How to Prepare for a Henna Appointment
By: Krysteen Lomonaco ~
Many people are serious when it comes to getting and keeping their henna and jagua tattoos looking their best. I don’t blame them. Think of everything one must go through to get a perfect design, the application process, sitting still, the drying time, the hours you’re not able to get it wet and of course, the development over the next few days.
Here are a few steps you can take to help this process:
- Shower and exfoliate before your appointment. This will remove the dead skin ready to come off and your henna will be applied to the fresh layer of dead skin.
- Leave the area free of lotions and oils. They might have something in them acting as a barrier. Defiantly, don’t use sunscreen. Especially, waterproof sunscreen. It prohibits the henna from penetrating the skin well.
- Manicures, waxing and shaving should be done in advance.
- Spray tans are not recommended as they too act as a barrier, prohibiting a deep henna stain. It may be possible to spray tan after the henna is fully developed, about 48 hours after the paste comes off.
- Wear clothing that will not cover the henna area. You might have to get creative if placing the tattoo on the torso. Shoes can’t be worn if hennaing the feet. For these appointments, we can come to you or be prepared to leave shoeless.
- Consider bringing a friend who will drive you home and wait on you while your henna dries. Perhaps offer them a henna gift certificate so you can return the favor.
Getting a henna tattoo is really a 2 person job. We’ll do our part by supplying quality artwork, superior grade henna paste, aftercare instructions and a smile! Visit the website to make an appointment or to view our open summer locations.
Why dye your nails with henna?
By: Krysteen Lomonaco ~
It’s been done for thousands of years. Egyptian mummies have been found with their nails, hair and skin dyed with natural henna. Why? Perhaps because is has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It wards off athletes foot and nail fungus and when applied as a paste it helps to harden or strengthen the nails. Plus, it leaves a nice red/brown stain.
The best part of this ancient secret is henna is 100% natural plant based material, no phthalates, parabens, preservatives or chemicals. None of the bad, just the good!
It’s pretty easy to do:
- Mix henna according to your Mehndi Madness Kit instructions and let it sit over night to activate.
- Clean and shape your nails. Apple cider vinegar is a great cleaner instead of alcohol or polish remover.
- Some people like to protect their cuticles by applying a glue barrier to them such as Elmer’s. Henna will stain any skin it comes in contact with. But honestly, I’m just careful when applying henna.
- Apply the henna paste with a wooden stir stick or a flat toothpick might work too. Let it dry completely. Leave on for 30 min. or longer, several hours, for a deeper, darker stain.
- You can remove the paste many ways, I like to use body oil of various kinds but apple cider vinegar works too. It’ll darken over a few days and is permanent. It has to grow out.
- Some people like to wear them natural or make them shine with top coat.
This is an excellent treatment if you have weak or split nails. It can help bring your nails back to health if you have fungus or damage from artificial nail treatments. Many people who have tried henna have decided to continue using it instead of conventional nail salon services.