Henna Aftercare

Follow these simple steps and your henna will be at its optimum stain and last in greater beauty for longer.

  • Once your henna is applied it takes approximately 1 hour for the henna to dry (longer in cold temperatures)
  • We recommend you leave your henna paste on for another 8 hours in order to intensify the colour and produce a longer lasting effect
  • You should wear your protective mitten/sock during the first night to protect and enhance the design and prevent your clothes and sheets from being stained
  • The next morning, peel off your henna paste with your fingers (olive oil will assist this process) to reveal the orange design on your skin
  • This color will deepen into a richer reddish-brown colour over the next 48 hours
  • You should try to avoid contact with water during the first 24 hours after paste removal as this can interrupt the oxidization and darkening process of the henna
  • If you wish to wash off any henna paste during the first 24 hours, please use a small amount of lemon juice or olive oil rather than water
  • Henna balm cream or natural baby oil applied casually will prolong the stain.
  • When showering or bathing, it is best to rub a small amount of oil (vegetable or olive is fine) which acts as a protective barrier between skin and water

Henna binds to the keratin in your skin. We all have different levels of keratin, so the stains can vary from person to person. The most keratin is in your hands and feet, so the darkest stains will be achieved in these parts of the body.

Please note that during the first 24 hours, the henna stain can transfer to other parts of your body or to fabrics if prolonged contact takes place. Please wear the henna glove provided to ensure that your beautiful henna stain stays exactly where you intended.