What does body art quality henna (BAQ) mean?
You do not need a PHD in henna to understand it. With so many people on the internet making statements on henna it really makes the individual scared as far as what henna is.
Body art quality henna also known as BAQ (B.A.Q.), is simply good fresh henna in a fine powder form used for temporary tattoos. Harvest Moon triple sifts our henna with clothes for the finest powder available and succeeds BAQ henna.
Henna was discovered after working in the fields as far back as the 19th dynasty. What they discovered is that when the palms of the hands became stained it lowered the body temperature several degrees.
It soon caught on and later became a traditional body art on the palms of the hands for marriage ceremonies in India and surrounding countries and still is to this day.
Henna in most cases is harvested once a year in October and in some commercial cases twice a year. If it is harvested twice a year the soil is depleted and not as nourishing, so the quality of the henna is not as good and in most cases will not work for body art but will still work for the hair.
Harvest Moon henna from Henna Hut is not commercial and is not sold in chain stores. It is triple sifted and stored in 2 ply packets (for UV rays and Air) and packaged immediately so it stays super fresh and stains without the need of lemon or other additives. It is ideal for hair and body art, however for body art you can use shelly oil for faster and darker stains. Oil or lemon is NOT needed with our hair dye and can counter effect hair dyes with indigo in it.
- Fresh henna works faster and better!
- No need to let it sit out over night to release!
- No need to leave it on for over an hour!
- No tea is needed!
- No coffee is needed!
- Just mix with water and apply!
Fresh henna is the best henna. So many do not use air tight containers and this ruins it rather quickly.
So body art quality henna (BAQ) is not a "real" word, there is fresh fine sifted fresh henna and non sifted old henna. You want it fine sifted so it will work with henna cones and applicator. It is also easier to wash from the hair.
The color of the henna varies and does not make a difference in the quality. Higher lawsone content means darker henna, however it does not mean better quality or fresh henna.
Always store your henna in a zip lock baggy, squeeze the air out, and store in a dark place. Henna absorbs UV rays like a sponge. If it is in powder form under the sink or in a shoe box is perfect. Air tight is the biggest factor. Some people recommend in refrigerator, however refrigerators can build moisture and ruin the henna. If it is already mixed it is ok, but air tight sun tight pouches are best.
Henna begins to go bad like an apple or banana does. it needs to be sealed from air and sun.