Fact: Truly Neutral Henna does indeed exist. It is a powder made from the stem of the henna plant and does not emit color, but accentuates the natural highlights in the hair and is also a hair conditioner. This powder can also be combined with other natural botanicals to increase the conditioning properties.
Caveat emptor (Let the Buyer Beware).
Know the reputation of the company marketing Neutral Henna. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s your hair.
About Cassia Obovata
Important note: Cassia Obovata or Senna is an herb that is frequently marketed as “Neutral Henna”. Cassia Obovata has a number of beneficial properties that help condition and soften the hair. However, it is not Henna or made from the Henna plant as is the case with True Neutral Henna.
According to Wikipedia, “Another senna, Senna italica ssp. italica (= Cassia obovata), often called "neutral henna", is used as a hair treatment with effects similar to henna but without the red color. The active component is an anthraquinone derivative called chrysophanic acid, which is also found in higher concentrations in rhubarb root. It adds a slight yellow color.”
Therefore, if you want Cassia Obovata to condition your hair, buy Cassia Obovata. However, if you want True Neutral Henna, buy it from a reputable source.
About True Neutral Henna from Saba Botanical of USA
The ingredients of Neutral Henna powder sold by Saba Botanical of USA are as follows:
Lawsonia Inermis, Aloe Vera, Bacopa monnieri, Eclepta alba, Accacia concinna, Punica granatum.
Saba Botanical’s Neutral Henna does not contain Cassia Obovata, but is in fact made from the stems of the Henna plant. (First ingredient: Lawsonia Inermis). This is combined with other beneficial plants and herbs that promote healthy hair conditioning and growth.
Whew! Neutral Henna is no longer an enigma. Are we clear on that?