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How To Choose The Right Henna Powder

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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 info@hennasooq.com. Please visit us online at : Henna Sooq

  1. Thank you for your post Emma. It might have been a bit better to at least use conditioner to wash it out, as this will help get a lot more extra out. Yes it should wash out a bit for about 3-4 washes. This is normal. Just wash it out thoroughly and then let it settle. If your hair is dark it might not show up as well as others. It depends on your hair color. You may also need to give the henna time, to build up after several applications and this will bring out further redder results. Hibiscus petal powder and its tea work well to boost red tones too. I hope this helps!

  2. Merinda Grossberg says:

    Good day, Ive been a henna user for some years but change to a natural hair dye (Herbatint) just because brown henna coloured my hair very dark (nearly black). The brands I could obtain were Glory or Eagle’s Brown Henna. I then tried the brand Colora henna Powder in brown but the product could not colour the 10% grey hair I have at 51 :-). I would like to change back to a henna product that can cover the grey hair 100% but need a light brown/chestnut coloured henna to get a dark brown result that is not too black. Preferably not a brand with to much red colour. Could you please make any suggestions. Blessings

  3. Thank you for your post Merinda. I’d recommend you use henna powder and indigo as part of your recipe for the dark brown tone you’d want. You have to use at least 60% indigo, and 40% henna. This will give you that tone. This would be the best way to color your hair with these herbs, naturally.

  4. Hi there! I’ve been doing a lot of research in the past day or so about henna hair dye and I’m anxious to try it out, but I’m not quite sure which one(s) to use.

    I have naturally curly, dark brown hair that’s never been colored or treated. I’m looking to maintain the dark brown color and curl but add reddish undertones to it, making almost burgundy. Maybe something like this?
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/8/10908060.jpg/sr=1

    From what I understand, both the Jamila and Yemeni henna give the best reddish hint. I don’t want to go too bright, but I want it to be noticeable as well. Is there a big difference between the two? I’m leaning towards the Jamila based on price and availability.

    Also, my mom is considering trying henna. Her hair has been dyed over the years and is currently light brown/blonde with darker roots and gray hairs. Would she need to use indigo to darken the hair before using henna? Could she condense the two and do one treatment?

    Sorry for the long post! Thanks!!

  5. Jamila summer crop is the one that’s better then Jamila for hair, if you’re looking at prices as Yemeni and Jamila are the same price with us. Yemeni is out of stock right now as they have political issues in Yemeni right now that they can’t get the henna out from there for us.

    So I’d recommend you use the Fresh Jamila Henna Powder Summer Crop

  6. I want try two different types of henna, the jamila and the indian. can I try one now and a few months later apply the other? or do i have to stick with just one color

  7. No you can mix and match, and put them together as well if you’d like. It’s safe to do so. Enjoy Anissa!

  8. I’m new in using henna. Please tell me the portions & types of hennda which I shall buy! I’ve natural medium brown hair with 50% grey hair. My hair is thin and soft. I’d like to cover all my grey hair and no reddish/highlight occured. And, I have a collar length straight hair. Thanks in advance.

  9. Thank you for your post Maggie. We’d recommend you use at least 60% indigo and 40% henna. You’ll need 60 grams of indigo to use, and 40 grams of henna to use. Welcome!

  10. I purchase your Moroccan and Indigo henna and I found that the bodyart henna is so much better than the store shelf henna products I previously purchased. I am Asian and want my hair black. I added only lemon juice and apple juice to the Moroccan henna and let the mix sit overnight. After reading some of the blog comments, I realized that my Moroccan henna mix exceeded the allotted dye release time. I applied the henna to my hair before reading the blog. What would the henna results be if I had applied the Moroccan henna mix within the proper dye release time of 1-2 hours? How does this result compare with my “dye time exceeded” henna mix? Also is there a preferred ingredient (i.e., water vs. lemon juice, etc) for mixing henna to achieve better hair results. I added only lemon juice and some apple juice to my Moroccan mix. What would you recommend? I used a two step henna process, applying Indigo after removing the Moroccan henna. I added warm water to the Indigo to create my henna mix. Can I only use lemon juice to mix with Indigo or is warm water a better base for Indigo? The Indigo application on my hair was very runny and seeped through the hairline. Is this typical of Indigo when used alone and not mix with another henna type? Lastly, can I achieve black hair results with a one instead of two step process? Thanks so much! BTW, I love your products!

