Frequently Asked Questions
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What color does henna come in?
Henna only comes in one color, Natural.
When it in powder form, it is green in color, and finely sifted.
Once it has been mixed as paste, and the dye release has been achieved,
the mixture takes on a rich greenish brown color.
Once applied, the stain will begin as a pale to bright yellowish orange,
and will oxidize into an array of browns with a red tinge.
Stains appear differently on everyone,
and there are a number of factors that will determine your specific stain coloration.
But REAL henna is only brown, not ever, ever black!
"But I've heard of Black Henna before"
The world and the internet are full of misinformation, so make sure you get the facts!
Black henna is not henna at all,
but DANGEROUS CHEMICAL COMPOSITIONS with additives
that are meant to darken the color of the paste and subsequent stain!
Unfortunately, these hazardous concoctions can DAMAGE YOUR SKIN PERMANENTLY!!!!
This chemical slime can contain kerosene, lead, hair dye, and ppds,
which can damage your internal organs as well.
These chemical cones are mass-produced and super cheap, so they are frighteningly accessable.
Don't order or buy cones from companies like Golecha, who say that they use natural henna.
It is a lie.
Please, wherever you go to get your henna,
make sure it is 100% natural and safe, and freshly mixed.
Natural henna is perishable,
and must be shipped express and kept in the fridge or freezer when not in use.
No natural henna comes premixed unless bought directly from a safe, natural henna advocate,
or created by your artist before your session.
A proper artist can tell you exactly what's in their mix,
and will insist upon transparency when it comes to the safety of their clients.
"Okay, well what about White Henna?"
Also, not actually henna.
A brilliant company that advocates for safe henna
created a temporary body paint to meet
the demand for an internet craze dubbed "white henna".
Henna Caravan sells this body paint as a product called Henna Glam:
it has a thinner consistency than henna, dries and stays on the skin, and only lasts about 3-5 days.
There are other sellers of this product as well,
just make sure you get it from someone who is transparent about their ingredients.
Henna fans on the internet became interested in "white henna" when they saw
professional artists practicing their patterns and flow with lotion cones,
which have a similar consistency and feel as a henna cone.
The craze caught on as brides everywhere started requesting white henna
to go with their wedding dress.
Now this product comes in all kinds of colors,
but it DOES NOT STAIN and it is not brown, so it is not henna.
I don't keep this in stock, but it can be specially requested for an additional cost,
with notice required 2 weeks in advance.
How do I take care of my henna design?
I want it to last as long as possible!
Best practices are:
-keep dried paste in contact with skin for 6-12 hours,
-stay warm (but not hot or sweaty!),
-and avoid water for the first 24 hours.
Beyond that, when you do come into contact with water, blot don't wipe the excess water from your stain. Don't use exfoliants. Don't use water-based lotions (coconut oil is best!).
How do I get rid of the stain when I'm tired of it?
There is no fast-track to fading a henna design, since it has stained your skin. The only way to fade it faster is by soaking it with water or lotion and then exfoliating. But be gentle on your skin, and patient with your fade. Typically, once a stain starts to fade, it usually fades pretty fast.
How can I make my own natural henna?
If you're willing to put in the time, it's a lot of fun to learn how to make your own Natural Henna. I highly encourage you to do some digging and learn about the origins of henna and the traditions and the many varied applications around this amazing plant!
I'm willing to share the good intel, because I think it should be available to anyone who wants to learn. This class is a rundown for a specific kit I supplied my local folks with, but there is a full recipe in here if you are shopping for kits. If you are looking for a good starter kit or other safe body art supplies, might I recommend
my own supplier, Henna Caravan.
Class starts at the 4:35 mark.