asalaamu alaikum wr wb,
About 2 months ago I was in one of the local Indian markets and since I wanted to get some new henna – because I henna my hair generally I picked up a package of this;
I bought the “maroon” as I thought it would be the closest to real henna, which naturally gives hair a dark burgundy/maroon color. Anyway, the reason why I didnt buy the regular “pure” henna is because last time I had bought some, it ended up being old and this package looked freshed.
Now, I usually use Iranian henna that we buy when in Iran, but, I dont have much left and alhamdullah, its the BEST henna, I dont care what people say about Indian or Rajastani or whatever Henna, wallahi, Irani henna IS the best. It tends to be extremely fresh and you get a super dark color either on the hair or skin very fast. Anyway, I’m almost out…UGH, andf would rather keep what little I have left, so hence buying this above pack.
Wow, I will NEVER use that kind of henna again. One, yes I knew it had extra dyes in it, but 1, on the package it doesnt list ALL the chemicals in it….which sort of worried me, but I pushed them aside.
So I mixed up a bowl like how I usually would, slathered it on and left it for 3 hours like they specify on the package, generally for real henna I leave it overnight. While it was on my head I started to get a strange metallic taste in my mouth and my scalp was tingling…VERY strange. After the 3 hours I rinsed it out and even though all the henna paste and removed, the water would NOT run clear, the water stayed a dark red, like I had put drops of betadine or something in it. I washed my hair with shampoo…same thing. Well, I eventually had to give up and got out, dried my hair with a towel and saw there was large reddist colored marks from my hair everywhere on the towel. UGH!
To cut a long story short it took 1 full month for my hair to NOT stain the towels each time I washed my hair.
Obviously I’ve sinced chucked that stuff out! God only know what was in it! Real henna rinses out fully and there is no staining of towels!!
I gues I’ll just use thr rest of my Irani henna and hope I can find something similar somewhere….I definetly will not bother with Indian henna again of any kind!