  11. Thank you for your post Coleen. The Moroccan henna more then likely won’t dye your hair and if you have grey hair that don’t get henna’ed with red tones, then the indigo alone on those non-colored hairs would come out green.

    Lemon juice or water are both good, but for some lemon juice can be drying and you want to make sure not to dry out your hair as that can cause breakage, and irritate your hair.

    Yes indigo is a bit more runny and it’s normal but just mix it a bit thicker then henna if you can. A one step process is for browner tones, and black can only be achieved through a 2 step process. I hope this helps! Thank you for the compliments :)

  12. Hi,Khadija,

    I came to know your products today at New Directions Aromatics Open House and very interested to order your products to try. I have been using Henna imported from India from store for several years. The colour henna is pre-packaged in a foil bag. You just open and mix it with water and apply. They have black, mahogany, chestnut, etc. Is this Henna mixed with some chemical dye?

    I have straight dark brown hair (chinese) and 50% grey and shoulder length. What would you suggest to use to get a mahogany colour and able to cover my grey hair. I like to have a reddish tone under the sunlight. What is the ratio and how much I should use? Also what would you recommend to help to reduce hair loss and make it healthy and shiny. I will perm my hair curly twice a year. Thanks in advance.

  13. Hi there!

    I was wondering which henna I should use for hair, to get that bright fierce copper tone?
    My natural haircolour is dark blonde/light brown. Is it possible with my tone to get that fierce copper tone from henna?
    Thx!

  14. Sheung, thank you for posting. It could be possibly but I can’t say for sure as I haven’t read the ingredients. You’d have to check to see what they list as their ingredients.

    I recommend our Lush Brown Kit and amla powder as well, since amla powder promotes hair growth and you’ll get thicker, richer, healthier hair naturally. Do you use a good hair oil and our Organic Camellia hair oil is perfect. It’s great for hair growth and it’s light, and doesn’t have any scent. It moisturizes really well and can be used on your skin/face as well. You can start here at http://www.hennasooq.com and even pre-order online for local pick up in Mississauga.

  15. Hi Morwen, thank you for your post. Yes you can definitely get a fierce red tone by using henna powder. You may need 2-3 applications to build up that color. As henna builds up and will need that since your hair is light and to get it richer and redder. I recommend our Jamila henna powder. Usually yemeni would be my first recommendation but it’s out of stock right now.

  16. Khadija,

    Thanks for your reply. The product I used does not have list of ingredients on it.

    I read the Lush Brown Kit. It is for hair growth. But I also want to color my hair (see my previous posting). Can you suggest what should be used. Thanks.

  17. Sheung, unfortunately you must have read the wrong kit. Lush Brown Kit is not for hair growth. Our Lush Growth kit is for hair growth. This is for hair color. Please see here: http://www.hennasooq.com/lush-brown-for-hair-kit/

  18. Khadija,

    Sorry, I think I read the wrong product. It sounds great. I will order them and try. Thanks very much.

  19. Welcome Sheung! Thank you so much

  20. I have relaxed, brownish hair with highlights . I do not wish to change my hair color and do not want red tones in my hair. I want to use Henna to get the strength and shine. What henna would you recommend I purchase?

    Thank you!

  21. Elissa, thank you for your post on our blog. Henna will always make red tones on hair, as it’s a red hair dye and it does strengthen, condition, and is amazing for hair but so as to not alter the color of your hair it’d be better if you use cassia obovata. View here: http://www.hennasooq.com/organic-cassia-obovata/

  22. Hi Khadija,
    Thanks for your advise last week. I have the auburn tint that I want with the Jamilla henna mixed with 2 TB of hibiscus powder and 3 TB of Amla powder. I used aloe vera juice with a few splashes of lemon juice for liquid. I do want to try this recipe next month with the Rajasthani henna that I have left to use.

  23. Sounds good JoLindy :)

  24. Hello –

    Which henna is best to use to minimize red tones? I would like to achieve a medium brown on my grays without being coppery. Thank you, Camille

  25. Also, how often should full hair applications be done and how often should touch-ups be done? Thank -you

  26. Camille thank you for your post. Moroccan henna would yield the least amount of red tones but needs to be used with indigo to tone it down for medium brown. Use 50% of each. Applications are done every 4-6 weeks but if your hair grows faster you can do root touch ups. As needed. Thank you

  27. I used Yemeni Henna, and the color was awesome. (deep red). I recommend apply little olive oil on ur head and hair to add some moisture and prevent your scalp from being colored.

