FAQ 2016-12-17T17:00:48+00:00
Is there anything I need to do before my appointment?
If you plan on getting a manicure or pedicure make sure this is done before your henna appointment. If any waxing or hair removal from the area(s) is to be done then it should be done in advance; spray tanning before your appointment is not recommended as it affects the henna stain. The area to be hennaed needs to be freshly clean and please remember you won’t be able to shower for 24 hours after the henna is applied. Take your contact lenses out before we apply your henna; it is best to avoid drinking too much just before you get your henna done but be sure to eat before your appointment.
What can I do after my appointment to get the best results from my henna and make it last longer?
Once your henna has dried we will seal it with a solution containing lemon and sugar (henna paste continues to stain as long as it is moist). After the henna paste is applied let it set for 6 hours – it is best to leave the henna paste on overnight to guarantee a dark stain. You will want to avoid water contact on that part of the body for at least 24 hours. The stain made by henna develops gradually and washing the initial stain reduces its potential to reach its peak colour. If you absolutely need to use water within the first 24 hours make sure to keep the henna stain coated with olive oil so as to create a barrier between the water and your skin. You should also avoid soap, detergents, exfoliants, direct sunlight, manual labor and chlorinated water – as these things will all fade your henna stain faster. Stains will progress from being orange to reddish brown or dark brown over the next 24-48 hours. Do not scrape or wash the dried henna paste off your body when you are ready to remove it, but simply crumble or pick it away.

Henna Stain Progression

Henna paste just applied
Henna after 12 hours
Henna after 24 hours
Henna after 36 hours
How long before an event should I get my henna done?
It is best to have your henna applied 2-3 days before an event so that the stain is at its darkest on your special occasion.
What ingredients are in your paste?
We use premium quality henna powder sourced from India mixed with pure eucalyptus oil and distilled water.
What is henna & where is it from?
Henna is a plant (Lawsonia Inermis) that produces a dye molecule (lawsone). The leaves of the henna plant, where the dye molecule is contained, are dried, ground and sifted. The sifted henna powder is then mixed into a paste and applied with a cone on to the skin. Henna is thought to have originated from Egypt and has been in use for at least 5000 years; henna is used both as a folk medicine and as a decorative cosmetic.
Is henna safe?
Henna is completely safe for use on the skin and hair. Henna has many medicinal, soothing and anti-fungal properties that make it an effective treatment for many conditions including dandruff, athlete’s foot, the swelling of feet during pregnancy and eczema (this being said, henna should never be applied to broken skin). You should always check the henna you are using (or having applied), is 100% natural and free from any chemicals.
How long does henna last?
Henna works by staining dead skin cells – this very moment (even if you just exfoliated) you would still have 7-10 layers of dead skin cells. Henna lasts between 1-3 weeks before it fades completely – it usually looks fresh for the first week after which it then starts to fade. Every skin tone is different; oily areas are less absorbent and so produce a fainter stain. Henna stains best on the hands and feet (where skin is thickest).
How do I remove henna?
Many things accelerate the time it takes for henna to fade: swimming, washing dishes, using household detergents or chemical sunscreens, doing housework or strenuous activity and exercise that will cause you to be particularly hot and sweaty (some examples being: hot yoga, a summer hike or going rock climbing and any high intensity interval training). If you need henna to be removed as quickly as possible please do not bleach your hands – it is best to soak in a Jacuzzi and gently exfoliate your skin with a mitt or loofah. Henna is permanent on the hair and nails until they grow out.
Does henna come in different colours?
The henna plant only has one type of dye molecule which is a reddish colour. Other herbs, namely indigo (which has a blue dye) and cassia (which has a golden dye molecule) are sometimes mistakingly referred to as henna. Both indigo and cassia are only effective on hair and are not used for body art. Glitter gels, glitter powder, gilding gel and mica powders are not henna at all but rather body paint that is applied with cones/bottles in the style of henna artwork. Body paint as henna is used mainly at festivals and fairs as it produces temporary designs that washes off with soap and water.
What is black henna?
There is no such thing as “Black Henna”; henna is NEVER black. What often goes by the name of Black Henna usually contains PPD (para-phenylenediamine) which is a chemical dye that can often be found in hair dyes. PPD is not safe for the body; it is a toxin that can get into the bloodstream through the skin and cause severe health problems. The use of PPD for body art is unethical and illegal. Remember to always say no to “Black Henna”; make sure you are especially wary when you go abroad as it is often targeted at traveling tourists. The plant Genipa Americana known as ‘Jagua’ is a traditional fruit-based dye grown in Central and South America – it leaves a blueish stain on the skin for just over one week. It is truly the closest thing to ‘black henna’ on the market but beware of fake ‘Jagua’, real ‘Jagua’ is very expensive. It is possible to get a nearly black stain on the palms from natural henna, when cared for properly. However, with a natural stain, the color starts out orange and darkens over 24-48 hours. Natural henna also needs to be left on for several hours to overnight. With “Black Henna”, a jet black stain is achieved in just 20 minutes.
Does henna show up on darker skin tones?
Henna stains all skin types; on darker skin tones it is always recommended to henna the hands/feet for optimal visibility.
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