Everything You Need To Know About Henna

Lawsonia Inermis

Natural henna or Mehndi, is derived from a plant called Lawsonia Inermis, which is a plant that is grown in tropical and subtropical regions of northern Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. It does not have a more popular name other than sometimes being referred to as “the henna plant”. Once the henna plant has matured, the leaves are dried, crushed, sifted into a fine powder.

From Powder to Paste

I make my henna paste at home starting with the henna powder and adding sugar, eucalyptus oil, and water. These 4 ingredients mixed together make the henna paste that I can apply to your skin which will create the stain. Henna is perishable, therefore I make my henna fresh for each client. Making my own henna has taken many years to master and using the right ingredients and process has made my henna rich and smooth so I can create beautiful designs.

The Henna Staining Process

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Henna Tattoo Stage 1 Paste Applied

Step 1: Henna Paste Applied

Once the henna is drawn/applied to your skin, you leave it on for a few hours. It takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes for the henna to completely dry. After the paste has dried, it is recommended to leave it on for 2-4 hours. The longer you leave it on the better the stain color will be. The warmer the body temperature the darker the color, so during this time I tell people to apply direct heat to the paste. Direct heat can be applied with a heating pad, heated blanket, or just stay warm as you can.

Henna Tattoo Stage 2 Golden Stain Paste Removed

Step 2: Henna Paste Removed

After leaving the paste on for the recommended time, you can slowly scrape it off or rub it off.  Please do this over a trashcan or outdoors so you do not create a mess. If you have tape on, the paste should come off when you take the tape off. If it does not, you can take a credit card edge or a butter knife (dull) edge and scrape off the remaining henna paste. The first stain should be somewhat orange/bright orange. After taking off the paste you should apply oil over the stain. You can use any type of cooking oil such as coconut, castor oil, almond...etc. If you do not have any type of oil I recommend using Vaseline over the stain.

Henna Tatto Stage 3 Dark Stain

Step 3: Henna Stain Darkens

Day 2 will have the darkest stain. From here you just avoid exposing the henna to water. The more you expose yourself to water, the quicker the stain will fade. In order to keep the stain from fading too soon, I recommend using vaseline/vegetable oil before and after your shower to help protect the stain. Absolutely avoid the pool as chemicals/chlorine/hand sanitizer/nailpolish remover because it will significantly lift the stain. 

Henna Care Instructions

  1. Henna gives a cooling sensation from the eucalyptus oil.
  2. Let past dry 15-30 minutes on a dry hot day.
  3. Leave the paste on 3-6 hours.
    • The longer you leave the paste on the better the stain result. I recommend letting the paste fall off naturally (take it off before bed depending on the time it was applied).
  4. Apply heat with a heating pad / stay warm.
    • The warmer the body temperature, the darker the stain will be. Applying direct heat (like a heating pad) may result in a darker / richer stain).
  5. Scrape/rub the paste off.
  6. Apply my oil to your stain. Otherwise, you can use any oil except baby oil.
    • Do this before and after your showers to ensure you stain will last as long as possible.
  7. Your stain will darken over the next 24-48 hours.


I use the best quality products, therefore you will always see a great stain. The best stain depends on your aftercare and external factors like natural body oils, medications, hormones, etc. Henna stains best on warmer areas of your body, and where there is thicker skn (i.e., fingers, palms, and feet). Avoid pools, chemicals, and exposure to water for long periods as this will lift your stain quicker than usual.