Godrej Nupur brings to you the best quality henna with nine chosen natural herbs valued for their hair care benefits. The ingredients are added to give your hair the fabulous shiny and silky feel that your hair deserves.
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
- ASIN: B001T7APMG
My hair has never been more beautiful
The first time I used just the Nupur powder and loved the shine and softness, but I had wanted my hair a little darker brown, not as coppery. (My hair is normally medium brown – the copper was lovely, I just wanted it darker and richer looking and not so red.) So I added indigo powder and a few other things and WOW! My hair is so shiny, soft, pretty, rich looking and feeling now. I am 42 and have done everything to my hair (can’t do the chemicals anymore as even the “natural” hair dyes make my scalp blister ) and I have NEVER been happier with the color or texture of my hair than I am after using this product. The way it sparkles in the sun is amazing, and my boyfriend compliments me almost every day on my hair now. In fact, this is the first Amazon review I’ve ever written; that’s how impressed I am with this product, and I highly recommend it–with a little tweaking.
This is the formula and process that worked very well for me after different experiments and attempts – if you have brown hair and want it softer, shinier, richer, deeper, with coppery shine in the sun.
What you will need to begin:
- Nupur henna mix (green bag)
- Indigo powder (silver bag) Natural Indigo Powder 100 Grams Bag (wasma in Arabic and Urdu) Indigofera Tinctoria Last crop
- conditioning hair oil and/or pre-shampoo hair treatment – I have used Dabur Vatika Coconut Hair Oil 150ml (Pack of 2) AND Burt’s Bees Avacado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment with Nettle and Rosemary, 4.34-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2) – these conditioners make your hair softer and (almost as important) cut the strong horse poop smell of the henna/indigo mixture. I have also used It’s A 10 hair masque, which is nice.
- plastic or glass mixing bowl/spoon (NO metal)
- rubber or latex gloves
- shower cap (or plastic grocery bag in a pinch)
Here’s the process – I start the night before I have nothing to do the next morning – so like a Friday night where I am just going to hang around and clean the house, watch TV etc. for 4-6 hours on Saturday:
1. The night before – in a glass or plastic bowl, using a plastic or wooden spoon, mix up all of the Nupur (green bag) with enough boiling hot water to make a pudding-like paste. Around 2 cups, but slowly add until pudding consistency, a little more watery is better than too dry. I also add a healthy squirt each of the coconut oil and the Burt’s Bees pre-shampoo treatment and mix it all up. Leave it to sit overnight on the counter, covered by plastic wrap.
2. The next morning – freeze in a ziplock bag the portion you are not planning you use (I have thick medium-long hair, past my shoulders and I freeze half of it) Henna does well in the freezer, and it will be all ready to thaw and use the next time, which is nice. (Indigo does NOT do well in the freezer, so just freeze the unused portion of henna/conditioner mix before adding the indigo.)
3. Add to the henna/conditioner bowl about 1/2 of the indigo powder mix and enough boiling water to make it pudding-like again. (Some people do the henna, then the indigo after the henna is washed out – that seems even more time consuming but I haven’t tried that process, I just mix it all together.)
4. After about 10 minutes, when the indigo has set with the Nupur/conditioner mixture (or however long the indigo powder package says) – make sure you have an old t-shirt on – put on the gloves and carefully apply all over your hair, rubbing it in to make sure it is reaching all the hair. This can get messy, especially the first time . . .
5. Pile your hair on top of your head and put on a shower cap or tie a plastic grocery bag over your hair. Clean off any henna mixture that has dripped on your neck, ears, sink, floor, etc. – damp paper towels work well. It will stain cloth and skin if left on too long.
6. Hang out with that mixture on your head for 4-6 hours.
7. When the time’s up, rinse it out until the water runs clear – this can take a WHILE. Rinse with conditioner.
8. The next day, shampoo and deep condition. Don’t be discouraged if your hair feels dry, coarse, and straw-like for a few days. It will soon be soft and shiny!
9. Bonus – recommended by my hair dresser – I started rubbing a little of this in my hair, combing it through (especially the ends) before styling, which has also helped with the insane softness and shininess of my new hair ALTERNA BAMBOO Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil, 1.7 fl oz
I know it seems like a lot but once you get the hang of it, I think it’s worth it in terms of saving $$ and having less harsh chemicals on your head. Not to mention, having gorgeous hair!
PS – it is hard to dye OVER henna as henna coats the hair shaft so if you plan to return to conventional dye, it can take a few months for the henna to wash out enough to do so.
UPDATE: DO NOT use the indigo if you want to highlight your hair!!! I waited a few months after doing the henna/indigo and wanted to put some highlights in. They turned pale green. Bleach will lift the henna and your hair color but NOT indigo, it stays with you permanently. I am trying to color correct with more henna . . .
Just what I was looking for – A conditioning henna treatment made simple.
