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    Quote Originally Posted by JennGalt View Post
    Henna is strengthening, yes, but also drying and needs to be followed up with moisture for a lot of people. I mix it with coconut milk to make gloss treatments.
    Here is the cassia thread if you want something that won’t alter your hair color. The recipes, henna and herbal hair care section on this site will be full of useful threads; try checking the first sticky for other ideas. And I believe Curly Proverbz on youtube has some informative videos on henna.
    Her videos are great, also maicurls has an excellent henna gloss bars recipes that works wonders for me. Please research on henna, its a process, not to be jumped into lightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julescarm View Post
    I was trying to find a thread on henna here. Ill search it in the search engine. I was wondering how those with fine hair found it to be. Does it have negative effects if you stop using it? What does it do for hair health? I know this has been asked before but I know it doesn't hurt to ask on my own. Ill be researching this but other experiences would be appreciated. Thanks.
    In case you didn't notice yet, there's actually not just several threads but a whole subforum dedicated to henna here

    Also not sure where did people ever get the idea that henna is "drying", as it's nothing of the sort (when properly used)? On the contrary, it's brilliantly conditioning & strentghening. But please research the subforum, you'll find plenty of actual & correct info there


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosetta View Post
    In case you didn't notice yet, there's actually not just several threads but a whole subforum dedicated to henna here

    Also not sure where did people ever get the idea that henna is "drying", as it's nothing of the sort (when properly used)? On the contrary, it's brilliantly conditioning & strentghening. But please research the subforum, you'll find plenty of actual & correct info there
    I used it properly, it still parched my hair. It had the same effect on my hair as bleach did - no joke. It made my hair rougher, from F to normal, and maybe that was part and parcel of it. But... IDK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosetta View Post
    In case you didn't notice yet, there's actually not just several threads but a whole subforum dedicated to henna here

    Also not sure where did people ever get the idea that henna is "drying", as it's nothing of the sort (when properly used)? On the contrary, it's brilliantly conditioning & strentghening. But please research the subforum, you'll find plenty of actual & correct info there
    Interesting. I got most of my info from that subforum and my experience was also that henna is drying. And yes, I used it “properly.” There are plenty of others on that subforum who had the same experience as well. OP asked for real world experiences, and drying is something a LOT of people experience from henna. It is amusing that you think your experience is the only valid one, and that others’ experiences are incorrect or didn’t actually occur. As with anything haircare related YMMV. That includes henna.

    Henna deposits lawsone by raising the hair cuticle. This also happens during bleaching, except during bleaching pigment and some proteins are removed. If you have low porosity hair, it’s possible that your cuticle didn’t stay open long and that’s why you didn't experience the drying effect (if you have actually used henna). The cuticle will often stay raised for a while after the henna is rinsed out; this varies from person to person. While the cuticle is raised it is much harder to keep moisture in hair strands, particularly if you live in a dry environment. I used a vinegar rinse afterward to help close the cuticle, but my hair would still feel dry, rough and brittle for about 48 hours afterward.

    From my understanding, henna is also a sort of protein treatment—the lawsone attaches to the proteins in hair and behaves like a protein—which many people find drying. Another reason it’s wise to be prepared to follow up with moisture!

    OP, definitely dig through the henna subforum and pay particular attention to those who had experiences you wish to avoid, and see what (if anything) they have in common. I skimmed over the parts about henna getting too dark (it doesn’t matter with black hair, lol) but you may want to pay closer attention to those posts than I did. Most of the reason I decided use henna in conjunction with coconut milk as a gloss and use a vinegar rinse afterward was because of info I found in the threads there.

    I can assure you that I’ve been using henna for about a year now, and all the info I provided is “actual & correct.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by JennGalt View Post
    Interesting. I got most of my info from that subforum and my experience was also that henna is drying. And yes, I used it “properly.” There are plenty of others on that subforum who had the same experience as well. OP asked for real world experiences, and drying is something a LOT of people experience from henna. It is amusing that you think your experience is the only valid one, and that others’ experiences are incorrect or didn’t actually occur. As with anything haircare related YMMV. That includes henna.

    Henna deposits lawsone by raising the hair cuticle. This also happens during bleaching, except during bleaching pigment and some proteins are removed. If you have low porosity hair, it’s possible that your cuticle didn’t stay open long and that’s why you didn't experience the drying effect (if you have actually used henna). The cuticle will often stay raised for a while after the henna is rinsed out; this varies from person to person. While the cuticle is raised it is much harder to keep moisture in hair strands, particularly if you live in a dry environment. I used a vinegar rinse afterward to help close the cuticle, but my hair would still feel dry, rough and brittle for about 48 hours afterward.

    From my understanding, henna is also a sort of protein treatment—the lawsone attaches to the proteins in hair and behaves like a protein—which many people find drying. Another reason it’s wise to be prepared to follow up with moisture!

    OP, definitely dig through the henna subforum and pay particular attention to those who had experiences you wish to avoid, and see what (if anything) they have in common. I skimmed over the parts about henna getting too dark (it doesn’t matter with black hair, lol) but you may want to pay closer attention to those posts than I did. Most of the reason I decided use henna in conjunction with coconut milk as a gloss and use a vinegar rinse afterward was because of info I found in the threads there.

    I can assure you that I’ve been using henna for about a year now, and all the info I provided is “actual & correct.”
    This. I've been doing henna for about 4 years now, and my hair feels dry, but i always do a moisture treatment after, and another one two days after, in my experience, it would feel like that for that amount of time and its fine.

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    I think this article about why hair might feel dry after hennaing from Henna For Hair is helpful: https://www.ancientsunrise.blog/full...air-feels-dry/

    Did you find the Recipes, Henna and Herbal Haircare subforum? https://forums.longhaircommunity.com...splay.php?f=21
    Last edited by MoreSky; Yesterday at 09:56 AM. Reason: added Henna subforum link


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