Henna After-Care Tips
1. The most
important thing to have a great henna tattoo is how long you wait to peel
off the paste! We recommend 6-12 hours, with a minimum of 2 hours if you
absolutely can't wait. The longer the paste sits on your skin, the longer
the stain will last and the darker it will be!
2. Keep your henna
warm while the paste is on. A warm environment is perfect for making the
stain gorgeous and dark. So put on a movie and cuddle up with a heat lamp
3. If you can avoid
lots of movement to prevent cracking that'd be best, but we also
understand that you have a life to live! One trick is getting a sock
to slide over your design once its completely dry. This will allow you to use
your hand without the fear of the paste smearing onto something or the
paste flaking off all over the place. Be careful when placing the soc on
though or you could end up with a smeared design.
4. Use the Art
Factory's aftercare sealant for best results. The spray allows the henna
to stay slightly moist and this prevents cracking. No cracking means your
stain will look better all over.
5. Once you're ready
to take the paste off, don't wash it off. Water can cause the stain to
bleed all over your skin and create a nice orange glow that no one wants.
Scrape or peel it off. We like to use an old piece of card-stock mail or an old credit card to
effectively scrape it off into the trash. It will stain cloth like sheets
so be careful if you go to sleep with the paste on that it is properly
covered by either a sock, paper towel or medical tape. If there are difficult parts
of the stain that don't want to come off, use a paper towel and a little
essential oil to wipe it off.
6. Henna balm is your
friend at this stage! After you've scraped everything off, put some henna balm
on that design. The balm will help enhance the stain and elongate the life of your tattoo. (It creates a barrier from water and weather exposure)
Your henna tattoo will look
bright orange the first day but after 48 hours the henna will have darkened to
a beautiful brown if cared for properly. We hope these tips help everyone have
fun with henna!