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How Can You Tell If Your Henna Hair Dye Is Natural?

Colouring hair is a growing trend. People like to colour to cover their greys or even just for fun. But to keep the risk at bay they like to do it the natural way. So, the best option available shall be using Henna as natural hair dye. With henna being a popular product in the market there are also many fake products that you need to be aware of. So, it is really difficult to get a trusted brand. It is for your safety that you test it and then use it. Even for the good brands, there may be a cheap copy. It may otherwise create many allergies or rashes. Or sometimes the desired colour is not even near the result achieved. We would like to share a few tips for you to determine that the dye used are using is actually a natural product.

What is the Real Henna?

Henna hair dye is comprised of HENNA. The name of the plant is Lawsonia. It is a flowering plant. The leaves of this plant are powdered after drying. When this powder is made into a paste form it leaves colour behind naturally. So, this is a natural dye used by people for hands as well as hair. It is a green coloured powder. When left for some time it gives better colour. Henna is not just natural hair dye, but it also makes hair smooth. The contents are supposed to be pure and simple powder of the Henna plant.

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How to Check for Genuineness of the Products?

  • Check ingredients list: the contents mentioned behind the Henna hair dye pack should have only Henna. Anything else that is written means there is a mixture so it can be fake. Look for any chemical names, then definitely do not buy it. Also never buy a product that does not have a product list at the back.
  • Colour of product: the henna powder is supposed to be green in colour as it is a powder of dry leaves only. It should not be bright green, as that means there will be any chemical mixed. The colour should be indeed a little pale. Even when you dissolve the powder in water to make a paste the colour should not be bright green. This will mean it is fake and has added artificial colours to it.
  • Aroma: the smell of the mixture must be grassy and not pungent or like cow dung. Also, when you mix there will be no bubbling in the mixture. And definitely, there will be no ammonia like smell. Only plant-based smell.
  • Test for allergy: allergies to henna are very rare, so if you experience any allergy then it would be due to any excess component mixed in the powder.
  • Test for colour: the colour given by the henna powder is reddish, not black. So please be aware, do a patch test before applying the whole thing. Try to colour a few stands and see the effect. If the colour is reddish, you can be safe.