Natural Remedy for Thinning Hair on Females for Healthy Looking Hair
Do you need a simple, affordable solution for thinning hair? This natural remedy for thinning hair on females costs as little as $20 a year! You’ll be amazed at the difference this simple home remedy for thinning hair makes. Naturally build volume and thicken hair while also increasing strength, texture and shine – even if you can’t regrow the hair you’ve lost! It even helps with itchy scalp and dandruff. Keep reading to learn how you can take charge of your hair’s health on a budget with this simple beauty hack that also works as a natural remedy for thinning hair!
There are a number of symptoms that come not just with perimenopause in women, but aging in general. At 44 I’m no stranger to quite a few of those symptoms. While there are quite a few natural supplements we can take to tackle hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and mood swings, there are fewer options for things like age related hair loss or thinning. Fortunately I found a natural, plant based hair care product that is not only affordable, but really works! I didn’t realize just how well it worked, however, until I stopped using it.
Determined to let my hair grow out and see how much I gray I actually had, I stopped using this product for several months. I quickly discovered gray in places I’d never had gray before. I also realized just how thin my fine hair had gotten since going into perimenopause. Luckily, I knew what to do to remedy the situation. I simply had to go back to the one product I was using every quarter. That product is henna.
Last week, I finally tackled my hair care woes using henna. Not only did it cover the grays that are slowly creeping in, it improved my both my hair’s volume and texture. My hair now looks better than it did in my twenties. In fact, you can’t tell at all that my hair is thinning. The difference in my hair after applying henna hair color is nothing short of amazing. Not only does my hair feel lush, thicker and fuller, it’s also shiny, full of volume with added strength and elasticity. It also looks and feels hydrated. So I can use fewer daily hair care products. Most days I can even skip the conditioner!
The Best Natural Remedy for Thinning Hair
If you’re over the struggle of fighting with your drab, thinning hair or even lack luster hair, henna is the perfect natural remedy! When used as a natural remedy for thinning hair, henna not only improves the texture, volume and health of your hair, it also reduces hair fall out. If that wasn’t enough, your scalp will also notice the change. Say goodbye to itchy scalp and even prevent dandruff all together! But wait. Doesn’t henna dye hair red?
The Benefits of Using Henna for Hair
When people think of henna for hair, they are generally familiar with henna as a red hair dye. However, you can dye your hair with henna in a number of ways. By using a “clear” version of henna, you can dye your hair with no color deposit. Alternately, you custom formulate henna to keep your existing hair color or to go a different shade all together. The trick is simply using other botanical products – such as indigo – to formulate a custom color hair dye. Additionally, the by mixing henna with things like tea or coffee, you can also brings out different tones of hair color. (You can learn how to make custom henna hair dye colors further down.)
There are a number of benefits of henna for hair. And once you discover these natural hair care benefits of henna for yourself, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Not only does henna dye hair, it also improves hair health for considerably less than even store bought hair dye. Following are my favorite benefits to using henna as a natural remedy for thinning hair as well as a hair dye.
- Henna is completely plant based so you can use it even if you’re vegan.
- You don’t need to use any special shampoos or additional products for healthy looking hair.
- It’s super affordable. A single application can cost as little as $5 – or half that if you have short hair!
- Henna won’t dry out or damage your hair like chemical based hair dyes.
- You can use henna without color to enjoy healthy looking hair without changing your look.
- In most cases, you’ll find you no longer need to use conditioner.
- Henna naturally bonds with hair for thicker, fuller hair and a boost of volume.
- Using henna strengthens hair and gives it additional elasticity.
- Henna gives hair shine so it looks and feels healthy.
- In many cases henna helps with issues such as itchy scalp or dandruff. It also promotes hair growth.
- I’ve found that using henna reduces daily hair fall out.
- Henna naturally fades out so there are no obvious roots as hair grows.
- You’ll find that the benefits of henna typically last for a three month period.
- Regardless of your hair type, henna works for everyone and can even cover gray hair.
