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What is henna?

Henna, also known as Lawsonia Inermis or mignonette, is a beautifully scented tree or shrub that may grow up to twenty feet tall. It blooms with small, fragrant, pink white, yellow, or red flowers and produces blue-black berries. The henna plant grows best in hot weather where there is little moisture. It is native to the Middle East, North Africa and the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Only a few countries export their henna while others grow theirs for local commercial use.

The part of the plant most widely used is the leaf and these are cultivated during the plant’s growing seasons and dried. According to Juliette de Bairacli Levy, “The whole shrub, skin of roots, bark of trunk and branches, and fresh berries yield henna, the alcanna of the Arabs. This herb is extremely penetrative and therefore a very effective and very popular dye.” (Levy; 78) Chemically, henna is known to contain coumarins, naphthoquinones (including lawsone), flavenoids, sterols, and tannins. (Chevalier; 225).
Then once the leaves are dried, they are ground up into a very fine powder. Once this henna powder is ready, it's made into a paste, which can be used to naturally color the hair or on skin as a temporary form of body art tattoo. It typically dyes the skin and hair an orange to cherry red-brown tone (tone varies on the person's skin, and hair color etc).

This plant grows best in hot weather where there is little moisture. It is native to the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Only a few countries export their henna, while others grow theirs for local commercial use.

What is black henna?

Black henna is not a natural henna product. Black henna colors the skin jet black and usually looks very ink-like. Black henna for hair is usually a blend of henna and other herbs including chemicals. Please read all of the ingredients on packages or ask for more information.

It contains PPD (para-phenylenediamine) which is a black chemical dye that is used is used to make KEVLAR®, epoxycoatings, including fungicides, corrosion inhibitors, urethane coatings, rubber chemicals, hair dyes and polyurethane.

Please don't ever get this applied onto your skin or put this into your hair.

PPD is a toxin that can get into the bloodstream through the skin. It can cause damage to kidneys, liver, skin and possibly even cancer. 

You can read more about it here : 
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/protection/warnings/2003/2003_66.htm

In French:
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/2003/2003_66_f.html

Is henna painful?

Absolutely not. For body art henna is placed on the skin in a similar way as if someone was applying body paints on you. The henna paste is laid down from a small bottle or cone. There is no piercing of the skin and only the top most layers of your skin is dyed. Henna feels cool to the skin. Professional henna artists usually make their own henna paste by hand. Be sure to ask what the ingredients are before getting henna applied. Natural henna is very safe and allergic reactions are rare.

Here at Henna Sooq we use a henna paste which we make with lavender or Red Raj Bliss Blend essential oil for safest and best results. Our recipe is safe for pregnant, nursing mothers, children and the elderly. Should you have any concerns please contact your doctor or midwife.

For hair care henna feels similar to a mud mask treatment for hair and slightly heavier then chemical dye treatments. It has cooling properties which you will feel on your hair and scalp. Should you have any smell or migraine sensitivities please be sure to add essential oils to your recipe so that the henna or ayurvedic herbs scent doesn't bother you. Take it easy and sit down with a good movie or book. You can also sleep with a henna treatment on your hair overnight.

How long does henna last?

This varies depending on a few factors such as your skin and body temperature (henna loves warmth), rate of exfoliation, the quality of the henna paste and how well you cared for your henna body art design. Henna body art designs usually lasts 7-10 days.You should leave your fresh henna design on your skin from 3-4 hours or overnight for best results. Try to avoid water going onto the henna design for at least 24 hours to allow it to oxidize and darken.

For naturally coloring your hair, henna is a permanent hair dye and will last as long as it takes to grow out. The average person will repeat their henna hair coloring treatment every 4-6 weeks for best color results.

Does henna come in different colors?

Henna does not come in a variety of colors. Pure 100% natural henna powder or paste only dyes in orange/red/brown shades. Any other colors will have other substances added (some of which are very dangerous like PPD which is usually found in black henna) to it. If you have any reactions to henna please contact your physician immediately.

