What is henna? +
Henna /Mehndi(Lawsonia Inermis) is a paste made from the leaves of the 'henna/Mehndi plant.' The leaves contain a red dye (called 'Lawsone'), which is essentially what stains the skin.
When the leaves are dried, crushed, and mixed with other ingredient creates a smooth, silky paste. This paste is then put into an applicator and used to 'draw' on the skin. When the paste dries and flakes off, a beautiful stain is left behind; the stain continues to darken over the course of 2 to 3 days and the mature stain can last up to 2 weeks with proper aftercare.
Does it hurt? Is it like a tattoo? +
Many henna artists do not like to refer to a henna design as a 'tattoo' -- mostly because there is a different connotation attached with the word 'tattoo' (namely needles and pain!). Henna is totally painless and a temporary body art. henna is, first and foremost, an adornment, a way of beautifying oneself (like getting your nails done, or hair cut), especially in preparation for a special occasion such as a wedding, a holiday, etc. The art of adorning the body with henna is a tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years amongst different cultures and religions. It is common to see elderly grandmothers and women from all walks of life to have henna designs.
Where is henna from? Is it religious? +
The henna plant grows in many places all over the world: Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East just to name a few. Many cultures and religions have traditions of henna, including but not limited to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and more. Henna as a form of body art does not belong to any one culture over another, or any one religion over another. It is a form of body adornment that holds special significance in *many* cultures around the world. Most popularly it is used in: weddings (the bride, bridal party, and female guests), in celebration of holidays, to celebrate the birth of a baby (the mom to be gets her hands henna'd during pregnancy, tho a new western tradition is to do henna on mom's pregnant belly), or other such happy occasions in a woman's life.
What's in your henna? +
Our henna paste is completely natural with no added chemicals, and will stain in shades of reddish-brown, varying from deep red, to a dark mahogany-brown . I personally mix and package our henna cones, to insure that clients receive the darkest possible stain! After all, your products are only as good as the ingredients you make them with. Our ingredients are: fresh henna powder, lemon juice/tea/distilled water, sugar, and essential oils. There are no adverse reactions to your skin when using natural henna!
The color of the henna stain depends on the following factors
Quality of the henna paste: Good quality paste stains well every time, and is never watery or 'runny.' A true professional henna artist will make and use their *own* products, so they can insure that every client receives outstanding results. And the most important ingredient in excellent quality henna paste? Excellent quality henna powder -- fresh and well-sifted. Our henna powder is delivered fresh from India.
Your own body chemistry: As a general rule of thumb, always remember that henna is is activated by heat. Therefore, the warmer your body naturally is, the darker your henna stain will be.
Where on the body you put the henna: The henna stain seeps into the dead layers of your skin, so it only makes sense that the places that stain darkest are places where you have the 'thickest' layers of skin; both sides of hands, arms (below the elbow), feet, and legs will all stain in shades of dark brown. You'll get a brown color on your belly and very light on your back. Please remember, this is in general; some people do tend to get great color even on their back and bellies (again, it depends on your own body's 'chemistry' with henna).
Henna Aftercare, what's that? +
Leave it on! Henna should be kept on the skin for a
good 6 to 8 hours. Dried henna peices will fall off periodically and that is
Keep it dry! Stay away from water on the
henna'd skin for as long as possible - 18-24 hours is ideal. This will
give you the BEST possible stain.
Keep it warm - henna loves heat so whatever you can
do to stay warm is a great idea. Take a stroll in the sun, sit by a fireplace
or space heater, or use a hair dryer to warm your hands!
Wait - henna takes time to 'bloom' on your
skin. The henna stain starts off bright orange and steadily increases to a deep
chocalate brown tone over 1 to 2 days AFTER you remove the paste!
How long does it last?+
Henna typically lasts between 14-21 days. How long it stays depends on how much you exfoliate
What is black henna? +
Black henna is a paste made by mixing a little bit of henna, and a whole of things that are really bad for your skin, namely: PPD (a chemical found in black hair dye), charcoal, kerosene (yes!), and other chemicals. These chemicals can very easily seep into your blood stream and cause painful sores and permanent scarring, not to mention lead poisining. IT IS NOT SAFE; HENNA IS NOT BLACK and will always stain in shades of red and brown. WE DO NOT USE OR CONDONE THE USE OF BLACK 'HENNA'.
What is white henna? +
White henna is not like henna at all! Henna yields a stain that can last 2-3 weeks while white henna is washable. All white henna is composed of is body paint!