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HENNA FAQ

WHAT IS HENNA?

Henna is a temporary dye made from ground up leaves of a tropical shrub, known as Lawsonia Inermis. All our henna paste is mixed fresh in house with high quality pure henna powder, water, sugar & a few essential oils. 

HOW LONG DOES HENNA LAST?

Henna can last 1-3 weeks, depending on where it is applied and how long the paste is left on. The stain will be reddish-brown in color and will be the darkest on hands and feet.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY HENNA DESIGN?

Once the henna paste dries, our Henna Artist will apply a lemon sugar spray to help keep the paste on the skin. From here, you want to keep the paste on as long as you can - the longer the better. We recommend an absolute minimum of 4 hours but 8+ hours [or even overnight] will guarantee a darker stain. We also now offer to wrap the design with a breathable tape. If you wish to cover it by yourself, only use a breathable material - do NOT use plastic wrap. When you are ready to remove the paste, gently peel using your fingernail or a spoon. If it's a little stuck, you can use a small amount of coconut or olive oil to help loosen it. The stain will appear a bright orange color at first and will take 24-48 hours for it to darken up. Try to avoid water the first 12-24 hours after paste removal. 
FOR BEST RESULTS:
Avoid prolonged soaking or sun exposure, keep moisturized and do not scrub the design.

 

IS HENNA FOR EVERYONE?

Our henna paste is made with all natural products, no chemicals, preservatives or added dyes. While it is generally safe for most people, henna is not recommended for those under 6 years of age, anyone with a G6PD deficiency, extreme anemia, naphthoquinone sensitivity or have been advised to avoid fava beans.*

*It is the responsibility of the client booking to inform all clients attending the appointment of the henna paste ingredients. Should any client have an allergy to any ingredient, the client must inform the Henna Artist a minimum of 48 hours prior to the appointment.

WILL IT HURT?

Nope, henna should never hurt. It is applied with a cone (almost like icing a cookie) and no needles.

DOES IT COME IN OTHER COLORS?

Henna is a natural product (plant derived) so the stain will always be a reddish-brown. Traditional henna will not come in other colors. Jagua is another naturally derived stain that is navy. Jagua juice can also be added to henna paste to get a darker navy/blackish-brown color. Otherwise any other colors you see is probably not real henna. White ‘henna’ is not actually henna - it‘s a paint that lays on top of the skin and will not stain. & beware of ‘black henna’ - synthetic chemicals such as PPD are added for a quick black stain but can lead to permanent scars or blisters. Avoid black henna & anything labeled as ‘instant’ henna (some are bright cherry red).

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK IF I WANT THE DESIGN FOR A SPECIAL EVENT?

Henna stains take 24-48 hours to fully develop & darken. We recommend booking your appointment 2-3 days before your special event or photoshoot.

CAN I GET HENNA WITH A SPRAY TAN?

Short answer yes, however the henna will not stain well and won’t be as dark.

CAN I GET HENNA BEFORE VACATION?

Yep! A henna design is a fun addition to any trip or vacation. Just note that henna can fade quicker if you are swimming or soaking up the sun.

SHOULD I GET MY NAILS DONE BEFORE OR AFTER THE APPOINTMENT?

We recommend before, so that you don’t have to soak your hand in solutions while you have your stain.

MY ARMS ARE HAIRY, CAN I STILL GET HENNA?

Of course! While it is easier to apply henna without hair, it is always your option to shave the arm or area of application but we do not require this.

CAN I GET HENNA IF I AM PREGNANT?

Yes, our henna is made with all natural ingredients and we can even make up a special paste with just lavender essential oil, as it is the most calmest oil to use during pregnancy. 

I HAVE CANCER, IS IT SAFE TO GET HENNA?

Yes, we will make a lavender blend paste, since that would be the most calming oil to use in the mixture. However if you are unsure please consult with your doctor.

CAN HENNA BE APPLIED OVER SCAR TISSUE?

It can but it may not stain the same color as the skin around it - and may fade at a different rate as well.

HOW DO I MAKE MY HENNA STAIN LAST LONGER?

Be sure to follow our aftercare instructions. As most henna artists will say, your henna stain is a 50/50 split - 50% our responsibility and 50% yours. We will provide you with the best quality ingredients for the best quality stain, as well as pass along all aftercare information and be available for any questions you may have. Your responsibility comes once you leave your appointment. We can no longer control the results and it’s up to you to follow our instructions.