What is henna made from?
Henna is a paste made from ground leaves of a shrub plant called Lawsonia Inermis.
The leaves of the plant contain a dye molecule, lawsone, which is responsible for colouring the skin.
The leaves are dried and ground into a fine powder, then combined with essential oils to form a paste.
How is henna applied?
Henna is applied by a henna artist to clean, dry skin, often on hands or feet. It is applied free hand using a cone similar to an icing bag.
Application of the henna paste may take between a few minutes for a simple design, to 3-4 hours for a more intricate/bridal design.
The henna paste usually dries in fifteen to twenty minutes.
After 4-12 hours, the paste is gently removed by picking it off.
Avoid washing it off as this will reduce the duration and intensity of the stain.
When first removed, the henna stain will appear an orange colour. This orange stain then darkens over a few hours to become a rich burgundy shade.
The design naturally darkens with body heat within 24 to 72 hours after application.
Henna is always at its darkest colour 2-3 days after application.
How can I make the henna darker or last longer?
When the henna paste has dried, a mixture of white sugar, lemon juice and water can be applied to re-moisten the paste and darken the colour.
Once the henna paste has been removed, and has left an orange stain, balms such as Vicks or coconut oil can be applied to the stain to assist in the stain becoming darker at a faster rate.
The ultimate stain is dependent on following the correct aftercare, as well as your skin and body’s chemistry with the paste.
Is henna safe?
Our henna is 100% natural and safe to use on the skin.
Our henna paste is hand mixed by a qualified Somatologist/ skin therapist, to ensure all ingredients are of the highest quality and completely natural.
We do not, under any circumstance, use or support the use of “black henna ” inks, “instant henna” or any henna that is not natural and contains any chemicals or dyes.
Natural and safe henna will ALWAYS darken gradually from orange to burgundy.
Is henna safe for pregnant women?
Natural henna is widely recognised by the medical community to be safe for pregnant women. Lavender oil is the essential oil used in natural henna pastes for pregnant women and is considered one of the safest oils to use on the skin.
Henna is also a beautiful way to celebrate pregnancy.
Henna art on the belly has grown to become a modern trend and is just as beautiful and meaningful as henna art on the hands or feet.
How long does henna last?
Henna usually lasts between 10-12 days.
Swimming and doing housework or strenuous activity can accelerate the fading process.
What is Black henna?
Black henna is not natural and should be avoided.
It contains a dangerous chemical called p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), found in some hair dyes.
The use of this chemical can lead to severe skin allergic reactions and possibly death.
For these reasons we never stock or apply black henna to our clients.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Preparation is simple and basically involves making sure your skin is clean and able to keep the henna dye for longer.
Please ensure that the skin is cleaned prior to an appointment; avoid using lotions or oils as these can act as a barrier for the dye or blur the design.
Self tanning is also not recommended prior to application.
Where can I get more information?
If you are interested in a more in-depth understanding of henna and the skin, The Henna Page is a great resource for more detailed information.
Feel free to drop us an email should you have any further questions 🙂