Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS HENNA?
Henna, also commonly referred to as mehndi, is a paste prepared from a plant and used to dye skin, hair, nails, and fabrics in different regions such as the Arabian Peninsula, Indian subcontinet, North Africa and more.
WHAT IS HENNA USED FOR?
Henna has been used as decoration on young women's bodies as part of social events such as weddings and holidays. This is the origin of the Henna Night in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, and India which is an evening prior to a woman's wedding in which her and her family and friends are adorned with the paste.
Given the climate of these specific regions, henna has also been used as a way to relieve heat from these hot, dry locations - wearers of henna can experience their hands getting colder after application.
In modern times, and with the expansion to use in America, henna is now used as form of recreational body art and entertainment.
HOW DOES HENNA WORK?
Henna paste is applied to the skin using a cone or bottle to create designs. Once the paste dries, the henna will harden and crack - often flaking off. Once the henna has fallen off the skin or is removed, a stain on the skin in its place will be visible.
HOW LONG DOES HENNA TAKE TO DRY?
Depending on the thickness, henna can take anywhere between 10-20 minutes to dry.
HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE HENNA ON?
The longer the henna paste is left on the skin, the darker the stain will become. To achieve the darkest stain, a wearer should keep the paste on for at least over an hour - but some people will keep it on over night. People will apply a lemon-sugar mixture on after the paste has dried to keep the paste stuck to the skin to avoid it from flaking off.
HOW LONG DOES THE HENNA STAIN STAY ON?
Henna typically lasts anywhere from a week to two weeks depending on multiple factors such as: how long the paste was left on, a person's natural body temperature (warmer bodies show more color), or how often that area of skin is washed or rubbed.
IS THIS NATURAL HENNA?
We ONLY use natural henna. You can tell natural henna based on the color and texture once applied. Natural henna is green in color, dries and hardens above the skin (doesn't sink in to skin), and leaves an orange, reddish, or brown stain.
With increase in popularity, there is also an increase in henna-like products such as jagua, or black henna, which may contain unlisted dyes and chemicals to produce a black stain, instead of the natural red or brownish color. People with a sensitive skin or allergies to oils, dyes, chemicals or other ingredients should avoid applying any henna on their hair, skin, or nails or they may suffer from allergic reactions.