IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE?
Sometimes folk ask which henna should they buy? The honest answer - it doesn't matter which one you buy off this page ! Henna is henna as long as it's 100% lawsonia inermis with nothing added to it. The end colour result will generally be pretty much the same whichever one you use (herbal henna mix on grey is the exception - only use herbal henna mix on grey if you have less than 20% grey otherwise it's just as much an option for you as any other henna on this page). Which one you opt for in the long term is very much a matter of personal preference or in some cases, just sticking with whatever works best first for you first time round. The determining factors for some people in deciding which long term henna to opt for are mainly : powder consistency, ease of application, and earth source and environment. If you're new to henna, I recommend you start with Pure Pakeezah ( which is in our boxed Renaissance Henna Multi Hair Colour Kit). Then if you choose, experiment, with the others and compare the experience. For the avoidance of doubt, Pakeezah is not "certified organic" but it's as pure henna as you'll get from a non certified source. And there are non certified sources that meet the standards in all respects but, for various reasons, often financial, they cannot afford to get certification. I generally prefer henna hair newbies to start with non organic, non "body art", straight pure henna, with nothing added except water......that way you can get a real feel for what it is, how it works, and how it compares with organic, or body art, or whatever, later on. The point is : if you don't have a straight yard stick to start with, you won't be able to properly measure and compare experiences and results later on. If you're going to be drawing conclusions, at least start at the humble roots of henna, the raw data at it were, and then progress from there.
We are sometimes asked if it's pesticide free. This is as near to an answer as I can offer.....the final answer is yours to give yourself once you've researched the whole field of hennas, organics, pesticides, chemicals and the like.......
In relation to "non organic " henna and other products, our suppliers work closely with local farmers to ensure that standards are as close to organic standards as possible. That includes a total ban on the use of pesticides. However, in a land mass such as India where pesticides are used in a number of industries there can be wind contamination. This is a risk with any products, from any source, in any given region of the world, which is either geographically located close to another region that uses pesticides, or in the line of wind trails which can carry pesticides and other contaminants over far distances.It is an unfortunate risk. Very few regions of the earth are free of this risk. So whilst I can say that our henna is pesticide free, to the best of my knowledge ( certainly our sources have instructions not to use them and as a matter of routine do not use them) , I would have to say honestly, that I can't guarantee that everything is pesticide free - and in all honesty I don't think anyone in India really can !
WHY HERBAL HENNA MIX ?
If you're lucky enough to have no grey, or very little ( less than 20%) , then you're lucky enough to enjoy Herbal Henna Mix 2 in 1 ! It is virtually a 3 in 1 combo mix. It has straight henna + natural hair conditioning herbs + natural hair cleansing herbs. It's hard to find a word that sums it up - it feels spectacular / special / wonderful / awesome / great ! Okay, not a terribly wide range of vocabulary there, but you get the jist. It also feels very BAQ (body art quality) due to the very fine sieve. It's a real hair and mind treat if you want to detox, de-stress, and just fall into the loving arms of henna. It's got the extra mile. But I don't recommend it on very grey hair because it will just slightly hold back the full fire of henna on its own; and on grey you need absolute fire before you can get the cooler tones that indigo gives. By all means, try it on just over 20%+ grey, it might work for you, but my experience ( on grey hair wanting dark colour) is that it's not fiery enough to trigger the deepest, darkest tones of indigo. So if you;'re after a really dark hair colour, or just straight henna on 20%+ grey, stay away ! Go for one of the other hennas. But If you're after the auburn - chestnut - chocolate brown tones, and you don't have a huge amount of grey, this is your one step to hair heaven.
WHY YEMENI & MOROCCO BODY ART QUALITY HENNA ?
It's a super fine sieve, works itself to a super sticky fine consistency, and is easy to work with. Emits pure, lasting colour and comes from a pure earth source ( on one level, arguably, and logically, purer than any certified organic henna in other parts of the world). For this reason, and others, some people just fall in love with the stuff and can't bear to ever part company with it.
WHY PAKEEZAH BAQ HENNA ?
Like Yemeni BAQ, Pakeezah BAQ is a super fine sieve henna, works itself to a super sticky fine consistency, and is easy to work with. Emits pure dynamite, ever lasting colour and comes from the centuries old heartlands of henna. It's just very loveable, huggable, beautiful, and worthy of respect.
WHY CERTIFIED ORGANIC HENNA?
WHY NOT? If you want the reassurance of henna from an independently certified organic source, here it is. It's beautiful henna, it's passed the "organic" certification process, and it's probably as close to pesticide free and contaminant free as you'll ever get, but I reckon NO-ONE in India can truly claim that produce from the belly of Mother India earth is absolutely "organic" in the sense that we wild westerners understand. It's a nice thought anyway. But here it is none the less, and this henna is a joy to work with. It comes from farms that are rigorously and regularly checked to ensure organic standards are being implemented and practised. Simply the best !