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How to remove Henna

How to remove Henna

We (obviously) love henna! But you may not necessarily want it hanging around on your fingernails and hands after application.  Henna is derived from the leaves of the Henna plant which seeps into the top layer of the skin, resulting in a semi-permanent stain which usually lasts for around 14 days but sometimes, you may want it removing before it fades naturally. Here is the best and way we have found to remove henna. You will need: Lemon Bowl Cotton…

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The dangers ‘black’ henna

The dangers ‘black’ henna

If you see a shop or stall while abroad, or even at a festival or fair in the UK offering black henna tattoos, do not be tempted to get one. The black paste in these temporary tattoos may contain a high level of chemical dye so powerful and toxic that it is illegal to use on the skin in this way. The risks of black henna lie in the paste’s ingredients – specifically, a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD). Although PPD…

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The Henna Plant

The Henna Plant

Botanical Name: Lawsonia Inermis The Henna plant produces the renowned orange-red dye that has been used for centuries as hair colouring and body art and adornment. The name ‘henna’ is used for both the plant and the dye that is produced from crushing the plants leaves. The plant is a tall shrub or small tree, with multiple branches, growing up to 6 meters in ideal conditions. The green leaves are elliptical and approximately 5 cm long by 1.5cm wide. Henna flowers…

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Easter holiday henna with kids

Easter holiday henna with kids

The Easter school break is nearly upon us, it’s a great holiday filled with chocolate, activities and family gatherings. If you need some inspiration for an activity with the kids, then why not do henna tattoos. These temporary tattoos are perfect for the occasion, and Henna is 100% natural so totally safe and chemical free. Henna is a fascinating and beautiful way to decorate the skin and has been a custom in many countries for thousands of years. Henna is…

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Mother’s Day henna body art

Mother’s Day henna body art

Mums to be can celebrate Mother’s day too, with henna body art on their baby bumps! Natural henna is derived from the plant and with no added chemicals is totally safe to use during pregnancy as body art (and for hair dye too). Natural henna for use as a skin dye is often mixed with lemon juice and essential oils. You may want to check that the oils used are safe in pregnancy. It takes more than several hours for…

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Dye your hair chemical free

Dye your hair chemical free

Have you ever read the long list of chemical ingredients on a boxed hair dye? Synthetic hair dyes are full of potentially harmful chemicals that at high exposures, have been linked with skin and respiratory irritation, a suppressed immune system, and even cancer.  They can also in some cases cause severe allergic reactions. If you want a completely natural and chemical free hair dye – then use henna. Henna is a powdered form of the leaves that come from the…

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Essential oils

Essential oils

Using high quality aromatherapy grade essential oils in your henna paste will give you beautiful rich dark stains. The essential oils will also change the texture of the henna paste making it smooth and silky, and not only that they will add a beautiful scent. ‘Terps’ is short for monoterpine, a term commonly used by henna artists when adding essential oils to their freshly made henna paste. Generally you need 10-30mL (1/3-1 ounce) of oil per 100 grams of henna…

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How to henna a tambourine

How to henna a tambourine

Source your henna Always make sure your henna is pure, fresh and well sifted. This should be the same whether you are hennaing skin, hair or tambourines! Get your tambourine Many tambourines are made with paper or synthetic heads. The best for henna is an untreated skin head tambourine.  Make sure its one without a manufacturers stamp on the head which may prove tricky to cover up. Make your henna paste Mix your henna powder with lemon or lime juice,…

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The five things to remember when mixing henna for body art

The five things to remember when mixing henna for body art

 1. Choose your henna carefully Make sure you choose your henna well. It must be: Fresh – always check the date if buying off the shelf Body Art Quality – referred to as BAQ Finely sifted – no dirt, grit or sticks in the powder! Pure – must contain no pesticides or chemicals Consider colour – while all henna stains a reddish brown, different regions do produce subtle differences 2. Prepare 48 hours in advance Very important to remember: For…

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