Natural Henna looks different on everyone.
Applying henna to the skin it is important to follow some important guidelines to get the best color.
1. LEAVE PASTE ON AS LONG AS POSSIBLE:
It is recommended to leave the paste on at least 5-6 hours or more. Leave paste on overnight for best results. The longer the paste stays on the skin, the darker the stain will be.
2. APPLICATION OF LEMON AND SUGAR: Only once the henna is Dry!
The lemon will react with the henna and moisten the henna. Only when the henna is wet will it be staining the skin, so by re-moistening the henna you will be effectively darkening the colour. The sugar will simply keep the henna sticking to your skin. The more times the process is repeated, the darker the henna. (We recommend 2-3 times)
Once the henna is dry the drying process for henna takes approximately 20-40 minutes, depending on environment and thickness of paste applied to the skin. In the sunlight and in a warm room, the henna will dry relatively fast, approximately 20 minutes.
3. HENNA REACTS WITH THE HEAT OF YOUR BODY: Henna is a really unusual plant.
Heat helps intensify the stain, so keep your skin warm while the paste is still on especially through the first 24 hours of application. Henna reacts with the temperature of the body. Your hands & feet are the hottest part of the body and will hence darken more than other parts of the body.
In the cooler months we recommend to cover the design with toilet paper and then place a heating pad over it for a few minutes at a time to give extra heat.
A space heater works well, but try to avoid drying out the henna too much - However Small doses work great. We recommend siting in a heated room during the application.
Henna reacts with the temperature of your skin, so is not instantly dark brown as some customers may assume. Once the henna is dry and begins to flake off, the skin is initially stained a light orange colour. This is normal and you should not panic.
Also:- Henna darkens through the course of the day. Only when you go to sleep does your body temperature rise and your skin sweat, so this is when the henna is changing colour to dark brown.
4. WRAPPING HENNA TO DARKEN THE COLOUR:
To turn henna even darker in colour the best method for this is to wrap the skin in Tissue/toilet paper. By wrapping the skin will stay warm and it will even absorb any moisture / sweat.
The easiest method is to carefully wrap the dry henna design with toilet paper. If you can bare the uncomfortable feeling, then this method is well worth it.
Note: Avoid perspiration on the area of the henna design while the paste is still on, because the henna may become runny and ruin your design. That means you shouldn't wrap your design in anything that isn't breathable (such as plastic bags).
5. DO NOT USE WATER WHEN REMOVING THE PASTE:
You can use olive oil or any natural oil to scrape the dry henna paste. Try not to get the area wet for at least 12-24 hours after paste removal.
The less you touch water, the better. Wear gloves when washing dishes if the design is on your hand. The longer you prevent the area from getting wet with water, the better.
Apply some kind of natural / Organic oil or butter after the paste is removed to protect henna design and prevent exfoliation.
If you follow the above guidelines, your henna stain should last
1-3 weeks depending how quickly your skin exfoliates.
Design will be bright orange at first and then gradually darken to brown. Henna stains take 48 hours to develop.