Henna is an all natural "temporary tattoo" form that has been loved for thousands of years.
It originated in the middle east, and has since spread around the world!
I offer all natural, organic henna to the whole Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.
Please contact me with any questions or to make an appointment
what is henna?
Henna comes from the Lawsonia inermis plant. The leaves are finely ground into a powder. The powder is then mixed with a liquid, a sugar and a "terp" to create henna paste!
The paste is what is applied to your skin. As the dye from the paste transfers to your skin it stains it. When the paste is removed in 4-24 hours you are left with a stain on your skin in the same places the paste was!
My henna paste contains water as the liquid, white sugar and lavender oil as my terp. Terps are found in essential oils and they help pull the dye from the plant fibre's. Not all essential oils are safe or suitable for henna. Please do you research when mixing you own henna.
I "customize" my henna paste to make sure it is the correct consistency for the job it is doing. Many of my clients ask if they need to apply lemon juice and sugar later. I tell them no, my henna is made so there is no need for that later on!
BEWARE OF CHEMICAL HENNA
Henna is supposed to be natural. But it is far too common now that the henna you see is chemical henna. Which is very sad.
Chemical henna is when dyes and other substances are added to or used in place of the natural henna. It can contain many scary things like PPD, turpentine, petrol, hair dye just to name a few nasty things.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY HENNA IS NATURAL?
Natural henna only has a shelf life of a few hours when it is not frozen. Natural henna DOES NOT STAIN DARK RIGHT AWAY. And natural henna should smell good. Look out for all these things the next time you get henna to make sure you are staying safe and healthy.
How does henna work?
Many people get concerned when they remove their henna paste and see a bright orange stain, instead of a rusty brown stain they would be expecting.
Dont worry, this is what is normal with natural henna.
When you have the henna paste on, the dye transfers into the top couple layers of your skin. The longer you have the paste on, the deeper/ darker your stain will be. I usually suggest AT LEAST 3 hours. But I always try to get my clients to keep the henna paste on over night.
Once you remove the henna paste by scraping/picking it off (DO NOT WASH IT OFF, HENNA HATES WATER) The stain will be bright orange. Have no fear! The stain oxidizes over the next 48 hours and gradually turns darker over that time period.
Here are some guidelines to making sure you gt the most out of your henna experience.
1) Keep the paste on as long as possible! I have had henna paste on my hands for over 36 hours before! You don't need to be this extreme but I usually suggest my clients keep their henna paste on over night. About 10ish hours.
2) Try not to get your henna wet for the first 48 hours. I know this sounds impossible, but he longer you can keep your maturing henna stain away from water during the oxidization process the better! Water hinders the oxidization of your henna stain.
3) Use a natural moisturizer to help your stain last longer. Your henna fades as the skin cells the stain dyed, naturally come off your body. So the stain will last longer the more you can prevent losing skin cells... using a nice natural moisturizer like shea butter, or coconut oil helps! Regular store bought lotion can sometimes effect the oxidization so be aware of this.
4) Do not use fake tanner where you want henna. I am not 100% sure on why this happens, but I find if someone uses fake tanner thenI fnd their stain just doesn't take and doesn't oxidize to their skin.