Below is a simple resource to answer all your curiosities, confusions and concerns! Please feel free to contact me if you want to learn more.
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.
What color is henna?
Henna only comes in one color that ranges depending on the quality of the powder/paste, how fresh it is and how long it's left on the skin.
The color ranges from a light brown to a deep rich burgundy.
How long can henna last?
With proper aftercare and preparation, 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. Make sure to read those prep and post tips via email after booking!
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 and exfoliation 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 & currently used by indigenous tribes in the Amazon Rainforest).
What color is jagua?
The stain from jagua is dark blue-almost black.
How long can jagua last?
With proper aftercare, Jagua can last 2-3 weeks, but usually looks fresh for about 1.5 weeks & then starts fading, depending on how fast your skin is renewing itself.
What do I do after getting jagua?
Let it dry about 10-30 minutes. In 5-7 hours wash off the dried jagua gel 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.
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 than jagua and stays intact on the skin a bit longer.
What color is hengua?
combining both the amazing colors of henna & jagua, hengua stains a darker burgundy sometimes plum color.
How long can hengua last?
With proper aftercare, hengua can last 1.5 - 2.5 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 hengua?
The paste will take 5 - 30 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. Keep paste on for several hours for best stain color and duration.
The stain 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!
Please arrive on time to your appointment to ensure that I can do my best work and be considerate of other clients & commitments. If you are more than 5 minutes late to your appointment, a late fee will be automatically applied ($1/1 minute). If you are more than 20 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled and either full remaining balance or my hourly rate will be automatically charged.
I know things happen and I would love to work with you! Booking fees (deposits) are nonrefundable. Rescheduling requests less than 72 hours before appointment will require a new booking fee (deposit). Rescheduling availability isn't a guarantee. Only one rescheduling may be allowed per appointment, at my discretion. Cancellations less than 1 week from appointment will be subject to fee of 50% of my hourly rate ($80/hr) or service rate. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to appointment will be automatically charged either full service rate or my hourly rate of $80. If there is ever a reason I suddenly become unavailable, an equally amazing subcontracted artist will be booked. If not, deposits would be refunded.
Do you sell cones?
Yes! Henna by Naty makes organic henna and also makes jagua and hengua.
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!