How to Care for Your Henna
FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES BELOW FOR THE BEST RESULTS
Leave your paste on for 6-18 hours. The longer the paste stays on the better! Once the henna paste turns from a wet green paste to a dry cracked mud, apply the Signature Sealant to the henna design to act as a sticky bandage. Lightly pat or dab the sealant onto the design, avoiding supersaturating it, the goal is to just re-moisten the henna with the sealant. A couple coats of this sugary mixture will seal the paste onto your skin, allowing you to move freely throughout the day.
Many people sleep with their henna on overnight, however, leaving it on overnight is not recommended for those with night sweats or are hot sleepers. Sweating will cause the henna to run and smear. When sleeping with henna on, always cover your design in a cotton or cotton like substance to protect your sheets and other body parts from staining. An old tube sock or paper towel with tape to secure will do. We also offer a medical tape covering for an additional fee.
After 6-18 hours has passed, scrape the paste off using a debit card or the dull side of a butter knife and reveal the orange stain! Avoid water for at least 24 hours to get the darkest stain possible, the essential oils will stay on the skin longer and your stain will get darker.
This orange color will oxidize into a reddish brown over the course of 48 hours. The henna stain will be its darkest color the second day after application, so be sure to coordinate your henna appointment with the event dates.
To get a lasting stain, put a food grade oil on your design before entering the water. Olive Oil would be great! Applying petroleum based products to your design like Vaseline or Baby Oil is not recommended as it accelerates the exfoliation process.
Avoid heavy exfoliation while enjoying your henna design. This will ensure that your stain lasts even longer. It's okay to rub soap over your design, but avoid any loofas or sponges.