I researched henna for a good five or six months before I tracked some down at a local Indian grocer and began what has been a wonderful relationship. I was very careful, perhaps overly so because I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision for my hair. Up to that point I had been treating my hair horribly, with stressful weaves, hard brushes and tons of alcohol-based gels. I need to repair the damage and henna seemed to one great way to begin the process.
I was assessing my hair needs and found that my limp, severely thin and brittle strands needed major help. My breakage was horrible and the way my ends thinned was frustrating to say the least. I wanted thicker, fuller hair.
Not only did they introduce me to all of the amazing benefits of henna but they also turned me on to the various ways in which to apply the henna.
Long story short: Henna is an all-natural way to fill in the holes in your hair strands and promote thicker hair. While many people only use henna for its coloring benefits (bright red hues) many more, like myself, have discovered its benefits for the health of hair as well.
This free download on the history and application of henna offers a comprehensive and informative outline of how henna works for color and how to apply it for various hues depending on the natural color of your hair and what color you are trying to achieve.
Please keep in mind that while the pros are vast (stronger hair, shinier hair, reduction of dandruff, thicker hair) there are some cons which include gradual loosening of curl pattern, the smell can be a bit much if you have a sensitive nose, dry hair after application, etc. All of which can be remedied by only applying to the roots after the first few applications, adding a drop of a sweet-smelling oil, and deep conditioning after henna application.
While my hair looks very thick in this photo, I can assure you it is an illusion. My hair was varying shades of brown before I began using henna.
This is the shade of red my hair turned after my first henna application August 2011.
Since then I have applied henna about 10 to 12 times and I can definitely tell that my hair has become stronger. There is way less breakage. The color has become more of a darker burgundy than the lighter red color in the picture above but I’m reading up on lightening the hair with honey so we’ll see how that turns out!
Are you a new henna head? Are you considering henna? What are your concerns? What has been your experience?
La Truly is a late-blooming Natural haired Aries whose writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. Armed with the ability to purposefully poke fun at herself, La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change through her writing. Check her out on her blog: www.hersoulinc.com and Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.