crop.

They did express their concern that mehandi.com is selling fake jamila powder.

DivineSoulBeauty said...

I never henna before so Im loving all this information. Im like all of you. My main reason to henna is the health bemefits but I also want to ad a bit of color/tint to my 4a/4b hair. I want a deep red/ burgurdy color maybe even deep auburn color. Any suggestions of mixtures? I read above Cassia would help. I just trying to figure the right mix before trying it out. My original hair color is dark brown.

DivineSoulBeauty said...

I apologize for all the typos. This is my first time posting lol.

Anonymous said...

Yes i agree, Jamila Henna is packaged and sealed and his a date of when it was made has well as the dye count for the crop. The henna they sell at Mehandi.com is not the package from Jamila. They must be using a different kind of henna.

Anonymous said...

Help CurlyNikki what do you say about all they naysayers of Mehandi.com, is it true?! Please look into it for us mehandi.com henna buyers!

Hilary B. said...

their packaging is cute

teennatural said...

My favorite henna is Godrej Nupur Henna, its a 9 herbs blend, 100% natural and I love it so much

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