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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Henna


    WHAT IS HENNA?
    WHAT IS MENDHI / MEHANDI / MEHNDI?
    WHAT IS LAWSONIA INERMIS?
    WHERE DOES HENNA COME FROM?
    IS HENNA SAFE?
    WHAT IS PPD?
    WHAT IS BLACK HENNA?
    IS THERE A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO BLACK HENNA?
    CAN I HAVE A HENNA TATTOO IF I AM PREGNANT?
    CAN MY CHILDREN HAVE HENNA TATTOOS?
    CAN I DO IT MYSELF?
    HOW DOES HENNA WORK?
    HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO TAKE TO DRY?
    WHAT COLOUR IS A HENNA TATTOO?
    HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO TAKE TO DEVELOP?
    HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO LAST?
    WHERE CAN I GET A HENNA TATTOO PROFESSIONALLY?
    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET A PROFESSIONAL HENNA TATTOO DONE?


    WHAT IS HENNA?
    Henna is one of the most popular common names for the dried and ground leaves of the plant Lawsonia Inermis. It is the traditional name used throughout North Africa & The Middle East and in recent years it has also become the most popular name used across Europe and throughout the USA. Henna releases a safe & natural brown dye that stains the skin amongst other things!

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    WHAT IS MENDHI / MEHANDI / MEHNDI?
    Henna is more commonly known as Mendhi (various spellings) throughout most of India and Pakistan.

    WHAT IS LAWSONIA INERMIS?
    Lawsonia Inermis is the Latin name allocated for the Species Classification.

    WHERE DOES HENNA COME FROM?
    Henna grows in warm and dry climates, it is common throughout North Africa, The Middle East, Pakistan & India.

    IS HENNA SAFE?
    Yes. Henna is a safe and natural dye that has been traditionally used by women throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and India for thousands of years.

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    Click Here to view our Safety Statement.


    WHAT IS PPD?
    PPD is a commonly used abbreviation for the man made chemical dye known as p-Phenyldiamine, p-Phenylenedimine, paraPhenyldiamine & paraPhenylenedimine. This dye does in fact stain the skin black. However it is very dangerous and illegal to use in any country where such safety legislation regarding cosmetic ingredients exists. It is strictly forbidden for use on the skin under European Cosmetic (Safety) Regulations. It is also forbidden for use on the skin by the FDA, in the USA.

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    WHAT IS BLACK HENNA?
    There is no such thing as Black Henna. Henna is a natural dye that stains the skin various shades of oranges, through browns & burgundies. There are traditional darkening methods used in North Africa and the Middle East to turn henna black. These methods usually include ammonia, which will darken the shade of henna, sometimes a black colour can even be achieved, but the techniques only have an effect on henna stains on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. However it is not recommended as it isn’t a very nice substance to go putting on your skin, it smells awful and its results are limited (i.e. only parts of the hands & feet) and unreliable at best.

    Unfortunately, there are still some irresponsible people out there who claim to sell ‘Black Henna’ Products &/or Body Art service. They are in fact selling &/or using products that contain PPD. This is Illegal, Immoral & Dangerous. Do not buy into this myth.

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    IS THERE A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO BLACK HENNA?
    For the first time in the history of Western Temporary Body Art the answer is….. YES!
    2006 will long be remembered by Henna Body Art Professionals & Enthusiast alike as The Year of The Jagua Tattoo. Jagua Tattoos are safe and the dye comes from a natural plant source – a fruit from the Amazon Jungle. Jagua Tattoos work in a very similar way to Henna Tattoos, the stain can take anywhere from 12-48 hours to develop, but instead of orange/brown colours you get blue/black colours – just like real tattoos!

    Click Here to view our Jagua Tattoo Products.


    CAN I HAVE A HENNA TATTOO IF I AM PREGNANT?
    Yes, there is no reason why you can’t have a Henna Tattoo while you are pregnant. However you should avoid contact with oils such as Mehlabiya, Teatree, Cajput, Clove, Mustard Seed, etc… These oils are sometimes applied to the skin before henna paste is applied, and sometimes they are mixed into henna paste by the henna artist. The best way to make sure you have no essential oils in your henna paste is to prepare it yourself. Our henna kits do not have any oils in the catalyst (recipe) so they are ideal for pregnant women. Remember not to apply any oils to the skin before you apply henna paste either! However, if you are at all concerned please take the ingredient list along to your GP for advice.

