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Old 02-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Can Henna Make Your Strands Appear Coarse?

My hair is looking and behaving like coarse hair (not liking protein) but I swear the strands were fine before.

I did also lighten my hair a few shades once before the henna application, but didn't notice my strands being thickened or any other signs of damage after the dye job.

Is there any way to reverse this effect?

I'm thinking it's protein overload from henna + the protein products my hair used to love.

ETA: I guess it's common for henna to make strands look thicker. The other part is probably protein overload.

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Old 02-13-2013, 12:43 PM   #2
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This is weird. I thought I replied to this yesterday.

Anyway, yes, it can make your hair shafts thicker.. especially if your hair cuticle has been previously opened (lightening opens the hair cuticle).

Henna can make hair brittle, just like over proteinizing does. Be very aware of not using protein products and go for moisture. All the way..

Good luck!
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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I've heard of this happening, but it hasn't been my experience.

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Old 03-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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It really all depends on the structure of your hair and the state of the cuticle.
If you have a tight cuticle layer (low porosity) you will not get that thickening effect. If your hair is porous, you will.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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Yes, Henna had its benefits but my hair seemed very dry and coarse.

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