Wash and Go After Henna Treatments?

KaitlinKaitlin Registered Users Posts: 5
Hey ladies,

I have 4a hair that is dense but very fine. I've been thinking about using henna for the strengthening, thickening, and shine, but I'm hesitant because I'm afraid of my curl pattern loosening.

I've never done a porosity test, but I think I may be high porosity. I have to do regular protein treatments to define my curls 100% in the front of my head where the pattern is looser.

I love the way my coils pop when I add gel to my hair for a wash and go. Have any of you fine-haired, 4a naturals used henna and noticed significant loosening to the point where you were unable to achieve a successful wash and go? Many henna-heads post photos of sets with flexirods/perm rods or braid/twist-outs and no wash and gos. I was wondering if this is because their hair is too loose from the treatments to achieve one.

(Answers are appreciated from anyone, but preferably someone who has used it consistently for years. I know that the dramatic loosening does not typically occur until after several henna sessions.)

Thank you so much! :mrgreen:

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  • coracora Registered Users Posts: 456
    I'm a 4a/3c with medium hair thickness. The first time I used henna I didn't notice a difference however after the second time I noticed a slight loosening of my curls and by the fourth time (over 7 months) it not just loosened my curls but just made it a frizzy mess. I know some folks love henna but it did my hair no favors. Good luck if you decide to use it.
  • anonymous_153995anonymous_153995 Banned Users Posts: 271
    I have 4c type hair but the middle is 4a and when I used Hask Henna n Placenta deep conditioning treatment I noticed it did loosen my coils a bit. I noticed the difference right away and I nearly panicked but my coils tightened up again with the use of some curl enhancing products.

    I dont think I will be using Hask again well, henna I should say; since hask has other products that dont contain henna.

    good luck to you though!
  • BluebloodBlueblood Registered Users Posts: 1,748 Curl Neophyte
    Henna has no effect on loosing my curl pattern.

    However I use it, then if I want to use it again I wait until I feel it no longer has a conditioning effect on my hair.

    This means while some people use it every couple of weeks to every month I will henna with a 4-6 month gap.

    I only use straight henna or a henna mix that already has herbs like alma added to it. I don't do additional protein treatments though do use rinse out conditioners regularly with protein in them and occasionally gels with protein in them.
  • KaitlinKaitlin Registered Users Posts: 5
    Blueblood wrote: »
    Henna has no effect on loosing my curl pattern.

    However I use it, then if I want to use it again I wait until I feel it no longer has a conditioning effect on my hair.

    This means while some people use it every couple of weeks to every month I will henna with a 4-6 month gap.

    I only use straight henna or a henna mix that already has herbs like alma added to it. I don't do additional protein treatments though do use rinse out conditioners regularly with protein in them and occasionally gels with protein in them.

    I feel like that might be my best bet if I decide to use it or else I'll definitely experience the loosening effect. Leaving a long gap between treatments sounds like it won't lead to the negative henna overkill effects some experience. I've read about some ladies who have done glosses instead which are supposed to be less drying than the full treatment. Or others just don't leave it on overnight-- just for about an hour or so.

    So to start I think I may 1. try a gloss recipe and 2. leave it on for an hour only and 3. decide if I want to do it again 4-6 months later.

    Thank you!

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