Henna Aftercare

A well-cared for design will last about 2 weeks; one week of strong color and another week of fading. Depending on how quickly your skin exfoliates. These tips will help to prolong the stain.

First 24 Hours
• Leave the henna paste on as long as possible. The longer the paste is on your skin, the deeper the stain.
• Heat helps intensify the stain, so keep your skin warm while the paste is on and through the first 24 hours. 
• When you're ready to remove the paste, scrape it off with your fingers, or a credit card. Do not use water to wash it off. 
• Avoid contact with water for 12-24 hours; delaying exposure to water will help maximize the darkness and longevity of your henna stain. 
• The color will initially be orange, then mature to a rich, dark red-brown over about 24 hours. ​​​​​​​
• In addition to fresh, high-quality henna and proper aftercare, body chemistry plays a part in the intensity of your stain. Additionally, certain parts of the body will stain better than others. 
•  Protect the design by applying a natural oil such as olive or coconut oil each day, as well as prior to bathing.
•  Avoid scrubbing - instead, wash gently and pat dry.
•  Avoid pools, hot tubs and Jacuzzis. Chlorine and other chemicals can speed the demise of your stain. If you do go to the pool or beach, protect your henna with shea butter. Avoid petroleum-based products, such as Vaseline, baby oil, and sunscreens. 
•  Frequent showering, bathing, and swimming will all cause the henna to fade more quickly.
• ​​​​​​​ Avoid overexposure to soaps and use natural products as much as possible, such as castile soap. These are gentler and less-exfoliating than other products.
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More About Henna
Henna Tattoos are natural temporary tattoos that can last 1-2 weeks. Also called mehndi, or mehendi. The tattoos are applied as a paste that is made from the henna plant, Lawsonia inermis. The leaves are harvested, dried, and crushed into a powder. The powder is mixed into a paste using all natural ingredients such as lemon juice, water, essential oils, and sugar. Fresh henna paste is not shelf stable, and will lose its potency over time. A professional henna artist either mixes the pastes themselves, or purchases the paste from another reputable henna artist. 

The henna paste is applied to the skin in the desired design. The paste leaves a stain on the skin in the shape of the design. A light stain may be achieved within minutes, but the longer the paste is left on the skin, the darker and longer lasting the stain will be, so it needs to be left on as long as possible. The stain will be lighter at first, and will darken for the next 24 hours. The paste cannot get wet, and the stain should not be exposed to water for at least 24 hours.   

Everyone's stainability is unique, but in general the stain is the darkest and most vibrant on the palms and bottom of the feet. The Stain Guide will help you determine how rich your stain might be. Henna has been used for at least 5000 years. Originating in Africa, India, and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Henna is used for many reasons such as self-expression, celebrations, cosmetics, and religious purposes. 
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