Thanks to all of you ladies for your replies!
Tailormade84, your fotki pics are beautiful!
It looks like your hair got shinier and healthier with each henna app. That make me hopeful.
I did my application this weekend. My mix was
100g Reshma henna (from local store)
1 box amla (however much that is)
3 tbls raw honey
3 tbls olive oil
Turned out to be 2x's as much as I needed (I'm about NL) I applied right after mixing, waited for 45 min, cowashed, poo'd, dc, then blowdried and flat ironed.
I wished I had left the henna on for longer, but my DH panicked (for fear of the unknown) and talked me into washing it out early LOL!
It came out nice. My hair feels noticably stronger, a bit dryer but not unmanageable (I've never had dryness, though). A little moisturize did the trip. It's not as shiny as I'd hoped for. I'm thinking because of the lightening and dryness, maybe???
I won't use honey anymore, it brought my color up A LOT! I'm afraid if I use it everytime, I might be blonde before long! I'd prefer to go darker before lighter. I might even try a little indigo next time. I hear adding strong coffee darkens, but I've also heard that it only darkens the mix, not the result on your hair. Any experience with that, anyone? I got no red coloring.
I'm excited to do it again, to see if I my hair will do like Tailormade84's, and get better and better each time.
Thanks again for the advice!