  28. Hi what henna should I order my hair is a ashy dark brown and i want black, black hair.

  29. Hi Sara

    You need henna, like jamila would be fine but not henna only. You need indigo as well to create rich black tones. See this product here is perfect and it’s on sale until Friday: http://www.hennasooq.com/lush-brown-for-hair-kit/

  30. Hi Khadija,

    I have never used henna before. I purchased yemeni henna and indigo from your henna sooq. My hair was orinally medium brown, ear length, but now, with 60% of gray,is more like salt and pepper. I would like to have a shade of red, but not red-orange.
    My questions for you are:
    What colour I could possibly get by using only yemeni henna?
    If ever the colour is too reddish, can I use indigo to darken it?
    What quantities should I use from each of them?

    Thank you very much for your time,
    Daniela

  31. Hello Daniela, thanks for posting.
    It may still come out orangey toned because it’s your first time using henna in general and I’d recommend some indigo with it. If you stick with just henna over time and with yemeni you’ll get a nice consistent red and you can build up to that but at first it would have a bit of a orangey undertone to the red. Yes indigo would darken it. For your hair length you’d use about 50 grams of total powder. I hope this helps!

  32. Thank you for the tips. One last question though; how much henna and how much indigo should I use to get a nice compact burgundy colour – 70% henna and 30% indigo, or…?
    I’m about to prepare a strand test.

    Very much appreciated,
    Daniela

  33. Welcome Daniela
    Yes those would be good proportions for a nice burgundy but do make sure to use either Red Raj or yemeni for best results.
    Let us know how it comes out, when you have a chance.

  34. Hi Daniela,

    I’m Asian with dark-brown to light black hair with 10% gray. I’m reading the product description for Lush Brown for Hair Kit which suggests 75% indigo and 25% henna for dark chocolate brown tones. If I want it even darker, can I use 80% indigo and 20% henna? At what low percentage of henna will the one-step process become ineffective?

    If the one-step process is a bit drying for my hair, can I add some Argen oil or Jojoba oil to the coloring mixture? What additives will you recommend to alleviate the dryness during the coloring process?

    In the two-step process to achieve black tones, I see that the henna is left in for typically 4 hours. How long to leave the indigo in your hair for the second step?

    Thanks,
    Annie

  35. Elisabeth says:

    Hi, I would love to see the same info for Red Raj, as for the henna types mentioned in the post above here. I’ve been trying to search, but haven’t found it yet.

  36. Hi Elisabeth. Thank you for posting. That’s a great suggestion and we’ll be sure to add it. In the meantime you can read over the description on Red Raj we have on Henna Sooq: http://www.hennasooq.com/red-raj/
    Enjoy!

  37. Hi Annie. Thank you for posting at our blog Henna Blog Spot

    I’d recommend no more then 80% indigo in your recipe. Otherwise just do a two step process if you want black tones.
    Any of the herbal hair treatments can be drying and yes it’s okay to add hair oil to your recipe.
    Indigo as a second step will also be left in 3-4 hours.

  38. Demelza (Cornwall,UK) says:

    Hi Khadija,

    SOOO happy i’ve found this blog!!

    I am a complete henna newbie/wanabe in need of advice please!! :-) Firstly my choice to looking at henna/+herbs for colouring is because i have a 10wk old daughter and really want to lose as many chemicals from our lives as poss!! ..Hence henna!

    I’m currently growing out a chemical colour (med brown + blond highlights through the front)which i had done approx 4mths ago. Having washed out it’s now a medium coppery colour with blond highlights through the front. Regrowth has grown down approx 3 inches and is my natural mousey dark blond colour with approx 30-40% max grey (grey is quite prominent around temples). Length is approx shoulder length and layered. I like the idea of using henna but i’m really worried i’ll end up with bright orange/copper colour hair that will look frightful as my brows are very dark! (Have had some scary results like this with chemical box colour before!).

    I would love to aim for the colour of the girls hair in the pic you have for ‘Hair Care Tips’ at the bottom of the screen, and would poss like it slightly more red, again to try to avoid any poss bright orange! What would you suggest please?