I henna’d for the first time last weekend. I LOVED IT!!!! I was hesitant to henna because I heard stories about it making your hair bright red or loosening your curl pattern. I don’t want that at all. It did darken my hair to a very soft black. My hair is naturally dark brown. This henna made my curls soooooo soft and strong! It may have made my strands thicker, I can’t really tell. But I do know that I am beyond satisfied with the results. This formula is very conditioning and seems to fortify your hair with nutrients. My hair was really shiny without any type of oil. It also really soothed my itchy scalp.
I add water to the powder and let it sit for about 4-5 hours in a plastic bowl. Then when I’m ready to apply it, I mix in 3 eggs. My natural, fine 4a/b pen spring coils love protein. I also mixed in a TBS of Avocado oil and some essential oils. I apply it to washed, and clarified, towel dried hair and left it on for 4 hours. Next time I may leave it on longer. It is a bit messy (next time I’ll use less water) but it’s not that bad at all. It’s soooo worth it!!
Great product for getting healthier hair
-Do not use any metal when mixing or dyeing, and be sure to remove jewelry.
-Mix whole package with 2 cups hot water, or 1 cup hot water and 1 cup hot black coffee (I do this to avoid orange tones).
-Let mixture sit in bowl for 2-3 hours.
-Shampoo your hair, do not condition. Towel dry.
-Apply henna to hair with gloves on, put plastic cap over hair to stop any drips, and blow dry cap intermittently.
-Rinse henna out completely after 3-4 hours. Do not use shampoo or conditioner.
So far, the henna has given me dark copper-red highlights over the grays and roots. I imagine that once I cut off my commercially dyed black ends it will look more even. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the results.
I loved it!!!!! First henna experience
I am an Asian with straight fine black hair which give a brownish tint in the sun, I am having many white hair showing up though I am in my mid twenties (never ever used any chemicals/perms/hot treatments on my hair)which looked ugly. My hair are very long, upto my tailbone so I was wondering how much henna to use. This is the stuff which I collected first to prepare for my battle
-Nupur mehandi 150 mg/one pack
-Hair accessories kit (very very useful and cost-effective, available on amazon, I was so excited that I gave my first review of life for that too).The kit had a cap-soft and very fit for average sized head and had ties, a paint brush, a plastic spatula/mixer, a dark cape-really really helped, pair of disposable gloves.
-Lavender oil (100% pure, got from Amazon)
-Small plastic sheet (I used the bubble wrap and plastic sheet which is found inside the Amazon shipments sometimes
-Vaseline (100% pure petroleum jelly), if applied on forehead, ears and neck-front and back, henna will not stain any part
-Conditioner (I used Pantene conditioning shampoo though, the one which claims to protect dye color)
Here are the steps which I followed,
First I rapidly flipped through the you tube videos again (is this a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder) just to make sure that I am not missing any relevant detail. Then I emptied approximately half the pack of nupur mehandi in the plastic container and slowly poured some water into it. You need to adding water slowly in small quantities and mixing it with henna, do not overdo with water since we just require it to be like a thick paste. I also added 10-15 drops of lavender oil, 3 big scoops of youghurt, 15-20 drops of coconut oil and mixed everything well. The mixture was neither thick nor runny. You can check the consistency by taking it a plastic spoon and then tilting the spoon. It should very very slowly trickle down like thick yoghurt. After thoroughly mixing, I kept a small piece of white paper on the dough/mixture, so that in the morning I could check its colour and guess what it would look like on my hair. I didn’t want to do a strand test. Then I covered the container with plastic sheet and bubble wrap securely and kept it in a cardboard box (just to keep henna little warm). I was so excited to start applying it that was not able to sleep well, but had to wait for around 8 hours. In the morning I removed the sheet and bubble wrap and looked at the paper-it was kind of orangish-actually don’t know how it helped . Throughout this process, I stood in front of the huge mirror (which is obvious anyways)I wrapped the cape snugly around my shoulders (if you have this accessories kit, you need not worry about looking for old shirts and towels), applied Vaseline on my forehead, ears, cheeks, neck), added very little water to the henna mixture since it looked little more thicker and mixed it again, wore gloves and started applying henna on my hair with the brush. I read that we need to take small strands of hair and apply henna separately, but then I realized that it is not practically being possible for my extra-long hair. So I just started from the middle, applying henna to the hair roots first, right side then left side and then back and top of my head. The hair started becoming thicker with henna and my heart was pumping fast-I was actually applying henna finally! Rest of the mixture I applied directly with gloves since I had to cover the whole length of hair-brush was helpful for the roots only. I smeared all the remaining henna on full length and rubbed some on my whole head again with gloved fingers. The I twisted all my hair together in sort of a bun and was just going to apply a clip when I realized that the mass of my matted medusa hair was not moving an inch anyways, it was just lying on the top of my head like a globule so I kept the clip aside and wore the cap (Underneath this pretty blue cap, I also wore one of my old shower caps).
