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There are a few things to take into consideration when choosing any henna powder:

Fresh
You must always buy fresh henna powder if you want a good stain.  Even from crop to crop you will notice that the freshest henna powder gives the best stain results. If you are buying off the shelf, check the date on it.

Body Art Quality
Often referred to as BAQ henna. This means that the henna powder is the best quality since they take the leaves from the top of the plant with the most dye content, it’s finely sifted and pure.

Finely Sifted
You don’t want dirt, grit, sand, or sticks on the powder. Even if you try to sift it yourself, you lose most of the henna powder you purchased and can risk clogging the applicator.

Pure
Must contain no pesticides or chemicals. No PPD nor any other powders or ingredients. Only get 100% pure henna powder.

Consider colour
While all henna stains a reddish-brown colour, different regions do produce subtle differences. African hennas are often stringier, which helps making fine lines. Moroccan and Yemeni hennas are known for their stringiness. Many people say African henna is warm red, Persian henna is deeper red, and Indian henna is brownish red. These slight colour variations are not set in stone, and are usually not even noticeable. Usually colour variations depend on the body’s chemistry not on the kind of henna used.

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