What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
Make sure the area for jagua 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 jagua 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 jagua stain on the top layers of your skin.
How is jagua applied?
- Jagua gel 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 an intricate design.
- Jagua only needs 2 hours to dry for the most optimal blue-black color. If the gel is left on the arm for more than 2 hours it will not make the stain darker. It is not recommended that you sleep with the jagua gel on.
- When the jagua gel has dried after 2 hours, it will look like a stick-on tattoo. Remove the dried gel by either peeling off the tattoo or gently rubbing the tattoo off in warm water. DO NOT SCRATCH OFF. After removal, the tattoo should be a light grey color.
- 6-8 hours after removing the jagua gel, the tattoo will turn into a blue-black color on its own. You do not need to use any extra lotions or oils on the skin for the color to get darker.
Where is jagua derived from?
Jagua is derived from a fruit called Genipa americana most commonly grown in South America, the Caribbean, and southern Mexico. Natives of the area extract the pulp from the fruit which at first is as clear as water. After being exposed to the air, the fruit pulp turns into a very dark blue color. This pulp is concentrated into a gel and can be used as a temporary, odorless skin dye.
How long does jagua last?
Jagua designs on the palms usually fade faster, but will stain the darkest. Jagua designs on the outside of the palms will last longer, but will not stain as dark. It is recommended to do jagua 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 jagua safe on children and pregnant women?
Yes, jagua is an all natural fruit-based dye that is safe on all skin types and skin tones. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients it is recommended that you do a patch test prior to a complete design.