Now I was little worried because the whole process was NOT MESSY AT ALL, and that was the last thing I expected. The henna didn’t dripped anywhere, only the gloves were soiled. I washed my face and carried out with my routine work for 4 hours. Then with trembling hands (I was anxious how will my hair turn out) I removed the caps, the henna was almost dry, I hopped in the shower and started rinsing thoroughly. I had already diluted a very generous amount of shampoo and warm-hot water. Then I conditioned my hair for around 15 minutes and rinsed. RINSE RINSE RINSE. This is very important,do not use hot water for rinsing hair, warm water is best. Then I hopped out of the shower, towel dried my hair and saw one or two little knotty masses of hair which I entangled with little coconut oil. I gently combed through the length of my hair and it went so smoothly.The comb was just slipping through my hair, they were so soft! After they dried a bit I looked at the sparse white hair which I had, they have turned orangish-goldenish, my hair are not frizzy as they used to be after being washed and dried. They are super-clean, deep conditioned, silky and smooth. I cannot wait to see the final henna color, the color to which it will settle finally will show up in 2-3 days (though I know it would be black with chestnut reddish sheen in sun with very few coppery-auburn highlights).
So this is my henna experience- I hope it would help some of the newbies like me. All the previous nupur reviews were really useful for me! I will update in case of any surprising or better results than expected IT WAS FUN!
A thing of beauty
It must be said that the thing about henna is that it’s not hair dye. It tints your hair and is fabulous for it in the long term. It’s a natural product, which is plant-based. But I repeat, it’s not a hair dye, with the nasty chemicals and the crap so many Westerners are raised with in terms of hair products. It can be messy to use, but if you prepare yourself, it won’t be too bad. Just don’t expect a nice little antiseptic product which is all neat, mmmkay? You’re going Old School, so be prepared
There have been some excellent reviews about what to use and what not to use. The product worked perfectly for me, beautifully. I added some coconut oil to the henna and water pudding-like mixture, and it made it softer and also less hay-like in scent. Hair is soft and luscious. Little stray grays are gone. I suggest using some of the indigo powder if you want your hair to be dark without the red.
It must be mentioned too that I am a brunette. My hair is naturally very dark. Regular henna will not turn my hair coppery all over, just a deep auburn after a few hours (I had it on for 3-4 hours). If you’re a blond or your hair is all gray or white, henna is going to turn your hair probably like a strawberry red or orange, or the color of a shiny new penny. Pretty, but if you don’t want this, you might scream. Henna is red. I don’t know why women who are fair-haired are buying this stuff, using it, and then saying there is something wrong with the product. There is nothing wrong with it. You just are not supposed to use it and expect your hair to remain blond or have it revert your grey/white hair to its natural state. It isn’t magical hair dye, people.
Best henna yet
Research before you Henna PLEASE
As far as how to mix and what to use to mix, its really up to you. You almost can’t go wrong with mixing henna, you can add conditioner, eggs(although I don’t), oil, tea, coffee, aloe vera juice, lemon, orange juice, yogurt, coconut milk, and many other things. You need to know what you are wanting from it, what you hair needs, and then go from there.
It’s very fun to henna, it’s fun to experiment with different mixes. For me, I can’t use a full henna, so I mix about 50g of henna with conditioner and oil for a henna gloss. You can add just water and mix it to a yogurt consistency and that is fine.
Be SURE to condition you hair afterwards. 10 minutes with conditioner on your hair after rinsing the henna will eliminate any dryness that you may feel over the next few days. henna can be drying to the hair, and even more so when you use protein(eggs) or lemon juice. So make sure you do a conditioner afterwards.
I used about half a package which was way more than I needed! I added apple cider vinegar and water and mixed it to a pudding consistency then covered it with plastic wrap and let the dye release over night. The next day i washed my hair, toweled dried it, combed it and put it into 4 sections. I’ve heard henna can make your hair a little dry so I added two tablespoons of Cholesterol conditioner in the henna and mixed it well. Then I applied the Henna. Make sure you have gloves on! When I was done I wrapped my head with plastic wrap then put a towel around it. It helps contain heat, which helps a lot. I left it on for about 2 and a half hours. You can leave it on overnight too if you want. Make sure you rinse a lot to get all of it out, use moisturizing shampoo then rinse again several times. Condition, rinse again, and you’re good to go.
My hair was dark brown from when i used the rainbow henna. my roots were starting to show as well, my natural color is a mousy brown. my hair is now a beautiful dark brown with copper/red tones to it. it did darken as the day has gone on. My hair is totally soft, full of body and very shiny! I am very happy with my results!
I bought three packages of this and I haven’t even used all of the first, my hair is medium length. I have used it 4 times. My hair has grown atleast 2 inches in a month. My hair doesn’t break into little pieces like before, my dandruff has completely gone away, and my hair in shiny as ever! I will never use chemical dye ever again!
My Hair Gave Me A High Five!
For those new to henna, it WORKS fantastically without breaking the bank. This was my first time and my dreadlocks, which were shedding, breaking and all around unhappy, came out beautifully tinted and EXTREMELY strong. My shedding and breaking stopped after 2 days and the color turns into a deeper burgundy every day! My major selling point is that it’s easy to rinse out and doesn’t clog up your locs at all! Yes, the rinsing takes time, but I made a day of it and the results speak for themselves!
For African American women who have damaged hair, especially from dry, arid climates, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not getting a couple of bags and trying it out!!! Thanks, Godrej!