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Preparation/Aftercare/Maintenance

Proper preparation, after care, and maintenance will help you obtain a darker, longer lasting stain.

Preparation:

  • Gently exfoliate the area before your henna appointment
  • Depending on where you plan to have your design applied, it may be helpful to remove any hair on the area before your appointment
  • If you are having your palms or feet done, you may need to plan for someone else to be your driver for the day.
  • On the day of your appointment, keep your skin clean and oil/lotion-free which can interfere with the henna stain

Aftercare:

  • Leave the henna paste on for at least 4 hours but no more than 12 — 6 to 8 hours is optimal. The longer the paste is on your skin, the deeper the stain.
  • Heat helps intensify the stain, so try to keep your skin warm while the paste is on and through the first 24 hours if possibleĀ 
  • When you’re ready to remove the paste, scrape it off with your fingernails or a credit card. Do not use water to wash it off! Use a little olive oil or lemon juice to remove any stubborn bits.
  • Avoid contact with water for 12-24 hours – delaying exposure to water will help maximize the darkness and longevity of your henna stain

Ongoing Maintenance:

A well-cared for design will last about 2 weeks. One week of strong color, and another week of fading. Ultimately, it depends on how quickly your skin exfoliates. These tips can help to prolong the stain.

  • Avoid scrubbing the area – instead, wash gently and pat dry
  • Avoid petroleum-based products such as Vaseline or baby oil
  • Avoid pools, hot tubs and Jacuzzis (chlorine and other chemicals can speed up fading)
  • Frequent showering, bathing and swimming will all cause the henna to fade more quickly
  • Avoid overexposure to harsh soaps and use natural, gentler products if possible
  • When using cleaning supplies, use glovesĀ 
  • Protect the design with a natural oil such as olive or coconut oil each day, particularly before exposure to water. Avoid scrubbing the area – instead, wash gently and pat dry