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    Default Re: Henna Haters Unite!

    Quote Originally Posted by Of the Fae View Post
    Back for the first time in years but, I wanted to share my experience too!
    I have used henna for 10 years, and I love it. However, one thing that is a big downside is that it does not go out of your hair ever. I had been trying to grow it out in order to decide whether I wanted to have my natural shade back (light ash blonde), but 9 months in, I changed my mind like I always do and embrace henna again like I have for the past decade. For people who are fickle with hair color henna is a bad choice!
    Also, it tends to soften waves so if your hair is wavy it may turn straight. I generally braid it more when it is hennaed because that way I have a bit more wave. I think this is because henna adds to the protein of your hair, binds to the keratin molecules and maybe that weighs it down. It makes hair heavier and thicker.

    For those experiencing very dry hair: I only ever had this with compound henna that contained metallic salts, or when I used too much lemon juice. But everyones hair is so very different, and the magical solution for one person's hair might be the worst for another, so it is super important to recognize personal variation.
    Important tip: If you have fine hair, like me, love henna, but experience breakage during and after application because the mud hardens, or the acidic mix was too acidic, adjusting the consistency of your mix and using a finer sift of henna can make a world of difference!

    I also noticed that the information about henna has improved over recent years, but I still hear people on YouTube stating that henna coats the hair and does not penetrate it, and that it is a demipermanent, both of which are the opposite of the truth :P I think many people got into trouble taking that advice and thinking henna would be like natural Manic Panic :P
    Dry hair can also be because it acts like protein. I get dry hair from henna so I do an SMT the day or so after I use it. Mind you, I use it more for colour than anything else.

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    Henna! I still love it, I could never hate it! I used it to color my hair for..... almost 10 years? I've always loved red hair. I loved red hair on me. But I love blonde too, I love it on me a tad bit more than the red. As wonderful as henna is, it is a lover that won't let you go easily. The separation was an extreme process for me. Lots of bleaching, lots of damage. I was able to mitigate the damage, but of course you can't reverse it.

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    I'm not a fan of henna/indigo, but I don't think I have given up just yet. I talked to a long haired lady on YouTube who swears by henna mixed with coconut milk. It removes the dry/brittle feeling. Her words, not mine. I wonder if coconut oil AND coconut milk will be even better. I may give it another try one day.

    Btw, it looks like you found the culprit.... lemon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy-Lee View Post
    I'm not a fan of henna/indigo, but I don't think I have given up just yet. I talked to a long haired lady on YouTube who swears by henna mixed with coconut milk. It removes the dry/brittle feeling. Her words, not mine. I wonder if coconut oil AND coconut milk will be even better. I may give it another try one day.

    Btw, it looks like you found the culprit.... lemon!
    i use coconut oil before hennaing hair, plus I add a lot of fenugreek gel I make in advance, and I use very high quality BAq henna, which washes out easily, then just cowash and deep condition. I do mix henna dyeaing and atandard as I have a lot of grays and I do not want red roots.
    in any case, coconut oil still helps and the color still takes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulownia View Post
    I can say that I do not hate henna we had a well functioning relationship since 2012... but I just stopped loving it.
    I grew tired of red ( ever-changing woman's nature) and even though henna gave me shine and stronger hair, it also became... too healthy. I got to low porosity and weighed-down hair and I lost some of my wave pattern.
    I quit henna and henndigo in January this year and I do not plan to take it up again. I grow out natural.
    I'm right at the beginning of experimenting with a method of henna removal, a method that is unknown here I guess...
    I will definitely post later with the results, its just that it will take time.... I need proof that its actually working.
    See, this would be a pro for me. This is why I can't decide whether I should try henna. Something that is preferable for one person isn't for another, so I guess I won't know until I try.

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