Henna is a plant whose dried leaves have the ability to stain. When mixed properly, henna paste can dye the skin safely lasting from a few days up to three weeks depending on placement and aftercare.
Island Girl's henna paste is blended in-house using the finest organic ingredients. Since all henna is applied freehand, custom ideas are most welcome. Have an idea for a permanent tattoo but want to try it in temporary henna first? I've created many henna 'tattoos' for folks wanting to test their idea first.
Henna body art (often referred to as henna tattoos) is fun and pain-free. No needles are used. I apply henna on the skin freehand - without stencils - similar to decorating a cake. Sometimes it tickles. Cosmetic-grade, biodegradable glitter is available to adorn your new henna design and will stay in place as long as the paste is on your skin.
The paste is removed after several hours creating an orange stain that takes 2 days to reach the darkest, rich auburn color. Henna can last a few weeks, gradually fading as the skin exfoliates.
Henna only stains the keratin (top layers of skin). Tougher skin is best for a darker, long-lasting stain. This makes the palms of the hands and soles of the feet the best place for a dark stain. Yes, you read that right! Thinner skin only creates a light stain that fades fast. Stain duration is determined by body temperature and chemistry, skin type, lifestyle, where the henna is applied and how well it's taken care of. Water, especially chlorinated water, is the fastest way to fade a henna stain.
The more of these steps you take, the better results you'll have for the darkest stain possible. These instructions are specific to Island Girl's organic henna.
You will receive a detailed After Care sheet at your appointment. Here are some highlights:
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding henna!