I think I’ve hennaed my hair a total of three times this entire year. Since I’ve raved consistently about the benefits of henna for healthy hair, it’s pretty sad that I didn’t have the time to use henna more this year. Well I’ve decided to get back on my henna game, and I figured I’d also share how I plan to do this as I don’t see my schedule getting any lighter any time soon.
As some of you may know, I’ve been using henna since March 2010. With all of my crazy hair experiments and DIY hair concoctions, experimenting with henna has been one of my favorites for healthy hair care. I think one of the reasons I did not squeeze in any additional henna treatments this year is because I was also curious how my hair would fair without consistent use.
I used to henna my hair every month for a strengthening treatment without fail, so after my third henna treatment this year, I’ve noticed four major differences in my hair with infrequent use of henna.
Henna has always made my hair less frizzy, while also giving my curls more definition. I’ve definitely noticed that my hair has been overall much more frizzy this year. Because the henna dye coats the hair strand, and fills in weak areas in the hair cuticle, the hair becomes smoother overall while frizz literally becomes a thing of the past. I’ve pretty much embraced my frizz to the fullest this year, yet at the same time I can’t deny my love for henna. Plus the benefits of henna outweigh my love for frizz.
2. Less Shine
Along with henna’s frizz elimination comes shinier hair. After my third henna treatment, which was this past weekend, the increase of shine in my hair was one of the things I instantly noticed.
3. Tighter Curls/Shrinkage
My curls have been tighter overall since I cut it short this spring, and continued to play around with different yet subtle hair shapes/cuts much of the year. The hair closer to my roots did not have nearly as many henna applications as my ends prior to the cut. The weight of longer curly hair does change the overall appearance of curls as well as minimize shrinkage some. Without the continued use of henna and lack of length obviously resulted in tighter curls.
I actually LOVE my tight curls, especially when they aren’t tangling up with each other. So I have decided to begin adding amla powder to my henna treatments as amla is known to prevent curl loosening when using henna especially if you have finer hair strands like I do. With the continued use of henna, coconut milk, and now amla, I will be able to share my results in this regard over the next year as well as a new henna recipe.
4. Lack of Strength
I’ve put my hair through a lot of experimentation especially since January 2014 when I began water only hair washing. Now that I’m done with experimenting, I’m going back to a hair regimen that provides consistent results. I’ve noticed the difference in the strength of my hair or lack there of most when detangling my hair.
Getting Back in the Game!
So my plan is to do full henna treatments with henna and coconut milk adding amla powder every 2-3 months which is only 4-6 full treatments over the course of the year. Outside of that I’d like to add about a tablespoon of henna to my weekly DIY deep conditioning treatments. That way I can give my hair some of the benefits of using henna without having to spend as much time with the process. Henna has been much too good to my hair not to use it in some form or another!
What has been your experience using henna for hair care or natural color?
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