What will henna do to your hair?

If it's actually henna, it will make your hair healthy and beautiful. 

If it's an adulterated or contaminated henna product, it could ruin your hair.

Compound henna does NOT play nice with commercial hair dye and other chemical residue in hair.

Compound henna often reacts badly with synthetic hair dyes and other chemical hair products!  If you use compound henna soon after you have done your hair with para-phenylenediamine dyes, your hair may be brittle, trashed, and may turn frog butt green or offshore sewage outlet black.  Compound hennas have metallic salts which react disasterously with the ammonia in synthetic  hair dye. Problem is ... many pre-mixed henna powders do NOT have these ingredients listed! 90% of all products claiming to be henna are adulterated, contaminated, and some have no henna whatsoever.

Want to learn more about compound henna? Go here, bottom of the page.

 henna  can be used over commercial hair dye and other chemical residue in hair. 

Ancient SunriseŽ henna does not have metallic salts, and can be applied over synthetic dyes!  How do you know if you've got laboratory certified body art quality henna? Order Ancient SunriseŽ from Mehandi!  We prove the purity.

People are rarely allergic to henna

Do a spot test to be sure you're not allergic to henna.  Mix 100% pure body art quality henna with warm water.  Wait an hour.  Put a spot of henna on your inner arm.  Wait an hour.  If the spot doesn't itch after an hour, you are not allergic to henna.  For more information, see: Allergies
 A product labeled henna may contain contaminants, adulterants, para-phenylenediamine, or ... no henna whatsoever.  90% of all products labeled 'henna' have contaminants or adulterants of one sort or another.  Some henna products contain 30% or more para-phenylenediamine.

Rapid analysis of the skin irritant p-phenylenediamine (PPD) in henna products using atmospheric solids analysis probe mass spectrometry
Weiyang Chena, Thobile. A.N. Nkosia, Sandra Combrincka, Alvaro. M. Viljoena,  Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Volume 128, 5 September 2016, Pages 119–125

The only way to find out if YOUR henna will cooperate with YOUR chemical residue from synthetic hair products is to TRY SOME.  Harvest hair from your hairbrush, mix up a sample of henna and try it. What's in some henna products that reacts badly with synthetic hair dye?  Here's the low down and dirty about what's in some of these products!

How do you test your hair?