So after a slew of inquiries we're going to do a few post about different types of henna, henna how-to's, basic mixes, adding stuff in, some things that may happen, what henna does anyway, you know just some NEED- TO- KNOW good information type stuff coming your way.
So we'll start at the beginning what is henna powder? Lawsonia Inermis is it's botanical name and guess what- we'll keep this simple.
Henna is a plant, and the powder we use to color our hair is simply the dried leaves of that plant crushed into a powder. Henna contains what you may hear referred to as lawsone which is (keeping it simple here) is what gives the henna it's coloring ability and the higher the "lawsone content" the better more vibrant color you get! EZ RIGHT?!
Now you have probably run into a few names like Jamila which is actually a manufacturer brand name. Other manufacturer names you may hear are Reshma, Damask, Zinnia, Nikhar, and more but we have a few brands we know and trust and you can find them here
Then you have henna that is classified by geographic region Sudani, Rajisthani, Yemeni, Moroccan, Egyptian, etc that are all named so because of the origin country...SIMPLE ENOUGH, RIGHT?
SOOOO moving right along what are some of the differences?
Like I said we have some trusted brands here and we trust them because they are always fresh and free from adulterants- they're our tried and true favorites and we'll do a comparison of our faves right here, right now
One of our all time favorites is Jamila Brand Henna powder.
There is summercrop which is the "body art quality" henna which means it is sifted fine enough and has enough lawsone to give a stain on the skin when applied although this is just a reference term for us henna heads who use it to color and condition our hair, but it pays to know what kind of henna we're dealing with because NOONE wants to have to pick sticks and twigs out of your hair :-/
Just a side note- all the henna we carry is this "quality" finely sifted and pure.
There is also Jamila Henna for Hair which has the same fine sift with significanatly less lawsone so you get all the conditioning but less color. So if you're hennaing for color stick to "summercrop"
Typically lawsone for summercrop is between 2.3 and 2.9 % which is pretty awesome.
Jamila Henna originates in Lahore, Pakistan and the thing we love about it is that you get fiery red color when it's applied to hair similar to Red Egyptian Henna and we'll get to that now.
Red Egyptian Henna Powder
Our Red Egyptian Henna has similar lawsone content and gives similar color like Jamila Henna. So it is another option for Firey Red color- hence the name. However Jamila does have a much finer sift. Red Egyptian is also certified organic by the USDA.
Rajisthani Henna Powder
MOVING RIGHT ALONG we have Rajisthani Henna Powder (that's shown above). It is a personal favorite. As the name indicates it's origin place is Rajisthan, India which is very close to Punjab (another henna country)
. Rajisthani henna typically has lawsone content of atleast 2.6% and we've had crops with lawsone as high as 3.2%! Our Rajisthani Henna just like all other hennas is harvested in the summer months (typically late June, early July) but unlike many other manufacturers our Rajisthani is not only cryogenically stored for maximum freshness, the henna is milled every quarter.
What does this mean? That means just like a coffee connoiseur you need to know that you get the best results from leaves that are ground more recently, so you get more vibrant color and a longer shelf life.
(Side note- henna powder can also be frozen for several years with no demise to the product whatsoever!!)
The color, Rajisthani lends warmer brownish red color and is best for people who don't like the bright red color of Jamila or Red Egyptian.
Moroccan Henna Powder
Typically Moroccan henna has a lawsone content closer to 2.9%. It is similar to Rajisthani in color and consistency. Unfortunately we've had difficulty sourcing our Organic Moroccan Henna Powder however we're working on it so hopefully in the near future this favorite will be available
Damask Henna Powder
Last but not least there is Damask Henna which is similar to Rajisthani in both fine sift (like baby powder :-) and color. It is a less expensive option that gives equal results to Rajisthan and is a pure henna although it is not vertified organic like Rajisthani.
It and all our henna powders are tested for purity and guaranteed to be free from chemicals, additives, or chemicals of any kind- only the best!
AND GUESS WHAT ELSE- SUMMER CROPS WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY JULY SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A HENNA SALE (and lots more info in the upcoming weeks!)
If you have any questions, just leave a comment. Next we'll talk a little about "how to"!