Is henna gloss as effective as straight henna?

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Is henna gloss as effective as straight henna?

Post by nattynattie on 2nd February 2011, 4:29 pm

Hi Ladies,

I'm preparing to henna for the first time (waiting on my shipment) and I'm leaning towards doing a henna gloss. It sounds like the application and rinse out are a bit easier with a gloss, and I'm most interested in the conditioning effects from henna versus the color.

I don't want to "water down" my results though, so I'm wondering if there is a difference between doing a gloss (positive or negative) versus a straight henna application.

Thanks so much for your feedback, in advance! Very Happy
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Post by Madeaj on 2nd February 2011, 5:52 pm

It depends on how much henna you use to make the gloss and how long you let it sit to release dye.

My quick Deep conditioning Henna gloss - 25 grams of henna to a lot of conditioner, applied immediately and left on for about 30 - 40 minutes under the dryer, the heat that makes the color release a little on my hair, some of the conditioning and strengthening benefits.

My Deep Henna Gloss - 150 grams of henna, 4 bags white tea, 2 wild berry zinger (love the smell), 1/2 cup boiling water, Protein-free Conditioner. I brew the tea and let it cool to room temp, mix some with the henna until its like thick clay. Let it sit until dye release and then mix with a lot of conditioner.

Slather it on my hair, wrap it and sit under the dryer so I get the benefits of heat. I keep it on for about 2 or 3 hours with at least 30 to 40 under the dryer on medium. This one does color my hair cause the amount of henna is almost what I would use for a full henna. I like it because the conditioner lets it rinse out easier than henna paste alone.

I get my best henna results from the smooth gelled henna I make from a recipe on Henna for Hair, but that one is very involved and takes a lot of prep.
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Post by nattynattie on 2nd February 2011, 5:58 pm

Thanks Madeaj! What kind of protein-free conditioner do you use? I have Giovanni at home, and I'm pretty sure it's a protein-y conditioner.

I'm gonna look up the gelled recipe...you've got me curious now. lol Smile
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Post by Madeaj on 2nd February 2011, 7:02 pm

I use aussie moist or pantene for curly hair. I'm in PJ rehab so I will use whatever I have in the coming months. lol! Here is the link to Fia's Smooth Gelled Henna Scroll down toward the end of the page.
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Post by nattynattie on 3rd February 2011, 2:10 am

thanks so much for the link...hmmmmmm. the gelled henna sounds very interesting. It does look like quite a process though, like you said. It's definitely on my list of things to try!
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Post by IndyPie on 1st March 2011, 4:30 pm

I like the henna gloss better because it is easier to rinse off my scalp and I use a full henna application. Last time I did a gloss, I left it on for 3 hours with 1 hour of heat but this weekend i will use 1/2 hour heat and sleep with the gloss for a deep condish.

What are some proteins i should look to avoid in the condish i mix with my henna? And do I have to use mail-order henna or can i purchase it at my local indian grocer? Thanks, Ladies.

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Post by nattynattie on 1st March 2011, 4:55 pm

IndyPie, I haven't done a henna gloss yet, I've been doing regular henna treatments. But if you're looking for a good protein-free conditioner, I use Generic Matrix Biolage Balm from Sally's when I deep condition after the treatment.


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Post by sydnisd183 on 2nd March 2011, 4:03 pm

My first Henna was a henna gloss. I had followed the directions that CN gave and I was pleased with the results. I used 100g box of Jamila mixed with 1.5-2 cups brewed green tea. Let it sit for a few hours, added a cup or so of Tresemme Naturals conditioner, mixed it up and applied to freshly washed hair. It wasn't that much of a color change, but that was ok as I was still getting the benefits, but not as much of a color commitment in case I didn't like it.
These days i'm using Reshma Henna from the indian store ($2.99/box) Amla, Shikaikai etc and do full strength treatments. I do like a henna gloss every now and then. Good luck and happy henna'ing!! sunny
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Post by nattynattie on 2nd March 2011, 5:57 pm

sydnisd183, why don't you do the glosses as much? do you notice a difference in the results?
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Post by sydnisd183 on 3rd March 2011, 3:02 pm

nattynattie wrote:sydnisd183, why don't you do the glosses as much? do you notice a difference in the results?

I love both the full strength and the glosses. In my experience, the color deposit on a full henna would be to me a 5 stars out of 5, and a henna gloss would be a 3 out of 5. I still noticed quite a color difference when I was doing glosses. I did that at first because honestly, I didn't know what to do and had the well known fear that my hair was gonna turn bright bozo the clown red lol.

I like the glosses though because they rinse out easier. I usually leave those on overnight. But with full strength i don't keep it on as long (3-4 hours max). then i rinse, co wash and DC with my head wrapped for about 45 minutes under the dryer, rinse out and style.

I guess for me it depends on how much time I want to spend on the process. Both ways have been beneficial to my hair.
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Post by shawnie03 on 9th March 2011, 1:54 pm

hello everyone quick question.

Can I do a indigo after a henna gloss, or must it be a full henna treatment.

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