Hello lovely people!
I have already mentioned the paramount importance of henna in my hair care routine. Dried and grounded henna is indeed the best because it is absolutely free from all kinds of preservatives and colorants, but for a lazy soul like me, drying the henna leaves and grinding them is indeed a monotonous task and that is where these ready-made henna powders come to rescue.
I have been using Nupur henna powder since the time I started applying henna to my hair and it has never given me a chance to complain. I use henna solely for conditioning and Nupur henna has never disappointed me in that respect! It makes my hair very silky.
I picked Patanjali henna just for the sake of trying it as the indigenous brand has never disappointed me. And they are so economical that you can pick lots and lots of products and the price would hardly hurt your pocket.
Price : Rs 35 for 100 g; Buy : Amazon.in
This henna powder comes in a simple plastic packaging with ingredients, manufacturing date and directions of usage printed on it. It claims to contain around 9 herbs besides henna which include neem, gooseberry, tea leaves etc.
The powder is fine textured, dark green in color and smells like dried henna leaves, a bit different from the Nupur henna powder. Nupur henna has a slight pleasant smell than this one. It is also stated on the pack that you have to use it within 180 days once you have opened the pack.
How I Use it?: I use around four tablespoons of the product for each application for my medium length hair. I soak the powder in a decoction of tea and add a spoonful of curd, a pinch of turmeric and half a lemon to the mixture. After letting the mixture rise for a minimum of two hours, I apply it to my hair (I don’t care about the roots as I don’t have grays), wrap my hair in an old cloth and let the henna stand on my hair for around three hours. I wash my hair with plain water that day and oil and shampoo my hair the next day.
I have been doing the same for the last six years and trust me, the quality of my hair has changed to a great extent.
The results: On application, it does not cause any sort of itchiness or discomfort. I am stating this because I had bad experiences with some brands in the past.
Post application, it does make the hair soft and adds a bit of shine to them. It does give a beautiful reddish color. My mother has one or two grays and it does cover them.
My hair after application:
- Free of any harmful ingredients
- Contains the goodness of nine herbs (besides henna)
- Makes hair soft and shiny
- Covers greys
- Does not cause any unpleasant sensation on the scalp
- Somehow I feel that Nupur henna gives somewhat better results in terms of adding shine to the hair. The softness and the color part imparted by both of them is however comparable.
So overall, it can form a good product if you are too lazy to gather, dry and grind the henna leaves into a powder!