WHAT IS HENNA BODY ART?


Henna is a stain on the skin and is not a traditional invasive "tattoo" that involves needles and ink. The leaves of the Henna plant contain natural dye that can be used to stain many different substances including fabrics, hair and skin.

Henna paste, which is made primarily of henna leaves, is applied to the skin and left on for a few hours.

The paste is left on the skin for at least 6 hours or more (overnight for best results).

he henna stain will look bright orange when the paste is first removed. After about 48 hours, the stain will deepen to a shade of brown or brownish-red. Henna stains are NEVER *black. Please see the "black henna" warning.

*Sometimes the palms and bottoms of feet can get so dark brown that they appear black.

Henna stains last anywhere from 1-3 weeks if well taken care of.

There are many variables that affect how dark the stain will be and how long it will last. Click here for some technical info.

 

 

STAIN PROGRESSION

Henna stains take a full 48 hours to develop. After henna paste is initially removed, the stain will appear bright orange for the first half day or so. The stain will then slowly darken to a shade of brown.


HOW DOES HENNA STAIN THE SKIN?

Henna contains a tannin dye molecule, Lawsone. The dye molecule is absorbed by the dead skin cells, producing a stain.

 

WHAT CAUSES VARIATION IN THE SHADES OF HENNA STAINS?

Dryer skin has more layers of dead skin cells for the henna to saturate. This is why some areas of the skin, like the palms, produce a darker stain than others.

Conditions of the skin at the time of henna application affects henna stains. Higher body temperature and warmer outside temperatures can darken the stain. Body chemistry also affects the shade of the henna.

The design above was done all at once and with the same henna. This picture was taken about 48 hours after paste removal.

Click here for additional photos of what henna stains look like on different parts of the body.


 

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