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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?


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