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Henna and Me: Michelle’s HairStory

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
My name is Michelle and I work at an art college in California. I am obsessed with reading natural hair blogs and watching YouTube natural hair vloggers.

How long have you been natural?
Well, I stopped relaxing my hair in the mid-nineties. In lieu of relaxing, I would blow dry my hair and straighten it with a really hot curling iron. In 2000, I stopped straightening all together. It wasn’t something I decided beforehand; when it came time to wash my hair one week, I didn’t feel like spending the two hours straightening it and thought, “I’ll do it next week,” but never did.

When did you start using henna?
I started using henna in September.

What made you begin using henna?
Reading about it on CurlyNikki.com and reading Shelli’s henna story. I was interested in the color deposit and the strengthening effects.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
My first experience with henna was fine. I ordered 200g from Mehandi.com, but only used half that time because the process was a little messy. I used the rest the following weekend.

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I use the Henna for Red Hair kit. I just mix the henna with orange juice. The night before, I clarify my hair and mix my henna with the orange juice until it looks like mashed potatoes and let it sit overnight. The next morning, I add some more orange juice until it is the consistency of yogurt, then apply it and let it sit on my hair for four hours. After four hours, I rinse as much as I can with water. Then I use a Suave Naturals Aloe Vera conditioner to help rinse. When I’ve gotten most of it out, I deep condition with Aussie Moist 3 minute miracle, but I don’t rinse it out. I find that this helps with the dryness. The next day, I co-wash with the Suave. One or two days later, I do a regular wash with my Curls cleanser and condition with whatever.

How often do you henna?
Once a month.

How has your hair changed with henna?
I have noticed a slight change in color but not much else.

How do you feel about henna and the process now?
It is not a difficult process but it is very time consuming, especially rinsing it out.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
Do your research and make sure you purchase Body Art Quality Henna (my sister-in-law received some henna from Turkey from a friend. It caused a violent allergic reaction, which resulted in her having to go to the emergency room). Also, purchase a sample to test to make sure you are not allergic.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
I am on the fence as to whether to continue to henna. I haven’t seen much difference with the exception of the color. I’ll give it two more months then I’ll access my hair.

Michelle sent me her story back in December, so I asked her a week or so ago if she was still using henna or decided to give it up. Her answer:
I think I will stick to the henna for a while. I really do like the color.

I do too Michelle, I do too!

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Henna and Me: Claudine’s HairStory

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
Hi, my name is Claudine.  I live on the “bermudaful” island of Bermuda out in the Atlantic Ocean.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural (no relaxer or texturizer applied) for 3 years coming up January 2012. I transitioned for about 1 1/2 years before cutting off the relaxer in January 2009.

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
I am a newbie with henna. I started using henna on 22nd Oct 2011 and again on 29th Oct 2011.

What made you begin using henna?
I used to have my hair professionally colored with permanent dyes and found that my hair was dry; and also felt as if I was still getting a relaxer because the color process used to have that same burning sensation. Therefore, I was defeating the purpose of not having chemicals applied to my scalp and hair. So, I stopped getting my hair colored for over 1 year. I have a lot of gray at the front sides of my head, practically white and I am just 45 years old! A good friend of mine made a comment about me being too young to be walking around with all those grays on my head! So, I got my hair colored once again professionally with a semi-permanent dye in a cherry color on 23rd Aug 2011, thinking it should be less damaging and less chemicals. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I had a slight burning sensation and that smell of ammonia in my hair that took a long time to go away. The color faded to a bronze colour after 1 1/2 months. I made up in my mind that there has to be a natural coloring process for gray hair out there somewhere. So I started searching. After a few weeks of searching, I had come across Curly Nikki’s henna stories and also read about your henna experience on Curly Nikki’s website too! I was inspired … and then researched the henna process on www.hennaforhair.com and http://www.mehandi.com before taking a leap of faith to try the henna process.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
I almost did not have enough henna applied by the time I reached my hairline. It was a messy job and I thought I was well prepared due to a thorough research utilising Curly Nikki’s website, your henna experience on Curly Nikki’s website, YouTube henna videos and the hennaforhair website. I left it in overnight and the henna felt so heavy on my head the next day that I couldn’t wait to rinse it out. “Oh what a relief it was” when I rinsed out the henna! LOL! I was impressed with how my hair felt texture wise. My gray was a bright pumpkin orange color. Thank God my whole head was not gray as I could have easily been called a carrot head :D! I didn’t know any better about keeping the gloves on during the styling process after rinsing out the henna … therefore my hands and fingernails got dyed a pumpkin orange! Just in time for Halloween …

