What is henna/what is it made of? (Ingredients)

Henna is made from all natural ingredients including henna powder which comes from the henna plant (Lawsonia innermis). It grows in the Middle east, northern Indian and North Africa. It contains a natural dye called lawsone.
The leaves are dried and then ground up into a fine powder. To create the paste we mix lemon juice, sugar and essential oils. The lemon juice and essential oils help with the oxidization process which can take between 6-24 for it to reach it’s peak colour. The sugar helps the henna stick to the skin.

Is your henna black? Does henna have many different colours?

No our henna is brown. Black henna is illegal in Canada and many other countries due to a chemical (PPD) inside that can cause serious burns where applied on the skin.
There are other plants that can be used in a similar way to create different colours. Another material is Jagua which is a fruit which a dark rich blue interior. Indigo, which is used to dye jeans is also a natural dye that can create a dark blue stain.

Do you do only your own designs or can we bring a design?

We have a large selection of designs to choose from and can also tailor the design to your liking. You are also welcome to bring designs that you have found online to show your preference.

How long does the henna colour stay? How to keep the henna color dark for long time?

Typically henna color fades in one to three weeks depending on your skin and how much you wash the part where henna is applied. The colour depends on the amount of time the paste is left on the skin and the PH levels in your body which change roughly every four weeks.

For longevity of henna color, we suggest keeping the skin hydrated by applying natural oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil. It is best to apply the oil before and after the shower and avoid scratching the area with the stain.
Another thing that helps is to exfoliate the skin before henna application. This removes the dead skin and the henna can penetrate further.

Colour progression of a henna stain

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What is the historical significance of henna?

Henna has been used to adorn women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean. Henna was regarded as having “Barakah,” blessings, and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty.
In some countries such as morocco henna is seen as a protection from the outside world. Because our hands and feet are our direct connection to what happens around us, the henna acts as a protective barrier.
There are various stories and folk lores. In India if bride gets good dark stain color, it is said that either her mother-in-law will love her a lot or it the darkness of the stain determines the love she has for her husband