Have Fun With Henna
Henna is used for many reasons including: self-expression; celebration of special occasions like weddings, holidays & birthdays; inspiration; reminders; beauty; cosmetic treatments; medicinal uses; blessings & well-being; to be part of an ancient tradition; and an alternative or precursor to a tattoo.
Why Does Henna Fade
Natural Henna Body Art products contain a natural permanent dye. Henna Tattoos only appear to fade away because the skin itself is infact temporary; and so the body naturally regenerates its epidermis (the upper layer of skin) where the Henna Tattoo has been applied.
As the body sheds its dead skin cells naturally, the henna stained epidermal cells are shed and replaced with new skin cells that have not been stained with henna. Hence the Henna Tattoo will begin to gradually fade away, until it has completely disappeared.
On average a Henna Tattoo generally lasts between 10-15 days, it can sometimes take a further 7 days to completely disappear.
The specific fading timescale for a Henna Tattoo is dependent upon the area of your body where it is applied, as well as your skin type and lifestyle at the time.
As a general rule, Henna Tattoos on the face and neck fade away within 1 week because the epidermis is thinner, continuously exposed to the elements and washed and dried more frequently than other areas of the body. Whereas Henna Tattoos on the arms tend to last for around 2 weeks, because the epidermis is thicker, and more protected from the elements etc…
Your lifestyle also effects the fading time of your Henna Tattoo. If you are in and out of swimming pools, saunas & hot tubs etc… you will encourage your body to regenerate its skin at an accelerated rate, hence shortening the lifespan of your Henna Tattoo.
The Final Color
After 48 hours you will not see any further colour darkening, the Henna Stain has finished oxidising and reached its optimum colour.
The exact shade of each piece of Henna Body Art is dependent upon each individual's skin type , skin condition and their initial aftercare. The usual colour is within a ‘Burgundy/Brown’ colour range.
Henna works best on the areas of the body with the thickest epidermal layers, like the hands and feet (also knees and elbows). The same rule applies in reverse, where the skin is thinner the stain appears lighter by comparison, like on the neck, collarbone and face.
If you have ‘peeling’ skin from sunburn, or any areas of ‘flaky’ dry skin, then do not apply Henna Paste to those areas; as the colour will appear to peel away or flake off when your skin does, giving a patchy appearance.
When you first remove your Henna Paste, and during the colour development time, you need to be gentle with your skin. Avoid scrubbing, or rubbing it, only use mild soap and warm water when bathing/showering, then gently pat the area dry etc…
Weddings, Bachelorette Parties, Night Out, Belly Blessings, Anniversaries, More...
Traditionally, brides adorn their hands and feet with breathtaking patterns that mimic the embroidery in their bridal gowns and jewelry. The palms are decorated with the most intricacy because they come out the darkest. The backs of the hands can be just as detailed but usually tend to be a little more subtle on the hand and more detailed on the arm.
Most brides decorate their arms to the elbow so that the henna can show through the bangles which often cover half of the forearm. The feet are similarly decorated and can cover as far as the knees. These fine-detailed patterns can take 2-6 hours depending upon intricacy and coverage.
Today women of all cultures are adopting the beauty of the henna body painting and Indian rituals (wearing saris, bindis, etc.) in their weddings as well as other special events. The reddish-brown color of the henna not only looks good with traditional costumes but is quite gorgeous next to a white or off white wedding gown.
And the designs are not limited to hands and feet but, depending on the dress, may flow well on an upper back, chest, arm, etc.
Henna Parties at Our Location or Yours!
Book a henna party at our location or have us come to yours! Parties of up to 10 people can be booked at our location. Catering services are available from nearby restaurants and tea is complimentary for all guests.
It is recommended to schedule a free 30 minute consultation for all bridal events at our Studio where you can preview bridal henna patterns, get a time estimate, receive a sample design and address any other concerns. Bridal henna should be scheduled 2-3 days before the wedding for best results.
We also travel to your location for henna services for Mehndi nights, bachelorette parties, anniversaries, etc. Our out-of-studio rates are $75/hour plus if outside Boise a small travel fee depending upon the distance of travel. Designs recieved at our studio vary in price depending upon the work or you can schedule your event by the hour at $75 for the first hour and $20 for each additional half hour.
We have a large selection of designs to fit your budget. Custom desgins and ideas are welcomed.
Please contact us for more information or to reserve a date for your event.
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