Below is a simple resource to answer all your curiosities, confusions and concerns!
Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to learn more or get further clarification.
What is Henna?
Henna is a plant, Lawsonia Inermis, said to be indigenous to Egypt and in use for at least 5000 years. Useful both as a folk medicine and as a decorative cosmetic, the henna plant was eventually spread around the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf, finally reaching the Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia.
The leaves of the plant contain a dye molecule, lawsone, which is responsible for coloring the skin.
How long does henna last?
Henna can last 1 - 2 weeks, but usually looks fresh for about a week & starts fading after that, depending on
how fast your skin is renewing itself & how well you take care of it!
What do I do after getting henna?
The paste will take 5 - 25 minutes to dry; The warmer you and the environment are, the better! Let it fall off on it's own; don't pick it off. Leave it on for 6-8 hours. Do not wash off dried paste with water; use a natural oil if it has not completely fallen off. Natural henna needs to be left on for several hours for best stain color and duration. The color starts out bright orange and takes 2 days to fully develop. Do your best to avoid as much water contact in that time; plan your shower before!
Do you have black henna?
Black henna is NOT safe to use!
"Black henna" uses Coal Tar Dyes known as Paraphenyladiamine, or PPD for short. PPD is not safe for skin or internal organs, & banned by the FDA for use on skin. It can cause blisters, liver damage, fetal damage & is known to be carcinogenic.
Say NO to "black henna"!
What is Jagua?
Jagua (ha-gua), or Genipa Americana, is a traditional fruit-based dye from South & Central America (traditionally & still currently used by indigenous tribes in the Amazon Rainforest), which leaves a very dark blueish stain (seemingly black) on the skin.
What do I do after getting jagua?
Let it dry about 10-30 minutes. In 6-7 hours, wash off the dried jagua ink thoroughly with warm water & soap to ensure that ink does not stain other body parts. A wash cloth or plastic glove can be used as well. It's going to look like it completely disappeared at first - don't freak out! It's the way it works! If you pick off the dried gel, beware, you may stain your fingers without realizing it! Stain takes 2 days to fully develop, like henna.
How long does jagua last?
Jagua can last 2-3 weeks, but usually looks fresh for about 1.5 weeks & starts fading after that, depending on how fast your skin is renewing itself and aftercare.
What is Hengua?
Hengua is the combined recipe of henna paste and jagua juice! You take the best qualities of each and get a magical darker henna-like color but longer lasting like jagua. Dries faster and stays intact on the skin a bit longer. No need to wash off!
Please arrive promptly on time to ensure that I can accommodate you in a timely fashion and do my best work. If you are more than 5 minutes late to an appointment, a late fee of ($10/10 minutes) will be applied. If you are more than 30 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled and you will be charged for the full hour ($75).
We know things happen and we'd love to work with you! Deposits are nonrefundable but we may be open to rescheduling within 24-48 hours, if scheduling permits. Cancellations less than 48 hours in advance subject to being charged for full time.
Do you sell cones?
Yes! Henna by Naty makes organic henna paste and also makes jagua and hengua cones.
Cones are currently available for in-person pick-up throughout NYC at the moment.
Please contact directly for purchasing information.
Do you teach henna classes/workshops?
We do! We enjoy sharing the history and how to of henna in a one-on-one setting or up to a class of 20!
Classes and workshops usually range between 1 - 3 hours, with one-on-one usually being a 2 hour class.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in learning the art of henna!
Do you have any events coming up?
Yes! You can see our upcoming events above our contact form. Come out and get some discounted henna! You can also learn more about the events we're participating in by checking out our instagram and Facebook.
If you'd like to book your next event with us, please fill out our event inquiry form.
I have another question!!
Feel free to reach out to us directly if there is anything else you'd like to know by filling out our contact form!