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    CAN MY CHILDREN HAVE HENNA TATTOOS?
    Absolutely, henna is completely safe and natural and has been used to adorn children for thousands of years throughout Eastern Cultures. If your child has sensitive skin, it may be advisable to avoid contact with oils such as Mehlabiya, Teatree, Cajput, Clove, Mustard Seed, etc… These oils are sometimes applied to the skin before henna paste is applied, and sometimes they are mixed into henna paste by the henna artist. The best way to make sure you have no essential oils in your henna paste is to prepare it yourself. Our henna kits do not have any oils in the catalyst (recipe) so they are ideal for children with sensitive skin.

    Click Here for further safety information.


    CAN I DO IT MYSELF?
    Yes, you can use our Henna Tattoo products yourself. If you have never done anything like this before it is probably advisable to get one of the kits at first – because they contain all the little extras you need, like some tattoo designs, tracing paper & a magic pencil.

    It is easier than it looks and with a little practice everyone can create beautiful Henna Tattoos! The magic pencil and tracing paper make any design possible, and as easy as to do as a ‘Paint by Numbers’!

    HOW DOES A HENNA TATTOO WORK?
    Henna Tattoos work by staining the epidermis (upper layer of your skin). The Henna Tattoo gets darker over the next two days, then it gradually fades away as your body regenerates it’s epidermis.

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    HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO TAKE TO DRY?
    Henna Tattoo Paste takes 30 minutes - 2 hours to dry.

    Exact drying time depends upon several variables, such as: Ambient Air Temperature, Body Temperature, Size of design, Type of Design.

    Henna paste needs to stay on the skin for 2 hours to work effectively.

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    WHAT COLOUR IS A HENNA TATTOO?
    Henna Tattoos turn out a ‘Rich Brown’ colour, towards the burgundy end of the brown spectrum. The specific colour achieved varies from person to person according to variables such as, skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle.

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    HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO TAKE TO DEVELOP?
    Henna Tattoos reach their best colour 12-48 hours after application, this varies according to skin type. So if you want your Henna Tattoo for going out on Friday Night, then we recommend you apply the product on Wednesday… just in case you are a two-day developer.

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    HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO LAST?
    Henna Tattoos last between 10-15 days looking a good, strong colour. The tattoos can take a further 7 days to completely fade away and disappear. As your body completely replaces its epidermis every 21-28 days your Henna Tattoo will have completely disappeared by then.

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    WHERE CAN I GET A HENNA TATTOO PROFESSIONALLY?
    You can get Henna Tattoos at a lot of places theses days! If you don’t have a dedicated Henna Tattoo Studio near you, try asking in Beauty Salons, Hair Salons, Nail Bars, Tattoo Studios, Piercing Studios etc… You will usually find somewhere nearby. On your first visit, always make sure you check that the products they are using are safe, any reputable Henna Artist will be happy to answer your safety enquiries.

    Coming soon: The Henna Tattoo Artist Directory


    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET A PROFESSIONAL HENNA TATTOO DONE?
    The price varies from place to place, and of course from artist to artist, but as a general guide:

    Small Henna Tattoo, e.g. Japanese character usually costs £4 - £6 (€6 - €8 or $8 - $10)
    Medium Henna Tattoo, e.g. Tribal Armband usually costs £10 -£15 (€15 - €20 or $20 - $25)
    Large Henna Tattoo, e.g. Big Upper Arm Piece usually costs £25 - £30 (€40 – €45 or $50 - $55)

    For larger designs and traditional Bridal Artwork, Henna Artists usually charge by the hour or by the day, prices include product used. Again, prices vary from place to place & artist to artist, but as a general guide:

    An average hourly rate charged is £40 (€60 or $75)
    An average daily rate charged is £200 (€300 or $375)


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