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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is henna?

Henna is a plant whose leaves are ground to a fine powder. Henna can be used as a natural hair dye or to decorate the body. Many artificial hair dyes contain chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and PPD (which can be harmful to hair as well as to your health in the long run. Unfortunately, some companies also add these chemicals to natural henna powder to make the dye stronger. This has given henna a bad name and has lead to the banning of henna for skin use in the US. Even though pure henna is completely safe and even beneficial for the body!

2. What is senna?

Green leaves ground into a powder. It moisturizes and conditions hair like henna but does so without giving any colour.

3. What is Ghassoul clay?

A natural beauty clay with proven qualities for detoxifying the skin.

4. Is henna safe to use on hair and skin?

Yes, if it is 100% natural with no harmful additives, henna is completely safe and even beneficial.

5. Will it take a long time to apply?

As with everything, practice makes perfect. Henna paste does not take long to mix but it can take over night to mature. The actual application of henna onto the hair depends on your hair length and whether you have a helping hand! It can take about half an hour to apply. Then it should be left on the hair wrapped in cling film from 2-6 hours. It can take half an hour to wash out depending on the quality and sift of your henna powder. It might seem a chore, but it does become quicker with practice and the results should be well worth it. Knowing that it is not harmful to you or the environment should also be an encouragement to stick with it!

6. Can I apply henna myself or do I need someone to do it?

You can apply henna yourself to your own hair but having a friend definitely helps especially with the first few attempts.

7. Where can I buy good quality henna?

Natural Henna Beauty is a UK based company selling the finest henna powders. Order online:

8. How do I mix the paste?

Mix henna powder with something acidic such as lemon juice. Make it into a paste. Add a brew of other ingredients depending on the colour result and purpose of using the paste (hair or skin). Leave overnight and add more lemon juice or water to make a paste of yoghurt consistency. See ‘Recipe’ section (click here).

9. How do I know that my henna powder does not contain chemical ingredients?

The henna powder should be a green powder, not black or any other colour. It should smell of leaves and not have any chemical smell. If the result after using the henna is other than orange, red, reddy brown or maroon, then it contains other ingredients.

10. What is PPD?

PPD is the abbreviation of Para-phenylenediamine. It is a chemical black dye which is added to natural henna to make it black. It can be very harmful to use for some people.

11. Can I use henna if I have used synthetic dyes and chemical treatments on my hair?

Yes you can. Pure henna should not react to synthetic dyes or chemical treatments.

12. Can I use synthetic dyes and chemical treatments on my hair after using henna?

It is advisable not to use synthetic dyes on henna treated hair until it grows out or you cut it. This is due to the unpredictability of the results.

13. How do I do a patch test?

Do a patch test to check whether you will have any allergic reaction to the henna or any of the ingredients you have mixed with it. Apply a small amount of your henna mixture behind your ear or wrist and observe the results carefully. If any reaction occurs, do not use. (Any reaction from pure henna is very rare. It may show that the henna you are using is not pure or that the ingredients that you mixed with it do not suit you. Try an alternative and do not give up!)

14. How do I do a strand test?

It is important for you to test the henna mixture on strands of your hair before applying it to your whole head or beard! This is to ensure that the results are to your liking. Everyone’s hair colour and texture is different and henna will produce different results depending on the original hair colour. Pick up some of your fallen hair from your hair brush and keep them to test your henna recipes. Put them in the mixture and wait a few hours to see the result. Keep in mind that henna matures over the first few days so the final result will not be clear for at least three days. You can store the remaining mixture in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

15. What is the difference between henna perfume and henna oil?

Henna perfume oil is made from the flowers of the henna plant (and not from the leaves!) Sometimes people use the term ‘henna oil’ to mean the fixative that is rubbed on the skin before applying a henna pattern to make the dye darker. This type of ‘henna oil’ does not contain any henna, rather it is based on natural or synthetic ingredients which contain ‘terps’.