Like to henna but finding that your results are too drying? Skip the lemon juice. Try using henna w/amla instead. Amla is acidic enough to facilitate dye release w/o causing any potential dryness. Just combine both henna and amla together with heated water, mix and apply to hair. Depending on the henna, you may experience instant dye release and can immediately apply to your hair. Amla is also great at conditioning the hair and lessening the reddish tint. Use [amla] alone if you want the conditioning w/o the reddish tint. Know that it DOES enhance darker shades of brown so if you have lighter hair, it can darken it.