Hello! My name is Priscilla, owner of Prisca Art Henna! I am a henna and jagua artist currently located in Melbourne, Florida. Maybe you're here because you've never had a henna design drawn on you before, or maybe it's been a while. Either way, you'll learn some pretty important facts about henna to prepare yourself for your upcoming henna appointment.
So, some of the most frequently asked questions I receive is:
What is henna?
How do I take care of it?
Where on my body should I get it done?
Let's begin with, "what is henna?":
~ Henna is a dye created from the plant called: Lawsonia inermis. It's leaves are crushed into a powder, then mixed with essential oils(my favorite to use is lavender), sugar, water/lemon juice. Some henna artists replace water for teas or other liquids.
~ The henna stains a darkish reddish brown, and can vary slightly in color on different skin tones. It stains a reddish brown color on my dark skin, but more of a brown on lighter skin. Natural Henna NEVER stains black, but when it is mixed with Jagua it can. Avoid chemical instant and shelf-safe henna.
~ Henna can last up to a month, but it usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks. This also varies on the location of your body where you get the design, and how well you take care of it, which leads to the second frequently asked question.
So, how can you take care of your henna to make it last the longest, and stain the darkest?
The aftercare begins right after you get your design.
~ Be Careful - You can easily smear your henna by hitting or swiping it. Henna usually takes around 30 minutes to dry depending on how thickly it was applied.
~ Stay Warm - Keep you body warm while the paste is on, this will help it to stain darker.
~ Avoid Water - It is best to avoid water on the designed area as much as possible for the next day or two, this will help the stain get darker. Too much water, or chemical products, can lighten the stain.
~ Leave the Paste On! - Leaving the paste on for at least 6 hours will produce a nice dark stain.
~ Oil Up - After you remove the henna paste, and before you get into contact with water, put natural oils(coconut and olive work great) over the design to keep your skin moisturized, and protect it from water. This will help your stain last longer.
Now onto the last question, where on your body should you get your henna done?
You can get henna done just about anywhere that you can leave uncovered until it dries. Henna stains the darkest on palms, the tops of hands, and feet because of the thick skin, but it still looks great on other parts of the body!
Now you're ready for your henna appointment!
If you would like to book your henna session with me go here --> Contact Prisca Art Henna
And check out my Youtube Channel for all kinds of Henna and Jagua Art and Tutorials~