Henna is a plant that leaves a temporary stain on the skin and lasts a few weeks, until the skin exfoliates. Henna is the common term for Lawsonia Inermis. It grows naturally in Indian, African and Arabic countries.
Leave the henna paste on for four to six hours, longer if you can, overnight is best. The paste will dry in the first hour, and start to crack off which is normal. Don’t get your henna design wet until the next morning. Water on the design in the first twelve hours will stop the activation process. The design will be a light orange color, but will darken to a brown/red color in 2 days. Shower normally but stay away from harsh soaps and scrubbing. Swimming pools and hot tubs will shorten the life of your design because of the chemicals in the water. Henna stains dead layers of skin and lasts several weeks. 1 – 2 weeks of good color and 1 – 2 weeks of faded color. It stains the hands, feet, ankles & wrists the darkest. The thinner the skin is, the lighter the design will be, such as the torso. Henna does not stain the face or neck area. Henna is not recomended for people with a G6PD deficiancy. Please call if you have any questions and enjoy your henna to the fullest!
Yes. Henna is a natural dye that has been traditionally used by women throughout North Africa and the Middle East for thousands of years. It stains dead layers of skin and doesn't process through the blood stream. It has many medicinal qualities as well. However, henna use is not recommended for those who have a rare G6PD deficiency.
White henna is an adhesive and only last a few hours, to possibly a day if placed in an area that doesn't bend. It sits on top of the skin and doesn't penetrate the dead layers. It is used mostly for photos. It is not henna
There is no such thing as Black Henna. The PPD chemical dye know as p-Phenyldiamine, p-Phenylenedimine, paraPhenyldiamine & paraPhenylenedimine are falsely called Black Henna. Henna is a natural dye that stains the skin various shades of browns. There are traditional darkening methods used to turn henna black but none of these methods are clearly non-toxic and are not recommended to put on the skin. These methods usually include ammonia, which will darken the shade of henna, sometimes looking black in color but the techniques only have an effect on henna staining the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
PPD is an abbreviation for the chemical dye p-Phenyldiamine, p-Phenylenedimine, paraPhenyldiamine & paraPhenylenedimine. This dye does in fact stain the skin black but was never intended to be used on the skin. It is used most often as a hair dye and is very dangerous and illegal. It is forbidden for use on the skin by the FDA, in the USA and European Cosmetic (Safety) Regulations.
About 1/3 of the people who have tried PPD, "black henna", have an allergic reactions. The reaction can sometimes be bad enough to cause scaring. Any reaction should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ask your henna artist if they use PPD in their henna mixture. If they don't know what's in their mix, go somewhere else. Jagua is a fruit that stains a blackish color and is much safer for temporary tattoos.
Most pictures of Henna tattoos are taken with the paste still on. This makes them appear black in the picture. But when the paste comes off the stain will be a light orange then turn to a brown/redish color within 1-2 days.
YES! There is the Jagua tattoo! Jagua comes from a natural plant source – a fruit from the Amazon. Jagua works in a very similar way to Henna tattoos, it stains only dead layers of skin, the stain can take 1-2 days to develop, but instead of brown/red colors you get black/blue colors. Jagua is slightly related to a strawberry and kiwi. If you are allergic to either of these, you may decide not to use it.
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Unfortunately, once smeared it'll never be the same. You can try to remove the unwanted smear with body bleaching cream and a q-tip by following the directions on the box. Usually, smears fade in a few days, faster than the tattoo.
Sometimes the designs might transfer to another body part if you sleep on it the first night. You can wrap the designn in toilet paper, ace bandage or a sock before you go to bed. You may try to remove an accidental transfer with body bleaching cream, found in most drug stores, by following the directions on the box.
Yes, henna has been done on pregnant women for hundreds of years. However you should ask the artist what oil is mixed into the henna. Avoid contact with such oils as Mehlabiya, Teatree, Cajput, Clove, Mustard Seed, etc… These oils are sometimes applied to the skin or may be mixed into henna paste. It's an industry standard to use Lavender oil for pregnant women.
If you have concerns about using henna while pregnant, ask your doctor or midwife.
The active ingredient “Lawson” contained in the leaves of the henna plant begins to work when the henna powder is activated by a catalyst. Most people use hot water, tea or lemon juice and certain oils. Once the Henna is activated and comes in contact with the skin it starts to dye the dead layers.
Henna tattoo paste usually dries hard within an hour. Drying time depends upon outside or room temperature, body temperature, size and type of design. We recommend that you leave Henna paste on the skin for 4-6 hours to work effectively.
While the specific color achieved varies from person to person according to such things as, skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle most people enjoy a brown/red color. Henna can stain anywhere from orange, brown, brownish-reds and almost black.
Henna tattoos reach their best color in about 2-3 days after application, this varies according to skin type. Be sure to put your henna on 2 days before a big event, like a wedding, for the darkest color.
Henna tattoos last between 1-3 weeks on average. Usually they have a deep strong color for approximately 2 weeks and fade from there but it really depends on where you put it, how often you wash it and how fast your skin exfoliates. Hands and feet stain the darkest but come off a bit sooner. The arms, legs and body stain lighter but might last a bit longer. It doesn't work on the face or neck very well because the skin is so thin. Your body completely replaces its epidermis every 28 days so your Henna tattoo will have disappeared by then.
The Henna and Jagua paste must be put in a place that clothing doesn't bother it for a several hours. The tattoo will be wet at first. Once dry, you want to leave clothing off of it so that the paste stays in place and does a good job of staining the skin. So be sure that you wear clothing that can be rolled up/down to expose the area you would like the design to be.
