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.