Janelle (not pictured) says;

Thanks to the information on your site, I’m realizing that I need to do some kind of strengthening treatment on my fine strands. I know that protein treatments work by depositing protein on the cuticle, while henna works by binding to the cuticle and thus strengthening it. My question is, which is better for strengthening? I can’t decide which to choose. I’d love to hear your readers thoughts and experiences.

Great question Janelle! Ladies, which do you like better as a strengthening treatment: henna or protein? Share your tips, photos and advice below!

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I don’t know. I have never done a henna treatment. I just haven’t felt like it. Henna looks so messy. I want to try it one day, but for now, it’ll just be a question in my mind.

I’ve used Aphogee and my hair felt like straw when I was done. I thought I had done something wrong until I read the packaging again and did a bit more research. I had to condition pretty heavily afterward to get my hair to feel like normal again. I’ve also tried henna. It was a cheap henna (I had twigs in my hair afterward that I had to rinse out). My hair was not hard after I was done it actually felt well conditioned. I didn’t experience any loosening of my curl pattern but I must say I have very… Read more »

I’m not a fan of either. Protein treatments tend to make my hair very hard, and the henna loosens the curl pattern too much. It makes me look like I have poodle hair. I’d rather consume my protein to strengthen my hair.


Good question, I’d like to know the same thing? Please provide links, responders (if you have them).