Tips and tricks to get the best out o...

Tips and tricks to get the best out of Henna tattoo

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#1 Aug 29, 2013
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Henna After-Care
Henna stain will be light/bright orange at first and will darken to a deep brown over the next 48-60 hours. This gradual darkening of the stain is a sign that the henna paste is 100% natural!

I strongly recommend to get the Henna tattoo at least 2 days before the Wedding or occasion so the stain reaches to its peak color.

It depends on you how well you take care of it to make it last longer.
With the high quality & pure Henna we use, a good stain is guaranteed but how dark the stain turns is greatly effected by how well care is taken.

Magic Formula:- Time + Heat - Water= Dark & awesome Henna stain

Some useful tips to keep in mind:-

1. Leave paste on skin for at least 6-8 hrs. Overnight is even better.
2. Seal dried paste onto the skin by spraying lemon sugar syrup.
3. HEAT is a friend of henna. Warming your henna design with the henna paste still on your skin will help in achieving a dark stain. You can warm your hand/ foot over the stove, or in front of the fireplace or a space heater, or even use a heating pad.
4. Apply more sugar-lemon juice syrup. Heat again. Repeat process 3-4 times.
5. As long as the henna paste is moist, it will keep stainingÂ…heating makes u sweat and hence moistens the paste.
6. Unroll cotton balls and stick them onto the sticky henna design. Wrap with an old sock, toilet paper, or medical bandageÂ…anything will work, to keep the henna paste on the skin and to protect the design from damaging & messing cloths & various households. If leaving on all night, be sure to keep your henna design WARM ALL NIGHT...the moment your skin gets cold, henna stops staining. You can wrap up your henna design with layers of tissue paper and then one layer of plastic wrap to retain heat.

Caution:- Do not sweat too much or the plastic wrap will cause your beautiful henna design to smudge.
7. After 6-8 hours, do not wash off with soap and water. Scrape the paste off gently.
8. Avoid direct contact with water for the next 24 hrs. Keep stain coated with olive oil to create a barrier.
9. You can just leave the paste on for 4-6 hours and not follow any special steps and still get a good stain.

What factors determine the darkness of henna stains?
1. Time Duration:
Natural henna MUST be kept on the skin for as long as possible. A minimum of 4 hours is suggested, while it is recommended to keep the henna paste on overnight (8-10 hrs) for a really rich stain. The longer the henna paste is kept on the skin, the more time it has to release its dye and go deeper into the layers of skin.
2. Body temperature:
Henna and heat are really good friends! If your hands are usually icy cold, your henna stain may not turn out dark. Warming your hands over the stove or in front of the fireplace, while the henna paste is still on is a good idea.. For other body parts, sealing and wrapping works well in retaining body heat. The palms are generally warmer than the rest of the body which is one of the many reasons why your henna stain will be the darkest on the palms.

3. Exfoliation:
Since henna stains the layers of skin, if you have exfoliated right before having henna applied, then henna may not have enough layers to be absorbed into and might result in a stain that is not optimum. Therefore it is recommended to do waxing, shaving, massaging, etc. a day or 2 before getting your henna done. Your body sheds skin cells continuously, some people have a faster rate of exfoliation than others. Two people can have a henna design done on the same part of body, follow the same after-care, and still one person's stain may fade faster than the other's.
4. Body Part:
It is just not possible to get a henna stain to be as dark on the arm as on the palm. The reason is the difference in the skin composition.
5. Water Contact:
Keeping fresh henna stain away from water for the first 24 hrs is very important.

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