Difference Between Henna Powders for Natural Hair Dye

What is the deal with all the different henna powders that are available and offered?

You might be wondering what henna powder to order, how to know the difference between the powders, and which powder to choose for your henna project.  We will share with you the powders that we carry in stock, which one is best for you and the difference between the powders.

This post will tell you the different between henna powders for natural hair dye.  Here are few things you should know about henna powders in general. 

1--Look for the freshest crop.  Depending on what country and region the henna is grown, crops are harvested June to October.  Henna becomes available about a month after the harvest. 
2--Look for the crop date.  The crop date should be as recent as you can get.  So if we are in winter of 2017, you should be looking for something from summer 2017
3--Look for the expiration.  Although henna doesn't technically expire, it's best to use it within 12-18 months.  After that, you really start to lose dye quality and may be disappointed with your results. 
4--consider the packaging of the henna.  Henna should be stored in an air tight container or bag.  Look for henna that is boxed or in a thick bag that doesn't allow sunlight to pass through.

What kinds of henna do you offer for natural hair dye?
Jamila henna powder
Jamila henna powder is our super sifted powder from Pakistan.  The henna crop is from the 2017 harvest (2018 harvest will be available in July).  Jamila henna is finely sifted for smooth applications for body art or natural hair dye.  

Each packet is packed in a foil bag, then packed in a cardboard box.  This prevents excess light and air to the powder. 

Organic henna powder 

Our Organic henna powder is from the Rajasthan region of India.  The henna crop is from the 2016 harvest (2017 harvest will be available in October).  Our organic henna powder is triple sifted for smooth applications for body art or natural hair dye.  Your order includes instructions on use for natural hair dye and for body art. 

Each packet is vacuum packed in a clear bag, then sealed with a foil bag on the outside.

What is the best powder for me?
Both henna powders will give you a beautiful reddish tone.  There is no difference in the way the henna dyes the hair.  However, the consistency of the henna powder, smell, and ease of mixing varies.  

Jamila henna is super fine like powder and packaged in a foil bag.  However, the bag is NOT vacuum sealed, making the powder stay loose and airy.  This makes Jamila henna easier to mix.  The lumps of henna dissolve nicely in the liquid.

Organic henna is vacuum sealed, making it a bit tougher to mix.  You have to really work the henna powder to get all the lumps to smooth out.  The organic henna is also more elasticy.  Some people refer to this as slimy or snotty henna.  This also makes it tough to mix.  HOWEVER, if you are planning on dying a lot of hair, or mixing a big batch of this powder, it is perfect to do it at night.  Mixing this henna at night, letting it rest and go through dye release and then re mixing it in the morning helps smooth out all the lumps.  We recommend that you mix this henna with a hand mixer.   
How much henna should I order for my hair?
  • 50 grams for touch ups or root applications
  • 100 g for short hair
  • 200 g for collar length hair
  • 300 g for shoulder length hair
  • 500 g for waist length hair
  • ADD 50-100 grams for curly or thick hair

Anything else I should know?
Yes--if you have not done so, be sure to get a copy of A Guide to Healthy Hair.  This free eBook will teach you all about natural hair dyes and is a must have if you plan to use henna or indigo to dye your hair naturally. 

You should store the henna powder in a cool, dark place, like a closet or medicine cabinet.  Contrary to modern belief, DRY henna powder should not be stored in the fridge or freezer, as it increases exposure to moisture and the chance of freezer burns.