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Henna is a natural dye derived from the leaves of a shrubby bush. It originates in the deserts of North Africa, the Middle East and India, and has therefore been used by all of the cultures from these regions in their rituals and festivities for thousands of years.

Henna is considered to be a sacred substance and is used as a blessing and to ward off the evil eye (give protection) for those who wear it. The dye stains the top layers of skin cells in the epidermis for 1-3 weeks on average. It can also be used to stain anything porous such as leather, paper, wood, hair, and nails.

Where to apply henna:
After removing the henna paste, the initial light orange color will deepen over 48 hours to a chocolate brown to burgundy red. The dye stains darkest on the palms and soles of the feet where the skin is thickest. The hands and feet are therefore the best areas to apply henna. Forearms and legs are also very good at taking a successful stain. Chests, necks and backs are less successful because of the nature of the skin and oils in those areas. Faces are not successful and not recommended.

The more pale the skin the more obviously the design will show up. Darker skin still takes henna well, but for very dark skin it is recommended to do the palms and inner forearms where the skin is lighter.

Henna Paste:
Blue Lotus Henna paste is made from the highest quality henna powder mixed with: water or lemon juice; powdered sugar; varying blends of the following essential oils of lavender, tea tree, cajeput, lemongrass, geranium, patchouli. If you have any sensitivities to particular essential oils, then please let the artist know ahead of time.

Application Process:
Henna designs are hand drawn onto clean dry skin in a paste form. The paste takes anywhere from 5-20 minutes to dry depending on the temperature and humidity. Once dry, it is ideal to keep the paste on for at least 6 hours (we recommend keeping it on overnight whenever possible). Blue Lotus Henna provides a variety of aftercare methods to suit the weather and occasion to ensure the best results possible.

Removal and Aftercare:
To remove the paste, scrape it off with the edge of a bank card or a blunt knife. Immediately apply a natural vegetable oil like olive oil or coconut oil to the skin and watch the color instantly brighten. Avoid water for the first 24 hours. Every day of your henna experience, oil the design before showering to protect it from water. Try to avoid water in general (swimming and soaking will take it off much sooner). Rubbing/scrubbing it is also bad for it. Cooking and doing dishes are out of the question if you have hennaed your hands! The more you baby your henna design, the longer it will last.

About Jagua
Jagua (Genipa Americana) is a natural fruit dye from the Amazon which is used by the indigenous people of South America as body decoration and for ceremonies. It stains the skin anywhere from a gray color through to a deep navy blue. Jagua is a safe alternative to “black henna”, which is toxic and should always be avoided. It is great for imitating a realistic tattoo look or for combining with henna for a multi-colored design.

Although Jagua is a natural product, it is still possible to have an allergic reaction to it, although any reaction will not leave permanent marks. For this reason Blue Lotus Henna declines to apply Jagua to the face, small children and pregnant women. Jagua will stain the skin for a similar amount of time as henna does (1-3 weeks).

“Black Henna” Caution: Please do not ever ask for “Black Henna”. There is no such thing as natural Black Henna. Black Henna is henna that has had PPD (hair dye chemicals) added to it. This can be extremely toxic to your skin and bloodstream and can cause permanent scarring! So always make sure that the henna you are receiving is natural henna that will leave an orangey-brown through to a burgundy stain. Your henna artist should be able to tell you exactly what is in their paste- if they can’t, then don’t receive your henna from them!

Thank you for being a cautious and discerning customer!