What is Henna?
Henna tattoos are non-permanent dying or staining on the top layer of skin using a henna paste. The traditions of henna continue today especially in the Middle East, where it is used on special occasions. In many Eastern cultures, henna is used to decorate a bride before her wedding day. Her feet and hands are covered in elaborate bridal mehandi designs.
How is henna made?
Henna comes from a plant called Lawsonia Inermis. The leaves of the plant are ground up to make a powder to which lemon juice, tea, or water is added. The paste is then applied to the skin, and when the paste dries and cracks off, it leaves behind a stain.
What colour will the stain be?
The colour of the stain will vary depending on where the paste was applied. Palms of the hands and feet stain darkest and stay the longest. Indian henna is a redder colour, while Moroccan henna is known to be more of a brownish colour. The colour will be anywhere from a rusty orange to dark red.
Is it safe for children?
Henna is a natural product and therefore safe for children and adults. We do not use black henna.
How long does the henna design last?
Depending on where it was applied and how long the paste was left on, the henna tattoo will last from 1-3 weeks. As the skin layers exfoliate, the dyed layers rub off until there are none left; then, the design is gone.
How to care for your henna?
Any manicures, pedicures, waxing, threading etc. should be done before the henna event preferable the day before. Doing these after will hinder the henna stain.
Let the paste dry for at least 1 hour
Don't wash the paste off! Instead, scrape it off using your nails or something like a credit card.
Rub off extra bits of henna with olive oil, not water.
Try not to get the hennaed skin wet for 12 hours after you remove the paste.
If the stain isn't very dark when the paste is removed, don't worry! The natural dyes in henna oxidize and the stain will darken over the next 24 hours.
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