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How To Get The Darkest, Best Henna Stain Color Possible:

Here are 15 tips you can use to make your henna stain as dark as possible and last as long as possible.

 Prepare the highest quality possible henna

  1. Use a good quality henna. Using a quality henna powder like Artistic Organic, Mohana, or Jamila are essential to getting a good, long lasting stain. Make sure you store it properly and that the supplier you bought it from also stores it properly. The best way to store your henna powder is in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight.
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  1. Use high quality essential oils when mixing your henna. The essential oil you use when mixing your henna paste is very important to a dark, long lasting stain. Oils that contain high concentrations of monoterpine alcohol like cajeput, tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus are the best. Cajeput is widely known as the best choice. It has a mild scent that blends well with other oils (like Lemon Grass and Sweet Orange) and produces a dark stain. For best results mix 1 ounce of essential oils with each 100 grams of henna you are mixing.

  2. Know your henna powder's dye release time. To obtain a dark long lasting stain, you need to be sure that you have allowed enough time for the dye to release. ArtisticAdornment.com lists the dye release time of each henna powder they sell within the listing. Your dye release time will also depend on the temperature of the room in which your mixture is sitting. Dye release times can vary from 4-48 hours.

  3. Use sealant on the finished henna design. Once a henna design has dried, it is important to seal the design to the skin using a sealant. The most common sealant is made from equal parts of lemon juice and sugar. ArtisticAdornment.com stocks a quality lemon sugar sealant that is ready to use. This is also the most natural way to seal your henna design. You can also use a mixture of white glue and water or hairspray/hairgel. Sealant is usually reserved for private appointments or indoor events. Applying a sealant at a festival could be risky as it can attract bees to your client's design.


  4. Be sure that your client's skin is free of lotion, oil or sunblock. Have alcohol wipes on hand to clean the skin before application. Lotions, oils and sunblock can interfere with the stain as it causes a barrier to form between the henna and the skin.

Care to take while henna paste is still on the skin

  1. Leave the henna paste on for as long as possible. The longer the henna paste is left on the skin the better. Henna will dry within 30 minutes and some clients are tempted to brush it off right away. Be sure to encourage them to leave it on for at least an hour. One hour is good, overnight is better and anywhere in between these two times are fine.

  2. Wrap your henna. To help keep the henna on the skin, use sealant and wrap in toilet tissue and plastic wrap. Allow the henna to dry. Apply the sealant, and then wrap in toilet paper. You can then put plastic wrap over the toilet paper and tape down the ends.

  3. Steam your henna design. Boil water in a shallow pan, and hold your henna'd body part over the steam. Be careful not to burn your hand. You just want the steam to warm and moisten your henna.

  4. Keep your henna design warm. Henna stain best when on warm skin. Turn off the AC in the summer and in the winter keep close to a heat source or warm up your henna design with a hair dryer.

  5. Remove your henna paste carefully. When removing your design, be sure to brush off the lose bits and then scrape off the rest with your fingernail or the back of a butter knife. Do not use water to wash off your henna. If you are having trouble getting the henna off of your skin you can dab the stubborn bits with olive oil, allow it to soften the henna paste and then scrape off.
  6. Avoid contact with water for as long as possible after the paste is removed. Don't wash dishes and wait as long as you can to shower. This can be the least practical of the tips, but is important to try your best, as water interferes with the oxidization process that allows your henna stain to darken.

 

Care to take after the henna paste is off the skin

  1. Avoid chlorine. Chlorine is bleach found in swimming pools. It will halt the oxidization process and cause your henna stain to fade quickly.

  2. Avoid using skin care products that have exfoliating properties. Don't use body scrub or moisturizers with alpha hydroxy. Henna stains the first two layers of your skin. If you scrub away a layer, the stain will fade quickly.

  3. Avoid using alcohol based hand sanitizer. Not only does it dry out your skin it also interferes with the oxidization process.

  4. Use aftercare balm on your design. Protect your henna design by keeping it moisturized. Use a natural moisturizer or henna balm after the stain has matured to prolong the life of your stain. ArtisticAdornment.com stocks Mango Balm, which is perfect for protecting your mature stain.