What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
Make sure the area for henna application is free from lotions, oils, and perfumes. This ensures a greater penetration of the temporary dye into the top layers of your skin. For customers who request henna designs on the arms and legs should wear comfortable clothing that is less valuable and is easy to remove when the henna has dried. Waxing, manicures, and pedicures should be done prior as they will fade the henna stain on the top layers of your skin.
How is henna applied?
- Henna paste is applied to clean, dry skin. Depending on the detail of the design, this step may take a few minutes for a simple tattoo up to 3-5 hours for a bridal mehandi.
- Henna takes approximately 30 minutes to 3 hours to dry again depending on the detail and thickness of the design. The thicker the henna, the longer it will take to dry.
*Arabic designs are known to take the longest to dry because of thick strokes and detailed floral patterns.
- When the henna paste has dried on the skin, it is recommended to use a cotton ball to dab a 1:1 mixture of sugar and lemon juice (or lime juice) onto the henna design for a stronger color payoff.
- After the sugar-lemon juice mixture is applied, medical tape is placed over the areas of dried henna paste to keep the dried henna pieces from falling off before it has completely stained the skin.
- For the best result, keep the henna on for 6-8 hours. If you are planning to sleep with the henna on, be aware that it will stain anything it comes in contact with including bed sheets, comforters, clothing, and even other areas of skin.
- To remove the paste, slowly remove the medical tape and rub off any henna paste that is sticking to the skin. DO NOT WASH WITH WATER. In the first 24 hours, try to have little contact with water as the henna will fade faster when it's fresh. Avoid swimming in chlorinated water, washing dishes, hot showers, detergents, and anything where your hands will be soaked or in contact with chemicals in these first 24 hours to make the henna last longer.
Where is henna derived from?
Henna is derived from a plant called Lawsonia inermis mainly grown in South Asian and North African regions. The paste is made from mixing the dried leaves from this plant with hot water. It is also commonly called mehandi (mehndi) in South Asian cultures and is applied during holidays, festivals, and weddings.
How long does henna last?
Henna designs on the palms usually fade faster, but will stain the darkest. Henna designs on the outside of the palms will last longer, but will not stain as dark. It is recommended to do henna on the hands and feet as those areas provide more body heat and will create a darker stain than the back, upper arms, chest, waist, and upper legs.
Is henna safe for children and pregnant women?
Yes, the henna we use is completely all natural and safe on all skin types. There are traces of eucalyptus and clove oils in our formula, so if you are allergic to these natural oils it is recommended that you test this on a patch of skin prior to a full henna design. If you are buying readymade henna from a local store, it is important to look at the ingredients. Usually henna sold in stores contain chemicals and preservatives to create a longer shelf-life for the henna paste.