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I use the Rajasthani Twilight henna (080111) purchased from http://www.mehandi.com. In my mix: I use 300g Rajasthani henna, 2 4 oz bottles of Sicilia Lemon Juice, 2 cups distilled water to make a thick mash potato consistency henna paste. I let this sit at room temperature for 12 to 16 hours for the dye release. When I am about ready to apply the henna, I wash my hair with a clarifiying shampoo (by Curls or Qhemet Biologics). While the shampoo is in my hair, I section my hair into twelve sections (6 at the front and 6 in the back), detangle each section with my fingers and then two-strand twist each detangled section. I rinse out the shampoo with the twists left in. Then I towel wrap my hair for about 15 minutes to take out excess water. In the meantime, while my head is wrapped in the towel, I add apple juice to the henna paste, stirring in just enough juice to make it of a yoghurt consistency. I apply the henna in sections starting at the back to the front, untwisting each hair section as I go. I leave the henna paste in my hair overnight (first wrap my hair with Saran Wrap, second put on two conditioning caps and then third wrap my head with the Diva Turban towel).

How often do you henna?
I did my third full head henna on 10th Dec 2011. I plan on doing a monthly henna gloss and doing full strength henna touch-ups on my new growth as needed (depending on how fast my hair grows).

How has your hair changed with henna?
The henna has enhanced my hair tremendously in such a short time! My curls are now somewhat looser and my hair texture is smoother and has volume that I’ve never had before. When I wear my hair in twists, they swing when I move my head, and this is as the result of the henna making my hair heavier.  One of my co-workers commented that it looks like I have pretty hair now.  “Pretty hair” is our Bermudian terminology in comparison to the American “Good hair” terminology.  But I personally believe that all natural hair types are “Good hair,” no matter the texture.

How do you feel about henna and the process now?
I love it, love it and love it some more! I feel so proud of myself to accomplish a hair color that is unique to my hair naturally and  that it cannot be duplicated by anyone else because there are no two heads of hair identical to one another. The process is very long, but it surely is worth the hours of waiting to see the results. As long as I am able to purchase BAQ henna, I will not be going back to use synthetic dyes ever again! I am a henna girl for life.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
Do as much research into henna and the process as you possibly can. Visit the henna forums … they have some very helpful advice. If you know anyone personally who uses BAQ henna in their hair … seek out their experiences. Follow your first instincts … they are usually on point!

Anything else that you’d like to add?
Make haste … make waste. The henna process requires plenty of patience in seeing the results … it gets better as it ages (oxidises) on your hair.

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Want to learn more about Claudine’s experience as a natural in Bermuda? Then stay tuned for Part II of her HairStory, which is the first “official” post as part of our newest guest feature, Naturals Around the World!

Henna and Me: Ty’s HairStory

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
My Name is Ty.  I was a wig, weave and hair extension fashionista for almost 20 years. My hair never had a chance to grow because it never had a chance to see sunlight! After all those years, my hair still never grew past my ears.

How long have you been natural?
March 22, 2008 was my big chop day. So, right at 3 ½ years. Woke up one day, chopped it all off.  I never transitioned.

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
The first weekend of May 2010, I did my very first henna treatment. I have been faithful about doing it one once a month ever since.

