dreads and henna don't mix in the first place, sadly

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Posted by Nick on October 22, 2002 at 20:28:04:

In reply to: Re: Henna on hair of African descent posted by Catherine Cartwight Jones on October 22, 2002 at 04:10:48:

On the subject of hennaing dreadlocks, i don't think it's a good idea.
Dreads are like sponges... they soak up moisture, full of tiny spaces
and crevaces. So it's likely that all the plant matter would never
really be removed from them with rinsing. I can just imagine the hell
i would go through if i tried to henna my 18 month old dreadlocks. I'd
probably have to end up cutting them off, because the plant matter
would eventually begin to rot within the locks... unpleasant!!
But maybe someone has had a different experience? I sure wish i could
henna my hair...

: : (shes my most willing mehndi canvas).She said she had tried it
: : and it made her hair brittle and.
: Here's where it gets interesting. I know from some recent emails
: there are things marked henna for hair that are just solutions of
: with a "natural" label. I know henna and straighteners are a rotten
: combo. Tell me more about WHAT product she used, and WHEN she used
: it, and what other products she was using 6 months prior.
: I can't think of any reason why henna should be bad on crimpy hair
: good on straight or wavy hair. Chemically, that just doesn't make
: sense. It's all just keratin. Something else has to be operative.
: Shampoos, mooses, straightners, ratters( for dreads), dyes, ......
: what? I would expect that something in that henna product is other
: than henna ... OR .... there's something else she's using.
: Mind ... if my husband (black) would bloody cooperate, I could
: this out pronto .. but ....... noooooooooooo, not willing to be a
: guinea pig


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