Henna has been used to decorate the body for
thousands of years. The art of applying Henna to
the skin is called Mehndi; commonly pronounced
mendy. Henna is a plant grown throughout the
middle east and northern Africa. The leaves of the
plant are ground into a very fine powder, mixed with
oil, lemon juice and sugar. This mixture is put in an
applicator bottle and a design is drawn on the skin.
The design can be anything; original art from the
customer, traditional Mehndi designs or one of
hundreds of designs in our library.
It takes time for the material to stain the skin.
Usually at least 2hrs., but the longer the better.
Heat from the day and body heat help to make the
stain come out better. Henna stains the top layer of
the skin only. This is the layer of skin that everyone
eventually sheds. Therefor, it is a safe product for
everyone including children. If henna is applied at
night,then it is best not to remove the past until the
next morning. It can be brushed off by hand over a
trash can, in a sink or tub or out side. Also, it is
easily removed during a shower. Try not to rub the
area hard to remove the henna past. Instead, gently
rub with your hand or just let the water take the past
off. Once the past has been removed, there will be a
very light, bright orange stain left on the skin. About
24 hours later the stain will get dark. The darkest
stains occur where the skin is thickest; around the
hands and feet. It is good to put oil such as sun tan
lotion or body oil on the henna tattoo after the past
is removed. If the area is exposed to chlorine, in a
pool or sauna,it is best to protect the tattoo with
Vaseline or Chap stick. It is alright to shave over the
Henna tattoo, just be gentle.
Henna produces a brown stain on the skin that lasts
about a week or two. If it lasts longer, it is very
unusual but it will eventually disappear completely. I
have heard that Henna tattoos last 6 months: they
don't! Also, people have told me that Henna is
black: it isn't! We offer a safe black all natural plant
based product called Jagua that stains the first layer
of skin. Like Henna, it normally lasts about a week
or two. Either product will only do what is natural for
each individual. There is no way to make the stain
last longer or get darker. There are limitations to
these products but they are safe. So enjoy!
At our shop in Waikiki we apply the Henna to the
skin and then blow dry it with a hair dryer for a few
minutes. Also, we give you a small package with
lemon juice and a cotton ball in it. Take the cotton
ball to the top of the package, squeeze so the
lemon juice isn't to wet and apply the moist cotton
ball to the entire Henna tattoo at least 3 or 4 times,
once every 20 minutes. Leave the Henna past on
the skin as long as possible. (at least 2 hours) After
the Henna past is removed, it is alright to put oil on
it and continue normal activities. This is how we
suggest you take care of your Henna tattoo.