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Henna & Jagua


Henna (lawsonia inermis)  is a plant that grows in hot, desert climates.  When mixed with a few natural ingredients, it forms a paste which releases a natural red dye.   The art of applying henna to the skin in an artistic way is called Mehndi.    Although every artist has her/his own recipe, my henna is made with all natural ingredients including:

organic henna powder, lemon juice or water, sugar, and any mixture of essential oils of lavender, tea-tree/cajeput, sweet orange, and lemongrass.    


Henna stains last from 1-3 weeks depending on various factors including body part, how long the paste is left on, and how well the stain in taken care of. 


It is very important to make sure your henna is done by a reputable henna artist who uses only natural henna.  I suggest you never have henna done using pre-packaged henna cones that are sitting out on a shelf, as those have chemicals in them (i.e. bought on a counter of an Indian market).  Real henna must be kept frozen or in the refrigerator because it is perishable.


As you can see in the photo below, henna stains a reddish color.  Palms and soles stain the darkest, followed by the fingers and the tops of hands and feet.   As you move further away from the hands and feet, the stain will be lighter (shown in photo)  

Fresh henna stain on the left.  Mature henna stain on the right

About Jagua

About  Henna

Jagua is an all-natural, non-toxic product made from a fruit that grows in South America.  The juice from the unripe fruit is mixed with other food-grade ingredients to achieve a medium which can be used to draw on the skin.    It differs from henna in that it is a blue-black-grey color.  Like henna, the stain will last 1-3 weeks depending on your skin, body part, and how you take care of it. 



Note: If you have any fruit allergies, you may be allergic to jagua. Otherwise, allergic reactions are rare. 


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Jagua Aftercare

Depending on your body part and other factors, I used either Paste or Gel.  Please refer to the appropriate instructions below


Jagua Paste

-Allow your jagua paste to dry for about 20 minutes.

-When dry to the touch, gently dab it with the sugar solution in order to keep it moist and stuck to the skin

-You may repeat this every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours being careful not to get it too moist so that it does not smear!

-Keep jagua paste on your skin for 3-4 hours

-Carefully remove sticky, dried paste by scraping it off with the edge of a credit card or nail file.

-KEEP IN MIND THAT THE JAGUA IS STILL ABLE TO STAIN THE SKIN, so do not allow little pieces to sit elsewhere on your skin or the floor.

-Once most of it is removed, WASH it off with room-temperature, running, soapy water. 

-Pat dry

-It will barely be visible at this point.  Give it 12-48 hours to show up

-DO NOT EXPOSE THE DEVELOPING STAIN TO ANY HOT WATER

-Once your stain shows up, apply balm prior to any water exposure

-Note that chlorine or hot tubs will hasten the demise of the stain.


Jagua Gel

-Once applied, be very careful not to let the gel smear! Jagua gel takes approximately 1 hours to dry.

-Leave gel on the skin for 3 hours.

-Allow water to run over the gel for about 1 minute to begin dissolving it

-Now wash the area more thoroughly with running, soapy water

-Pat dry

-It will barely be visible at this point. Give it 12-48 hours to show up

-DO NOT EXPOSE THE DEVELOPING STAIN TO ANY HOT WATER

-Once your stain shows up, apply balm prior to any water exposure

-Note that chlorine and hot tubs will hasten the demise of the stain


Henna Aftercare

Lemon/Sugar Sealant Instructions


-Allow your henna to dry for about 15 minutes.  It should be dry to the touch, but not flaking off. 

-Gently dab the sugar sealant on your henna with the cotton ball (provided).

-Repeat this every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours.  The goal is to keep it moist and STUCK on the skin.

-Keep warm--Henna stains much better with warmth.  

-For the darkest and longest-lasting stain, leave your henna paste on for as long as you can-- up to 12 hours. (4 hours minimum.)

If you choose to sleep with it on, after the sugar sealant has dried and left a sticky film, dab it with cotton to get a coat of lint on it.  This will keep the henna from sticking to your sheets.


-Remove your henna by rubbing or scraping it off over a sink or outside where it will not be tracked indoors.  You can use a dry towel, the edge of a credit card, or edge of a nail file.

-To remove sticky residue, use a skin-safe oil (any cooking oil such as olive or coconut).  Rub it onto the skin and then wipe off with a towel until all henna and sticky residue is removed.

-DO NOT WASH IT OFF WITH WATER AND SOAP! It will not stain well if you do. 

-Try to not wash the area for 12-24 hours.  If you must shower, put petroleum jelly, Aquaphor or lip balm on it to keep the water out.

-Apply a balm any time you expose it to water

​-Your henna stain will be orange at first, but will gradually become much darker over the next 3 days.

-Note that chlorine and hot tubs will hasten the demise of your stain. 

​-Also note that hands and feet will always stain darker than other body parts. 



Tape Sealant Instructions


-If I taped your henna (ie. pregnant bellies) leave your taped henna in place for 8 hours. 

-Wear only breathable fabric over area. 

-Do NOT do exercise that will cause sweating.  

-DO NOT place any plastic or vinyl (gloves) over the taped henna; This will smear it and you will be stuck with a stain in the shape of a smear for 2 weeks.

-Remove the tape when ready.

-The dried henna paste will come off with the tape.  If there is any left, rub it off with a towel.

-Try not to wash the area for 12 hours.  If you must shower, put petroleum jelly, Aquaphor, or lip balm on it to keep the water out

-Your henna stain will be orange at first, but will gradually become much darker over the next 3 days

-Note that chlorine and hot tubs will hasten the demise of your stain.

​-Also note that hands and feet will always stain darker than other body parts.