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How to Choose the Right Henna Powder

Posted by Khadija Dawn Carryl on 20th Nov 2018

How to Choose the Right Henna Powder


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 he 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 and Natural. Must not contain pesticides or chemicals. No PPD nor any other powders or ingredients. Only use 100% pure henna powder (ideally organically certified is the best).

Now that we have the basics down, we'll break down the details by each henna powder.

Red Raj

Ultimately the highest dyeing henna powder on the market and organically certified. For both henna for hair use and loved by henna artists this henna is by far the best choice of all henna powders for those wanting gorgeous rich red tones, grey coverage and long lasting henna body art tattoos. This organic henna powder is ready to use within 3-4 hours.

Next up, Khadija’s personal favorite: Supreme Blend Henna Powder

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This henna powder blend was created by Khadija herself bringing the best henna powders together for a creamy, smooth, yet flowy henna paste. She uses this henna powder on all of her henna body art clients. We love this powder especially for mixing with jagua juice to make a natural black staining henna design. Can be used on hair as well. Dye release is only 3-4 hours.

Jamila Henna Powderhennasooq jamila baq henna powder hair color dye dyeing naturally natural tattoo body art mehndi mehandi cones paste powder sooq hennaJamila henna powder yields great stains results and comes conveniently packaged in 100 gram foil packages in sealed boxes (when it is stamped with summer crop for body art usage, and is also used for hair). As of more recently dye release is only 8-12 hours for body art tattoos and 3-4 hours for use on hair, before ready to use. It is a reliable henna powder but not so great if you need henna to be ready quickly.
It has the absolute best sift of ANY henna powder on the market. It's very popular amongst 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. We always recommend this henna powder especially for beginners. 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 comes from the Rajasthani Region of India, is a very well balanced henna powder. You get dye release in 8-12 hours for body art. You can start a batch in the morning and have it ready by the evening. The stains results are some of the darkest we've 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 to remove all debris and little sticks. On lighter hair it may come out more orange-copper toned.

Yemeni Henna Powder

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Unfortunately this has been out of stock for quite some time due to political issues and tensions within Yemen. Our 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 2013A 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 [email protected] or call us at 410-579-4543.

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