For hair coloring, some commercial boxes of henna claim henna colors but when you read the ingredients you will find a variety of herbs, blends, additives, chemicals all listed on the box of "henna color". Henna only dyes the hair reddish tones. We recommend for all your henna and ayurvedic needs you purchase directly from Henna Sooq as we stand by our high quality standards.

Is henna safe to use on hair?

Yes henna is very safe for hair and in fact it's the only natural alternative to chemical dyes. Henna conditions your hair, strengthens, thickens, add shine and gives it a great color coverage including grey hairs. The color choices for your hair will get depends on your natural and current hair tone. Generally you will achieve a range from orange to reddish tones. You can get varying tones using other ayurvedic herbs in addition to your henna powder. Please view our color chart for further information and guidance.

Is henna safe for chemically treated hair?

Yes it is safe to use chemical treatments when you use our henna and ayurvedic herbs here at Henna Sooq.

Is henna safe for pregnant women?

Yes, both henna body art and henna for hair are safe for pregnant women. You can also check with your midwife/doctor to be certain that they allow it. Henna and ayurvedic herbs is the perfect alternative for pregnant women to use to dye their hair since chemicals should be avoided during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.

What is dye release?

Dye release is the term used to describe the amount of time needed for henna and ayurvedic herbs to achieve color release. Color release means that your henna and/or ayurvedic herb is ready to use, and the color is ready to apply. This is applicable for both body art and hair care. Every henna, and ayurvedic herb has an allotted amount of time it needs to release it's color before it's ready to use. Please follow our guidelines below:

 

  • Moroccan Henna: 1-2 hours for hair use, and 6-8 hours for body art use
  • Yemeni Henna: 3-4 hours for hair use, and 10-12 hours for body art use
  • Red Raj and Organic Rajasthani Indian Henna: 3-4 hours for hair use, and 10-12 hours for body art use
  • Jamila Henna: 3-4 hours for hair use, and 10-12 hours for body art use
  • Indigo: 20-30 minutes for hair use
  • Cassia Obovata: 3-4 hours for hair use
Where can I find henna instructions?
You can find individual instructions of each henna powder and all of our Ayurvedic herbs for hair and body on each of the product's pages in the instruction tab found underneath the description and video tab of the product. There is a PDF instruction file that you can download and print. We offer free henna resources on our blog at: www.HennaBlogSpot.com
Where should I get my henna supplies?

A good place is right here at Henna Sooq. We carry premium quality henna powders that are 100% natural, fresh and finely sifted.

We do not recommend that you buy from your local Indian or Middle Eastern markets as you do not know how long the henna powder has been on the shelf. Cones with pre-made henna paste are also not a good purchase as you also do not know how long it has been on the shelf and it most likely has unnatural ingredients to make it last longer. Being out on the shelf for too long diminishes the quality of henna and therefore when using these henna products your stains won't usually be very dark or long lasting.

How do I store my henna supplies?

Henna powder and ayurvedic herbs should be kept in the freezer, fridge or a cool dark place to ensure freshness and to preserve its dyeing properties. They will last up to 3 years with good storage

All other hair care products can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.

Fresh Henna Paste is a perishable product and must be kept frozen when not in use. It can last up to 12 months in the freezer.

Essential oils are affected by light (sunlight) and temperature, and it is recommended that all essential oils be kept in tightly closed amber glass bottles, and in your refrigerator.

All of your other henna supplies can be stored in a small case or any other convenient place.

Where can I learn more?

You can take one of our classes or workshops and learn more about henna hair coloring and henna body art. We also offer free classes online.

Find out more: Our Workshops

Ask your library, school, store, or salon to have us teach a class on henna body art or natural hair care.

Where can I get henna services?

With Khadija right here at the Henna Sooq. We will be more then happy to schedule an appointment for you and your event/party. Henna fundraisers are also a great way to raise money for your organization. Please contact Khadija directly for bookings at Khadija@HennaSooq.com or at 443-254-0736.

Where can I get more information about henna?

Once again, please contact us if you have any more questions or comments and we will be more then happy to assist you in any way we can. To reach us please email us at info@hennasooq.com or call 410-579-4543