It has come to my attention that many people get henna, and then within 2 days it disappears to their dismay. I thought, "well! i must come to the rescue of those wanting to preserve their dyed skins cells!"
So here are the rules of henna.
- You want to let the henna dry naturally, do not use any form of extra heat on it
- Once your henna has dried, do not then begin to pick at it, in fact what you truly need to do to get amazing results is re-wet it. DO NOT USE WATER. the best thing to do is put some (a) Vicks menthol rub, or if you don't have that, (b) a mixture of lemon juice and sugar which you have warmed up in the mircrowave.
- Use a cotton pad or ball to gently put the lemon substance all over the henna design, or a finger for the Vicks, do not use a Q-tips, because your henna will come off.
- After you have applied one of those lovely liquids, wrap you hand, or body part with the henna design on it with cling wrap, glad or otherwise.
- Leave you henna on for at least, AT LEAST, 4 hours for good results, i tend to do 10 hours, but thats because i want my henna to last for more than 3-5 days.
- When you've decided to take your henna off, DO NOT USE WATER!! EVER!! THIS IS THE DOWNFALL OF HENNA!!!!
- What you want to do is get a paper towel or napkin, and some sort of oil, it can be olive oil, body oil, baby oil, mustard oil, almond oil, it doesn't matter, as long as it is oil. put some of the oil on the paper towel, and gently scrap the henna off ur hand using the paper towel.
- Do NOT wash your hand afterwards. NO WATER.
- Try not to get ur henna wet for the next few days, because henna tends to darken for 24-48 hours after removal of the gunky dye. Heat is what makes it darken, so bundle up when you go to bed, and wake up with darker henna!!