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    What is Henna paste made from?

    Henna is the Persian name for a shrub known as Lawsonia inermis, native to Asia and the Mediterranean coast of Africa. Now this shrub thrives in warmer climates all over the world. The Henna shrub has small, four-petaled flowers ranging from yellow to pink and it’s leaves produce a red dye. Twice a year the leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a fine powder. This powder is used to dye hair red and for the ancient eastern art of mehndi. It is the hennotannic acid within Henna that bonds with the collagen in skin cells (as well as keratin of fingernails and hair) leaving behind a red coloring.

    The Henna paste used by HennaArt Connection contains only natural ingredients, red henna, Lawsonia inermis, lemon juice, sucrose, and essential oils of Cajeput, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, and/or Lavender.

    Avoid henna if you have G6PD deficiency or have been advised to avoid Fava beans, are extremely anemic, or have citrus allergies. Always consult a physician if you have any concerns or are pregnant and would like to use henna.

    Is Henna safe?

    The henna plant is one of the oldest cosmetics ever used and is extremely safe. Natural henna, when applied to the skin rarely causes any adverse reactions, if you are concerned you should do a small patch test first. Natural henna is safe even for use on children as it contains no dangerous chemical dyes or harsh additives.

    What color is Henna?

    Once the paste is removed, the yellow-orange stain will begin to oxidize and become darker over the next 48 hours. Natural henna will always leave a stain in the range of orange/red/brown, however, the exact shade can vary. Darkness varies with each persons body chemistry, the area of body chosen, and the length of time the paste remained in contact with the skin.

    How long does the Henna stain last?

    The longer the paste is in contact with your skin, the darker the color and the longer lasting it will be. It will last the longest, 1-2 weeks, on thicker, dry skin such as hands and feet, and will fade more quickly, 3-10 days, on thinner skinned areas such as arms, chest, and back. As your skin exfoliates and regenerates your mehndi will completely disappear.

    To obtain the best possible stain apply the paste to hands and feet, keep the area very warm, and leave the paste on at least 8 hours. Natural henna will never dye your skin purple, pink, blue, or black. Any henna that dyes your skin a color other than reddish-brown has chemicals added that are not clearly healthy or safe. Please use only safe and natural brown henna.

    How to Maintain and extend your New Henna Body Art?

    Once you have unwrapped and removed the dry henna paste you will see an orange-yellow stain left on your skin. The stain will deepen into a richer reddish-brown tone over the next 48 hours.

    The final color will depend your skin and body chemistry with darker colors appearing on the hands and feet. You should try to avoid contact with water as much as possible during the first 24 hours after paste removal as water can interrupt the oxidization and darkening processes of your henna stain.

    These simple steps will protect your design and help it to look its best:

    • It is best to avoid water for the first day. If you need to wash the paste off your skin try using a bit of lemon juice or olive/corn oil to remove any residue instead of water for best results.
    • Rub your henna/mehndi with a natural vegetable oil before bathing or swimming to protect it from water. Corn, canola, or olive oil all work well. Avoid using any petroleum products such as baby oil or Vaseline as they will contribute to the demise of your stain.
    • Avoid excess rubbing of the area. Keep in mind that frequent washing, soaps, petroleum products (sunscreen, Vaseline, baby oil) and the rubbing of clothing and shoes on the design will cause your henna design to fade more quickly.
    • Avoid shaving over your henna/mehndi stain. Shaving removes layers of skin so you may want to shave around your mehndi or henna stain to keep it looking its best.