Henna After Care:
Henna looks different on everyone. The color of your henna stain depends on several factors : Quality of henna paste/ powder , Body chemistry, location on the body, and after care. Henna stains are darkest during the first 4-7 days, and then gradually fades completely.
The following are some steps you can follow to ensure a nice stain.
- Leave paste on for a minimum of 2 – 5 hours. For Bridal henna, keeping henna paste overnight gives the best results.
- Pick or scrape paste off after 6-8 hours. If paste falls off earlier, don’t panic. It’s done its job. Just don’t help it along by picking. Do not wash with water. No water contact for 24 hours if possible (48 hours is even better)
- Design will progress from orange tones to burgundies or browns depending on the person in about 48 hours. Color may continue to deepen even longer on some individuals.
- The warmer the body temperature, the faster and darker the henna will stain.
- For Bridal henna – You can wrap the area with medical gauze swabs or toilet paper. Wrapping isn’t required but it helps conserve heat and moisture, which helps to make the stain darker. It will also protect bed sheets as the paste is left on overnight Do NOT use plastic wrap or gloves as the perspiration will smudge the design.
These simple steps will protect your design and help it to look its best:
- Rub your henna design with Eucalyptus oil or a natural vegetable oil before bathing or swimming to protect it from water. Corn, canola, or olive oil all work well. Avoid using any petroleum products such as baby oil or Vaseline as they will contribute to the demise of your stain.
- Avoid excess rubbing of the area. Keep in mind that frequent washing, soaps, petroleum products (sunscreen, Vaseline, baby oil) on the design will cause your henna design to fade more quickly.
Guidelines for Bridal Henna:
- Pedicure/manicure has to be done before the henna day. If it has to be done after, the massage and lotion/oils must be skipped or it could interfere with color progression.
- Waxing, exfoliating or shaving must be done before the henna application and not after henna is applied or the color will fade faster.
- If you are participating in the Indian Haldi/turmeric ceremony after henna application, attempt to wear gloves or socks so that the henna does not get scrubbed. This could affect the color greatly if the henna is scrubbed or washed.
- Avoid doing heavy household work, rubbing, scrubbing after application.