Is henna a natural product?
Yes. Henna is a natural pigment derived from the dried and powdered leaves of the Lawsonia inermis plant.
Does it hurt to apply henna to the skin?
No! It is a painless beauty treatment that has the ability to leave the recipient feeling relaxed and pampered. The most difficult part of getting a henna tattoo is sitting still for the time required, which can be anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the complexity of the design.
What are the usual colours of henna?
Depending on your body chemistry and skin colour, the designs can appear as orange, red, brown, burgundy, or khaki green. The colour of the henna is also based on the strength of the paste mixture and the length of time it is left in place. Henna advertised as black, blue, yellow and various others is not real henna. The name ‘henna’ has been exploited as an idea of a temporary tattoo available in multiple colours. They contain inks, dyes and chemical additives to obtain the desired effect, however they are harmful to you. ‘Black’ henna is particularly harmful because it contains para-phenylenediamine which causes serious inflammation of the skin. Some independent studies have narrowed down that these additives can actually be a cause of skin cancer.
100% natural henna powder mixed with organic products are the safest choice.
Who can use henna?
Henna has no boundaries. It has been used for centuries in women, men and children of different races, religions and nationalities worldwide. Even pregnant women use henna with confidence and peace of mind that no harm will come to them or their unborn child.
How is henna different from a tattoo?
Permanent tattoos are applied by piercing the skin and inserting minute amounts of ink via a needle. Unsterile tattooing tools can transmit infectious diseases. Furthermore, the inks or dyes used for tattoos are colour additives which have not been approved for use on the skin by the USFDA (Food & Drug Administration).
Henna is beneficial for most skin types. It is known to heal irritations and can act as a sunscreen.
How long does the tattoo last ?
The designs will fade naturally in 2-3 weeks, depending of a few factors; namely: the original colour of the henna, the freshness of the paste, how long it was left to dry, your skin type, how frequently it was washed with soap and water and whether the area was exfoliated or not.