View Full Version : Thin Hair and Henna

August 27th, 2011, 12:22 PM
Hi guys,
I'm really considering henna because although I do like my virgin color, I have very thin and weak hair. I wouldn't mind a bit of a shade change either though. :) However, reading around I noticed that henna may change my hair texture to be less wavy. I'm worried about that, since I feel that the small amount of wave I get is what makes my hair look thicker than it actually is and gives me more volume. On the contrary, many people seem to notice thicker looking hair after henna. Really, my main goal is to have thicker looking, less flat hair.

So for those with fine or thin hair,
how has henna affected your thickness and volume? Has henna helped your thin hair or weighed it down? Also, for those with either thick or thin hair, if henna took away your wave, did your hair appear more flat after treatments?

August 27th, 2011, 03:28 PM
for me, it adds a little bit of thickness the first week or so then it wears off. I think it's just the plant coating that fluffs it up and makes it look thicker. I only have 2 coatings of henna though, and a couple of henna glosses..maybe if I kept hennaing to saturation it would have that thick look all the time (been meaning to test this on a strand of hair).

it has taken some wave out of my hair, but not completely.

August 27th, 2011, 03:41 PM
For me henna has made my fine/thin hair stronger. My sister tried to s&d my hair, and didn't find one split. She was amazed that such soft hair could be so strong. I think that by reinforcing the hair it has allowed my hair to grow longer. Also, my baby hairs stay fuller-looking.

I too like my virgin hair color. I have natural white-blonde hightlights. But I can't go without the henna treatments, they add vibrancy, shine, and in the long term thickness because the hair is stronger and less prone to splitting.

August 27th, 2011, 04:47 PM
It fluffed up my hair for a few weeks too, but then wore off. However I can see the difference in strength and diameter when I compare it to my pre-henna hairs. The other day I found a new hair that had fallen out on my desk and it was positively coarse! shocking i almost couldn't believe it was mine, though that could also be influenced from the castor oil treatments I have been doing.

I have curly hair also, and i added a spoonful of Amla to my henna mix, it helps keep your curl, I have never had an issue with losing my curl from henna

August 27th, 2011, 06:50 PM
I will go with the consensus that my hair was thicker feeling for the first week or so ,I have done 3 full head henna treatments.
My hair is fine, thin and wavy I have not noticed a difference in my wave pattern so for me it has had no affect.

August 27th, 2011, 07:09 PM
Henna had a huge effect on my curls after I used it for a year even using it with amla and hence, I've stopped using it altogether. I also did not get much improvement in terms of thickness or the glossy colour that is associated with henna but that may because curly hair is naturally dry and lacks moisture. I have started using amla but I do think the product I am using does cause a colour change. It has made my hair thicker as well as look darker which I like and has added a gloss as well.

August 27th, 2011, 07:35 PM
Hi guys,
So for those with fine or thin hair,
how has henna affected your thickness and volume? Has henna helped your thin hair or weighed it down? Also, for those with either thick or thin hair, if henna took away your wave, did your hair appear more flat after treatments?
My hair is fine, thin, AND wavy, so I'll give your questions a go...:

I have been colouring my hair with a henna/cassia mix for a little over 2 years now. I noticed my hair is thicker now, but that may be also due to me taking better care of it in general than just the henna. There is as others have said a definite post-henna thickness change for about two weeks or so right after a treatment.

The henna has definitely made it glossier and, I feel, strengthened it. I don't think the henna has really weighed it down -- as my hair gets longer it tends to pull my waves out around the crown, which I have never liked but this has always been true. I haven't noticed a significant difference in my wave pattern related to henna, really. I have considered adding amla to my henna to see if it makes any difference, but I only henna my new growth, not my length. I thought I had read amla makes the henna colour darker? Which I don't want, so I never tried this.

August 27th, 2011, 07:51 PM
My hair is baby fine and medium thickness but can look thin because of how fine it is. It's also very curly but so fine it doesn't hold its own curl well so I usually wear it in braid waves.

I've been using henna for over 3 years now and yes, it thickens it for a week or 2 then it's back normal(just about). In the beginning I felt it made my hair stronger but now I'm not sure. I get breakage easily when it's too dry or I get protein overload- both happen easily since henna coats the shaft and has made it hard for moisture to get in and easy for protein(and just about everything else :rolleyes: ) to build up.

I also thought it was great for shine but haven't hennaed in several months and my naturally black hair is MUCH shinier than the hennaed hair which looks ruddy and dull comparitively.

Finally, I think it has loosened the curls on the ends of my apl hair because the virgin roots are a bit curlier(but less frizzy). Keep in mind though I've only done full head hennas and have never tried to only do the roots. The looser curl may also be length but I'm not sure?

Whatever you decide I would suggest testing henna on some shed hair before doing your whole head. It's quite permanent.

Best of luck in whatever you decide to do. :flower:

August 27th, 2011, 09:29 PM
Have you thought about using cassia? Its supposed to have the same effects as henna, minus the colour change. Cassia might only add a bit of yellow to your hair if its light. The effects of cassia are supposed to last for about a month.

If you love your natural hair colour, I wouldn't mess with it personally. If you do decide to henna, make sure you think about it before you make your decision. The only way to get your natural colour back is to cut out it or grow it out.

I have hennaed hair, and I love it. I have noticed that my hair is stronger, healthier and shinier, but its also very red-orange-auburney, depending on the lighting. It is a bit too dark for me however. Unless you're 100% happy with the colour (red-orange) and want to keep it for a long time, the other benefits are not worth it IMO.

August 28th, 2011, 06:50 PM
I have slightly wavy (wonky, lols!) hair that is on the thin side, and I don't think henna has changed the waviness much at all. My hair is thicker and bouncier post-henna, though the effect does wear off.
I love everything about henna, the colour, the shine, the strength it gives my hair, the ritual of application. I can hardly wait to see how much it improves as the years pass.

August 28th, 2011, 09:39 PM
henna has given my hair the feeling of fullness (although as others have said it wears off) But my strand diameter still looks wider than it did pre-henna. My hair pre-henna was lacking in protein so the strengthening properties are well noted (and much appreciated).
Henna has actually enhanced my natural curls similar to when my hair was virgin. Pre-Henna my protein starved hair (due to chem dye) was a bit soft and "mushy" and my curls weren't keeping much at all, my hair was quite flat. I think the protein has given my curls a spring again Oh and the wonderful henna glow and shine. <33333. I have never mixed my henna with amla, only indigo.

September 3rd, 2011, 03:11 PM
After having about 4 or 5 full head treatments, my hair is much straighter and smoother but not flat, and has more volume. I have noticed thickening which is nice. Its not extremely dramatic but it is there and also it smooths a lot of the fly aways that I get from having light, fine hair.

Also after a long period of time I have noticed my hairs length is thicker because my hair doesn't break as much as it used to so more hair is getting to the longer lengths.

September 4th, 2011, 03:37 PM
My baby fine hair is COMPLETELY different with henna. Which is a very good thing! My hair was already baby fine and thin and was made cob-webby by chemical dyes. May hair is now strong and sleek....almost like barbie doll hair. I absolutely love it! My hair is naturally stick-straight, and with henna it is not weighed down.....just more strength and texture, and the shine is blinding!

If you go to the henna for hair forum, they talk about wavy haired people using amla with the henna to retain their waves....may be an option for you!