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I want a henna design. What is the process?
I will draw on you using a small cone with henna paste I have mixed myself from ground and sifted henna plant, sugar, essential oils and water or lemon juice. The design goes on wet, and will remain so for 15-20 minutes. During that time you must not bend or twist the area, and allow nothing to touch it, or it will smudge into blob. Once it is dry, a sealant can be used to help the dried paste stick to the skin, allowing the henna dye to be more thoroughly accepted into the skin. The dried paste should be worn for 4-8 hours for the best stain result. Fill out the form below to request an appointment.
How long will it last?
It will last 7-10 days on the hands, and 2 weeks or longer elsewhere.
Do I wash it off with water?
It's best if you don't and instead scrape the paste off into a garbage can using your fingernails or a plastic card. Water stops the action of the plant dye.
What happens if I take it off sooner than the recommended 4-8 hours, or if I wash it off with water?
You will still have a stain, but it will be somewhat lighter and fade somewhat sooner.
What is the sealant?
It is a sugary liquid you can make yourself. Simmer 1 Tablespoon each of sugar and a liquid like lemon juice, herbal tea or purified water until sugar is dissolved. Dab onto the dried henna paste to encourage it to stick well to the skin.
I have henna powder. What next?
For 50 grams (1/2 c) powder, you need approximately 1 Tablespoon sugar, 10ml essential oil (lavender, tea tree, cajeput or eucalyptus), and a mixing liquid such as lemon juice or purified water.
Mix these ingredients well with enough liquid to create a mashed potato consistency (1/4 c or a little more).
Cover with plastic wrap, expelling air. Place a square of toilet paper on top of the wrap with a weight on top, set in a cool, dry, dark area.
Wait until toilet paper square is bright orange, half a day to three days depending on season and temperature, and add enough mixing liquid to bring paste to pudding consistency.
Place in a carrot bag and fill smaller cones (rolled from 4-5" triangles or rectangles of cellophane or mylar rolled into cones) 2/3 full and tape shut.
Store cones in the freezer until use, they will last approximately 6 months. In the fridge they last a week. On the counter at 70 degrees, roughly 3 days.
*Coming soon* henna powder, henna kits, carrot bags, rolled cones and pre-made henna cones for skin and hair for sale locally in the store tab.
Do you do black henna?
NO! Black "henna" contains a harmful chemical, PPD or paraphenylenediamine. This chemical is a toxin and sensitizer, so it builds up in your immune system and is indicated in certain cancers. It commonly causes skin reactions, sometimes even permanently scarring. It is best to be avoided altogether.
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