    Finally, just need to say i could do with something that’s not too fussy!(seems like most henna colour could be?) i.e something i can smoosh on reasonably quickly once prepared and cover (my baby obviously needs me quite often at this stage in her development!..bless)..

    Thanku so very much, feeling nervously excited! :0)

    Kind Regards

  39. Hi, I just mixed my Rajasthani henna about 4hrs ago, I was wondering if I left it to sit for a few more hours would it lessen its benefits (in terms of dye release, strengthening qualities etc.?

    P.S. I mixed it with 1 lemon juice and warm green tea.

    Thank you.

  40. Hello Amu-Re. Thank you for posting.
    It could possibly lessen the benefits but at most it can sit out for 10-12 hours.

    Yes those liquids are fine.

  41. Demelza (Cornwall,UK) says:

    Hi Khadija,

    Posted approx 4days ago for some advice but no response? Is there a problem, only my post has disappeared?

    Kind Regards

  42. Hello Demelza. Sorry we’re not sure what happened or went wrong but I don’t see another post for you currently. Can you repost your question regarding Henna Sooq products?
    Thank you!

  43. Yeah, this was a big help for me (though I wish you had an article here on Red Raj). I ended up going with Jamila and was super happy with my choice. I wanted to get a coppery, natural tone to my red and was totally pleased. I only left it on 3 hrs. and the stain was amazing! Thank you.

  44. hi, I have VINITA’S HERBAL HENNA and AYUURI NATURAL HENNA . are they really pure henna? have you heard of them? I posted a day ago for some but no response from you. why?

  45. Jasmine says:

    Which henna is best for dying locs?

  46. Demelza (Cornwall,UK) says:

    Hi Khadija,

    I’ve re-posted again, but still no reply so i’m guessing u still can’t see my post…I’ll try re-posting one last time! (I’m crossing my fingers that u can even see this!)… :-)

    RE-POST! :

    Hi Khadija,

    SOOO happy i’ve found this blog!!

    I am a complete henna newbie/wanabe in need of advice please!! Firstly my choice to looking at henna/+herbs for colouring is because i have a 10wk old daughter and really want to lose as many chemicals from our lives as poss!! ..Hence henna!

    I’m currently growing out a chemical colour (med brown + blond highlights through the front)which i had done approx 4mths ago. Having washed out it’s now a medium coppery colour with blond highlights through the front. Regrowth has grown down approx 3 inches and is my natural mousey dark blond colour with approx 30-40% max grey (grey is quite prominent around temples). Length is approx shoulder length and layered.

    I like the idea of using henna but i’m really worried i’ll end up with bright orange/copper colour hair that will look frightful as my brows are very dark! (Have had some scary results like this with chemical box colour before!.

    I would love to aim for the colour of the girls hair in the pic you have for ‘Hair Care Tips’ at the bottom of the screen, and would poss like it slightly more red, again to try to avoid any poss bright orange! What would you suggest please?

    Should just mention i could do with something that’s not too fussy!(seems like henna can be complicated?) i.e something i can smoosh on reasonably quickly once prepared and cover (my baby obviously needs me quite often at this stage in her development!..bless)..

    2 final questions (sorry!):
    * Is henna affected by chlorine in swimming pools?
    * Does it fade/bleach out in the sun & sea water?

    Thanku so very much, feeling nervously excited! :0)

    Kind Regards

  47. Caroline, we’ll get to work on a Red Raj article shortly!! Thanks for following up and letting us know your results

  48. Yuna, sorry we don’t know about those henna powder since they aren’t henna powders we carry. We do sell 100% pure henna powders that are amazing for hair and body art use. Best results! Visit us at http://www.hennasooq.com
    Thank you!

  49. Jasmine, for locs the best henna and easiest henna to wash out would be Jamila: http://www.hennasooq.com/fresh-jamila-henna-powder-2011/

  50. Please note all replies take 24-48 hours excluding weekends and holidays.

    Thank you for your post Demelza.
    Chlorine and sea water are fine. There won’t be bleaching or fading typically unless you’re hair is more resistant. With henna you would need some indigo to darken it a bit.
    On blond hairs it can go a bit more bright. Henna at least 70%-80% of your whole recipe, and the rest indigo. Use a nice red henna like our Red Raj or Yemeni for consistent red tones that contain no orange undertones.

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