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Friday, January 9, 2015

What is Henna Ink?

Henna is actually not ink at all! Henna is a paste that is made from ground up leaves of the henna plant. This paste releases henna dye that stains the skin a red/brown color.

There is no such thing as henna ink that is squeezed form the leaves of the henna plant. Because henna stains the skin, many people confuse henna as in ink. Real henna is not available in liquid form or in a pen form.

The henna plant (lawsonia inermis) is a shrub with small flowers. The leaves of the henna plant are dried and ground into talcum fine powder.

  • The finer the powder, the easier the henna is to apply. 
  • The fresher the powder the higher the dye content in the henna.
  • Henna powder must be stored properly to maintain it's freshness. It needs to be vacuum packed and stored in a cool dry place. 
  • The more pure the powder, the better the henna stain. Some manufactures add chemicals dyes to make their henna appear fresh, even though it is not. 
This is why where you get your henna from is important. Only buy henna from a supplier that knows henna well and takes care of their product.

Want to learn how to mix henna to get dark henna stains? Check out The Henna Learning Center!

For high quality henna powder try Beachcombers Bazaar and Henna Studio.

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