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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.

WHAT IS BLACK HENNA?

Black henna has a chemical additive, known as p-paraphenylenediamine (PPD). This added chemical will create a black stain but sometimes at an added cost. While the dark stain might be appealing, your skin just may literally peel as well. Since this chemical is not meant to be applied to the skin (currently illegal for skin application in the US) it may create blisters and eventually permanent scars. While this may not happen to everyone that gets black henna, there is always a chance so we recommend avoiding any black henna application. If you are interested in a safe way to create a darker stain, jagua will be a better option.

WHAT IS JAGUA?

Jagua is similar to henna where it is derived from a natural product, applied to the skin and then will produce a colored stain. Jagua gel is created from mixing the juice of the Genipa Americana fruit, xanthan gum and lavandula angustifolia oil. Once applied, it will take 30 minutes (sometimes up to an hour) to fully dry. Keep gel on 2-4 hours then remove by washing with a luke warm soapy water. It isn't advisable to have jagua if you are allergic to tropical fruits.

WHAT IS WHITE HENNA?

White henna, or what is known as white henna, really isn't henna at all. While it is applied in the same manner and the same designs as traditional henna, it is made with body paints and liquid adhesives. So it won't actually stain your skin like henna but designs can last up to a week.