Henna Stains – Before & After Care
Before removing the henna paste:
1. Let the henna dry.
Henna paste will usually take half an hour to completely dry. Be sure to stay away from clothing, hair and other people while it’s drying.
2. Leave the henna on.
Leave the henna on as long as possible! The longer you leave the henna on, the darker the color will be and the longer it will last. Leave it on a minimum of 1 hour; *overnight is best.
3. Take extra steps for a better stain. (After the henna paste is dry)
- *lemon juice/sugar in a bowl and use a cotton swab to gently apply the mixture on your dry henna paste. Be sure to not apply too much of the lemon/sugar mix or it will lead the henna to stain in places you don’t want & also smudge the design.
- Warm your hands over a stove. (Just be careful not to burn yourself)
*Applying lemon juice/sugar will cause your hands to be sticky. So if you feel you may be uncomfortable, stay away from using the lemon/sugar juice.
*Some people may reccomend wrapping your henna in a plastic bag etc. if you’re planning on keeping it over night. I would not advise this as it will only cause your hands to overheat (sweat) & lead to undesirable results.
After removing the dry henna paste:
Once the dry henna paste is removed, you will see an orange-ish stain on your skin. This stain will deepen into a darker reddish-brown color over the next 48 hours.
1. Avoid Water
Use the dull side of a butter knife or just your hands to remove the dry henna paste. Do not use water.
- Avoid using any petroleum products such as baby oil or Vaseline as they will contribute to the demise of your stain.
- Avoid shaving over your henna/mehndi stain. Shaving removes layers of skin so you may want to shave around your mehndi or henna stain to keep it looking its best.
2. Use olive/corn oil
If you feel that your hands aren’t completely clean from the henna paste, use oil to remove any residue left.
How to remove the henna stain:
Henna stains last on average 7-10 days & will gradually fade away completely. comletely away. There is no way to completely remove a fresh henna stain, but you can speed the process up with these simple tips:
- Soaking in the shower.
- Scrubbing or exfoliating the skin.
- Chlorine can help to remove the stain as well so a dip in the pool may speed up the fading process.
- Whitening tooth paste scrubbed over the stain may help as well.
NOTE: All these tips are a collaboration of information I’ve found on the net + my personal experience. The final color is largely dependant on your skin & body’s chemistry with the henna paste.