I recently typed up an information and aftercare handout to give to my clients so that they know how to best care for there henna designs and know why it is best to use freshly made henna as opposed to the pre-made henna cones that are imported from overseas.
Information& Henna Aftercare Tips
A good henna artist knows
exactly what goes into their henna paste, because they make it themselves. It's
made fresh with love, care and patience. They also know that using natural and
safe ingredients is the best way to go.
used in Beleza Artistica henna paste: Jamila
Body Art Quality Henna Powder, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Cajeput or Lavender
freshly made henna cones are better
Pre-made, imported henna
cones, that you get from your local international market, may give you a quick
stain (some say , you stains in under an hour), but most likely it is because
there are chemical and/or dye
additives in them. Needless to say, this is not natural and could be harmful for
your skin. Not to mention they
don't always give the greatest henna stains. Also you don’t know how long the
henna has been sitting on the self before you buy it.
With fresh natural henna paste, getting a beautifully natural dark henna stain takes a bit more time, but can last longer, and is completely safe to use on skin. In buying my henna powder, I know the year the henna was harvested. That way I can insure that the henna is working at it’s optimal strength. When using the freshly mixed henna paste, you can rest assured that the only dye that’s going on to your skin is the one being released by the henna leaves.
Tips On How To Get The Darkest Henna Stain
1. Make sure the skin
(intended for the henna design) is clean and free of lotions, oils and any other
such products, so that the henna paste can directly touch the
2. Once henna is dry to the
touch, but not yet cracking, apply a lemon-sugar mixture, right on top of the
henna design with cotton balls or cotton swabs (Beleza Artistica can offer this
application, free of charge). This will help protect the henna design as it
dries and aid in the process of darkening the henna
3. Leave the henna paste on, for as long as possible.
At least 4-6 hours is recommended. 8 hours to overnight is preferred. If
you like, you can gently wrap your henna design in gauze or tissue for further
protection and especially for overnight sleeping w/ henna paste on (you wouldn't
want henna paste crumbs all over your bed sheets :) ) You can also use plastic wrap and/or a sock over your
4. After the henna paste has
been on for 4-8 hours (or overnight) remove the dry henna paste by gently
picking off the paste or rubbing it off with your fingers in a circular motion.
DO NOT use water to remove the henna paste, it will ruin the stain and make the
design fade quicker. After you remove the henna paste, apply Shea butter,
Coconut oil or Olive oil, this step is highly recommended, as it aids in
protecting the henna stain so that it may darken the henna stain
5. If possible, avoid direct contact with water on the henna
stain for 12 hours. But, since for some of us, that is very impossible, just
make sure you put Shea butter, Coconut oil or Olive oil on the henna stain
before you use water. Also try not to use harsh soaps (or soap in general ) or
anything that exfoliates the skin, on the stain for at least 12 hours, after
that, you can live life as normal again :)
The henna stain gets darker
even after you remove the dried henna paste, as it oxidizes. With proper care,
the henna stain can get to a deep red color (with really good care even an
almost black color, on palms). Henna stains are always darker on palms of the
hands and feet where the skin is thicker and lighter on the backs of the hands
and arms and legs where the skin is thinner.
Henna stains are at peak
color, 48 hours after removal of the henna paste and take anywhere from a week
to two weeks to completely fade away.
It really all depends on how well you take care of your henna
It is my hope that these tips can help you get the darkest henna
stain possible. And I hope that
you enjoy your henna experience as well :)