What made you begin using henna?
My hair started turning naturally gray at 12 ½ -13 years old … ALL OVER. Imagine going to middle school with gray hair *SMH*. My mom allowed  me to color my hair at 13. After 20+ years, I noticed that my hair look so dry, so I started to research the benefits of using henna. I thought that I would give it a try. It was the best decision I ever made along with going natural.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
I have always been a lover of red hair. At first I was scared, didn’t know what to expect. I left the treatment on for about 4 hours. It was easy to wash out (I have heard horror stories) and the results were amazing. It was as if my hair came back to life!

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I use Jamila Henna, the little $1.99 box at my neighborhood Indian Grocery store. They know me by name. I buy an entire box (with 12) every six months. LOL … I have to keep a stash!

I wash my hair first. I apply my mix:  henna, 3 tablespoons of aritha, brahmi and shakakai powders, 1 1/2 tablespoon of amla and indigo powder in a bowl, along with honey and green tea. I put my indigo in my mix instead of putting it on after I do my treatment. I keep my treatment in for 12 hours. I know that you can wash it out in 4, but I am addicted to the red color. IT NEVER FADES!! Gold Star!!

I just started adding olive oil to the mix. I have noticed since doing so, it is so much easier to wash out and my curls come back a lot faster after my deep conditioning treatment. I deep condition for about 2 hours (1 egg, honey, my deep conditioner oil mix: brahmi oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, coconut oil and more olive oil ).

I know you can also buy the henna with the ingredients above already in it, but I like to mix my own. I use a lot more Aritha, shakakai and brahmi than alma powders. The aritha (a natural shampoo) stops the itching. That mix will last me 2 applications. Once I finish my application, I freeze the rest for next month.

How often do you henna?
Faithfully, the first weekend in the month. In the summer, I may do 2 a month, depending on how fast my hair grows (I must cover the gray … lol).

How has your hair changed with henna?
My hair did change … for the better!! I now have thicker hair!  I have desired thicker hair for ages. Since I started my henna treatments, my hair is fuller, shinier and the curls are more defined. I did notice my curl pattern stretched a bit, but not that much. I love to see my hair “POP!”

How do you feel about henna and the process now?
I am a henna head for life!!! I put it in my schedule that the first Saturday in the month is henna day. It’s pretty much routine for me now. I love the fact that I don’t see a lot of breakage when I comb my hair. I love the way my hair feels and I have less frizzy days. I love the red tint; you can’t buy this hair shine in a bottle!!

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?

1. Do your research.  There are plenty of websites with a wealth of information about henna. I researched for 6 months before I took the plunge. Hair Forums can become your best friend.

2. Understand that not everyone will have the same results. I tell many of my friends who like my hair color that my hair is naturally gray, so the red will stand out like crazy. If you have darker hair, you will see the color in the sunlight. The more henna treatments you apply, the better results you will get.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
It was never my intent to use henna for color. I wanted the benefits of less hair breakage, thickness and shine. The color was just a bonus.

Henna and Me: Carla’s HairStory

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How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural my entire life, but I stopped using constant heat (pressing and flat ironing) 9 years ago. I had to grow out years of heat damage.

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
I first started using henna back in 1994 to color a few highlights I had in my hair. I used Rainbow Henna – at the time it was only available through a catalog. I liked the color, but hated the dryness and mess that it created. But, looking back, I didn’t deep condition. I would do it before getting my hair pressed back then. I used it a few other times and gave it up due to the mess and dryness.

I rediscovered henna around this time last year and I never looked back. I read about body art quality (BAQ) henna on the CurlyNikki blog and decided to give henna a second go round. Though I love the results, I’ve been pretty hit or miss when it comes to using over the past year. After being frustrated with breakage I experience simply because my hair strands are fine to medium, I decided to get on a regular henna schedule to strengthen my hair.

What made you begin using henna?
As I mentioned  in the previous question, I used it for color.  I had no idea that there were other uses for it! I read about the conditioning and strengthening properties, which rekindled my interest.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
My very first henna experience years ago was a nightmare. This next time around was a little better. It gets better each time. I feel like a pro now!

