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If you are buying from an online henna retailer, ask if they obtain their henna from any of the above companies. You should ask if the company imports its henna in powder form or if they grind it themselves from whole leaves. If they are not forthcoming, pass on buying their products. Also immediately pass on henna products that do not have any sort of labeling on them. This is illegal in the US. Do not use any type of henna product that explains it is "fast acting" or only "takes a few minutes to work". Also watch out for henna products that are only indicated for the hands and feet. Pure and fresh henna can be applied and give good color outcome anywhere. Before applying henna as Mehndi or hair color, always do a patch test. Remember henna is a plant which can have various levels of inherent chemicals. It is by no means standarized. Doing a patch test first would have saved many from having severe allergic reactions as seen with denatured henna products. Be very careful at street fairs and other public events where you have no time to do a patch test before having a Mehndi design. If you must go ahead, be sure to obtain the proper name and contact information of the artisan in case something adverse happens. Also demand to know every ingredient in the paste. If the artisan does not know or tells you it is a trade secret, pass and be safe. It goes without saying that one should fully avoid commercially produced products called “black henna”. According to the US FDA it is illegal to add colorants to henna, so even if the product does not contain PPD, what ever gives the black hue to the powder is not legal for sale or use in the US.