What is Henna ?
Henna is a plant that grows in many countries, mostly in semi-arid and tropical areas of India, Pakistan, Morocco, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Africa. Henna powder is derived from the henna plant. The leaves are dried, powdered and sifted to give super fine henna powder.
What is Henna Paste ?
Henna powder, on its own, does not stain the skin. Henna powder is mixed with lemon juice/water and essential oils (like cajeput, lavender, eucalyptus) to make the henna paste. When the dye in the paste is released, the henna paste is ready to stain the skin.
How is Henna applied ?
Henna paste is filled into henna cones with very fine tips & then applied on the skin. Henna can also be applied using applicator bottles.
When should henna be applied for an event ?
Natural henna cannot produce instant, dark results. Natural henna reaches its darkest colour in approx. 36-48 hours. It first stains a bright orange, then gradually gets darker till it reaches a dark maroon / brown / cherry colour. Hence henna should always be applied 2-3 days before the event.
Does henna need any aftercare ?
Yes it does ! Keep warm when the henna is on the skin. You can seal the henna with lemon-sugar sealant. Keep the henna on for 6-8 hours or overnight, then crumble it off. Avoid water contact for the first 24 hours, as the colour may not darken otherwise. Keep warm, well moisturised with oil (coconut/mustard/olive) & away from water to achieve the best results with henna.
What is “Black Henna”?
Henna is NOT Black !! There is no such thing as Black Henna ! Para-phenylenediamine PPD (chemical hair dye) is used to make black henna. This can cause sever scarring as well as damage to internal organs. Ensure to always check that the henna that is being applied on you is 100% natural.
How long will the henna stain last?
Henna stain can last between 2-3 weeks, depending on the aftercare followed and the part of the body it is applied on. Swimming or scrubbing away at the stain can cause the stain to fade away quicker.