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Frequently Asked Questions

What is henna made from?

Henna is made from the leaves of the Lawsonia inermis plant . This plant grows in most hot humid climates but the best henna plants are produced in Rajasthan. Once the leaves have grown they are picked and dried then ground to a fine powder. The finer the powder the smoother the application. I like to use triple filtered powder made from the finest Rajisthani henna to ensure my clients receive a deep, long lasting and beautiful stain.

Are chemicals added to henna?

Most henna bought in stores will have chemicals added to help preserve it for a longer shelf life and also to give an unnatural stain, make sure you ask before you buy. I use natural henna which does not have any chemicals in it.

What are the ingredients to your henna?

I mix my own henna and the ingredients are: Henna powder, water, sugar, essential oils (eucalyptus or lavender)

Can I be allergic to henna?

Yes. It not very common for allergic reactions to occur from natural henna but if you are worried you may react it is best to have a patch test done 48hrs before application.

Do you sell henna?

I do not sell henna unfortunately. 

Do you travel?

Yes, I cover Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Middlesbrough. Travel charges may apply, please contact me for further details. 

What are your prices?

Please contact me for the price list.

What is white henna and how is it made?

White henna is made from liquid latex and body paint. It does not stain the skin like natural henna. In fact, it is technically not henna at all! It applies as a waterproof layer on top of the skin and must be washed off with hot soapy water.

What is black henna and how is it made?

Black henna can be made from a range of chemicals, giving it the unnatural black stain. This can be dangerous and should be avoided if possible. There have been many instances of extreme reactions to the skin, resulting in deep scarification. I do not recommend it! However a safe alternative to black henna is Jagua gel.

What is Jagua Gel?

It is a gel extracted from the jagua plant which stains the skin in almost a black colour when applied. The stain lasts a few days and it is safe to use with no chemicals. The jagua plant can be found in the Amazonian rainforest.

What is the best aftercare?

To ensure a beautiful deep stain, it is essential that you follow the aftercare rules (or you may end up with a faint stain).

⁃ Once the henna is dry to the touch, apply a lemon juice and sugar solution to seal it.

⁃ Leave it on for 2-6 hours. The longer you leave it the darker the stain will be.

⁃ Keep the area warm – this really helps!

⁃ When removing the henna, rub it off with olive oil – do not wash it off! 

⁃ Do not wash the area for 12 hours if possible and try to stay away from water for 24 hours

How long will it last?

A deep stain with proper aftercare can last up to two weeks. This also depends on your type of skin.