What are the benefits of using Surya Brasil Henna?
Guaranteed to cover gray and white hair while acting as an intense conditioning treatment that adds shine from scalp to hair-ends. Winner of the Best of Natural Beauty Awards, Surya Brasil’s high performance Henna Cream color is an anti-oxidant rich semi-permanent hair color that infuses hair with lush, vibrant color while nourishing and conditioning with sustainably harvested botanicals. Every shade of Surya Brasil’s sophisticated natural color contains vegetable extracts including herbs and fruits from Brazil and India, which offer a simultaneous coloration and deep conditioning treatment for the hair as well as intense treatment for the scalp. While coloring gray on first application, Surya Brasil Henna Cream Color does NOT contain ammonia, PPD, parabens, propylene glycol, EDTA, phenoxyethanol, peroxide, resorcinol, heavy metals, artificial fragrance, mineral oils, GMO’s or gluten. Like all of Surya Brasil’s products the Henna Cream is 100% vegan and cruelty free.
How does your henna differ from other at home hair color products on the market?
Surya Brasil’s natural color formulations are natural and vegan and our Henna Powders are 100% vegetal and chemical-free. The formulations include an innovative blend of Indian henna and Brazilian botanicals. There is nothing else like our natural colors on the market.
Most permanent dyes contain PPD, a known skin-sensitizing hair dye color which has a high incidence of dermatitis reactions and in rare cases can cause anaphylactic shock. Surya Brasil Henna Creams and Powders never contain PPD or any skin-sensitizing dyes.
Many hair coloring products contain parabens, phenoxyethanol and/or other synthetic preservatives. Surya Brasil products use a premium preservatives dehydroacetic acid and benzyl alcohol which are accepted by EcoCert standards,
Our henna does not contain ammonia or peroxide both used in conventional permanent hair dyes. In traditional dyes, ammonia is used to open the hair cuticle, which facilitates entry into the interior of the hair strand. Peroxide is used to remove the natural color and assists the chemical process used to replace the natural melanin with synthetic dyes. Peroxide is damaging to the hair because it also breaks down the cysteine bonds in the hair causing damage and breakage.
Traditional at-home chemical color has a harsh and unpleasant smell. Our henna formulations are mild and pleasant to the senses.
One of the best things about our natural henna color is that it may be used on hair processed with perms, straightening systems and used on top of chemical color.
Surya Henna Creams and Powders are healthy, eco-friendly, natural and safe to use. They do NOT contain ammonia, formaldehyde, resorcinol, parabens, propylene glycol, EDTA, phenoxyethanol genetically modified organisims (GMO’s), phthalates, animal testing, mercury, gluten, mineral oils, salts, heavy metals or volatile organic compounds.
They offer 100% gray and white coverage with incredibly rich tones in shimmering, translucent shades. Color is evenly distributed and henna is extremely nourishing.
How to Use
What is the difference between the henna powder and the henna cream?
The color in Surya Henna Powder is a plant based formation (100% natural). The powder has to be mixed with water. On the other hand, Surya Henna Cream comes ready to use and the color results from the action of pigments enriched with the organic extract of 15 herbs and plants used to treat and condition hair.
Henna Powders are 100% plant-based and contain Amla, an Indian fruit rich in vitamin C, Shikakai, native to India, the word means “fruit for the hair” and is a superior cleanser that supports hair growth; Terminalia Belerica which functions as an astringent and bactericide and Indigo which is known for it’s coloring properties.
Surya Brasil’s luscious Henna Cream texture is both rich and silky with a mild, pleasant scent. Easy to apply on clean hair, it requires no mixing and provides a sensation of intense care and comfort during coloring. The henna cream contains natural and exotic herbs and fruits like arnica, açai, juá, aloe vera, Brazil Nut and guarana from India and the Brazilian Amazon Rain Forest.
What does the Surya Henna Cream kit contain?
Our Henna Cream contains: 1 bottle of cream (2.3 fl. oz.), one pair of plastic gloves, one plastic cap, and easy to follow instructions.
What does the Surya Henna Powder kit contain?
Our Henna Powder contains 50 grams/1.76 ounces of Henna Powder, one pair of plastic gloves, one plastic cap and easy to follow instructions.
How many shades of color do you offer?
Surya Henna Cream is available in brilliant blonde colors that defy damage by wrapping the hair cuticle in radiant, shiny hues like Ash Blonde, Golden Blonde, Swedish Blonde, and Light Blonde. Designed to transform dark hair with ultra-reflective tones, in just one easy step we also have Light Brown, Golden Brown, Chocolate, Dark Brown and Black. Rich Red shades include copper, Reddish Dark Blonde, Red, Mahogany and Burgundy. We also have a Silver Fox to enhance shades of grey hair.
