What is henna?
Henna is the worlds oldest cosmetic. Dating back to pre- Dynastic Egyptian times. It is thought to ward off evil and is often used in celebration.
Henna (Lawasonia Inermis) is a bush with white, pink and red flowers. The plant leaves produce a red dye that naturally stains the top several layers of our skin. These leaves are ground into a fine powder then mixed with lemon juice, sugar and essential oils creating a mud like paste.
I never use “BLACK HENNA” or product that contains PPD or hair dye to achieve a black satin. The black stain I use is Jagua. It is a blue/black stain derived from a fruit in the amazon, much like a pomegranate fruit. Its gel is applied and washed off after 2-4 hours. Appointment only.
How long does it last? How does it work?
After henna has been applied, leave the paste on your skin for minimum 4-6 hours without getting it wet. Avoid water, use coconut oil to remove any left over past. Use coconut oil to protect from water.
Naturally it will start to crumble off. Its best to keep your stain on as long as possible. You can mist lemon juice on your skin to keep your henna moist. I also use a sugar sealant to make sure your henna does not crumble.
The longer the paste is on your skin, the darker the stain. Henna takes 48 hours to fully oxidize, leaving you with rich red/brown adornment. Henna stains the darkest on your hands and feet. It can stain other parts of the body but due to natural body oil and thinner layers of skin it does not reach as rich of a stain as the hands and feet. Henna lasts 7-10 days in Colorado’s dry climate.