Do you provide chemically enhanced henna, black henna or bright red henna?
No I don’t! All of these products contain extremely harsh chemicals which can burn, blister, irritate and in most cases scar the skin permanently. They contain ppds and other carcinogenic ingredients which are horrendous on the human skin and cause health problems. Please be aware of what these cones look like. If they are in bright packaging and look like they have been manufactured then they have a long shelf life. They will also contain these nasty ingredients. Natural fresh henna should be greeny brown when wet and smell sweet and fragrant. Whilst it dries dark, it isn’t dark when wet. If you see henna which is very dark when wet and smells of petrol or limonene then you have a right to be suspicious. DO NOT PUT IT ON YOUR SKIN!
All of my henna is reputably sourced, bears the ECOCERT and USDA badges, is 100% organic and contains natural ingredients such as aromatherapy oils, lemon water and sugar. Natural henna is the guaranteed way to stay safe!!
How long does the stain last
Henna is a non-permanent fun way of staining the skin with beautiful designs. The hennotanic dyes in the ground henna leaves stain the upper layers of the skin. It then wears of gradually as you shed and renew your skin.
You can help this stain last longer by following a few pre-appointment tips (please see next question) to ensure that the henna stains the fresher newer layers of skin. An after care advice sheet will be provided at appointments (also please see menu above) and will help you ensure a longer lasting stain. Ensuring that you care for your developing “oxidising”design and for your developed henna is the best you can do to prolong your artwork.
In most cases of good care, a design lasts between 10 days to 3 weeks depending on where the henna is placed on your body.
Is there anything I can do before my appointment?
In most cases, not a lot. However, generally I would say a good wash to ensure you have removed oils and dirt plus to make the booking more pleasant for myself and the outcome better for you. However, as henna stains the upper layers of the skin (please see previous question) and if you have a recent tan or dry skin then your body will be holding on to more dead layers than usual. It is best to exfoliate first to ensure that the henna can stain the newer fresher skin underneath.
For body art I would suggest, along with the advice above, some hair removal. And definitely in the case of bridal or large arm designs. If you could please remove hair a day before then you will get a better result. Fine detail and the lines of mesh work will literally just break when it hits hair. It is usually the case that it is impossible to achieve the same level of detail that you might require and for me to do the best job I can for you. Please don’t make your henna artist cry because she cant provide your expectations! Lol
Is it safe to have pregnancy belly henna?
Pregnancy henna is becoming very popular and there’s a good reason so! What a wonderful way to celebrate your upcoming motherhood with a memorable mother’s ceremony or phography shoot of your decorated bump. Ladies, we are amazing aren’t we - the gift of bringing life!! A pregnancy goes very quickly (yep, trust me at the time it doesn’t feel like it but as I have three children believe me when it really does) so why not make that last trimester special and have something to look back on. I can even recommend a photographer.
As with all my bookings I ask my clients if they are allergic to anything. In the case of say a citrus allergy (although I don’t use much lemon) it still can be removed. The same applies for the aromatherapy oils. For all my pastes on children and pregnant ladies I only use lavender oil in small quantities and once you are past the first trimester lavender oil is completely safe and relaxing to use.
Please inform your artist if you have any allergies or intolerances at the time of booking. Don’t worry, I fully understand as I have them myself. Not ensuring to say at the time of booking tho makes for some awkward moments at the appointment and it might be too late to do anything about it.
In the case of say a citrus allergy, although I don’t use much lemon, it still can be removed. The same applies for the aromatherapy oils. For all my pastes on children and pregnant ladies I only use lavender oil in small quantities and once you are past the first trimester lavender oil is completely safe and relaxing to use.
For skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis it is best to avoid the area completely to avoid further irritation as test patches aren’t always possible prior to appointments due to the practicality of travel etc. Please note, however that I will not henna anyone who has open lesions, weeping sores or fungal diseases and warts, etc. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.