Surya Henna Powder is available in a soft Ash Brown, a natural Brown with hints of red highlights, vibrant Burgundy, a buttery Golden Brown, a deep Mahogany, a true Red, a sweet Strawberry Blonde, a light Swedish Blonde and neutral, which is used for hair conditioning and does not contain color.
How do I know which color is best for me?
Surya Henna Creams have a 15 hue range of coloring treatments—one of them could be just right for you. All shade results are listed on each Surya Henna Cream and Powder box and online here at ________Add click through to Henna Creams page
Will my hair turn red if I use your henna?
If you use Surya Henna Cream, only if you chose one of our shades of red, but we offer 15 shades of henna hair color- from the lightest of blondes to the deepest of browns and blacks. If you use Surya Henna Powder, which has a natural red base, you may have red tones in your new color, and golden ones as well.
Should I apply Surya Henna Creams and Powders to dry or damp hair?
Our henna should be applied to damp hair that is clean and free of styling product build-up. It is recommended that you shampoo before applying our henna colors. For best results, do not shampoo immediately after coloring.
How much hair does one box cover?
It depends upon the length and thickness of your hair. Typically a full, thick head of long hair, hair down to your mid-back would require two –four boxes of Surya Henna Powder and one to one and a half bottles of Surya Henna Cream. Our henna cream is easy to apply and covers gray well. If you're worried, buy multiples – both products keep extremely well so you can use one bottle and start on the second, and then save the leftover color in a dark, dry place for the next time.
Will it cover my gray hair?
Yes, Surya Henna Creams and Powders were specifically designed to cover gray hair. If you have a higher percentage of gray (50%) or more, you may have to keep our henna on longer and apply more often.
How often do I have to use it?
Depending on how often you wash your hair and what you are washing your hair with (traditional brands will strip hair of color because they may contain sodium laurel sulfate). We recommend you shampoo with Surya Brasil Color Fixation Shampoo and Conditioner. Surya Henna Creams will typically last for seven to 12 shampoos and Surya Henna Powders for 20-30 shampoos.
Should I apply it to clean or dirty hair?
Our hennas should be applied to freshly shampooed hair without using a conditioner.
What if I don’t use the whole bottle? Can I reuse it again?
Yes, as long as you don’t snip the nozzle. You can use as much as you need and then store in a dark cabinet for up to one year.
Can I mix two colors together?
Yes you can mix colors to create additional “dimension”. We strongly recommend for best results, that you try a strand test first and if you are not a professional colorist we recommend you seek assistance by calling our customer service toll-free line before mixing and applying to your hair.
Safety & Pregnancy
Can I use your henna if I am pregnant?
Surya Henna Powder and Cream hair coloring treatments are very safe. Pregnant women should always seek the advice of their doctor or medical provider. For your safety, we always recommend performing a sensitivity strand test as directed on the instruction sheet inside the package.
Semi-Permanent and Grey Coverage
What is semi-permanent color?
A semi-permanent color contains no ammonia and deposits only. It does not require mixing with a developer and lasts anywhere from 7 – 12 shampoos. This type of color is used to blend gray or enhance natural color and it’s safe for immediate use after a relaxer or perm service.
How long do semi-permanent colors last?
7-12 shampoos. Surya Henna Powders will last longer when using a color protecting shampoo and conditioner like our Surya Brasil’s Color Fixation collection.
Can I use Surya Henna if I have allergies?
Yes. Surya Brasil contains NO PPD, which is the most popular ingredient to cause irritation and allergic reactions. However, we always recommend a sensitivity test first.
Safe on Chemical and Color Treated Hair?
May I use Surya Henna coloring either before or after a chemical process?
Our hair coloring products are compatible with most chemical processes and may even be used on the same day. However, to assure the desired result, a test should be performed by applying a small amount of the product to a strand of hair following the directions on the instruction sheet inside the package. According to tests performed by the well-reputed Instituto de Bioengenharia da Pele Evic Brasil (Evic Brasil Institute of Skin Bioengineering), Surya Henna Cream may be used after straightening, relaxing and hot brush which are formulated with Guanidine, Ammonia Thioglycolate or Sodium Hydroxide.
Can I use Surya Henna Cream if I have used chemical color before?
Yes you can, but do a strand test before applying henna on hair that has been bleached with ammonia. Remember, Surya henna won't lighten hair, as its ingredients are much better for hair than the ammonia in most commercial permanent dyes.
Will it stain my hands? My towels?
We suggest wearing the complimentary gloves provided in the box along with a dark towel (black or brown) that is devoted to your at-home color routine.
Color Processing Time
How long do I leave the henna on my head?
We recommend that our customers let our henna soak into the hair for about 45 minutes to an hour, no matter the length. Our henna is different than conventional chemical color, which starts to lose its potency after you “mix it”. For best results, follow the color chart provided in the box and on our website. It is also recommended that first time customers start with a strand text as per the directions in each Surya Henna box.
When should I start timing my hair color application?
Set your timer as soon as you've finished applying hair color.