Henna The Breakage Zapper: Using Henna Instead Of Protein To Improve Hair’s Strength

Henna the breakage zapper

Have you ever looked at Caucasian or Asian hair close up? It may sound like a strange question but relatively early in my hair journey I wanted to know what it was about black hair that made it different from other hair types. Aside from the obvious curl difference, a microscopic cross section view of Asian hair revels that it is round in shape, Caucasian hair varies from oval to round while afro textured hair is a much flatter elliptical shape.

Without the aid of a microscope however you should be able to see an obvious difference in the thickness of individual strands of hair. Black hair tends to be thinner than other hair types, perhaps owing to it’s flatter cross section and because black hair holds less moisture it will also tend to be lighter, one of the reasons why our hair may feel cottony rather than silky.

It would stand to reason that anything that thickens the strands would also increase the strength of the hair thus reducing breakage. And of course I mean to thicken the width of individual strands rather than thicken the volume of hair per square inch.

Henna is one of the only natural treatments that genuinely does thicken hair strands over time and as such adds to the strength of your hair. The dye molecule in henna called lawsone has a high affinity to the keratin in our hair and hair that has been treated with henna has been shown to weigh more than hair that has not been treated. Pretty basic stuff really.

But it’s difficult for me to talk about henna from a third person perspective being intimately acquainted as we are. I discovered the merits of henna very soon after my big chop. At the time it was all the rage in the natural community as a way of improving your hair’s strength, adding a gorgeous glow of color without the damage of traditional hair color and it was also said that multiple uses of henna also improved shine in natural hair.

Now I can’t speak much for shine, my hair is cottony and as such never reflects light on it’s own without the use of oil, but in regards to hair strength, henna is the bomb.com! This is purely anecdotal you understand but I have always found that henna zaps my breakage just as well than Aphogee two step treatment. A bold claim if there ever was one.


Here’s the thing, protein from hydrolyzed keratin, or whatever the protein flavor of the month is, attaches itself to your hair thereby improving moisture retention. Henna does a similar job. Since it has such a high affinity for the keratin in our hair it is considered a permanent color so you will find that a henna treatment will fill in the gaps and damage in your strands in a very similar way that protein does so can easily be used to partly replace protein in your hair regimen.

An added benefit of using henna is that you can do multiple henna applications for added lawsone deposits into your strands and this weight will give your hair great ‘drop’ and swang when worn down.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Tee La'Cara

I love, love,love to henna my hair! I started using body art quality henna a year ago to strengthen my hair, it stopped my breakage in it’s tracks.

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mojomo86

I have used henna 4 times…I do them once every 3 to 4 months….I even used it on my bf’s locs, but I plan to not henna his hair as much as mine. I like henna, but it is a mess applying it, and you should deep condition afterwards! My hair is dryer, but I’ve been cowashing every 3 to 4 days, before my deep condition treatment, and it works. My hair does feel stronger, and has a nice tint (deep burgundy) in the sun…

emmjaepenniman

Thanks for this interesting post. The only henna I have ever tried is for body art. I have a relaxed hair and I wonder how I could use henna for protein and damage prevention…. I’m open to all ideas. Thanks.

rdyson
rdyson

I use Henna often and it does stop my hair from breaking. I have relaxed hair and that is what I use when I do a protein treatment between relaxers. Once a month I do the treatment. The times I don’t do the henna treatment my “grey” hair turns the orangish – red color you spoke of in your article. I purchased mine from an Indian store near my home and mix it with Nupur/Amla Powders.

John Hill Jr.

Shared 4 you. Nyc

Tracy McCoy

I’ve been using henna for a year and a half I love it. It truly stopped my breakage while transitioning and added a nice deep red color to my gray strands. I have not experienced any curl loosening at all, I think the curl loosening effect is something more commonly seen by women with looser textures.

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Calle Rich
Calle Rich

I have used Henna for 5 years. It helps keep my hair strong with no breakage. I used it for 4 years with natural hair and now with relaxed hair. I like my hair jet black so I immediately follow up with Indigo. Make sure to use 100 percent Henna as opposed to the ones with dye included.