You’ve probably heard of henna, right? It’s a plant, which leaves contain a natural coloring pigment and it bond to the hair protein without penetrating the hair strand, but rather coating hair cuticles.
So every time you apply henna on your hair, it adds another layer of coating and color.
Henna Benefits for Fine Hair
The problem with fine hair is the lack of volume and the tendency for breakage. If you regularly (or from time to time, at least) use henna on your hair, the coating it creates on your hair, will make it stronger, denser and thicker. (1)
But does it really work?
Actually, many people report it does.
One person says that it simply adds a bit of thickness (probably just a plant coating), which gradually wears off. But it’s of a natural origin, and does the job.
Another person shares that henna does actually strengthen thin and fine hair, prevents split ends, makes hair softer, and looking fuller.
And what’s more, it adds shine and vibrancy to the overall look of the hair.
And yet another person admits that henna does wears off, but her hair is now stronger and increased in volume.
Some other people reveal that they did not notice much difference or there was a difference after applying henna, but they were not sure whether it was due to henna itself or due to their better taking care of their hair.
But the overall impression is that henna works in the majority of cases, and people do notice the improvements in the hair thickness, shine, strength and overall health. (2)
How to Use Henna for Fine Hair
First of all you need to make sure you get good quality henna. Sometimes when the product is not pure, it may cause an allergy in some people.
The second thing to consider is that the application itself can be messy, so wear gloves to avoid staining your hands. The most common way of using it is combining with water in 1/1 ratio (if the mixture feels too dry, add more water to make it creamier). You can also add other ingredients if you want or know they may improve the overall action of henna on your hair.
- Applying henna on clean hair improves its effect.
- The longer it stays on hair, the richer the color you get.
- You can use it almost throughout the whole week, with 1-2 days off.
- It can be applied overnight, and rinsed out in the morning.
Now, let’s have some recipes!
OK, we mentioned earlier, that you need to mix henna with water in 1/1 ratio, right? Now, we can do something different: replace water with hot, brewed black coffee – this will deepen brown-red tones while toning down red ones, and can be helpful in covering gray hair.
If you want to have deeper red tones, add a darker henna shade.
Recipe # 2
Steep a bag of tea for 20-30 minutes, then bring it to a boil, and use it to mix with henna instead of water.
Now, what kind of tea to use? Using black tea helps prevent shedding; Ceylon tea will give some gold highlights to light brown henna; chamomile tea highlights the blonde and neutral henna tones, and brightens hair.
To cover gray hair, you can add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your henna mixture.
Adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice will lighten blonde tones.
Henna Treatment for Stronger, Thicker and Voluminous Hair
Take a bowl, and add in it 5 tablespoons of henna powder, 1 tablespoon of Amla or lime juice.
Now start adding filtered water, and watch for the thickness – you need to get a yoghurt kind of thickness.
Mix everything nicely, and it’s ready to use! If you want a deeper color, let it sit for few hours – this time will allow henna to release its dye.
You can also add olive oil to the mixture or other ingredients if you like.
To use, apply it to your scalp and hair, and rinse off thoroughly after 30-60 minutes (you can use a shampoo for rinsing, if you want).
Use this recipe weekly or every 2 weeks to give your hair more volume and thickness. (3)