Surya Henna Brasil Powder
by Janice Cáceres
Surya Henna Powder
Surya Henna Brasil Powder (Powdered Hair Treatment)
I’ve always used either Light Mountain or Rainbow Henna products, but several months ago, I decided to give Surya Powdered Hair Treatment a try due to it’s inclusion of shakakai (see below).
Surya, like the vast majority of henna blends, is NOT 100% henna, but a combination of henna and other natural coloring agents. It does NOT contain peroxide, ammonia, heavy metals, PPD, resorcinol or parabens.
$5.59 MSRP (American). I purchase mine through LuckyVitamin.com and pay $3.72 (American).
Rich in Vitamin C. The oil is traditionally used for hair and scalp problems.
Promotes hair growth, prevents dandruff, and has anecdotal properties of hair loss reversal.
Henna Terminalia Belerica:
Astringent and bactericide. Used in Ayurvedic preparations.
Anti-inflammatory. Serves as a fixative.
Honey (packet included in product)
EWG rates this product at a 1 (low hazard), with Alma (4—type of concern classified as “Ingredient not fully labeled - identity unknown”) and Acacia Concinna shakakai
(1) receiving the highest numbers due to data insufficiency. Terminalia Belerica is not in the EWG database.
The product claims that it is “guaranteed to cover gray and white hair in the first application”. I found this to be true. The treatment benefits and the shine are evident, at least in my case. Other pluses include ease of rinsing and (for me, at least) a shorter processing time.
The only thing I do differently than the instructions direct is that I do wash it out afterward with shampoo. The instructions say to wash hair before using the product and that washing afterward is not necessary.
However, I prefer the “feel” of my hair if I use shampoo when I rinse out the henna. I use WiseWays Shampoo Bar, Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One” Organic Fair Trade Shikakai Soap, or Wisdom Hair and Body Soap. I follow with a vinegar rinse I make myself with apple cider vinegar, rosemary, nettle, and horsetail (1 T. to a quart of water).
A NOTE: I ONLY use the Surya Powder. Although the crème product is touted as a natural alternative to other hair coloring products on the market, it still contains ingredients I personally would not advocate.
Once again THANK YOU JANICE!
Your reviews are always so helpful and thorough.