Henna (Lawsonia inermis) or Hina is a flowering plant. The leaves from the henna plant are dried, and crushed into a green henna powder. The henna powder is then mixed with water and essential oils such as tea tree, cajeput or eucalyptus to make a henna paste. Other optional ingredients like lemon juice, sugar, clove powder etc can be added to the paste to improve the color of stain. The paste is then placed into cones or plastic bottles with applicator tips, and applied in creative designs on the skin. Henna stains can last a few days to a month depending on the quality of the paste, individual skin type, and duration the paste remains on the skin. In several parts of the world it is traditionally used in various festivals and celebrations.
Henna plant - Lawsonia inermis
- Henna designs are applied on the front and back of the hands, arms, legs, back, and belly.
- Application of design can take 5 minutes for simple designs to few hours for elaborate bridal designs.
- Glitter, glitter gel or jewel stones can be added to enhance the design.
- Henna can take 10-15 minutes to dry.
- Dab or spray lemon juice-sugar 3:1 mixture when henna gets dry. This can be repeated several times.
- Leave paste on 4-8 hours or overnight for best results.
- Remove by scraping off dried henna. Use coconut/olive oil to help scrape of stubborn areas. Do not use water to
remove the henna as it will fade the color.
- Avoid water on area for the next 6-12 hours for the stain to darken.
- Avoid chemicals, chlorine, abrasives, bleaching agents and exfoliating products.
- Henna stain lasts 1-3 weeks depending on the after-care.
You should not use henna if you have a rare case of G6PD deficiency or are allergic to fava beans and aspirin. Children under age 6 should also not use henna in the event they have an undiagnosed G6PD deficiency.