Surya Brasil Henna Product FAQs

Surya Henna Creams & Powders  – The Most Natural Way to Colour Your Hair


Not Your Hippie Henna

Henna is a plant native to India but is also found in other Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Henna leaves are dried and ground to make hair-colouring products. Its leaves are the only part of the plant that contains the pigment to colour hair. This is typical henna. Surya Brasil’s Henna Cream and Powders are NOT typical henna; they contain a more sophisticated blend of natural ingredients that are formulated to colour and condition the hair. Surya Brasil’s research and development team continues to improve the Surya Henna Cream formula, making it as natural as possible while maintaining the quality and shades of colour and perfecting the performance and colour range of their Henna Powders.


A Natural Colouring & Conditioning Hair Treatment

Designed like a beauty elixir, Surya Brasil’s luscious Henna Cream texture is both rich and silky with a mild, pleasant scent. Easy to apply, it provides a sensation of intense care and comfort during colouring. The semi-permanent natural colour is enriched with vegetal extracts and plant-based ingredients from the Amazon and gentle ingredients like arnica and chamomile to soften your hair as you colour it. The ingredients are extracted directly from raw plant materials gathered in forests and grown without pesticides, according to the model for sustainability.  Surya Henna Creams are formulated with a very small percentage of synthetic colour, which are considering safe by Skin Deep (Environmental Working Group) standards.

Surya Henna hair colours are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. Each colour cream and/or powder will deposit natural colour while revitalizing, moisturizing and conditioning the hair. Each formula is enriched with natural extracts (and some organic ingredients), nourishing hair for increased luster, softness and elasticity to the hair strands. It colours without severing the original structure of capillary keratin and forms a protective film around each hair, protecting the health of the hair.

Surya Henna provides safe, high-quality colour and is a new concept in non-toxic hair colour, which doesn’t harm the hair or your health. The formulations do not contain metallic salts and have been developed using natural and exotic herbs and fruits from India and the Brazilian Amazon Forest. Inspired and guided by the principles of Ayurvedic medicine, Surya Henna products improve the health of your hair by using plants that have been used successfully for thousands of years.

We guarantee that our hennas do not contain peroxide, ammonia, heavy metals, parabens, PPD, resorcinol or other ingredients, which may cause harm to your health or to the environment. We also guarantee that we never test on animals and that our products never contain ingredients of animal origin. Our raw materials are extracted with environmental responsibility pursuing sustainable development. Nothing in our hennas contain genetically modified substances.


What are the benefits of using Surya Henna?

Guaranteed to cover gray and white hair while acting as an intense conditioning treatment that adds shine from scalp to hair-ends.

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.

I used to use Revlon’s Perfect 10 and was very happy with the results. However, I developed a severe allergic reaction after using it for about a year. I then tried the Aveda hair colour – both the permanent and semi-permanent – and still had a bad allergic reaction. So Henna was my only choice. I have completely silver hair and I have to say that the henna coverage was really quite good for me; I’d say it was close to, if not completely, 100% covered and, most importantly, I had absolutely no allergic reaction.”

Bottom line: good grey coverage and a good choice for those with allergies or who want to use an all natural product. – Allen Costell


How does your henna differ from other at home hair colour products on the market?

Surya Brasil’s natural colour formulations are natural and vegan and our Henna Powders are 100% vegetal and chemical-free. The formulation is an innovative blend of Indian henna and Brazilian botanicals. There is nothing else like our natural colours on the market.

Conventional hair colouring products contain PPD and parabens, which are irritating and allergenic preservatives and some may contain lead and heavy metals. Surya Henna Creams and Powders do not contain PPD and Parabens.

Our henna does not contain ammonia or peroxide either which is used in traditional colouring products to open the hair cuticle and facilitate synthetic dye penetration.  Peroxide is one of the greatest free-radical producing agents to remove natural colour and replace it with an artificial one. When used, it can be damaging to the hair and health.

While the actual colours in at home chemical-based colour are just that – synthetic and potentially harmful to your health, our colour treats your hair with active ingredients found in nature.

