I've been using henna for the past year and a half now and can say that I have tried a few different types. I use it to blend my greys with the rest of my dark hair and keep my scalp issues at bay. Previously, I ordered it online but now purchase it locally from an Indian Grocery store. Recently I picked up a new brand from Ananda Bazaar in Aurora, that I heard others rave about in the hair forums. It's called Godrej Nupur and is actually a mixture that includes brahmi (promotes hair growth), shikakai (cleanses hair and scalp), amla (darkens hair and prevents scalp infection) and bhringraj (conditions). Finding all of these in one package is quite a deal. I figured at $1.49 (USD) per package, the Nupur henna was definitely worth a try.
I added green tea and juice from
half a lemon
One package of Godrej Nupur henna holds 60 grams so I used two packages for my hair which is past shoulder length and very thick. I kept my mix pretty simple and just added green tea and juice from half a lemon. I added enough water to make it into a yogurt like consistency and let it sit for a few hours. Before applying it to my hair, I added a little more water so that it was creamy enough to work with. One thing I noticed is that the texture of the henna is a lot smoother than some of the others I have worked with (i.e. Reshma and Jamila). This made it very easy to apply. The color took very well and did a good job of staining my greys that were starting to peek through.
Added plain water until the
henna was a yogurt like
I have used the product twice since purchasing it and can definitely say that my hair appears to be darker which is more to my liking (I found out last year that my adding honey to my henna applications caused it to lighten my hair a little). I was looking for a darker result so the Nupur henna works for me. Even so, my hair still looks a deep burgundy color when I'm outside. For this reason I'm currently looking to do the 2 step process where you apply henna and then indigo to go completely black. Overall though, I enjoy using the Godrej Nupur and will make sure to keep it stocked in my ever growing henna stash.