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What's the Difference Between Natural Henna and Black Henna

Henna popularly known as “Mehandi”obtained from the leaves of the Lawsonia plant. It is a natural hair colour conditioner,

Henna popularly known as “Mehandi”obtained from theleaves of the Lawsonia plant. It is a natural hair colour conditioner, which dye your hair without damaging, drying, or chemically altering its structure. It is the ideal colorant for hairs.Henna powder is created by crushing the dried leaves of a henna plant and offers light orange to a dark mahogany brown to the skin. This colour stays last long up to one to four weeks.


Black henna also known as “Kali Mehandi” is prepared by adding chemicals such as PPD (para-phenylenediamine) to get that deep black colourto hairs.PPD is a potentially harmful chemical and is usually found in commercial hair dyes which can be harmful to hair and scalp. People are not aware about its consequences, they generally use it to colour their hairs in deep black shade. Continuous use of black henna over along period of time can result in inflammation of the skin including redness, itching, burning, swelling, scaling, broken skin, blisters, and scarring of the skin.

Natural ingredients can also help to colour your hair deep black. Here are some natural ingredients that darken the henna coloring to achieve maximum color.

 Amla hair pack: Amla contains vitamin C and antioxidant properties. In a plastic bowl, combine 1 cup Fresh Henna Paste, 3 tsp Amla Powder and 1 tsp Coffee Powder. Add some water and mix it well until you get a smooth, consistent paste. Apply the mixture onto your hair using the applicator brush. Leave it in for an hour or until the paste dries up. Rinse the hair pack out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

 Black Tea Remedy: Boil the black tea in a cup of water and set the solution aside to cool. Once the tea has cooled, apply it to your hair and leave it in for an hour. Wash it off under running water without shampoo.Black tea stains your hair, darkening it, adds shine to your hair.

I personally trust a well-known brand” Indus Valley” for organic and natural products. Their products are 100% natural, without any chemicals. Try their Henna Leaf powder -100% pure, triple sifted microfine powder and free from synthetic chemicals, making it safe to use. Unlike other Henna Hair Dyes, it has no PPD, Metallic Salts, or Ammonia.

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With its nourishing properties, it not only colours hair naturally but also revitalizes hair naturally. Natural henna helps to manage splitends, dandruff, itchy scalp and adds new life to hair follicles whereas Chemically-based dyes often cause damage and dryness to hair; henna does not. Henna forms a protective shield to hair shaft and protect hair from sun damage and other pollutants.

Henna itself gives a reddish shade to hair. To achieve different shades of dye, we can include Indigo (IndigoferaTinctoria), for browns and blacks to the henna paste. For our blonde and neutral Henna Hair Dyes, we use another plant, Cassiawhich by itself is colourless. Henna can also be mixed with amla, shikakai, reetha, bhringraj powders to rejuvenates hair and stimulates in hair growth.

TIP: Avoid the product if it listsAmmonia,Barium, PPD or paraphenylenediamine. Always go for natural and herbal products, they are safe for skin and hair and does not cause any side effects.

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