Traditional at-home chemical colour 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 colour is that it may be used on hair processed with perms, straightening systems and used on top of chemical colour.

Surya Henna Creams and Powders are healthy, eco-friendly, natural and safe to use. They do NOT contain ammonia, formaldehyde, resorcinol, parabens, 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. Colour is evenly distributed and henna is extremely nourishing.


What is semi-permanent colour?

A semi-permanent colour contains no ammonia and deposits only. It does not require mixing with a developer and lasts anywhere from 7 – 12 shampoos. This type of colour is used to blend gray or enhance natural colour and it’s safe for immediate use after a relaxer or perm service.

How long do semi-permanent colours last?

7-12 shampoos. Surya Henna Powders will last longer when using a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner like our Surya Brasil’s Colour Fixation collection.

What is the difference between the henna powder and the henna cream?

The colour 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 colour 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 colouring properties.


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.


May I use Surya Henna colouring either before or after a chemical process?

Our hair colouring 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.


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 colour- 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 colour, and golden ones as well.


How many shades of colour do you offer?

Surya Henna Cream is available in brilliant blonde colours 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 colour.


Can I use Surya Henna Cream if I have used chemical colour 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.


How do I know which colour is best for me?

Surya Henna Creams have a 15 hue range of colouring 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 at


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 colours. For best results, do not shampoo immediately after colouring.


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 colour 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 colour because they may contain sodium laurel sulfate). We recommend you shampoo with Surya Brasil Colour Fixation Shampoo and Conditioner. Surya Henna Creams will typically last for seven to 12 shampoos and Surya Henna Powders for 20-30 shampoos.

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 colour routine.


Should I apply it to clean or dirty hair?

Our hennas should be applied to freshly shampooed hair without using a conditioner.


Can I use your henna if I am pregnant?

Surya Henna Powder and Cream hair colouring 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.

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 colours together?

Yes you can mix colours to create additional “dimension”. We strongly recommend for best results, that you try a strand test first and if you are not a professional colourist we recommend you seek assistance by calling our customer service toll-free line before mixing and applying to your hair.


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 colour, which starts to lose its potency after you “mix it”.  For best results, follow the colour 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 colour application?

Set your timer as soon as you’ve finished applying hair colour.

A note about Surya Henna ingredients

Exotic organic and essential oils of Orbignya Oleifera (Babaçu) Seed Oil

Babaçu Oil is used by the cosmetic industries for shampoos, soaps, lipsticks, and creams. It is indicated for products to soften the hair, massage creams, muscle massage oils, moisturizing and nourishing creams for face and body and bath oils. It has emollient action and can be used as a substitute for coconut oil due to its high content of lauric acid.

Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) has a stimulating effect on the scalp, which promotes more luxurious hair growth.

Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine Oil) with about 100 chemical components in Jasmine essential oil and the major ones are methyl anthranilate, benzoic acid, indole, linalool, ketone, linalyl acetate, nerol, benzyl acetate, cis- jasmone, farnesol, benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, nerolidol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate and y-terpineol. These components contribute to its remedial properties like anti-cancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, uterine, sedative, expectorant, aphrodisiac, parturient, antispasmodic, diuretic, cicatrisant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anthelmintic.

Santalum Album (sandalwood) known for its incredible antioxidant properties.

Achillea Millefolium (Aquiléia) (Yarrow) a natural anti-inflammatory

Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract- Aloe Vera contains enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth. These proteolitic enzymes are able to to eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp that could be clogging the the hair follicle, not allowing for the proper penetration of nutrients in the hair. Also reduces dandruff and conditions the hair.

Arnica Montana Extract – known to decrease swelling, arnica is nature’s antibiotic.

Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Brazil Nut ) Extract, Brazil Nut Oil, is a light yet highly nourishing oil rich in essential fatty acids, selenium and vitamins. Hydrates and softens the skin.

Chamomila Recutita (Camomila) Extract – protects the hair from free-radical damage and brightens and adds luster to hair. Effective in eliminating dandruff.

Contact us

Surya Brasil natural, organic and vegan products are available at health food stores, pharmacies, beauty supply outlets and other fine stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
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