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What is henna and where is henna from?
Henna is a plant, Lawsonia Inermis, thought to be indigenous to Egypt and in use for at least 5000 years. Useful both as a folk medicine and as a decorative cosmetic, the henna plant was eventually spread around the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf, finally reaching the Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia. The leaves of the plant contain a dye molecule, lawsone, which is responsible for coloring the skin. At Henna Lounge, we use an organically farmed henna from the Sojat region of Rajasthan. This henna has superior staining ability and a fine sift, which is essential for doing detailed work.
Is henna safe?
Henna is safe for use on the skin and hair. Although it has been taken internally as a folk remedy for various stomach ailments, we do not recommend eating it! It tastes disgusting, and for those with the condition known as G6PD, it would be toxic (as would Fava Beans). Henna is also effective in treating athlete's foot and dandruff, due to its anti-fungal properties. Some people report henna to be soothing for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, though it should never be applied to broken skin. Henna has also been used to reduce some of the painful side effects of Xeloda (a cancer drug).
Is henna safe for pregnant women?
Pregnant belly henna in Tulum, Mexico
Pregnant belly henna in Tulum, Mexico
Natural Henna is widely recognized by the medical community to be safe for pregnant women and is even recommended as an alternative to chemical hair dyes during pregnancy. However, you should always be sure that henna is 100% natural and has no chemical additives whether you intend to use it on hair or body. Henna is a beautiful way to celebrate pregnancy. Because of henna's cooling effects, it is traditionally used on the feet during pregnancy to reduce swelling especially in warm climates. The hennaing of the belly is a modern tradition, but we think it's just as beautiful and meaningful as doing the hands or feet. Henna has a way of being integrated into each culture that it visits and is used for ceremonial purposes across the globe.
How long does henna last?
Henna works by staining your dead skin cells. You have 7-10 layers of them on you. Right now. Even if you exfoliated this morning! Henna can last 1-4 weeks, but usually it looks fresh for about a week and fades after that, depending on how fast your skin is renewing itself. Swimming, washing dishes, and doing housework or strenuous activity like rock-climbing or yoga can accelerate the fading process. Henna is permanent on the hair and nails until they grow out.
Does it show up on darker skin tones?
Henna stains all skin types, but the hands and feet stain best (where the skin is most calloused) and the stain is fainter on other body parts, or almost invisible on the face or neck. On darker skin tones it is always recommended to henna the hands/feet for optimal visibility as other body parts such as the back or chest may not have enough contrast. Hands and feet are traditional for a reason!
Natural henna is an option!
Natural henna is an option!
What about henna for chemotherapy patients?
Henna is a wonderful way to "dare to go bare" during your chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Maybe you don't want to wear an itchy wig, or swelter under a wooly hat in the middle of summer. Or maybe you'd just like to express yourself with beautiful artwork for everyone to see.
Henna is natural, safe, and promotes positive conversations and interactions during a challenging time. Be sure to check out my friend Frances Darwin's site Henna Heals for more information on this process.
How do I prepare for my henna appointment?
Make sure that the area to be hennaed is clean and free of any lotion or oil. Manicures and waxing should be done in advance. Wear loose or comfortable clothing. For body pieces we can tape up your design with medical tape (Hypafix) if you wish to put your clothes back over it. For feet, flip flops, or bare feet are advisable.
How long does henna take to dry?
Once your mehndi design is applied it is dry in about 30 minutes, however, it should sit for 6-8 hours, or overnight (as is traditional). Instead of washing the paste off, it should be scraped off and allowed to oxidize another half a day or so. You can apply a vegetable oil or beeswax-based balm to it before showering or swimming to prolong the stain. Basically, you want to allow a full 24 hours of care for your henna to achieve the darkest stain possible. During the time that the henna stain is visible on the skin, it is customary to be exempt from household chores such as cooking and cleaning. May not work every time, but it's worth a try!
What is Black henna?
Nasty reaction from chemical henna paste
Nasty reaction from chemical henna paste
Technically, "black henna" is a misnomer. Sometimes, the herb Indigo will be labeled as black henna, because of it's ability to maintain black hair (Indigo actually yields a blue dye, the same dye that colors your jeans). But most often Black Henna is made of Coal Tar Dyes known as Paraphenyladiamine, or PPD for short. Recently it's referred to as "Para" or "kali mehndi". By any name, PPD is not safe for skin, and is banned by the FDA for use on skin. It can cause blisters, liver damage, fetal damage, and is known to be carcinogenic. Say no to "black henna", which is often found in tourist destinations like Mexico, Venice Beach, and even in India, Thailand, and Africa. Adding to the confusion, it is possible to get a nearly black stain on the palms from natural henna, when cared for properly. However, with a natural stain, the color starts out orange and darkens over 24-48 hours. Natural henna also needs to be left on for several hours to overnight. With "black henna", a jet black stain is achieved in just 20 minutes. Bio Henna Fresh Powder Hair Color for Dark Hair
Leaf Pack Conditioning and Colouring Hair Powder.
A purely natural hair treatment containing henna leaves along with Terminalis. Arjun, Mango Kernel and the Margosa leaf. This combination has been traditionally used to give shine and body to hair in addition to giving it a rich brown colour. The natural minerals and organic riches leave even dry or chemically treated hair luxuriously full and alive.It is a conditioning and vitalising hair powder that gives colour when left on for about one hour.
Henna is a small tropic tree with leaves of color that have tinted and conditioned hair for thousands of years. This traditional, fresh ground powder is a natural blend of henna leaves, mango kernel and the bark of the arjun tree. Mixed with water, these exotic ingredients dissolve into a luxurious paste to nourish and enlighten hair with rich brown color and shine.
Add water gradually to the powder, until a paste is formed. For conditioning, leave on for half an hour. For maximum color highlights, leave on for one hour or more. Shampoo. Rinse with water.
This is not a cosmetic product. It has therapeutic properties.
Ayurvedic Medicine. Organically Pure & Preservative Free. No Animal Testing.
Mehendi (Lawsonia alba) 63.0%, Aam Beej(Mangifera indica) 8.0%, Neem (Azadirachta indica) 5.0%, Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) 8.0%, Gambhari (Gmelina arborea) 6.0%, Daruhaldi(Berberis aristata) 5.0%, Kikkar gaund(Acacia arabica)5.0%.
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