Henna? Get Started Here!
Welcome to the wonderful world of henna! I
want to make your transition from henna beginner to henna artist easy. Henna is not
something to stress over and there is no need to get anything perfect. Relax
and be ready to try new things!
Henna is infused with positive healing
energies and, if you allow yourself to connect with those energies, you will
feel a distinct uplift in your mood when you are working with henna or when you
have henna stain on your skin.
When you are new to henna, it's possible to get overwhelmed with the
possibilities. Don't worry! Henna is like cooking. You always continue to
learn and improve and it just keeps getting better!
Henna is a plant,
lawsonia inermis, that is grown in hot dry climates. The leaves are dried,
ground into a powder, and the powder is made into a paste that is used to stain
the skin and to dye the hair.
Henna has medicinal properties as well. It’s an anti-fungal, an antiseptic, and
it’s cooling. In fact, henna was originally used as a way to cool the body in
the desert. People would cover the palms of their hands and the soles of their
feet with henna and found that as long as there was a stain, their body
temperature stayed lower. This practice migrated from covering the entire palms
to one large dot in the center of the hand and, eventually, to artistic designs.
You can still find people today that use henna for its cooling properties! Cool, right? Ha ha…cool, get it? Okay, bad pun…
A seldom realized henna fact: Henna is a permanent stain. The henna does not
fade away. The skin cells exfoliate off and thus "fades" the henna design. Skin
typically exfoliates completely in a cycle of every 20-30 days which is why
henna will always be temporary on the skin. On your white couch, however, henna
will be permanent!
Not all henna is created equal. Henna is a crop and like any other crop there
are different qualities available. It’s important to only buy henna from a
reputable company that knows what they are doing and knows to properly store
We source our henna from reliable manufacturers that provide us with
high quality pure unadulterated henna product. All of our henna is express
shipped to us and stored properly. The ensures that you get the freshest
possible product and not something that has been sitting in the belly of a hot
ship for a month.
Never use henna that has chemical additives or is labeled as hair henna. These
products will contain dangerous ingredients and should never be applied directly
to the skin. Henna is NEVER black. Anything called henna that leaves a black stain and lasts more than a day or two contains para-phenylenediamine
or PPD and is extremely dangerous.
Safe natural henna will ALWAYS start off an orange color once the paste is
removed. The tattoo will continue to
cure over the following day or two darkening to a reddish/brownish hue depending
on a number of factors. The stain will have good color 5-10 days and be
completely gone in 1-3 weeks.
At the bottom of this page, you can see some pictures of the stain progression!
Be sure to read our
What Kind of henna is best for you?
When deciding what kind of henna is best for you, think about what are you
trying to accomplish with henna. Are you looking for a fun thing to do once or
twice? Do you want to develop your henna interest as an ongoing hobby? Do you
want to start a henna business and do henna on others?
We offer henna in both powder and pre-mixed paste. Mixing your own henna paste
from our professional grade henna powders will give you the best possible
stains. If you are not interested in learning to mix your own paste, our
pre-mixed henna paste is a great alternative. Think of it as the difference
between making your own marinara sauce from fresh tomatoes or using a jar of
Ragu pasta sauce. They both work, but there is a difference in the final
Fresh Powder Henna
This is the real deal! There is nothing like mixing your own henna from scratch
and tweaking it to exactly how you like it. Our professional grade powder henna
is capable of spectacular results. If you are charging others to henna them,
you should be mixing your own henna. You can learn more about the
different types of powder henna we offer here.
Mixing henna is pretty simple. All you need is lemon juice, sugar, and essential oils. Our henna comes with complete easy-to-understand
It’s really inexpensive too! Once you get your basic henna tools together
(that’s why I’ve created these great henna kits for you), you only have to
reorder the henna itself which is cheap! You can get our basic refill kit that
contains 100 grams of henna plus essential oils for only $15.99. This will
easily give you 75-200 henna tattoos. It’s common for experienced experienced
artists to get well over 300 henna designs out of 100 grams of henna.