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I’ve been using Jamila henna, but I do want to try other brands. I basically mix it with either warm water with a little apple cider vinegar or full strength hibiscus, earl gray, or green tea. I let the henna sit for a few hours and apply it to freshly shampooed  and towel dried hair hair, or I make a henna gloss by adding cheap conditioner (Suave or Vo5) and sometimes agave or honey to the mix. After I apply it, I smooth my hair to the top of my head, secure it with a clip, sure up the edges with salon coil (cotton) and place a plastic cap on my head. I then tie my head up with a scarf and bonnet and generally leave it in overnight, rinse in the kitchen sink, co-wash, deep condition and style. To get the full color effect, I don’t wash my hair for about three days after application. This allows the color to “mature” on your hair, if color is the goal.

Supplies: I kept my old hair color towels and old shirts that are now exclusively for henna use. I either use a hair butter or castor oil around my edges, neck and ears to keep from getting henna stains on my skin. I also have a box of latex free gloves, processing caps and a box of salon coil I purchased on sale at Sally Beauty so that I will always have henna supplies on hand.

How often do you henna?
Right now, every other week.

How has your hair changed with henna?
I have much less breakage and my hair is stronger than it was before.

How do you feel about henna and the process now?
I love the process. I used to use commercial hair color, but ironically this is much less messy than commercial color, and there’s no toxic smell.

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
Do as much research as possible. Consider the pros and the cons of using henna. Use only BAQ henna. Use old clothes and towels you don’t care about and protect your floors. Make sure you can carve out enough time to do a full henna treatment. For me, a full henna treatment includes mixing up the henna, letting it “cure,” preparing your hair and your bathroom for application, letting it sit on your hair a certain amount of time (minimum 4 hours), rinsing and deep conditioning.  Deep conditioning is a step that should not be ignored.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
Not sure right now, but I am open to any questions.

Henna and Me – Valencia’s HairStory

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How long have you been natural?
I did my big chop in February of 2003.

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
I started using henna 2 years ago when I discovered Curly Nikki. I did not use it as regularly as I had originally planned and when I was required to go on bed rest during my pregnancy, I completely fell off. I got back into it in March of this year and have been keeping up with it ever since.

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Pre-Henna

What made you begin using henna?
You can’t possibly look at Curly Nikki and not at least consider henna. When I saw her ‘walk down memory lane’ before and after pics, it was a wrap!  I ordered henna from Mehendi.com within the week.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
After my first time using henna, I was a little disappointed. I noticed a slight color change but that was about it. I expected some dramatic change. But I kept faith in what Nikki said about it having a cumulative effect. I didn’t do it as often as she did because at the time I was working 3 jobs, going to school full-time, and went to the gym every day. After my next 2 uses (each a month apart), I started to see the benefits.

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I gauge what to use in my mix by what I feel that my hair needs. I use Dulhan or Jamila (whichever my Indian grocer has). I mix it with cooled green tea. I add a little honey and, if needed, I add a little conditioner and/or oil. I apply it in detangled sections and create 4 large twists. I cover my head with a conditioning cap, scarf, and winter hat. I leave it on overnight and wash it out in the morning. I hold my head under the faucet to loosen things up and then I use a diluted shampoo to get most of it out. Then, I co-wash several times until the water runs clear. I apply a DC for as long as I can under a cap, scarf, and winter hat. Then, style as usual!

How often do you henna?
I am proud to say that I have been consistently applying henna once a month. That is really good for me!

How has your hair changed with henna?
Henna has increased my hair’s natural shine (meaning without added products), smoothness and strength. My curls have stretched a bit, but not enough to make me stop using it or change my recipe!

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
I am sure that henna is not for everyone, but if you look at the before and after pics of some of the natural hair community’s leading ladies, you can’t deny that henna is at least worth a try!

Henna and Me – LaShonda’s HairStory

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How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since September 2001. 

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
I have just been using henna for a few months. I felt that something was missing from my natural hair regimen and I was searching for something to make my hair a bit more healthy and something that would promote growth. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, but I knew I needed to make a change.


