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Old 09-03-2013, 07:03 PM
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Default I want to Henna my hair.

So I am wanting to henna my hair. As it is, I have a brown/reddish hair colour and I am thinking I'd like it a little more red. Want to stick to something natural, so am thinking henna.

I know a few of you here have experience with it, so was wondering if you can link me to any good resources? Also, some experiences and thoughts, pros and cons, etc.. AND! Any before and after pictures would be cool!

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:08 PM
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Go over to the long hair community. It's where I went when I wanted to know more about henna.

I used Feria for years but found it faded out quicker than I was happy with. I've been hennaing 4ish years.

Feria fade out, before henna



A year later hennaing in sunshine



This spring indoors low lighting



4 days ago, outside having been lazy and not hennaed in 3-4 months

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:28 PM
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What colour is your hair naturally? Do you have a link to the site you mentioned?
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:06 PM
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Would this stuff be any good to use? http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Fresh-J...item3f2700f25c

I have very thick, very long (about lower back length) hair so not sure how much I will need? I am a total noob at this.
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Henna is awesome. I adore it and will likely never go back. Seconding Maf's recommendation of joining the long hair community. I'm a member there and rarely post, but it's a wealth of info when I need it.

Pros: It not only colours your hair. It strengthens it, smooths it, helps eliminate dandruff, prevent lice, and I've found I get split ends less frequently.

Cons: Your hair will likely smell like hay for a week or more. I personally don't mind this, but some people do. It's permanent, as in chemical dyes don't take well after henna.

Pro/Con: It may be a steep downhill into other awesome natural haircare techniques.

Personally I use Henna from Henna Sooq. They have a Canadian store, great customer service, and sometimes they throw in freebies based on my previous orders. I use the Jamila henna powder. I need at least 300g worth for my hair length, though next time I think I need to upgrade to 400g.

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Here's a few of right before I hennaed for the first time. I used lots of chemical dyes and had a lot of recurring dandruff issues. Also, grey hairs everywhere.




And I took a photo of my henna mix for good measure. I use lemon juice and a hint of fruit tea, with generous sprinkles of clove and cinnamon. It becomes this great green-brown paste that smells like indian spices... in a barn.


Here's a few days later, after the colour oxidized a little.


The dandruff was mostly gone and all my grey was covered.


Another pic, much more recent and after a number of applications (and longer hair):


I'm basically sold forever. If you have more questions I'm sure we can answer.
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So that link I posted above is the same stuff you use? If I could get that shipped to a US post box, which I can, then that wouldn't be a bad deal, right?

Wow, the difference from your hair to after is amazing. I am curious what colour it will make my hair colour...

This is my natural hair colour.

I am very excited to try it!
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I needed about 500g for a whole head application, but my hair is thick and long.

Once upon a time my hair was auburn, but I'm dumb, and coloured it black cherry in uni. When I was done, it's grown in brownish since.

I'd order directly from henna sooq's Can store honestly.

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I found out I can get a 100g box of "pure, fresh natural henna powder" for $9 from a local lady so I will likely be buying from her.. Now just to figure out how many boxes I will need... am thinking I'd like to mix it with conditioner, when I mix it, since I've read about that.
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I'd ask her if it's body art quality.. As 'fresh and pure' are great.. but could be how she is simply considering it. Some ethnic stores sell decent and some sell pretty crappy henna for cheap.
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I'd ask her if it's body art quality.. As 'fresh and pure' are great.. but could be how she is simply considering it. Some ethnic stores sell decent and some sell pretty crappy henna for cheap.
She is an out of home henna (body art) shop type thing. But I did send her an email asking if it's body art quality, because that's what I want, right? She also said that she thinks it'd take 1.5-2 boxes to do my hair, with how long and thick it is, and said she's been doing her own hair for 10 years so she will answer any questions I have. She even offered to mix it into the paste form for me to use that way! Considering what I was looking at online was $6 a box plus $2 for shipping, I might as well just pay $9 and buy local, I think.
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