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.