What made you begin using henna?
I remembered a few of my friends talking about using henna. I had never heard of henna so I was curious. I immediately sent my new friend, Shelli, a quick message and her reply changed my life! She answered every question I had about the henna process and I have been hooked on henna ever since.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
The first time I conducted a henna treatment I was overwhelmed! It was extremely messy and I got it everywhere! I honestly thought to myself that it would be my first and last time using henna. But, to my surprise, my hair turned out so soft, manageable and healthy.

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I use Reshma henna. It is the brand that my local Indian market sells and I love it! I use CurlyNikki’s recipe. I mix one box of Reshma henna with 2 cups of cooled green tea and a couple of tablespoons of honey. I have spoken with a few other henna lovers and they also mix in a few essential oils in their mix. I haven’t tried this yet, but I do plan on experimenting with this in the near future. I followed Shelli’s advice and sit with the henna mixture on my hair for 4 hours (2 of those hours under a drier). After rinsing the henna from my hair I do a deep conditioning treatment. After it is all said and done I apply the kimmaytube leave-in conditioner recipe (another great recommendation from my girl Shelli!!).

How often do you henna?
I love the results so much that I now do a henna treatment just whenever I feel like it.

How has your hair changed with henna?
Everywhere I go people ask me what is my natural hair secret and I have to reply – henna! Henna has truly enhanced the health of my hair. It is stronger, softer, and I love the bit of red tint. 

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
The only advice I will give is wear gloves!! If you do not wear gloves your hands and fingernails will be orange for days after using henna!

Post 1st Henna Treatment

Post 4th Henna Treatment

(Okay, seriously, I didn’t put her up to the shout-outs! But, you know I had to solicit some of my first HairStories from my natural friends!;-)

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Henna and Me – Shelli’s HairStory

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(Post 2nd henna; May 2010; First attempt at a TnC)

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 11 years now.

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
I began using henna around May of 2010, so for a little over a year.

What made you begin using henna?
A friend recommended CurlyNikki.com to me as she indicated Nikki had hair that was similar to mine. She thought I might enjoy the site. Wow, was that an understatement!! I started visiting the site in February of 2010. I was blown away by Nikki’s hair! It was so lush, voluminous, shiny and defined. It also had a great shape and consistent curls. I read her post, I’m a Henna Head, on the benefits of henna. Then, I began to read every post she had on henna. I was especially interested in the strengthening, thickening and conditioning claims. After three months of research and growing intrigue, I bit the bullet and ordered my first six boxes of Jamila henna from Mehandi.com. Yeah, when I go, I go hard;). Nikki indicated that henna has a cumulative effect and it takes three treatments to see appreciable thickening and strengthening. She also stated that when she began using henna, she did weekly treatments in order to get these benefits as quickly as possible. So, who was I to question perfection;-)?

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
I’ll admit, I was very nervous as the process seemed involved, messy, long and overwhelming. But, I was well prepared. I’d watched Nikki’s video tutorial repeatedly. I had my old towels, plastic gloves, bonnet dryer, plastic spoon, bowl, green tea, honey, Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm and HE HH. I was ready to go. I made a little bit of a mess the first time  around, but most of it was caught by the old towels. My hands got a little tinged by the rinsing process. However, the rinsing was easier than I expected. 

What type of henna do you use? Where do you purchase it?
Currently, I use Jamila and Dulhan. I get Jamila online from Mehandi.com and Dulhan from my local Indian grocer, Patel Brothers, for $1.49!! I usually mix a batch using both to make my Jamila go further. I also use indigo that I purchase from Mehandi.com. I use indigo on the back half of my head in a two-step henna/indigo process. I love the way the henna turns my grey hair into fiery red highlights in the front. However, I think it makes my head look patchy if I allow it to stay red in the back. That’s why I use indigo on the back.

