Monday, May 5, 2014

Natural henna will NOT  give a dark stain instantly. They need some process. Henna naturally takes 48-78 hours to develop it's full colour.  Once we remove the paste, the henna stain begins the oxidation process which then blooms to its beautiful dark color after 2 days.

  • After the henna is applied, keep the paste on as long as possible. The longer the paste is kept on, the darker and longer lasting the stain will be. A minimum time of 6 hours is required but for the best results wrap your henna up and go to sleep with it
  • To wrap your henna, cover it with tissue or kitchen roll and then cling film. Make sure it's wrapped tight enough so the cling film and tissue doesn't move and rub the henna off when you move your arm. Your body heat helps darken the stain so the cling film will help to make the skin warmer. The tissue will absorb any moisture to ensure the skin is warm but not sweaty as this will cause the henna run and smudge.
  • If you're not able to wrap the design, lemon sugar solution or sugar water can be applied to the henna to help keep the paste in place.
  • When you're ready to take the paste off, don't use any water! Scrape the paste off and try keeping the hennaed skin dry for as long as you can. Getting the skin wet will halt the darkening process.
  • The design will be bright orange at first and will darken in the next 24/48 hours to a beautiful dark reddish brown. The image below shows how a henna stain progresses on the hand. 
  • Exfoliation of the skin is what causes henna to fade so keep the hennaed area moisturised and avoid scrubbing the area. Wear rubber gloves when doing housework and rub aftercare balm or oil into it before bathing or swimming. 


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