- Henna hair dye is a completely natural botanical product so there’s no need to worry about potentially toxic ingredients.
- You can buy henna premade in custom hair colors without having to mix your own botanical blends.
Tips & Tricks for Using Henna As A Remedy for Thinning Hair
Keep reading to learn where you can purchase henna to use as a natural remedy for thinning hair for women. Plus I share the exact same products that I used to color my hair and improve hair health. But first, there are a few precautions and tips for using henna hair color.
- If you have color treated hair, you cannot use henna until it grows out and is cut off. Otherwise you may experience a chemical reaction that can damage hair and/or give you an unexpected color.
- Always do a strand test first if trying to color over chemically color treated hair or is you spend a lot time in the pool. Chlorine can cause hair to turn green when using henna to color hair.
- Henna needs to process for 1-4 hours. Therefore I recommend testing a strand of hair first, so you know how to leave henna on to achieve the color you want.
- You can cover gray with henna. If you hair is more than 10-15% gray, you’ll need two applications of henna. Each application should be left on for 2-4 hours. For best results, you should wait 72 hours between applications, with red henna offering the best coverage. For white or very light-colored gray hair, try Rusalki Strawberry Blonde Herbal Henna to give hair a sun-streaked look. (I also recommend Light Mountain Natural Color the Gray henna for gray hair.)
- For super dry or damaged hair, you can add a carrier oil or butter to your henna paste. Or try this ready made henna gloss bar for lush, hydrated hair.
- Metal can negatively react with henna. Therefore you should not use any metal containers or utensils when mixing henna prior to application.
- You can store dry henna powder for up to a year. Alternately, you can also freeze any mixed henna you have leftover for up to three months for touch ups as needed. Or do dye your again a second time around.
Formulations for Creating Varying Henna Hair Colors
If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of henna hair color without a color deposit, you can use a similar botanical called Organic Zizyphus Spina Christi (Sedr.) This product won’t leave any color on your hair – even if it’s white. Sedr conditions hair in a manner similar to that of henna. It provides body, aids in detangling, conditions your scalp and and adds shine.
Alternately you can also use Cassia Obovata or Senna. Senna won’t deposit color on dark hair tones. However it will add golden tones to light colored blonde, strawberry blonde or gray hair. Sometimes referred to as “neutral” henna, senna improves the health of hair by making it glossy, stronger, thicker and dandruff-free. Unlike henna, however, senna must be applied every one to two months.
Alternately, to incorporate additional botanical ingredients in with henna to change the final color, you can follow these henna hair dye recipes:
- Golden Tones – 100% Cassia
- Marigold Blond Tones – 75% Cassia and 25% True Henna
- Strawberry Blond Tones – 50/50 Cassia and True Henna
- Copper Tones – 75% True Henna and 25% Cassia
- Reddish Brown Tones – 60-75% True Henna and 25-40% Indigo
- Brown Tones – 50% True Henna and 50% Indigo (add Cassia to lighten)
- Dark Chocolate Brown Tones – 60-75% Indigo and 25-40% True Henna
For tips on mixing your own botanical henna hair colors, I recommend the book Natural Hair Coloring by hair care expert Christine Shahin. Within this book you’ll learn how to use non-toxic pigments from henna, indigo, amla, and cassia to color your hair naturally.
Where to Buy Henna for Hair Care
Ready mixed henna hair color is a great option for getting the color your want without the guesswork. My preference is to buy henna in the color I want my hair to be, rather than make my own. Not only does it mean fewer products to buy, the back of the box shows me exactly how my hair color will turn out. For this look – Yes, that’s me! – I used the medium brown Light Mountain Natural Hair Care & Conditioner. (My hair doesn’t look like it’s thinning now!)
I first discovered this henna hair color brand at my local co-op. I love it not only for the quality, but also for the price. Later I realized I was able to save more money by not only purchasing the same brand online, but in 3-pack. That’s 9 months of hair color. And a pretty good deal if you’re trying to save money without sacrificing your look.