(Post 3rd henna; June 2010; WnG)

What is your mix? What is your process?
My mix and process have changed over the year that I’ve been using henna. Initially, I did “Conditioning Henna Treatments” as Nikki called her first attempt at a henna gloss. For the first several months, I mixed about 1 cup of the Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm into dye released Jamila henna. I mixed about 100/150g henna with about 1 1/2 cups of warm green tea and a tablespoon or two of honey (I didn’t measure). I’d let that sit 12 hours and then I would apply it to co-washed hair. Now, I tend to alternate between a full strength henna on my roots only (except my nape hair, which is almost straight) and a full length gloss, both done on dry hair. I only do a full strength henna on my roots now as henna significantly loosened my curls when I was applying it religiously and repeatedly to the full length of my hair. I realize now that I only need to do about three treatments on new hair and then just gloss the length during that application or a couple of weeks later. I currently tend to mix 100g Jamila, 100g Dulhan, 1 1/2 to 2 cups warm brewed green tea (3-4 teabags) and a tablespoon or two of honey. As I only do my roots, this is usually enough for two applications. So, after dye release, I’ll split the batch and freeze one half of it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Frozen/thawed henna provides more intense color/dye uptake. Bonus, I don’t have to repeat the mixing and dye release waiting the next time. I just take the frozen henna out of the freezer a day or two before I want to use it and let it thaw in the refrigerator. If  I don’t think too far ahead, I let it sit on the counter in a bowl to thaw.

Once I’ve applied the henna to my whole head (in 6 sections, 3 on each side; working from back to front on each side), I wrap my hair in plastic wrap and don a plastic cap. Normally, I’ll let the henna sit in my hair for 4 hours, 2 under my bonnet dryer on the warm setting. After four hours, I rinse the henna in the shower using HE HH. Then, I mix a small batch of indigo with lukewarm water and a dash or two of salt and apply it to the back half of my head. I’ll let that sit for at least an hour (sometimes with heat, sometimes without) and then I rinse the indigo and apply my DC of choice (usually JessiCurl Weekly Deep Treatment or Darcy’s Botanical Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner; I tried SM Raw Shea DT Masque one time and I wouldn’t recommend it post henna as it doesn’t have enough slip). I leave my DC in anywhere from an hour to overnight. I let my hair cool for about 15 minutes. Then, I apply a diluted daily conditioner (Aussie Moist or HE HH) over my DC, rinse well with cool/cold water and then I’m ready to style.

How often do you henna?
I try to henna once a month, but sometimes go longer if I don’t have the time to do it. I try not to go longer than 8 weeks though. My goal is to do a full strength henna on my roots once a month and a henna gloss two weeks later. That hasn’t happened yet! LOL! What I do usually do is mix the henna left over after a root application with a lot of Conditioning Balm and gloss the length of my hair so that I get the full strength on my roots and the gloss on my length in one sitting. 

(Status ??? henna [I’d lost count]; Aug 2010; TnC)

How has your hair changed with henna?
Repeated applications of henna loosened my curls into waves, which wasn’t an effect I was seeking. But, other than that, henna has improved my hair in every way. I do believe that my hair is stronger, smoother, less porous and, therefore, less frizzy. I believe that my individual strands are thicker, but I don’t think henna has made my whole head of hair look more voluminous. My favorite thing about the changes henna has generated is the intense red of my grey hair and the overall color and shine.

How do you feel about henna and the process now?
The hardest part is making the time, but I enjoy it now. It’s like a spa day for myself and I get to watch TV or work on my blogs=).

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
First, do your research. Read everything you can about henna to decide if it’s right for you and so that you understand all the things you need to do to protect your hair and obtain the best results (i.e. ALWAYS deep condition with a moisturizing, cone free conditioner after henna). Second, be mindful that what works for others may not work for you. I was using amla to try to retain my curl pattern. I continued to use it despite noticing significant itching during the process. My head almost NEVER itches. After four months of this and what I believe was a significant increase in shedding, I faced the fact that my scalp did not like amla. I might have saved some hair if I’d listened to my scalp and accepted this issue earlier. I also might have preserved more of my natural curl pattern if I’d stopped doing full head applications sooner.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
I love henna!! The amla reaction and the curl loosening are issues I could have ameliorated or eliminated if I’d used a little more common sense. So, despite those challenges, I think using henna has been one of the best things I’ve done for my hair. So, if you’re interested in trying it, do your research, be prepared and go for it!

(Febuary 2011; Finally achieved the CurlyNikki!!; TnC)