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How To Choose The Right Henna Powder


There are so many different henna powders, how do we choose the one that will work best for us?

There are a few things that are a must when choosing any henna powder:

Fresh. You must always buy fresh henna powder. If you want a great stain, don’t just grab henna off the shelf (since who knows how long it may have been sitting there) Even from crop to crop you will notice that the freshest henna powder gives the best stain results. After all, doesn’t a chef use the freshest ingredients in the preparation of our meals?
Body Art Quality. This means that the henna powder is the best quality since they take the leaves from the top of the plant with the most dye content. It also means that it is 100% pure and natural. This term is usually used to describe henna that is also used for body art.
(Please remember that not EVERY henna powder nor herb is body art quality. Ask yourself this: Is this henna powder or herb used as a body art product or really for hair usage? This term is sometimes only used for marketing purposes. Always be well informed.)
Finely Sifted. None of that dirt, grit, sand, nor sticks help with getting a great staining henna paste. Even if you try to sift it yourself, you lose most of the henna powder you purchased.
Pure. Must contain no pesticides or chemicals. No PPD nor any other powders or ingredients. Only get 100% pure henna powder.

Now that we have the basics down, now comes the individual henna powders.

Jamila Henna Powder


Jamila henna powder yields great stains results and comes conveniently packaged in 100 grams foil packages in sealed boxes (when it is stamped with summer crop for body art usage, and is also used for hair). It does have the longest dye release, taking up to 24 hours to prepare for body art, and 12 hours for use on hair, before ready to use. It is a reliable henna powder, but not great if you need henna quick. It has the ultimate best sift of ANY henna powder. It is very popular amonst professional henna artists, and for hair dyeing. It washes out of the hair very easily, and the texture pf the paste is similar to melted chocolate. It yields deep reddish-brown tones for body art and for hair orange-red tones. This henna comes from Pakistan.
Please read our more detailed article on Jamila henna powder.

Organic Rajasthani Indian Henna Powder


In ever increasing popularity, the organic indian henna powder from the Rajasthani Region, is very well balanced. You get dye release in 8-12 hours for body art. So you can start a batch in the morning and have it ready by the evening. The stains results are some of the darkest I have ever seen. Typically reddish tones (burgundy/mahogany) and sometimes near cherry black on skin. For hair it yields a reddish-burgundy tone.  For hair usage, this powder we recommend you allow it to sit from 3-4 hours, and then apply onto your hair. It is triple sifted and through nylon cloth. On lighter hair it may come out more orange-copper toned.

Yemeni Henna Powder

Yemeni 2009

The yemeni henna powder comes from the Sana’a region. It takes 8-12 hours to achieve dye release for body art. For hair, we recommend you allow this henna powder to sit from 3-4 hours before applying it. It is well known for being one of the stringy hennas. This henna powder is now much better sifted (since the 2009 crop), since the company has upgraded its henna processing facilities. Now many more henna artists are using this henna powder. It is absolutely one of the most popular henna powders for hair dyeing, and covers grey very well. It gives the most gorgeous, deep red tones of any other henna powder currently.

Moroccan Henna Powder

Moroccan henna powder 2013 sm 

A very popular henna powder for both body art and hair, this henna is found in the Western Sahara. It has the quickest dye release. It is best to let this henna sit at least 2-6 hours for body art. For hair usage, only allow to sit for a maximum of 1 to 2 hours and then apply it. The dye can demise quickly if left out too long. It’s not a good henna to freeze as a henna paste. It is also a stringy henna. It has great color, usually very bright and becomes quite dark suddenly (on skin). We usually recommend this henna powder for achieving brown to black tones along with indigo, when used in hair dyeing because the least amount of red tones will show through on your hair. We recommend it because it has a fast dye release, and alone on hair it gives orange to red tones.

We do hope that this guide has been helpful to you, please let us know if you have any concerns or further questions by contacting us directly at Please visit us online at : Henna Sooq

  1. Hello sir. I have some grey hairs. I want it to turn into black. So, which type of henna u will prefer to me? And I am using currently black henna powder bought from local store which contains 25% of PPD. Is it harmful?

  2. Hi, I have super curly hair and I wanted to do a cassia treatment for bouncy and shiny hair but I’ve read that cassia will loosen my curl pattern. If I was to add Alma will that keep my curls from changing. I’m just looking for some great recipes for stronger and healthy hair, also I really need help with the growing process. I want to dye my hair but I’m going for a deep burgundy. Please recommend which henna I should purchase. Thanks

  3. Alicia, thank you for your post. Yes cassia can loosen your curl pattern. You can add amla powder to maintain your curls. For a deep burgundy tone you can use our Organic Rajasthani Indian Henna powder. I hope this helps.

  4. Siva, it’s better if you do use a more natural option for hair color. We recommend our Moroccan henna and Indigo for hair to achieve black tones.

