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How to Create Henna Freckles

Faux freckles are super cute and super fun! Creating temporary freckles is safe and easy, but there are some differences between freckles and traditional henna tattoos. The face stains substantially differently than the hands and you often want a lighter color for freckles than you do for henna designs elsewhere.

Don't worry! Henna freckles only last 2-5 days. If you don't get it perfect, you don't have to live with it very long and you can try again.

PRO TIP: The chest stains similar to the face, so it's a good place to experiment with timing.

Though all our henna is safe to use on the face, the skin on the face is really sensitive and eyes are VERY sensitive to essential oils. For facial freckles, I suggest mixing henna from our ORa henna powder with lavender oil.

Apply henna where you want the freckles on clean dry skin. Be sure to vary the size of the dots so it looks natural.

You'll want to experiment with how long to keep the henna on to get the color you are looking for. Normally you scrape henna off the skin and avoid water for the rest of the day, but for freckles people seem to get better results from gently taking off the henna with water (NOT soap). Final color depends on a bunch of factors (how oily your skin is, where it is in its exfoliation process, your skin tone, your pH level, how warm your skin is, and more).

I suggest starting in 10 or 15 minute increments if you are looking for subtle freckles. If you are looking for darker freckles, I suggest starting with an hour. I have clients that can do 10 minutes for freckles and I have clients that have to do 4 hours for henna freckles.

REMEMBER the color is LIGHT when you remove it. It takes 2 days to darken to full color.

If your henna freckles are too light, leave them on longer and be sure you are using the maximum safe amount of oil.

If your freckles are too dark, you can cut back on the essential oils for a lighter color or decrease the amount of time you leave the henna on the skin.

Note: Freeze all unused henna for future use.

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