If it were up to me, everyone would mix their own henna! You could say I’m a
mix-your-own-henna activist, lol! However, I understand that mixing henna is
not right for everyone, and that’s why we offer a good quality pre-mixed henna
product that is ready to use.
Pre-Mixed Henna Paste
Looking for fun, easy, short term results from your henna? Pre-mixed paste is
for you. Our pre-mixed henna cones are ready to use with no mixing required.
These leave good color, but are not capable of the extra deep color and long
lasting results you can achieve from mixing your own henna. Our ready made
henna cones are great if you are using henna as a one-time thing or if you have
no interest in mixing your own henna. They are very popular for one-time
fundraisers and other one-time events.
Our ready made henna paste is made especially for us and express shipped frozen. As soon as it arrives, it’s checked for quality and stored in our
in-house freezers. We put serious effort into offering a ready-to-use henna
paste that is as fresh as possible while still containing all natural
ingredients and absolutely no harmful chemicals.
Natural Henna Powder
Clove Bud Oil
Xantham Gum (sugar)
Here are some wonderful starter kits for your to try...
The Science of Henna
Color & Longevity
Getting good henna color is easy once you understand the "whys" behind the rules. There are many things that will effect the results of your henna. Below are the
major factors to consider. Keeping these in mind while doing henna, will help
you get the best possible henna stain.
- The cleanliness of the skin being tattooed.
Oils, lotions, sun block, and sweat are all barriers that will prevent the
henna from staining as darkly as it could.
- The part of the body being hennaed.
Thicker skin stains better than thinner skin. Generally, you can assume
palms of the hands and soles of the feet stain the best and the further away
from these areas you get, the lighter the henna tattoo stain.
- How long the moist henna is in contact with the skin.
The longer you leave the henna paste on the skin, the darker and longer
lasting your color, because it stains more layers of skin cells. As the skin
cells exfoliate away, there are still layers of stained skin below them, and
that is why your tattoo will stay much longer if you leave the paste on
longer. This is why I suggest a minimum of 4 hours of skin contact
with the henna paste.
- Body temperature is a HUGE factor in releasing henna dye.
People with higher body temperature typically get better stains. You can add
heat by using a wrap on your henna design.
When you are warm, your skin cells expand because they are trying to release
heat. When you are cold, they contract because they are trying to hold
in heat. This means when you are warm there is more surface area to stain
and more room for the dye in the henna molecules to penetrate the skin
Imagine you have a balloon that has not been blown up yet and you color the
outside of the balloon with a marker. The balloon is completely
covered with rich color. What happens when you blow that balloon up?
Your richly colored balloon is now covered in very pale color. Now
that the balloon is blown up and you color it, you have a deep rich color
again. That is why we want nice warm "blown up" skin cells to henna!
- How the dried henna is removed.
Do NOT use water when removing the dried henna paste. The paste should be
scraped off and any stubborn bits can be removed using olive oil. Avoid
water for as long as practical.
- How well you care for the henna tattoo.
Water should be avoided for as long as possible (24 hours is the goal, but
normally not possible). Avoid anything that will exfoliate the skin
(chlorinated water, salt water, household cleaners, face wash, smoothing
- The henna mix that was used.
Fresh mixed henna will leave better longer lasting color than pre-mixed
henna. Play with your henna recipe to find what works best for you. Keep in
mind that you must allow sufficient time for the henna to release it's dye
when you mix your own henna.
- It takes time for the color to come up!
Remember, after the henna paste is removed, the henna is
not at its full color. It will continue to cure in your skin releasing dye
molecules for 24-72 hours after henna paste removal.
Progression of a Henna Stain
These pictures are of henna on me using ORa henna and the Beachcombers Favorite
Henna Recipe. The henna was left on for 2 hours with no sealer or added
heat. Leaving the henna on longer and adding a sealer/wrap can yield
Nothing special was done in between these pictures. This is the natural
progression of a henna stain.
Believe me, if I can get this kind of color
easily, so can you.
Download & Print "How
to Get Extra Dark Color Henna Tattoos