There are several reasons why a Henna or Jagua tattoo might not get dark. Most people get the desired results time after time. If you run into an issue one of these could be the reason.
The product wasn't mixed properly or had expired.
The skin it was put on was over exposed to sun or chemicals and was ready to come off.
Henna doesn't develop properly if you don't leave it on long enough or it gets wet in the first 12 hours.
Jagua doesn't develop properly if you leave it on too long.
Certain parts of the body don't stain well, the face and neck.
Some people don't stain as well as others depending on their dead layers of skin and lifestyle.
Jagua is a local name for the fruit of the Genipa Americana Tree. It is used by the indigenous peoples of Panama, Columbia and Peru. The juice from this fruit contains natural black dye that stains the skin in a similar way to natural henna.
The ingredients for Jagua are: Aqua, Alcohol, Denat, Genipa Americana, Xanthun Gum, Citric Acid and Potassium Sorbate.
The paste will dry in the 1st hour. You may notice parts of your design starting lift up, this is normal. Leave the Jagua paste on, free of clothing, for 2-3 hours then peel off. Do not wash off. After peeling off, pat the area with a damp cloth to remove any resude. The design will be almost invisible at first and will darken to a blackish-blue, gray color in 2-3 days, depending on where you put it and your skin. Shower normally but stay away from harsh soaps and scrubbing. Swimming pools and hot tubs will shorten the life of your design because of the chemicals in the water. Jagua stains dead layers of skin and lasts several weeks. 1 – 2 weeks of good color and 1 – 2 weeks of faded color. It stains the hands, feet, ankles & wrists the darkest. The thinner the skin is, the lighter the design will be, such as the torso. Jagua stains dark skin very well and often looks like a permanent tattoo. Jagua is an unforgiving material. If smeared, the design will most likely stain smeared as well! Jagua is not recommended for people with Eczema and Psoriasis because its a fruit juice. Please call if you have any questions and enjoy your jagua to the fullest!
Jagua is a fruit from the Genipa Americana Tree, which grows throughout tropical and sub tropical regions of South & Central America.
Yes. Jagua is a safe & natural dye that has been used by indigenous people in the Amazon as a cosmetic stain for as long as can be remembered. It stains dead layers of skin much like a Henna Tattoo. Before imported to the US it is made into a cosmetic grade product and therefore safe to put on the skin. However, it is slightly related to a strawberry and kiwi. If your are allergic to either of those or have sensitive skin you may choose not to use it.
Jagua Tattoo Gel and PPD products look very similar to each other when being applied to the skin. They are both a black colored smooth gel. However Jagua does have some unique characteristics that clearly distinguishes it from PPD products.
- Jagua has a distinctive ‘fruity’ smell.
- Jagua leaves behind a very pale greyish stain at first – the true color takes 1-2 days to develop.
- PPD products usually contain no fragrance at all.
- PPD products leave behind a black stain instantly.
Yes, there is nothing in the safety information regarding this product that advises against use while pregnant. There is also no traditional information that suggests indigenous people avoid use during pregnancy. However, if you are at all concerned please take the ingredient list along to your doctor for advice.
The ingredients for Jagua are: Aqua, Alcohol, Denat, Genipa Americana, Xanthun Gum, Citric Acid and Potassium Sorbate.
The active ingredient ‘Genipine’ comes from the unripe Jagua Fruit (Genipa Americana L). Once the Jagua paste comes into contact with the skin and exposed to the air, the dye starts to work and begins to leave a stain. Jagua needs to stay on the skin for 2-3 hours to make sure the skin takes on a good color. After 2-3 hours when the Jagua paste is peeled off, you will see a very pale colored design. This will darken to a blackish/blue color in about 2 days.
Jagua tattoo gel will dry hard in the first hour. Drying time depends upon outside or room temperature, body temperature, size and type of design. Leave Jagua gel on for 2 hours for it to produce a strong stain.
Jagua tattoos turn a black/blue color and looks more like a permanent tattoo. Like henna, the specific color achieved varies from person to person according to variables such as, skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle, therefore your tattoo can be anywhere from black to blue to gray.
Jagua tattoos reach their best color in about 2-4 days after application, this varies according to skin type. Be sure to put your Jagua on 2 days before a big event like a wedding, for the darkest color.
Jagua tattoos last between 1-3 weeks on an average. Usually they have a deep strong color for approximately 2 weeks and fade from there but it really depends on where you put it, how often you wash it and how fast your skin exfoliates. Your body completely replaces its epidermis every 28 days so your Jagua Tattoo will have disappeared by then.
Jagua is slightly related to a stawberry or kiwi and if you're allergic to either of those you might or might not have a reaction to Jagua. Most people have food allergies from ingesting it, not touching it. Jagua is not recommended for those who have eczema or psoriasis because it is a fruit juice. The choice is yours to try it. If you have any questions about trying a Jagua tattoo, ask your doctor.
Jagua is unforgiving when it smears. Even when fixed the smear can show up behind the design. You can use a body bleaching cream found at drug stores, to remove the unwanted part. Body bleaching cream is used to bleach body hair on lips, arms, etc.
It will stain natural fibers when wet, such as cotton, linen, silk and so on. When dry, it doesn't usually stain anything it touches. It has been known to transfer to other body areas when sleeping during hot weather. To prevent this, blot the jagua with a wet paper towel once paste is removed and for henna, wrap in toilet paper or put a sock over it while sleeping. Transfer isn't usually and issue after the first night.