What is henna?
Henna is a plant, known scientifically as Lawsonia inermis. This plant grows primarily in North Africa, South Asia, and Northern parts of Australia.
The tradition of henna has been around for thousands of years. Some of its uses include body art, coloring the hair, and healing remedies.
How do you make paste from a plant?
The henna leaves are dried, then ground into a finely sifted powder. The powder is then mixed with sugar and liquids to form a paste. The mixture needs to rest for several hours to give time for the leaves to release their natural dye.
After it rests and is made to the desired consistency, the henna mix is coned and ready for adornment applications.
What is mehndi?
Mehndi is another word for henna. The word "mehndi" or "mehendi" is used more in India and surrounding areas, and "henna" is a term used more in Arab countries.
What is white henna?
White henna is an adhesive, similar to body paint, so technically it's not henna. It doesn't stain the skin and doesn’t usually stay on as long as traditional henna/mehndi.
What is black henna?
Black henna is NOT henna. It is filled with dyes, toxic chemicals and preservatives that have caused allergic reactions ranging from a mild rash to permanent burning/scarring, and even death.
THIS FAKE HENNA SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS.
How can I tell if an artist is using natural henna?
I’m glad you asked!
The first thing you can do is ask the henna artist. They should be able to tell you what is in their henna cones. Also, natural henna paste is perishable. Henna paste should be stored in the freezer until use; it cannot sit out at room temperature for weeks or months.
Please remember that taking shortcuts to get an immediate dark stain is not worth the health risks involved.
ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE ARTIST IF THEIR HENNA IS NATURAL AND HANDMADE BEFORE GETTING ADORNED WITH HENNA.
What is Jagua?
Jagua is a fruit native to South America and is used as a safe, natural alternative for clients who prefer a blueish-black henna stain.