NATURAL HENNA : How to Choose a Henna Powder

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Not all henna powders are created equal. Henna is a plant product, and thus degrades over time. Choosing a good powder is essential for a good henna design.
StepsChoose a Henna Powder Step 1.jpg1Get the freshest powder possible. Check the date, henna is best used within a few months if it hasn't been kept cold. Most store henna sits on shelves for extended periods. If it's been stored in a cold area, like a freezer, and kept away from light, henna can stay potent for years. Many online retailers who are also henna artists keep their henna in cold storage; ask before you buy.Choose a Henna Powder Step 2.jpg2Consider color. While all henna stains a reddish-brown color, different regions do produce subtle differences. African hennas are often stringier, which helps making fine lines. Moroccan and Yemeni hennas are know for their stringiness. Many people say African henna is warm red, Persian henna is deeper red, and Indian henna is brownish red. These slight color variations are not set in stone, and are usually not even noticeable. Usually color variations depend on the body's chemistry not on the kind of henna used.Choose a Henna Powder Step 3.jpg3Learn to recognize high quality henna. High quality henna is a bright green and sifted several times. Cheaper hennas need more sifting which you can usually tell from comparing to other better sifted hennas, or else they can clog applicators.
Beware henna that's bright green. Henna is naturally light-green, and fades to light brown as it loses potency. Companies will use green dye to make henna seem fresher.


  • Look for freshness and color.
  • Buy henna from online retailers who are also henna artists; they use their own henna and can guarantee the quality.
  • Try several types to find what you like best.
  • Stringy henna needs less sugar or honey, smoother hennas should have more.
  • Even on your hair, you should use body art quality henna. Hair quality contains less dye, and you may end up with more orange than red in your hair. 


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