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Hennapedia: The More You Know…

Achieving excellent results using all-natural or organic henna powder does not occur by chance. I often hear those who fail to get a deep bold and long-lasting stain blame the product or their own “body chemistry,” making excuses for their lackluster stain results.

Likewise, all too frequently I encounter individuals who observe incredible results henna stain results from an all-natural henna powder who, not yet having achieved similar results, become frustrated and convince themselves and others that the henna must have been adulterated or that the individual just has the “right body-chemistry” because such results “just can’t be real.”


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Perhaps in the rarest of cases this may be true, however, for the overwhelming majority of such situations, it’s what you know. One does not have to be a scientist to get an epic henna stain, however, possessing a basic knowledge of how skin and hair are comprised, the basic reaction mechanisms involved in henna staining, and some several other details can take your henna stain from pale orange to deep rich tones that can even reach a black color …naturally.

The Hennapedia Initiative is a project that combines two of my greatest passions in life: all-natural henna art and scientific research. The objective is to ultimately be an ever-growing comprehensive one-stop source of open-source information for all things henna: from mixology to stainology to even starting a henna business.

The Hennapedia vision is to allow new artists to avoid the years of trial and error and frustration that many (including myself go through) and to allow the pros to troubleshoot any issues that may come up in a matter of moments.

As a biochemical engineer, I have an almost obsessive love for getting down to the details when it comes to henna, indigo, and other ayurvedic herbs. Hennapedia is an opportunity to share the knowledge that I am learning as I go so that you don’t have to go through the work that I do. Hennapedia seeks to create an ever-growing knowledge base that serves as an easy reference tool for anyone interested in the topic of henna and plant-based dyeing as well as other relevant related subject matter.

The only things stopping me is: I need your help. Research is costly, and time consuming. Equipment is prohibitively expensive, and time waits for no one. I ask you to support my work on patreon. You can make a difference for as little as $1 per month.

My dream is to be in a position where I can work for you full time, providing accurate, cited, peer-reviewed science in response to your henna questions. There are some incredible scientists out there doing phenomenal research, there is just no real central source of up-to-date information.

Consider the value you can add to your henna business for as little as $1 a month and please become a Patron of Hennapedia …because the more you know the more we grow.Patreon-logo-16x9.