Here are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about henna. Wanted to know something else, do not hesitate to contact us.
These answers are based on our experience of 30+ years and observations. These should not be considered legal or health advice.
Henna design on hands of a bride may take anywhere from one hour to three hours. After henna is applied, the paste dries of in 5-10 minutes. We spray lemon and sugar juice to moist the paste again so that it gets good color to the skin.
Various videos on how henna is applied is here: http://www.hennaarts.com/videos
A simple design starts from $10 and can go upto $250 for elborated bridal henna. For more accurate pricing please contact us .
The paste dries in 5 to 10 minutes. We spray mix of lemon and sugar juice on the design so that it can get better stain. It takes 5 minutes to dry again.
There is no extra care needed from your side. You can do your normal work and move the body parts as usual. For best color we prefer that paste is left ON the skin as long as you can. Once it is dried, it starts flaking off automatically and it does not stain the dry cloth.
For longevity of henna color, we suggest less washing of the body part where henna is applied and less use of soap.
Our henna paste is made of henna leaves and some traces of eucalyptus and clove oil. If you are allergic to eucalyptus oil, we advise not to get henna.
If you are buying henna from market, please make sure you get proper information regarding it's origin and contains.
It is most likely they are using some chemical additive which may be harmful to your skin. Natural henna produces orange to dark maroon stain. The darkness depends on your skin, the body part where henna is applied, quality of henna and care you provide.
Most likely black henna is produced by adding chemicals (like PPD) to dye hair or other objects. It is never safe for skin. Please be wary of places offering black henna.
In rest of the body part it depends on your skin and warmth of body and also on the quality of henna paste. We have seen that same henna applied in the same body part of two person produce different color.
If you are willing to do some extra work, you can get better color. Keep the henna paste moist for at least one hour by applying lemon and sugar mix.
Wrap the henna paste with cloth or plastic so that it keeps the warmth inside and body seeps the color from paste. For longevity avoid washing that part very often and avoid using soap.
In old days in addition to ornaments on special occasions like wedding, henna was used for body decoration. With globalization, in late 90s, it got popularity in western countries when various celebrities (like Madonna) used henna decoration on their performances.
Since then, it is becoming fashion trend and people are using henna designs just for fun. Since both permanent tattoo and henna are applied in skin for decoration, now it is termed as henna tattoo. But, be assured, it has no relation with permanent tattoo and gets off your skin in few days to couple of weeks.
There are various stories and folk lores. In India if bride gets good dark stain color, it is said that her mother-in-law will love her a lot :).
Well, I will not rely on such stories to get my next henna done.