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.
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.
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.