Have a question? Someone else may have had the same one too. You can find our frequently asked questions below, to help you navigate through our henna-coloured world. Additionally, if you have a question for us that you can’t find the answer to below, feel free to contact us.
Henna is the powder of the dried leaves of the plant Lawsonia Inermis, a small bush around 1 metre tall (though it can grow up to 2.5 to 3 metres). The flowers of this plant are used in the preparation of cosmetics. The Henna plant grows in the regions of Middle East and North Africa, but Indian Henna is known as the best colouring Henna in the world.
Pure, natural henna powder is always green; the brighter, the better.
Pure, natural henna powder leaves an orange stain. Typically, when you first take the paste off, the colour is orange. It takes a full 48 hours for the colour to turn into the darkest, possible stain, the colour of which depends on your natural hair colour.
THERE IS NO SUCH PLANT AS NATURAL BLACK HENNA. Any colour other than the natural orange-brown may be achieved with dyes and potentially harmful chemicals such as PPD. For more on this, please see our article on the PPD problem.
Our henna and indigo powder do not contain any parabens, ammonia, phenylenediamine (PPD), propylene glycol, hydrogen peroxide, nor any other synthetic chemicals nor carcinogens that could potentially cause health problems.
Unlike chemical dyes, which alters your hair colour in a short space of time, henna takes a while to sink in. The longer you let it sit on your head, the richer and more intense the colour of your hair will become, so try to let the henna sit in your hair for at least a few hours.
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