When my hair was shorter, I was able to get two applications from one box of henna hair color. So if you have short hair, you can use half the amount in each package and save even more. You can purchase Light Mountain Natural Hair Care & Conditioner online here.
I’ve also purchased henna hair color from Night Blooming on Etsy (she’s the bee’s knees!) as well as from Mountain Rose Herbs. Both of whom I also highly recommend. You can purchase henna hair dye in varying shades from both of these companies as well in both blends and singular hair care colors.
What to Expect When Using Henna As a Natural Remedy for Thinning Hair
I’ve already covered the natural beauty benefits of using henna for hair care, both as a natural remedy for thinning hair and improve hair’s strength, volume and luster. However, it’s important to note that the results from dying your hair with henna develop over several days, rather than immediately.
Unlike chemical laden hair dyes, henna undergoes minor changes for two to three days after application. During this time, you’ll find the color continues to deepen and intensify slightly. Your hair may also initially feel dry after washing out henna hair color. During this time, your hair will also smell what is akin to spinach. Once this time period has passed, your hair will feel and look totally transformed. And the natural scent of the botanicals goes away.
(You can see before, after and in process photos of henna for hair here.)
How to Use Henna for Hair Health & Beauty
Ready to take the plunge into henna hair care? Using henna to color your hair or to improve its condition is easy! You can even do it yourself at home. Here’s how.
- Shampoo hair with a clarifying shampoo. Do not follow with conditioner. Towel dry.
- Place the henna powder in a glass, ceramic or plastic bowl. Set aside.
- Boil 12 to 16 ounces of distilled water, tea or coffee. Pour the liquid onto the dry henna powder and stir. You want the henna paste to be the consistency of yogurt. (If henna is clumpy you can add several heaping Tablespoons of yogurt to the henna for a creamier consistency.)
- Allow the henna to cool for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Once henna has cooled, apply henna to clean, towel dried hair. (You’ll want to wear gloves for this step.) Start at the crown of your head and apply the henna to your roots first. Then massage the henna outward.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap or grocery bag once hair is fully coated. Leave the henna on your hair for anyone from 45 minutes to four hours. (I usually allow the henna to process for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. However, a strand test is the best way to know how long your hair will need.)
- Rinse the henna from your hair using warm water. Once rinsed thoroughly, apply conditioner (not shampoo!) to your hair. Then rinse again.
- After 24 hours have passed, you can shampoo your hair. I recommend using mild shampoo such as a syndet shampoo bar.
Have you ever used henna as a natural remedy for thinning hair? I’d love to hear about your experiences. So be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
More Natural Hair Care Remedies
In the meantime, be sure to pin this post to save for future reference. You can also try one of my other natural hair care remedies and hair care recipes.
- Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Recipe for Build Up
- Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg
- Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe with Natural Botanicals
- Yerba Mate & ACV Hair Rinse Recipe
- Winter Mint Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe
- Jojoba Oil Hair Care Treatment for Dry Hair & Scalp
- DIY Leave In Coffee Hair Conditioner & Shine Spray
- Natural Hair Mask Recipe for Hair Growth
- Best Hair Growth Supplement with Keratin and Collagen
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July 11, 2019 at 10:52 pm
Such an insightful article, Rebecca! I didn’t know henna has so many benefits for hair and I love the different dye recipes
July 12, 2019 at 9:19 am
What about white haIR?
Rebecca D. Dillon
July 12, 2019 at 9:28 am
You can use henna on white hair. However, you may need to use the same two step process as you would for gray hair. It’s hard to know what the final outcome will be without more information on you hair. I would do a strand test to determine results for sure. Alternately if you check out either Night Blooming (which I linked up to) or the back of the box for Light Mountain Natural henna, it will show you what color you’ll get for that particular color henna on white hair.
