Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ms of your henna. Below are a few of the major

ere are many things that will effect the results of your henna. Below are a few of the major factors to consider. Keeping these factors in mind while doing henna, will help you get the best possible henna stain.

The cleanliness of the skin being tattooed.
Oils, lotions, sun block, and sweat are all barriers that will prevent the henna from staining as darkly as it could.

The part of the body being hennaed.
Thicker skin stains better than thinner skin. Generally you can assume palms of the hands and soles of the feet stain the best and the further away from these areas you get, the lighter the henna tattoo stain.

How long the moist henna is in contact with the skin.
The longer the better. I suggest a minimum of 4 hours to overnight. Be sure the henna is not “floating” on top of any hair.

Body temperature is a HUGE factor in releasing henna dye.
People with higher body temperature typically get bette

How the dried henna is removed.
Do NOT use water when removing the dried henna paste. The paste should be scraped off and any stubborn bits can be removed using henna oil or olive oil.

How well the henna tattoo is cared for.
Water should be avoided for as long as possible (24 hours is the goal, but normally not possible). Avoid anything that will exfoliate the skin (chlorinated water, salt water, cleaners, face wash, smoothing lotions).

The henna mix that was used.

Fresh mixed henna will leave better longer lasting color than pre-mixed henna. Play with your henna recipe to find what works best for you. Keep in mind that you must allow sufficient time for the henna to release it’s dye when you mix your own henna.

Remember, after the henna paste is removed, the henna is not at its full color. It will continue to cure in your skin releasing dye molecules for 24-72 hours after henna paste removal.

Below is the Beachcombers! Favorite Henna Recipe henna from Beachcombers standard powder henna and was left on for about 6 hours on me. I have very low blood pressure and I’m always cold. This means I have to work extra hard to get good color with my henna, I hope you are not cursed with the same! A lemon sugar sealer was used, but the design was not wrapped and no additional heat was used.

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