I’ve been so amazed with how henna has really changed my hair over time. I first tried henna March 2010. I’ve been using it monthly and in January and February of this year I used henna weekly. For a moment I was very concerned with my curls being loosened, yet the overall affect has been so much greater than my initial concern.
My hair is stronger than it has ever been, longer than it has ever been, and shinier than it has ever been.
Two years ago when I started growing out my hair I wasn’t sure if I could really grow it long. My goal is waist length and I honestly feel confident that I will make my goal because of the progress I’ve made so far.
Along with using henna monthly I am also making all of my hair care products in my kitchen. The freedom of not relying on store bought hair care is amazing! It is also great to only use two main products, my DIY Green Tea Hair Cleansing Rinse with marshmallow root extract or DIY Herbal Hair Rinse and an ceramide oil mix.
Above is a picture of my hair with a texturizer with some new growth in 2006. The texturizer ended up causing extreme breakage over time. I ended up cutting off all of my hair and started from scratch after trying dreadlocks for a year and a half.
Below is a picture of my hair texture in July 2011. After cutting my hair completely of the summer of 2008, I kept it short for awhile because it was colored for a Wella Hair Industrial. I again shaved off all of the color in the spring of 2009 when I started growing my hair out for good.
Henna has helped me achieve the hair that I’ve always dreamed of having without harsh chemicals.
When I see my 1/2 inch of new growth every month is doesn’t look anything like it did when I used a texturizer or in the early days when I was relaxing my hair. I can notice a slight variation in color though since henna does give a mahogany red tint to my dark brown hair. I doubt anyone else can see it though. Henna has been wonderful for weighing down my curls so that they hang versus only standing out, yet I still have the volume that I do love too.
Henna coats the hair strands while also filling in weak areas of the hair. Although it changes the weight of the strand with plant deposits, it does not break down the chemical structure of hair the way that texturizers or relaxers do. The result is stronger, shinier, and healthier hair.
Henna provides excellent conditioning and strengthening on all hair types and textures. Not everyone has noticed curl loosening, yet I have noticed a change in my hair since I’ve been using henna for over a year and a half monthly. I do think henna has helped to weigh down my curls, and my hair falls differently. Henna has made my curls more uniform and definitely shiny. Some days I wish I had known about henna sooner yet I’m glad to know about it now!
My favorite henna mix is with coconut milk and usually hemp seed oil. I explain my specific henna mix and the types of henna powders that I’ve used in this article. I share in detail why I feel coconut milk and henna make the BEST combination here.
(Images by Klaus Roethlisberger and Dawn Michelle)