What is Henna?
Henna is a plant that has a dye, lawsone, in its leaves, and that dye will stain skin, fingernails and hair. Henna paste stains skin just as a wet teabag stains a white tablecloth. Your artist will apply henna paste in patterns on people’s skin, and that will leave a temporary stain when the paste falls off. The henna stain will be orange when the paste comes off, and that stain will darken to a dark brick red or brown color in 48 hours.
How long does it last?
Henna patterns on skin last from 1 – 5 weeks. Henna lasts longest on palms and soles. Henna lasts briefly on upper arms, backs, and faces.
Henna is NOT a tattoo. Henna patterns are not permanent. Henna artists do not work with needles. Henna paste should stay on the skin for several hours or over night for the best possible stain. If your party activities are such that the people cannot keep henna paste on their skin, the stain will be lighter and fainter. Activities that lead to “henna mishaps” are dancing, swimming, and rambunctious or drunken behavior.
Is it Safe?
The paste we use is safe and completely natural. All artists use natural henna which has a very high level of safety, and allergic reactions are very rare. Dark brown or red is the normal color for henna. Henna is NOT BLACK! Any henna paste that quickly stains skin black has PPD in it, and that can cause severe allergic reactions, blistering and scarring. Do not EVER hire a henna artist who uses “Black Henna”. None of our artists will ever use black henna at any event which you book through us.
Children under the age of 6 should not have henna because they have difficulty keeping it in place, undisturbed. Any child who is G6PD deficient should have NO henna. No infant should be hennaed.
Best for Ages 10 and up. FUN for everyone!