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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:10am
I don't know whether henna can replace protein. But what I do know is that Henna is not a protein. It has tannins and these bind strongly to proteins i.e. keratins and strengthen them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:20am
This is my understanding......
 
Henna isn't protein but works to strengthen like protein.  Henna has "tannin molecules that bind into (hair) keratin and make the fibers physically stronger like winding threads together to make a stronger string".  
 
What I got from my earlier research is that even though Henna stengthens it won't replace protein for me as protein binds within the hair strand where Henna binds outside.  So both are essential to strengthen hair but I think BOTH is the key.  If you don't normally use much hard core protein then keeping up with your mild protein is essential.  If you apply hard core protein treatments you may find that you only need to apply them less often while utilizing henna (luv Cassia henna).  It will lengthen the time between strong protein treaments.  My hair luvs protein so I still maintain protein in my regimen mainly mild to medium with moisture to balance.  The strong around (before or after)  tex-lax time. HTH Smile


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:24am
Originally posted by Urban Urban wrote:

I don't know whether henna can replace protein. But what I do know is that Henna is not a protein. It has tannins and these bind strongly to proteins i.e. keratins and strengthen them.


Hmmmm, looks like i need to find a protein that agrees with my hair.....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:26am
Originally posted by LadyCC LadyCC wrote:

This is my understanding......
 
Henna isn't protein but works to strengthen like protein.  Henna has "tannin molecules that bind into (hair) keratin and make the fibers physically stronger like winding threads together to make a stronger string".  
 
What I got from my earlier research is that even though Henna stengthens it won't replace protein for me as protein binds within the hair strand where Henna binds outside.  So both are essential to strengthen hair but I think BOTH is the key.  If you don't normally use much hard core protein then keeping up with your mild protein is essential.  If you apply hard core protein treatments you may find that you only need to apply them less often while utilizing henna (luv Cassia henna).  It will lengthen the time between strong protein treaments.  My hair luvs protein so I still maintain protein in my regimen mainly mild to medium with moisture to balance.  The strong around (before or after)  tex-lax time. HTH Smile


Thanks for the break down Ladycc, do you have any suggestions on mild proteins?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:32am
^^^Although its debatable I think Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor is on the mild side.  It does the job well tho'.  Some ladies keep it on overnight (I don't recommend that myself) with no problems.
 
Using protein leave ins on the regular can also fullfill your mild protein needs.    Infusium 23, Aphogee Pro-Vitamin, Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea and Salerm 21 are just a few.
 
There are many other instant protein and leave in protein options that other ladies can chime in and share.  Smile 
 
ETA:  Spelling, geez.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:37am
interesting bc I was def gonna use henna to replace protein too. Thanks urban and lady cc. Can or should you do protein treatments when you have cornrows? I'm hiding under a lf & I'm in the c&b challenge
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 10:44am
Originally posted by EPITOME EPITOME wrote:

interesting bc I was def gonna use henna to replace protein too. Thanks urban and lady cc. Can or should you do protein treatments when you have cornrows? I'm hiding under a lf & I'm in the c&b challenge


You're welcome Smile In terms of protein and cornrows, I think you can... you'll just have to be creative about how you'll get it under the cornrows. There might be an issue with build up under there, but if you're going to redo them often then you won't need to worry about that.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 11:09am
^^^ I've never worn cornrows so I don't have experience there.  But Urban's reply sounds reasonable. Just be sure to get product in and out of the cornrolled hair.
 
 
ETA:  I would not recommend a hard core protein in cornrows tho'.  Save till your taken them out.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 12:04pm

I use henna in place of protein...shoot, it coats my strands and they are definitely stronger after a treatment.  I have to do an intensive moisterizing dc after...so yeah, it's my protein treatment.  I also alternate with a cassia treatment as well.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 15 2008 at 12:43pm
Originally posted by LadyCC LadyCC wrote:

This is my understanding......
 
Henna isn't protein but works to strengthen like protein.  Henna has "tannin molecules that bind into (hair) keratin and make the fibers physically stronger like winding threads together to make a stronger string".  
 
What I got from my earlier research is that even though Henna stengthens it won't replace protein for me as protein binds within the hair strand where Henna binds outside.  So both are essential to strengthen hair but I think BOTH is the key.  If you don't normally use much hard core protein then keeping up with your mild protein is essential.  If you apply hard core protein treatments you may find that you only need to apply them less often while utilizing henna (luv Cassia henna).  It will lengthen the time between strong protein treaments.  My hair luvs protein so I still maintain protein in my regimen mainly mild to medium with moisture to balance.  The strong around (before or after)  tex-lax time. HTH Smile
 
Excellent Clap!!!  Henna does not replace protein.  However, the hair requires less protein treatment, when henna is used. 
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