July 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm
I used a burgundy henna on my medium brown hair for years until it started to go gray. I was always told that henna didn’t work on gray hair or dyed it a funky colour, like green or orange. Most of my gray is in front and the back of my head is medium brown. If I use a medium blonde henna to dye my entire head, how will this affect my medium brown hair — just add shine? Can you recommend a medium blonde henna especially for gray hair or will any medium blonde henna do the job?
Rebecca D. Dillon
July 12, 2019 at 9:13 pm
If you use a lighter colored henna than the rest of your hair then there will be no color change except to the gray assuming you color twice as henna cannot lighten hair. Light Mountain Natural sells a 2-step Color the Gray Henna line but it’s the same process as with regular henna – you have to color it twice to cover more than 10-15% gray. In you case your medium brown hair would achieve all the benefits of henna with no color change. While the gray would turn the color of the henna chosen, if used twice. I’d refer to color charts for accurate color outcomes based on your hair color.
July 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm
Informative ,thank you ,but as a regular henna user, I am still not sure whether henna is suited to my fine hair prone to frizz. Recently I had an unfortunate lecture from a hairstylist who told me my hair has problems because of henna. She was using the word “coarse” a lot. She was saying henna coats fine hair too much and ends up breaking it. It’s TRUE that I see broken hairs mid length. So my question is ,is henna suited only to certain hairtypes.?Does the hairstylist have a point?
Rebecca D. Dillon
July 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Hair stylists dislike henna because they are unable to color over it. Henna does not make your hair coarse or cause breakage. However, if you have tangles or split ends, like all hair, you may experience breakage. I actually notice that my hair has increased flexibility and less breakage. As henna bonds with hair strands, it does thicken hair and improve texture and volume. After 3 months, however, the benefits of the henna are gone and you’ll have to use henna again to enjoy the extra conditioning it offers. I kid you not, I don’t have to use any conditioner after using henna – on my normally dry hair – for a 2-3 months period. Hair can frizz for any number of reasons. Curly hair, humidity, etc. If you are prone to frizz, smoothing a hair oil over hair is a great way to tackle it. Night Blooming sells an amazing line of luxe scented hair oils. That said, henna is suitable for all hair types. If your hair is especially dry or damaged, you may want to do a second treatment of henna for extra conditioning. Alternately you can also use clear or neutral henna, such as senna, first for extra conditioning. Then, once processed, to apply your usual henna as a second step as you would to cover gray. Also, keep in mind hair does become more coarse as you age. My BF (who’s never used henna) had fine straight hair growing up. It’s now coarse and wavy.
September 11, 2019 at 12:03 am
Thankyou for answering.Its now two months later, my hair is in not great shape,its thin flyaway, lots of broken hair mid shaft and I am considering returning to henna after reading your reply. I briefly tried a demipermanent commercial product on just the graying roots but have noticed my hair has lost all bounce and just hangs there like straw(outer layers). The visit to the hairstylist was so bad ,as I didnt mention but in addition to the lecture of how I was ruining my hair with henna,she tried to wash it out very aggressively under hot water and excessive rubbing to such an extent that there was alot of hair in the sink. She then took a flat iron to my hair to give it curls . I could feel the hair snapping as she was pulling too hard. So that was in May and I feel like this poor state of my hair could be due to her rough handling it. I shall avoid returning to hairstylists who cant respect or value henna clients..I appreciate your response as it’s rare on forums like this to get feedback.
July 13, 2019 at 11:48 am
Great information! I love this is so affordable, and your hair looks cute!
Rebecca D. Dillon
July 13, 2019 at 12:05 pm
Thanks so much!
July 13, 2019 at 12:53 pm
Henna gave me benefits but it did not cover my 15 gray strand in my naturally black hair. However I still use it for many other benefits it offers.
August 22, 2020 at 9:44 am
You said you could use tea or coffee to mix the henna powder into a paste will this turn the henna to a red brown colour?
Rebecca D. Dillon
August 25, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Tea or coffee will bring out certain highlights or lowlights but won’t turn henna brown. Other botanicals such as cassia, senna and indigo are commonly used to create a brown, rather than red, color.
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