Island Girl | 68 1/2 Main Street | Delhi NY 13753 | US

(607) 434-7389

Island Girl Body Art

timeless. temporary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is henna?

Henna is a plant. It's Latin name is Lawsonia inermis. Henna leaves have to be dried first then mixed with a liquid to cause a stain. Henna stains skin, depending on placement, for up to 3 weeks. More callous, less oily skin stains the darkest and lasts the longest.

What's in Your Henna Paste?

My henna paste is blended in-house using the finest organic ingredients. They are: Henna* (Lawsonia inermis), Distilled Water, Sugar*, Essential oils of Lavender*, Frankincense* & Cardamom*.     *Organic.  

Do you do henna parties?

Yes! We do henna at festivals, parties, college activities, employee appreciation days and more. Contact us today to see if your date is available on our calendar. 

What is Black Henna?

Black henna is a paste that's made with chemicals that are illegal to use on the skin in the United States. The chemicals in black henna can cause burning, allergic reactions, scars, hypersensitivity to other chemicals like hair dye. Island Girl DOES NOT use black henna. 

Where Does Henna Originate From?

The first documented use of henna comes from ancient Egypt, 3,400 BCE. The use of henna as body art is 1,300 years old spreading with Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The use of henna spread throughout the Mediterranean Basin first then to other parts of the world.

How long have you been doing Henna?

I started doing henna officially in 2009. My professional and technical training has been with some of the industry's most talented artist teachers.

Is a Henna Tattoo Permanent?

Let's break this question down into 2 parts...

The word tattoo, by definition, is to mark the skin by puncturing it and is permanent.

Henna is not permanent. The paste is applied on the skin leaving behind a stain in the dead skin layers that fades as the skin exfoliates.

Since henna is not permanent like a tattoo, it's more accurately called body art.

How can i get henna?

Henna body art with Island Girl is available by appointment in Delhi NY and at the many festivals we attend throughout the year. We're also available for parties and other For-Hire events.

how long does henna stay on?

Henna paste should be left on the skin for a minimum of 3-6 hours. If you can leave the paste on your skin longer you'll get a darker stain that lasts longer. A henna stain on the palm of the hand can last for 3 weeks if proper after care is followed.

Do you travel?

Yes! We travel for parties, functions, events, etc. We also do henna at festivals all over NY, mostly in the Catskill Mountains but we do venture further. 

What is Vardo Carrettino?

Ahh, excellent question!

Vardo Carrettino is our traveling wagon. It's what we stay in at festivals when we travel to distant locations.