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Henna or Mehndi, is traditionally made primarily from the powdered leaves of the Lawsonia inermis (latin) plant. It is a natural temporary tattoo that has been in use by many cultures for thousands of years. It is typically associated with Indian culture, but it is also very prominent in the middle east, northern Africa and western Asia. Research shows that henna originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and traveled south to India where it become extremely popular.
The henna stain starts bright orange, and gradually darkens to different shades of brown (depends on your powder) over 48 hours. Once the stain has reached its peak darkness, It should last on your skin for a week or more if good care is taken.
Do not expect your Henna stain to be brown right away if you leave your paste on for a long time (12+ hours). The henna paste has to be removed before the stain will begin turning brown. This is because the Henna stain needs to oxidize to change color. and as long as the henna paste is on, it will be orangeish.
Henna stains ALL types of skin. If it didn't stain your skin, that means the henna was not good enough quality or you didn't take good enough care of the stain.
Some henna lingo is...
paste -The mixture of henna powder, liquid and other ingredients. Every artist has their own type of pastes.
design -This is the pattern, picture or motif applied by the henna artist on your skin. It can refer to when the paste is still on your skin, and once the paste comes off and you are left with a stain.
stain -The paste is removed from the skin after 3-12 hours, and a bright orange stain should be left on your skin where the paste was.
cone -The henna cone is made from plastic wrapping paper (cellophane) and this is how the henna is stored. It is used like a "pen" of sorts when applying the henna.
Here are a few tips for when you get henna and how to take care of it for an optimal stain!
Leave the henna paste on for AT LEAST 3 HOURS. Once the henna paste dries (about 30 minutes) it is very easy to keep the henna on your skin. If you feel the need, you can use medical tape and tape over the designs to keep it on your skin longer. I normally offer taping for an extra fee.
Do not get the design wet during the first 24 hours. Henna doesn't like being wet while the dye is darkening on your skin. You may end up with a lighter, not as long lasting stain.
The stain will be bright orange when you remove the paste. Do not worry, it will gradually turn to a dark brown over the next 48 hours.
Henna likes to be warm, and it will stain faster and darker.
My ORGANIC henna recipe is...
- 1/4 cup of quality organic henna powder ( I buy mine from www.etsy.com/shop/HeartfireHenna )
- 2 tablespoons of normal, organic, everyday sugar
- 2 teaspoons of organic essential lavender oil
- enough distilled water to get preferred consistency (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
Ever heard of Jagua Henna?
Jagua Henna is a mix of two different, all natural temporary tattoo techniques. I call it JagHenna. Jagua is a dark blue/purple dye made from an Amazonian fruit. And Henna is made from plant leaves as mentioned above. It leaves a very dark purplish/burgundy colored stain on your skin. But this color varies depending on the JagHenna recipe.
The process of combining these two ingredients involves replacing the liquid from your henna recipe (water, lemon juice, tea etc) with the INK (not gel) of the Jagua fruit. Jagua Ink takes longer to dye release than water, you may need to leave it out for 12+ hours. Or overnight.
Get the best Jagua supples from www.freshjagua.com
HENNA IS NOT BLACK
If you or your artist does not make their own henna, or their pre-made henna does not come from a reputable source... chances are it is not natural.
Unnatural henna may contain horrible things like PPD (black henna), gasoline, turpentine and kerosene.
UNNATURAL HENNA MAY CAUSE A CHEMICAL BURN OR REACTION... AND THE TOXINS MAY BUILD UP I YOUR SYSTEM AND CAUSE UNFORESEEABLE DAMAGE.
Here are some phrases people tell me all the time, that make me cringe.
"I buy my henna from a local Indian supermarket"
"My family member brought some back from the middle east for me"
"My henna comes in those colorful, decorated cones"
"My henna doesn't need to be kept frozen"
"I have gotten henna before, and I only had to keep it on for 30 minutes"
NATURAL HENNA SMELLS GOOD, CANNOT SIT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR LENGTHS OF TIME, DOES NOT STAIN THE SKIN INSTANTLY, AND SHOULD HAVE AN ORANGE INITIAL STAIN.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF AN ARTIST IS USING CHEMICAL HENNA?
-THEY ARE USING A BRIGHTLY COLORED, FACTORY PRODUCED CONE
-THEY CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT IS IN IT
-THEY GUARANTEE AN INSTANT, DARK STAIN
-THE HENNA DOES NOT NEED TO BE KEPT FROZEN WHEN NOT IN USE.
-IT SMELLS BAD
BEWARE OF CHEMICAL HENNA!!!!
Here are some images showing what chemical henna may look like. I do not own these images. I just searched "henna cones" on google.