How to make the best choice of henna: Brown Henna or Black Henna
The novel trend train in beauty, by far, is going organic and natural. That is why henna has recently thrived in the world of beauty and body art. It is deplorable to note, some henna products claim to be natural, pure henna (albeit not) generous enough to give you black stain.
Such henna is commonly termed “Black Henna” in the market. Step away from such claims, as such types of products can cause adverse effects to your skin.
This post will provide insight on how to distinguish Natural Henna from Black Henna. It will also help you make the best choice of natural and pure henna.
What is Black Henna?
Black henna, whether powder or a paste, consists of either an insignificant amount of henna or a whole mixture of chemical compounds. This alleged black henna contains high levels of PPD (para-phenylenediamine) and stains the skin black quickly.
PPD is probably added to a product that includes some henna for the sake of darker results and accelerating the staining time.
Even sometimes PDD is used alone for body art in the name of henna. PDD is a highly sensitizing compound that can cause contact dermatitis. Usage of black henna may cause breathlessness, painful blisters, weeping sores, or bumpy skin. Such skin conditions may land you in hospital.
Para-phenylenediamine (coal tar) is typically found in hair dyes. FDA legalized the use of PDD only in hair dyes less than 6%. In the case of adulterated henna, termed by sellers as black henna, the ratio of PDD is commonly 40-60%. When such adulterated henna is applied to the skin, it instantly drips into the blood flow. The use of PDD is illegal in many European countries.
What is Brown Henna?
Henna is a natural dye. It is obtained from the plant Lawsonia inermis. Its leaves are dried, grounded into a fine powder. This powder is afterward made into a paste-like product, used for temporary body art, hair dye, and fabric staining.
Natural henna only comes in one color. Its natural stain color varies from bright-orange that oxidizes to reddish-brown. Natural henna cannot simply give black stain.
To enhance the color of the stain, tannic fluids (coffee\tea water) are used in the mixture process. The use of herbs and tannic fluids is common to darken the stain of natural henna.
The key to finding the best henna powder lies on the brand you use. At The Henna Guys, we obtain pure, natural henna from henna plant leaves, dry them, grind them into a fine powder and pack it with care for the best consumer experience.
Let's Discuss How to Choose Pure and Natural Henna
It is important for our readers to know how to recognize pure natural henna powder. Since there is a large pile of henna handy products available in the market where the powder is artificially tinted greener to give a fresher look to the consumer.
The following points will assist you to find 100% natural henna:
Aroma of Henna
Pure henna contains a grassy, earthy pleasing smell. If you experience some pungent smell like a chemical, stay away from buying it. It is adulterated henna. It can cause a severe reaction to your skin.
Always Read Ingredients
Pure henna is derived from the Lawsonia inermis plant. It is a fine powder of the leaves of the henna plant. If the henna product describes some other ingredients, skip purchasing it. It is adulterated or may be mass-produced henna that will prove harmful.
Pure henna only offers bright orange to reddish-brown stain. If your henna is giving darker brown or black on the skin, it is an indicator of chemical additives or the presence of PDD.
Stain Processing Time
Another key indicator that can assist you to distinguish pure henna is the stain processing time. If the product label describes a lesser processing time than 30 minutes, it is black henna. Some suppliers term it instant henna.
On the other hand, pure henna takes a minimum of 4 hours to the maximum time to stain your skin with bright orange or red. Natural henna follows the rule the longer the better.
Natural henna is free from preservatives. Once it is mixed into a paste, it is only viable and able to stain the skin for a maximum of 4-6 days. If any henna product claims otherwise it is not natural henna. Some products named SHELF STABLE do not expire quickly at room temperature.
Do not believe such suppliers as henna cannot preserve its stain if left to room temperature. It needs to be frozen after a few days of mixing into a paste.
In case of any allergy incidence, frequency is low if pure henna is used. This is called G6PD mutation, indicating an allergy to fava beans. On the contrary, black henna can cause chemical burns, unnoticed internal organ damage, and cancer even without an outside burn present, depending on the chemical compound used to create a stain.
In the black henna case, this chemical compound is mostly PDD. Besides getting a tattoo, you may end up in a hospital bed, which none of us want to.
Conduct a Patch Test Before the Main Application
We always advise a skin patch test and wait for the result. This will indicate skin sensitivity, stain color, duration, smell, and all. Simply apply it on your skin for 10-15 minutes and observe if you feel any itchiness, or burning. Beware that it is not pure henna.
Henna body art dates back to the times of great Cleopatra. This art originated in deserts for the beautification of the human body. Body art is re-emerging and creating vibes in today’s fashion.
We desire this natural source of body art to be an ecstatic and risk-free experience for you. Only use pure and natural henna for this purpose.
Where to buy pure Natural Henna
Welcome to the home of pure henna at THE HENNA GUYS. Here you will find a vast range of 100% henna powder, of the finest quality, for skincare and haircare regimens. We provide you with the highest quality of natural pure henna and a combination of henna with other natural herbs and essential oils.
If you are a beginner, our henna tattoo kit and henna stencil kit are specifically designed for you. Both kits contain all the tools and accessories required for henna application. All you need to do is to order henna powder, prepare a paste according to the packet instructions and apply it using our henna stencils. You can prepare a henna cone following our DIY how to make a henna cone or may buy from pre-made Henna Cones. With our range of products, anyone can do henna! The more you do, the darker stains you will have.
Buy straight away and start practicing.