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Maelyssa
April 30th, 2012, 09:57 PM
I thought it was worth sharing that I have been using Jamila on my daughter's dark brown/soft black hair a few times and I notice a significant difference in color depending on how much liquid was added to the powder. A few times I put too much liquid....rough estimate would be 2 cups warm tea to 100 g henna powder. The color was very obtained in these session was a subtle glow of red. A few other times I used about half the liquid so that the texture of the henna was more like a thick clump. This color was much, much more noticeable and bolder. Her friends have described the results in the sun as having 'hair that glows like a fiery demon'...lol.

Hopefully that helps someone in deciding what to do. :D

Pierre
April 30th, 2012, 10:22 PM
I use three times as much water as powder, and half the powder is henna. That seems to work best with the root shooter, and it gives a pretty consistent color with sparkles and glow in the sun.

TheMechaGinger
April 30th, 2012, 10:34 PM
When I used to henna I made my mixes a little on the runnier side only because I had a lot of hair and not a lot of money and I was trying to make sure my whole head was covered haha! But if I ever do go back to henna I will definitely keep this in mind

Maelyssa
May 1st, 2012, 01:49 PM
I use three times as much water as powder, and half the powder is henna. That seems to work best with the root shooter, and it gives a pretty consistent color with sparkles and glow in the sun.

Very glad to hear it!

Shatam1
May 2nd, 2012, 01:30 PM
I also make my henna paste runny and have had absolutely no problem with color uptake, and I have tons of grey. I make it runny because it is easier to apply on my roots and easier to spread on its own under the plastic wrap. I also add Amla powder, one table spoon. Maybe that is why it gets quite dark, because when I don't use alma I notice more orangey tones to the color.;)

Micayla47
May 2nd, 2012, 02:21 PM
thanks for the tip. i'm doing my first ever henna as soon as my hair finishes air drying. i already mixed it last night, but i will make sure it is extra thick next time :)

ladylowtide
May 2nd, 2012, 02:27 PM
I wouldn't make it too too thick, or apply it to completely dry hair. Just incase there were some henna newbies wondering about this. If you apply thick henna to dry hair, it will suck the moisture right out of your hair and dry up, even if you cover it well. Then you have to get your hair out of semi-hard mud ball. I lost a ton of hair the first time round.

My best advice with henna, because I have dark brown hair that is color resistant as well. Mix it thick, but apply it to damp hair.

Maelyssa
May 2nd, 2012, 03:11 PM
I wouldn't make it too too thick, or apply it to completely dry hair. Just incase there were some henna newbies wondering about this. If you apply thick henna to dry hair, it will suck the moisture right out of your hair and dry up, even if you cover it well. Then you have to get your hair out of semi-hard mud ball. I lost a ton of hair the first time round.

My best advice with henna, because I have dark brown hair that is color resistant as well. Mix it thick, but apply it to damp hair.

I did forget to mention that it is applied to towel dried hair.

Micayla47
May 2nd, 2012, 03:13 PM
I wouldn't make it too too thick, or apply it to completely dry hair. Just incase there were some henna newbies wondering about this. If you apply thick henna to dry hair, it will suck the moisture right out of your hair and dry up, even if you cover it well. Then you have to get your hair out of semi-hard mud ball. I lost a ton of hair the first time round.

My best advice with henna, because I have dark brown hair that is color resistant as well. Mix it thick, but apply it to damp hair.
the directions say "totally dry hair" which i did and it's quite a mud ball. i hope i can get it out. yikes!

Intotouch
May 4th, 2012, 01:55 AM
Sorry but I have to disagree about applying henna to dry hair. I always do. It washes out easily. It never dries up. I add a spoon of olive oil and I mix my henna into yogurt. I only leave it on for an hour and a half.

I definitely agree about the amount of liquid changing the colour saturation. This happened with me too.

Maelyssa
May 4th, 2012, 02:44 PM
Sorry but I have to disagree about applying henna to dry hair. I always do. It washes out easily. It never dries up. I add a spoon of olive oil and I mix my henna into yogurt. I only leave it on for an hour and a half.

I definitely agree about the amount of liquid changing the colour saturation. This happened with me too.

Good to know it wasn't only us that noticed this. And since I did it on three kids who all had similar results each time I figured that was good proof that somehow the thicker concentration helped deposit richer color.

meeliah
May 4th, 2012, 02:59 PM
I've been mixing my henna thinner and thinner and I seem to be getting a less bright color each time. There is plenty of color saturation. It just doesn't shine quite as much. I'm going to try thickening it up next time and see if I can get back to the brighter results.

Viola88
May 4th, 2012, 03:11 PM
I always apply to damp hair. I've found the easiest way to start the process of getting it out is to take a bath. While laying in the tub, I submerged my scalp and start massaging the henna out. I make sure to keep my head still while doing this so no tub water gets in my ears. I hate water in my ears :) I do it for maybe 2 minutes before I stand up and let the shower finish the job of de-hennaing.

maborosi
May 4th, 2012, 03:45 PM
This is interesting- I'm pretty sure I've had this happen, too, which is why I rarely mix it to a runny consistency (and because I leave it on for forever...so it gets super annoying when it starts to run down my face- ugh ><)

Btw, henna on dry hair is a difficult, messy, not-fun endeavor. I typically wash my hair, oil it, then the next day, mist it any apply henna into it.

~maborosi~

krisbb
May 4th, 2012, 09:46 PM
funny enough I decided to try a dry henna tonight, previously I have done it on wet hair. One benefit I noticed is I can see exactly where or where not the henna is going, than doing it dry because when my hair is wet its very dark and that makes it difficult to see where I've gone or not gone :(

aililiú
May 6th, 2012, 12:23 PM
does damp/dry hair only affect the application/removal process, or would it also affect the colour uptake?

krisbb
May 7th, 2012, 07:34 AM
does damp/dry hair only affect the application/removal process, or would it also affect the colour uptake?


I think for me it affected the dye uptake this is the richest color I've gotten, its also my 7 th henna.rinsing was no different whatsoever.

Phexlyn
May 7th, 2012, 11:47 AM
Her friends have described the results in the sun as having 'hair that glows like a fiery demon'...lol.

That sounds like a great colour to me! :D

I like to keep my henna paste a bit thicker as well. Nothing as bad as me having to run to the bathroom every 30 minutes to deal with henna running down my forehead or down my ears because the paste had too much liquid in it.

I also apply henna to dry hair and I've never had a problem getting it out or having uber-dry hair afterwards. I always add a generous portion of conditioner to the mix and that's enough to keep my hair happy (although it is a bit dryer than usual after a henna, but having an oily scalp that's quite positive).