Organic Henna versus Tazarine Henna

We LOVE our Organic henna for body art.  It's a triple sifted powder, organically grown, and smells awesome, even just by itself.  The powder is a pretty and bright olive green, smooth and silky powder.  And when mixed for body art, it is pretty amazing!

We did a little test of the Organic Henna Powder, which is from the Rajasthan region of India, by the way.  We put it up against the Tazarine Henna Powder we have in stock.  This powder is from the 2013 batch, and while it's a beautiful stain, it isn't as silky and smooth as the Organic Raj.

Here is how our experiment was done.  Two batches of henna paste were made the exact same way.
The batches were mixed with lemon juice, sugar and our Special Blend of essential oils, and left to rest overnight.  They were both coned up and used for the test.

The first test we did was the draping test.  The draping technique in henna is something that is often used by advanced artists.  The draping technique helps make long line on the body without having to drag the tip of the henna cone across the skin.  This does require constant pressure on the cone, all while moving the tip of the cone across the skin in a slow and steady manner.  While this is somewhat of an advanced technique, the draping method is easy to learn and easy to accomplish if you have a good paste on hand.  Here's why:  you need a paste that has some elasticity to it if you want to use the draping method.  The elasticity of the henna will let you draw out your line without having it break over and over again.

The photo above shows the Tazarine henna compared to the Organic henna.

The same artist used the same application technique of draping to apply the lines.  The organic henna was simple and easy to apply in one step and one motion.  The Tazarine henna, on the other hand, was a bit harder because the line kept breaking.  When you have a broken line, you have to either go back right away to connect it, or go back at the end of drawing the line to fix it.  The lines in this exercise were only 5 inches long.  

The organic henna is a little bit more stringy and snotty to mix and apply.  In more sophisticated terms, it's a bit more elastic.  Lots of artists prefer the elasticity of the henna that comes from Rajasthan to apply on clients and friends.  The Tazarine henna, on the other hand, is a little bit grainy to apply.  Because it lacks the stringiness and elasticity that the Organic henna does have, Tazarine henna makes it hard to apply smooth lines.

In our second exercise, we applied a small design incorporating flowers, dots, paisleys and swirls.  This exercise was done to show the variation of the henna paste.

 Because the Tazarine henna was a bit thicker to work with (although it was mixed to the same consistency), The motifs were a little bit less defined, compared to the Organic Henna.  You will notice, that the graininess of the Tazarine did not allow the flowers to be as tight as the Organic henna.  The dots with the Tazarine also did not sit well and looked more like plops of henna paste instead of rounded dots.

The above close up of the dots shows the grittiness of the Tazarine henna, while the dots with the organic henna are smooth and round.

Here you can see the grittiness of the Tazarine henna again.  The dots also are piled on higher than the dots made with the Organic Henna.

The elasticity of the organic henna also gives the henna a little bit of a sheen on the top.  In addition, the organic henna is also a little more golden in tint compared to the Tazarine.

In conclusion, you may think that we have just bashed our own Tazarine Sahara henna powder.  However, we have not!  We just want you to be well educated in knowing what to use for body art henna versus henna for hair.  As a supplier of organic henna and natural hair dyes, it is important for us to be sure that our customers are taking well informed decisions.  Although we are available via email to answer questions about henna and which one is best to use for what purpose, it is also important for us to give examples so our customers can compare the products that we have and make a well informed and educated decision.

We ALWAYS recommend using Tazarine henna powder for natural hair dye.  Yes, it's from a batch from 2 years ago, but the staining power of the henna is still strong.

You can use coupon code INFORMED to save 30% on your next order with us for henna powders for body art and natural hair dye.

This coupon code will expire on December 31, 2016 and is valid for a discount on items that are not already on sale or at a discounted price.  It's also not valid on services, wholesale orders, other products, previous purchases, or anything else that IS NOT a henna powder.  Not valid on Clearance items or items from our Henna Boutique.