  5. Hi Mizy. It really does depend…as usually if you bought it at a store and it’s for hair, it usually is really best for hair. The best type of henna is body art quality as it has a better sift and color. It’s easier to do henna designs with BAQ henna. Hair quality won’t even come out of an applicator. You can use it to play with. What brand is it?

  6. umm yaz says:

    Hi which henna do you suggest for the bridal pattern? I am looking for best quality henna powder. Thanks

  7. Good day Umm Yaz. Thanks for your post. This really depends on the bridal pattern and style. Can you provide some more details as to what style and amount of bridal henna you’ll be doing? Our best bridal henna powder is our Red Raj.

  8. My hair is a really dark brown, almost black, and I’d like to keep my color. I don’t mind a little red tint, I just want the easiest preparation process with the best conditioning results possible. Which henna do you recommend?

  9. Hello Eliana. The henna we’d recommend either either our Jamila BAQ 2015 or Moroccan Henna. This would give you a slight red tint but should you really prefer the dark brown to black tones you would need indigo as well.

  10. Alexandra Lominy says:

    I have red hair I have bleached my hair and colored it red since December of 2014. I recently dyed my hair again a month ago and I want to strengthen my hair without messing up the color too much but I don’t Mind if it changes to a burgundy. Which henna would you recommend ?

  11. I put colora chestnut hair color it left my hair green. My daughter says probably cause I used it on bleached hair. I love the rest of the color though. My daughter says to use something with a red tone. How about abourn or mahogany. What do you suggest. I really like this product makes my hair soft. Also hairdresser says wait a week to try new stuff but I want to now

  12. Good day Alexandra. Currently we’d recommend our Red Raj henna powder.

  13. Hi Mary Lou. Thank you for reaching out. I believe due to both bleaching and the indigo that is most likely in your Colora color that has caused the green. Green mess ups come from indigo powder not the henna powder. I know this can be fixed. I’d recommend another henna coloring treatment and get yourself a good base of henna (alone so that would yield reddish tones, as there is not such plant that carries several colors but it’s commercializing of henna). Yes waiting a week gives your hair a nice break. It’s awesome your hairdresser is also so supportive! You can call me at 410-579-4543 from 10 am to 6 pm EST today if you’d like as well. I’ll be in the office all day today.

  14. Hello Khadija,
    I am new yet very interested in the Henna dying process for transitioning hair. I would like to know how long does the color stay? Is this treatment a permanent, semi-permanent or is it just a rise? I also have a dark brown hair and would love a noticeable red or copper color. Thank you for your help.

  15. Hello Viael. Great to hear from you! Henna is a permanent hair color and will last 4-6 weeks. I would really recommend Red Raj for you, based on what you’d like to achieve. Speak soon.

  16. Hi Khadija,
    I’m also new to using henna and recently did my first application last Thursday.
    I have 2 inches of natural dark brown roots with few greys, and the rest of the hair shaft is a light ash blonde tone from previous chemical dye.
    My Indian friend got me curious in henna that I decided to give it a try.
    Well I went to a local indian beauty supply shop here in Thailand and picked up one brand Neha which I was told that it was a popular brand in India.
    Anyway, i first used the body art Neha with coffee, egg, lime juice, coconut oil and mixed

  17. Cont, mixture sat for 2 hrs and then applied and set for 2 hrs. Result was nice on the natural roots but the hair shaft and ends were too coppery red. My friend said I should dye it darker with chemical and then reapply henna.
    I didn’t want to use chemical again so I waited 1 week as it was slightly fading to redo with the Other Neha pack for hair with 13 herbs. Used in steel bowl, mixed w/coffee, black tea, coconut oil no egg this time. Set for 5 hrs, applied on hair for 4 hrs. This time the result was a rich deep dark brown on the roots and on the hair shaft to the ends were a deeper reddish almost burgandy color. Not exactly what I like. I want my natural dark brown hair with just a hint of yellow or red hue to the hair.
    How can I get that color and tone? Indigo?

  18. Hi Wendy. Thank you for your post. For the yellow, you probably won’t be able to maintain any yellow in your hair when using henna and indigo. For your roots you may need to give it a bit of time to “catch up” to have both that match, your length. Since you have two tones you have to concentrate on getting your length darker or to match your roots first, and then use henna alone and keep it simple to get the best color results. No egg for sure as that dilutes the dyeing results. You can dye your length with henna and indigo to match your roots rather then use chemicals. Then use henna only. I hope this helps :)

  19. Hey! Thank you for this informative article! Question: why I can’t buy anything using your website? I got interested in Yemeni henna..& went to purchase it but but it keeps saying it’s not available, actually non of the other henna is available I think. I hope your web store isn’t closing.

  20. Hi Gulia. Sorry, we’re low in stock currently as we await the new Organic Indian Herbs crop to come in by end of October (fall crop times). We have Jamila henna and Moroccan henna in stock. Yemeni we really can’t get at all as there are political issues there in that country so we can import it in.


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