Originally Posted by ubervegan
Henna, even if you apply one that will not change your hair color, will thicken, shine and give great body and bounce to your hair!
It's a little tougher then most, considering the weight time, but if you do it, you won't go back! I have naturally thick hair, and when I did my henna the first time, I was almost appalled at how thick my hair was! It coats the hair strand by strand and glosses it over, deep conditions it, and can even color it.
One misconception is that henna will make your hair red. Keep in mind that most henna will NOT turn your hair red, unless of course you wrap it with saran wrap.
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According to hennaforhair.com, all real henna turns hair red, although you can add things to it to change the color, like Indigo and Amla.
Neutral henna is normally Cassia Obovata (sp) and is not actually henna. It's from the senna family I think. It conditions hair without adding color, but not nearly as well as the henna that turns hair red.
Aubrey Organics has two products that contain a "Non-coloring Henna Extract" so perhaps they manage to extract the lawsone (sp) molecule from henna while keeping the conditioning properties? Although I think according to Hennaforhair, the lawsone is supposed to be responsible for both the red color and the conditioning. I meant to email AO to ask about it, but never seem to get around to it.
Red hair wouldn't work for me, so I'd love to learn more about any other real colorless henna options, Ubervegan.
Right now I usually just use Cassia Obovata & Chamomile once a month and often use the Aubrey Organics Egyptian Henna Rinse after conditioning with GPB conditioner. I LOVE that rinse - it gives my hair so much body!
That may be a good option if conditioner weighs your hair down too much - just use the Egyptian Henna Rinse after shampooing. I put it in an empty spray bottle that I keep in the shower, spray it on, leave it on for a few minutes, then briefly rinse.
I have read that some people use a bit of silk powder on their dry hair to make it look a bit thicker. I haven't tried it though. Silk powder has a lot of nourishing amino acids and other things that should be good for your hair.
ETA: A good supplement for improving your hair is Futurebiotics "30 Day Beauty Secret". I take it instead of a daily multiple, and I really like it. I think it reduced my excessive shedding and improved the condition of my hair a lot. Futurebiotics has another very popular product called "Hair, Skin & Nails" which is supposed to be very good also. I never tried that one.