Why should you test henna powder? Not every henna powder you see is pure and natural even if it claims to be. Some vendors indulge in practices like dying the henna powder bright green to make it appear fresher and appealing or others add metallic salts and other chemicals to change the tone. Always keep in mind, pure henna stains orange-reddish tones, unless it is blended with other herbs such as Indigo, Amla, and Cassia to produce different tones. The following things can be done to make sure the henna you have is 100% natural henna:
One of the most important factors while choosing henna powder is to see whether it’s fresh or not. For this, you must check the manufacturing date and buy the ones that have been manufactured recently. You must always buy fresh henna powder if you want the best stain results. Henna is best used within a few months if it hasn’t been stored in a cold area, like a freezer, and kept away from light. If you buy online, ask before you buy.
Check Ingredients Properly
Before buying henna powder you must read all the ingredients properly. It should not contain any pesticides, chemicals, no PPD or any other powders or ingredients. What is natural henna made of? It is made of natural henna leaves. It should list natural henna powder as the only ingredient. Any other ingredient makes it a non-pure henna.
What colour is natural henna? The natural henna powder should be a beautiful light green coloured powder. When you mix the henna powder with water and you see a green colour liquid then it contains artificial coloring. You must not use this henna as it is not natural henna powder.
Pure herbs should smell like plant matter. Natural henna powder should smell grassy or somewhat like tea. Discard immediately, if it has a chemical like odor.
This test can be done to check if the henna powder contains sand in it. It can be done by placing a small pinch of henna powder between two glass surfaces. If you hear a scratching sound or the glass scratches, then there is sand in your henna powder. Some vendors unethically add sand in henna powder to increase its quantity and earn profit.
If a “natural hair color” mentions making your black hair pale electric purple, there’s a high chance that there’s more than natural henna powder.
This term is usually used to describe henna that is also used for body art. Body art quality (BAQ) refers to the sifting of the henna being suitable for body art use. Some hennas are ground a little more coarsely, which makes them unsuitable for body art as it clumps in the applicator tip.
To ask more questions or raise any concerns about henna hair color, contact the company. A good company will be responsive and solve your queries quickly.
Stay clearly away from henna that mentions “Black henna” if Indigo is not listed on the box. These “black hennas” have added para-phenylenediamine (PPD) which irritates and burns the skin. Instead, go for Henna and Indigo for black tones to have a healthy choice.
You can now differentiate top quality henna from henna with chemical additives and make the best choice to colour your hair with henna.