Frequently Asked Questions

"Lawsonia inermis", also known as the Henna Tree/Plant.

◆What is Henna?◆

  •The English name for Henna is derived from the Arabic word "حِنَّاء", which colloquially is pronounced "حنا‎", & loosely pronounced "Hinna".

  •Henna is also known by many other names (which vary between regions), including "Mehndi", "Mehandi", & "Mehndika", to name a few.

  •The paste used for this decorative body art, as well as a natural hair dye, is made from the twigs & leaves of the plant species "Lawsonia inermis", more commonly known as the "Hina Tree", (or plant), "Mignonette Tree", & also the "Egyptian Privet".

  •The Henna plant originates from Asia and the Mediterranean, but can be found in tropical regions around the world, also including Northern Africa.

  •Henna paste is not only Safe, but is also made from High-Quality All-Natural ingredients.

  •The dry powder created from crushed Henna Leaves & Twigs, is mixed with a number of liquids, including Water, Lemon Juice or Strong Tea, as well as other ingredients like Sugar, Molasses, & Essential Oils (I prefer to use Lavender E.O. due to its non-Abrasive & gentleness on the body, safely allowing Children, Chemotherapy Patients, & Pregnant Mothers-To-Be).

  •Essential Oils like Eucalyptus & Lavender, increase the effectiveness of the paste, as well as its ability to stain the skin, allowing for a deeper, darker, & longer lasting temporary stain/tattoo.

A "Carrot Bag" containing paste; Used for storing & applying Henna paste onto the skin.

◆How are Henna tattoos applied?◆

  •After the Henna paste is made & put into rolled-up, cellophane cones, the henna artist then simply applies the design to the desired area of skin quite similar to the way a baker squeezes icing onto a cake.

  •As before mentioned, some artists will apply an essential oil to the skin (Like Lavender, or Eucalyptus) prior to the design application, which allows for a darker, longer-lasting stain/tattoo.

A chart depicting the staining potential of Henna on different parts of the body. Areas where the skin is thinner & more delicate, tend to receive a darker stain.

◆How long do Natural Henna tattoos last?◆

  •How long a Henna tattoo will last depends on various factors, including where (on the body) the design is applied, or how often the tattoo comes into contact with water & other elements (such as Sunshine, Chlorinated Water, Vigorous Scrubbing in the Shower, etc...). For the most part however, the average Natural Henna Tattoo will last around 7-10 days.

  White "Henna Glam" Body Art, unlike Natural Henna, does not leave a stain on the skin. These this type of body art generally only last from 2-3 days.

  "Jagua Gel" Temporary Tattoos stain the skin similar to Natural Henna, but leave a much darker, bluish-black stain, which lasts slightly longer at around 10-13 days.

Image warning of the dangers of PPD, an extremely toxic chemical often found in "Black Henna".

◆Does Henna come in different colors?◆

  NO!! It is VERY important to know & understand that NATURAL+SAFE Henna paste results in an orange, brownish-red, to maroon-colored stain.

  •There is NO such thing as a safe/natural "Coloured" or "Black Henna"!! Pastes which claim to be "colored/black Henna" can contain extremely toxic & harmful chemicals (Like toxic PPD**), which can result in extremely harmful side effects like chemical burns (Which cause  scarring of the skin), as well as severe allergic reactions which can lead to anaphylactic shock, & even death.


**PPD (Para-phenylendiamine) is a strong sensitizer, carcinogen, and  transdermal toxin (it penetrates your skin and then travels through your blood stream and causes damage). It is associated with bladder cancer, asthma, and many other heath problems. A PPD reaction starts around 3-10 days after the PPD/"Black Henna" is applied.

"Genipa Americana", also known as the South American Jagua Fruit.

◆What is Jagua Body Art?◆

  •Jagua Tattoos are a temporary form of skin decoration resulting from the application of an extract derived from the fruit "Genipa Americana".

  This fruit has been used for body ornamentation and numerous medicinal purposes in many areas of South America for centuries. It has only recently been introduced in North America and Europe as an addition to Henna body art."

  •Jagua Gel is applied to the skin in much the same way as Henna paste. Rather than leaving a brown'ish, brick-red coloured stain, Jagua leaves a bold, navy blue to deep blue'ish-black coloured stain on the skin, which lasts slightly longer than a Henna tattoo (12-15 days).


  At "How About Henna?™|Body Art", we make our own Henna paste in-house, using only the Highest Quality, All-Natural Ingredients. This ensures that our Temporary Tattoos & Body Art are not only Safe for children, mothers-to-be, & individuals undergoing chemotherapy, but for ALL of our valued clients!

  We pride ourselves, our artwork, & especially our clients, & only offer the absolute best products, guaranteed to create beautiful body art that you'll want to show off to all of your friends & family!



(Instructions, Tips, & Tricks)

To ensure a Deeper, Darker, & Longer-lasting Henna tattoo stain, check out this helpful video!

◆Interesting & Fun Facts◆

  •The Henna pastes staining ability is due to "Lawsone" molecules found within the plant. Lawsone is only released when the plants leaves are broken or crushed.

  •Leaves from the Henna plant have been used to color the skin, hair, fingernails, & even fabrics like silk, wool, & leather, for over 5,000 years!

  •Henna flowers have also been used since ancient times to make perfumes, which are still quite popular today.

  •Henna plants contain numerous substances which have various medicinal values.

  •The Henna plants tiny flowers (Which can be pink, red, or white), contain both reproductive organs & are able to self-pollinate!

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