Frequently asked questions
What is Henna?
Henna (Lawsonia inermis), also called henna tree is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool.
The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes. Additionally, the name is misused for other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna or neutral henna, which are not derived from the plant.
How do I prepare for henna appointment?
- Pedicure and manicures should be done the day or morning before the henna day. Please skip all massage oils, and body oils as this can impede color results.
- Do not do any heavy rubbing, housework, kitchen work, nor have excessive contact with water.
- Remove your contacts, if this applies, before getting your henna done.
- Keep your henna overnight, and warm for best results.
- Henna stains will be bright orange at first, and darken within 24-48 hours to reach peak color results of deep reddish-brown and up to dark cherry tones.
Is henna safe for everyone?
Natural henna, with no added chemicals, is safe to use on your skin during pregnancy. This type of henna gives an orange or brown stain. It's often suggested as an alternative to chemical hair dyes and can be used to decorate your hands and feet at festivals like Karva Chauth, Diwali, Eid or Teej or at marriage parties during pregnancy.
People with G6PD deficiency MUST NOT apply henna and is not considered safe (so as fava beans).
What is Black Henna?
Black henna leaves a darker stain, almost black in colour that lasts about a week. But black henna contains a dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) that is not considered safe to apply on your skin. PPD can cause dermatitis and severe allergic reactions, especially during pregnancy when your immune system becomes slightly weaker.
- A burning sensation, redness in the area it is applied, blisters, raised lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, permanent scarring,
How is henna different from getting a permanent tattoo?
Henna is all natural paste that is applied to your body. It is painless and temporary body art, where as getting a tattoo is permanent.
Where can I apply henna on my body?
Henna is traditionally applied to hands and feet, but it can be applied anywhere on the body based on your preference.