Henna is a plant from Rajisthan, India and is best known for its use to color and condition the hair naturally. The henna plant grows in warm climates. The leaves from the plant are crushed and made into a paste to safely draw a design directly on the skin.
The result of this temporary design, traditionally reddish brown in color, will last any where from a few days to several weeks. The application process is painless and in no way harms the skin.
Henna is the latest craze yet it’s roots are centuries old and its practices, symbolism and traditions have been passed down through the ages by women. Traditionally the designs are placed on hands and feet, but now the modern generation has changed it all. They are now very popular on all visible areas of the body including the belly, forehead, neck, arms, back and shoulders. Henna is completely natural, temporary and painless.
How long does it last?
The design will last for 1 to 3 weeks, fading gradually within that time. Henna stains the upper layer of the skin and disappears as the skin flakes off. Therefore, the outcome of Henna depends on many factors including the type of skin and pigmentation, exposure to water and chemicals.
What is the color of the henna stain?
After the paste comes off, the stain color ranges from orange to a dark reddish brown. It is best to keep the paste on for at least 4 to 8 hours or preferably overnight to get the best results.
What about black henna?
I do not apply Para-phenylenedamine black henna as it is toxic and unhealthy for the body.
How long does the application take?
It takes from 5 to 10 minutes for simple designs and up to several hours for a large body area painted with an intricate designs. Although the painting itself may take only a few minutes, the paste needs to be preserved with a honey lemon glaze which Renu applies after the paste becomes firm on the skin, about 15 minutes later.
The process is painless
Henna does not hurt because there are no needles used and the skin is not broken. Henna is applied to the top of the skin with an applicator (the traditional cone or plastic bag or with a bottle with a fine silver nozzle tip). Many people enjoy the coolness of the paste as it is applied on along with the further cooling of the honey lemon glaze. The henna paste is an all natural soothing, aromatic mixture that conditions the skin.