FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Henna?

Henna is a natural plant stain derived from the plant Lawsonia Inermis, which is native to regions with a hot arid climate.  The plant leaves are dried and ground into a finely sifted powder which is used to make henna paste.  The henna powder is mixed with additional natural ingredients such as water, lemon juice, sugar, and skin safe essential oils (lavendar, cajeput, or tea tree) to create a paste that brings out the plant's natural staining ability and is then applied to the skin.

 

Is Henna Safe?

 

Our artist, Tamara Arora, is certified in the Natural Henna Arts, which guarantees that she will only use 100% natural, organic, safe, and fresh ingredients to ensure the best quality designs with the darkest possible stain. It is incredibly rare for someone to be allergic to henna, however some may have sensitives to other ingredients in a natural henna paste.  If you have a known allergy or skin sensitivity to citrus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Cajeput, or monoterpene alcohols, please inform your henna artist in advance so that a fresh batch with alternate safe ingredients (or omission of ingredients) can be used. 

Some artists will use pre-made cones.  Pre-made/store bought cones contain chemicals that preserve the paste and enhance the stain.  These chemicals are extremely harmful to the skin.  In addition, because these cones are imported are rarely list any ingredients on the packaging other than henna.  These cones can easily be identified by their unpleasant smell.  Please avoid receiving henna from any artist using pre-made cones.  Henna by Arora will never use pre-made cones or unnatural ingredients.

Please inform your artist if you are pregnant or nursing.  Henna application is perfectly safe while pregnant or nursing when using Lavender essential oil.

*If you have a rare naphthoquinone sensitivity or G6PD deficiency, you should avoid getting henna.*

How Long Will My Henna Last?

The average henna stain will last anywhere between 5 days to two weeks, depending or your aftercare regiment.  You may even see remnants of a fading stain for up to one month.  While waiting for your henna to dry, avoid touching or smearing the paste.  Once dry, Henna by Arora offers a complimentary aftercare sealant for all customers.  These include a lemon/sugar solution or mefix medical tape.  

For the best stain results, leave the paste on for a minimum of 4 hours and maximum of 8.  

Avoid water on the stain area for at least 24 hours, with 48 hours being ideal.  If you have difficulty removing your paste, you can use a natural oil such as coconut or jojoba oil.  Do not use water to remove your paste.

 

It will take 2-3 days for your stain to fully mature.  When you first remove the paste, your stain will be an orange color.  This is normal.  The stain will progress from orange --> red-orange --> red brown --> brown.

To ensure a lasting stain avoid swimming, hot tubs, salt water, and exfoliation.  You can also apply a natural oil such as coconut or jojoba before washing/showering to help avoid additional exfoliation or fading.

What About Black Henna?

Real henna is NEVER black.  Black "henna" is a pre-made chemical cone that may have some henna in the ingredients, but also includes a black chemical hair dye called para-phenylendiamine, or PPD.  PPD can cause severe allergic reactions, blistering, scaring, and even death.

Every time someone is exposed to PPD their sensitives increase, causing a higher risk of an allergic reaction.  If you have used or been exposed to this in the past with no reaction, this does not make you immune.  The likelihood of a reaction becomes higher with each use.  Please avoid "black henna" and PPD at all costs.