Must haves for Henna Kits.
There are so many kits available online that I am sure it must be very daunting for someone who doesn’t know much about henna.
I personally recommend kits sold and created by your local henna artists over the Indian cheapies. The quality of henna in Indian kits can be hit and miss and they often have incomplete instructions, old henna, and oils of dubious quality.
Any useful kit henna should have the following items.
Fresh henna powder or fresh henna paste.
Essential oil (not just so called ‘henna’ oil which can contain harmful products)
A decent applicator device, either a so called cone or Jacquard applicator bottle.
And most importantly… A decent instruction book!
Fresh henna powder should be green and finely sifted. Avoid henna which is dusty and dull or brown in colour. Look for small fragments of leaf or twigs as a clue to its fineness.
FRESH paste is whole new ball game and has only been available for a few years as small henna artist run businesses began to sell and express post their own hand mixed recipe henna paste. The quality of these pastes is generally far superior to premade Indian henna found in metal tubes and foil cones. The reason for this is henna naturally has a limited shelf life, of only 3 days outside of the fridge. Pre-packaged, mass produced henna, that could be sitting on a shelf for moths or years, is preserved by who no’s what chemicals and variable colour results and generally won’t stain as long or as deeply as fresh henna.
If you are buying a kit which has henna powder rather than henna paste you will need essential oils of some kind as these aid the release and darkening of the henna’s natural dye. Oils may include lavender (especially for sensitive skins and pregnancy), tea tree, cajput or eucalyptus.
A decent applicator device.
Your kit should have either plastic pipping cones which you fill with henna or a Jacquard bottle with fine metal tips. Henna artists debate endlessly about which is the better system, they both have their merits. I prefer cones as they are easier on the hands.
A decent instruction book.
Over the years I have come across so many cheap mass produced kits with no instructions at all or ridiculously simplified and unhelpful instructions. Its good to know if your kit covers all the areas of henna you are exploring.
So know what you want from your kit and see if your kit has the answers.
Are you learning how to make henna paste? Do you know how to prepare the skin?
Get the darkest colour ? Apply the henna? Create designs?
Finally my advice for first time henna buyers is, don’t just buy any kit with pretty packaging ask questions and find the most useful kit for your needs and solves your problems.