What is henna?
Henna is a plant that produces a dye molecule that colors the outer layers of your skin. The leaves of the henna plant are dried, ground, sifted and mixed into a paste.
It is also commonly called mehandi (mehndi) in Asian cultures and is applied during holidays, festivals, and weddings.
The art of henna has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa, and the Middle East. It was primarily used for healing and cooling purposes, but adornment is the most popular use for henna, especially during special occasions. The most popular tradition associated with henna is the Mehandi Night where friends and family of the bride get together to celebrate the wedding with songs and dances. The bride usually is adorned a day before the Mehandi Night to enjoy the festivities and achieve a darker stain for her wedding day. Tradition holds that the darker the stain the better the marriage and better the mother-in-law will be!
What's in your henna paste?
How long does henna last on the skin?
Henna designs last between 1 to 3 weeks before they fade completely.
It is recommended to do henna on the hands and feet as those areas provide more body heat and will create a darker stain than the back, upper arms, chest, waist, and upper legs.
Yes, the henna we use is completely all natural and safe on all skin types. We use lavender essential oil in our formula when applying it on children and mothers to be, so if you are allergic to these natural oil it is recommended that you test this on a patch of skin prior to a full henna design. If you are buying readymade henna from a local store, it is important to look at the ingredients. Usually henna sold in stores contain chemicals and preservatives to create a longer shelf-life for the henna paste.
Henna stains don’t wash off quickly. However, you can quicken the demise of the stain by soaking in a hot tub, swimming in a public pool and doing a lot of housework with cleaning products. Water, chlorine and other chemicals are known enemies of the henna stain.