What is henna? Henna is a plant and natural dye. When mixed properly, henna paste dyes the skin safely.
Does it hurt? No. Henna is applied freehand on top of the skin like decorating a cake. Sometimes it tickles.
What age is good to get henna? Minimum age to get henna is 8 years old.
How long does it take? Anywhere from a few minutes for a small design to 8+ hours for detailed coverage on arms and legs. Time depends on design size and intricacy that you choose.
How long does the paste have to stay on? The longer the better. 6 hours is okay, 24 hours is best.
Why is the stain orange? The stain is still fresh. It takes 2 days to reach a dark mahogany color.
How long does it last? Anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. It depends on placement and aftercare. Tougher skin like palms and soles stain the darkest and last the longest. The further away from these areas, the stain is lighter and fades faster. The stain gradually fades as the skin exfoliates. Stain duration depends on body temperature/ chemistry, skin type, lifestyle, where you get it and how well you take care of it.
What's in Island Girl's paste? Our henna is blended in-house using the finest organic ingredients: henna, water, sugar, essential oils of lavender, frankincense and cardamom.
Anyone with genetic blood deficiency Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) must avoid fava beans, tonic water, moth balls, aspirin and other drugs. They also need to avoid henna. Do not get henna if you have or think you might have G6PD.
The Maria Design Package offered a modest bridal mehndi option for Rosana.
Waxing/ Shaving: This WON'T make your hair grow back thicker or darker. Hair must be removed from any area receiving henna at least 2 days before henna application.
Manicures/ Pedicures: Should be done at least 2 days before you receive henna. Soaking and polish remover will fade your henna stain.
No Spray Tans, Bronzer, Makeup: Henna cannot stain through these products.
Plan ahead… the studio doesn't have a public restroom.
Bathe before getting henna. You'll need to avoid water for 24 hours to achieve a great stain - shower before your appointment.
Do not apply hand sanitizer, cream, lotion, moisturizer, sunscreen, or makeup on the area getting henna. PLEASE, do not wear perfume or scented products to your appointment.
Dress comfortable in clothing that won’t touch the henna. For example, wear short sleeves or a tank top for henna on the hands or arms.
Leave the paste on for 6+ hours. You'll have a poor stain if paste is removed shortly after application.
Optional sealant & wrap are free services at appointments. Wear overnight to intensify stain.
AVOID WATER from time of application until 24 hours after the paste is removed.
For the darkest stain with the most definition henna should be done 2-3 days before your event. For example, the best time to get henna is Wednesday and/ or Thursday for a Saturday event.
Achieve the best stain by leaving the paste on overnight (see Aftercare below).
Getting both hands hennaed? Plan to have someone assist with ordinary tasks like driving, change clothes, pick an item up, eating, drinking, etc..
Bridal Mehndi: Henna on the front and back of the arms and hands can take 3-8 hours and below the knees to the toes can take 2-5 hours (dense coverage can be split over 2 days). You must stay motionless while getting bridal mehndi so get your henna done in a relaxed setting before the mehndi party. Choose a close friend or two to help you: eat, drink; use the restroom, a TV remote and other tasks.
The Anna Design Package offers a touch of elegance.
Henna paste takes 5-20 minutes to dry. Don't smudge it. Keep the paste on! Keep it warm.
Wrapping (optional). Do not use plastic (it will destroy your design).
Wait for the paste to dry. Before cracks form, cover with first aid paper tape. Do not lift or readjust tape once it makes contact with the henna.
Wait for the paste to dry. Before cracks form, seal with a water-sugar solution (1/4 teaspoon sugar dissolved in 1 teaspoon water). Gently dab solution on dry henna with a cotton bud. Use sparingly and avoid drips! When dry, wrap with unrolled cotton balls> bath tissue> gauze> tape.
The longer the paste is on, the darker the stain. 6 hours is okay. 24 hours is best.
Do not use water to remove henna paste!
If no sugar-water spray was applied: Dried henna flakes off on its own. Flake off remaining paste with fingernails or the edge of a credit card.
If sugar-water spray was applied: Use only vegetable oil (see below*) to remove stubborn paste and sugar stickiness.
THE ORANGE STAIN TAKES TWO DAYS TO DARKEN.
Avoid water as long as possible, as much as possible. After paste removal, do not wet area for 24+ hours, if possible. Avoiding water allows the stain to darken and last longer.
Moisturize 2 - 3 times per day with a natural veggie oil (*olive, coconut, shea butter, jojoba, etc.). Coat with an organic lip balm if the design must get wet. Avoid petroleum jelly.
The fastest way to fade a henna stain is to go swimming in chlorinated water. Water, soap, hand sanitizer, commercial moisturizers, sweating, soaking, exfoliating, shaving, gloves, manual labor and rubbing also cause fading.