2014-10-19 15.09.52Follow these tips to maintain and prolong your new henna / mehndi, and to achieve a deeper coloured stain.

  1. Let the henna dry thoroughly – this could take around 30 minutes to 1 hour before its dry enough that you don’t have to worry about it smudging.
  1. Leave the henna on for as long as possible – the longer you leave it the darker the colour will develop. Keep on for a minimum of 1 hour, and if possible keep on overnight for best results.
  1. Use a lemon sugar spray sealant – just a little, do not over saturate (dissolve 3 tsp of sugar in 3 tbsp of bottled or fresh lemon juice to create a syrup like consistency).
  1. Warm the area – use steam (safely!) or a hairdryer.
  1. Removing the dry paste – peel or rub off gently with your fingers, or use olive oil or lemon juice to assist the process.
  1. Avoid water for the first day –use a henna balm or a natural vegetable oil to rub over the stain before you do the washing up, bathe or go swimming. (do not use baby oil or Vaseline). This acts as a protective barrier.
  1. Avoid shaving over the area – shaving removes layers of skin so you may want to shave around it or not at all to keep the henna stain looking its best.

To buy henna for body art, go here. Our secure online henna shop has all the supplies you need! To talk to a henna expert get in touch with hennacat through the contact form.

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