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My henna paste is made with the body art quality 100% natural henna. I mix my own recipe of juices, teas, and oils with the henna to make it into the paste that is painted onto the skin. Ask what’s in the henna I’ve created for a particular occasion to find out exactly what’s in it. If you have any plant allergies, please let me know so that I can advise as to whether or not you may be allergic to the oils typically used to make henna paste. A simple recipe made only with lemon juice or even just with water is always an option.

How long will it last?

Henna will last until the skin it dyes exfoliates. This is typically 1-3 weeks. However, henna can last as long as 8 weeks on the thick soles of your feet, or go away as quickly as 3-4 days on very thin parts of your skin. Feel free to ask if you would like an estimate as to how long henna will last where you intend to get it done.

Is henna safe? Yes!

As mentioned above, henna is 100% natural. Henna is one of the safest cosmetics ever used, and allergies are so rare as to seem nonexistent (I have never had a customer report an allergy). A patch test is still a good idea if your skin is particularly sensitive.

Is henna a tattoo? Does it hurt? No.

In English, there are no useful words to describe a henna stain ornamenting the skin, so henna designs are frequently called “henna tattoos”. Hennaed skin is not tattooed. Unlike a tattoo, henna only dyes the outermost layers of the skin. No needles are used. Henna is painted onto the skin. Having henna applied feels like having your skin decorated with pudding. The process is relaxing and pleasant.

How does it work?

Henna dyes the upper layers of your skin using completely natural processes. Henna contains the lawsome molecule, which dyes skin cells and keratins (hair and fingernail cells). It takes time for hennotannic acid to bind with cells, so the henna paste must stay moist and in contact with the skin for as long as possible. Heat also makes the dye darker.

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