Q. What is Mehndi?
A. It is, quite simply, a paste made from crushed leaves of the mehndi plant that leaves a temporary stain on the skin.
Q. What is Henna?
A. Henna is the art of applying mehndi to ones skin to create a temporary tattoo that is derived from the inspiration of the artist and/or the client.
Q. How long does it take for the henna to be applied?
A. That completely depends on the client! If the client wants a complex and intricate bridal design, the whole process can take several hours. However, a simple design on the hand, leg, back, etc, can be as quick as a few minutes.
Q. Can I go about my day as normal after getting henna applied?
A. That depends on what your normal daily routine consists of. Henna paste is wet when applied and since the goal is to get a rich dark henna temporary tattoo, you should take as much care of your henna while it's wet as possible. Be careful not to smudge the tattoo as the mehndi will stain whatever it comes in contact with. It can be the difference between an exquisite henna masterpiece and a henna masterpiece gone wrong! Once the tattoo dries up the mehndi will slowly start to crumble off, which is normal. It is advised, however, not to get the tattoo area wet for up to 24 hours to let the stain set in completely.
Q. What pointers do you have to get the darkest henna tattoo?
A. The key is to try and keep the mehndi on for as long as possible. The longer the mehndi paste stays on your skin, the darker and richer the color will be. Another tip is to ensure your body temperature stays warm and not cold. A warmer body temperature will help the henna stain reach its full potential. Also, avoid getting any water on the tattoo area for as long as possible. These tips will help you achieve the best stain possible.
Q. Ok the henna pasta is coming off, but it's this weird light orange color...what happened?
A. That is not a problem! That is exactly what is supposed to happen with the stain. In the initial stage, the henna stain is light orange, over time the stain matures into a darker color reaching its maximum potential in the next 48 hours. Hint: natural chemical free mehndi requires patience & time to mature, whereas mehndi that has dyes or chemicals will stain your skin right away, which is something to watch out for!
Q. How safe are henna tattoos?
A. I use 100% natural Ash Kumar branded mehndi exclusively, which is completely safe to use. One major type of mehndi that is not safe to use is called "black henna". If someone ever offers to do a black henna tattoo on you, get out of there ASAP! Natural mehndi paste will be a greenish-brown color while wet; mehndi will never be black unless it has chemicals or dyes mixed in. The stain that henna produces ranges from a dark orange to a dark reddish orange color. The only way to get black henna is by adding a dye to the mix, which often leads to very bad results.
See my facebook post HERE about black henna.