Henna is a plant that grows in many countries, mostly in semi-arid and tropical areas of India, Pakistan, Morocco, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. Henna (also known as mehendi) is produced from the leaves of the “henna plant” (Lawsoina Inermis). The leaves contain a red dye called ‘Lawsone’, which essentially leaves the radiant red stain on the skin
Once the henna leaves are obtained they are crushed into fine powder, the powder is sifted, and then mixed with a variety of ingredients such as essential oils (eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree etc.) and water to create a smooth paste which is then left for 10-12 hours for the dye to get released. This paste is then poured into the applicator (a henna cone rolled from cellophane) which allows the artist to create fine, precise lines.
Natural henna is a beautiful, painless form of body art full of rich tradition in various cultures. Henna paste is filled into henna cones with fine tip and then applied on the skin.
Henna is traditionally applied on the hands and feet of women (and men in some communities). Women in some countries apply on the belly during baby shower as belly blessing.
A good aftercare is required to achieve a beautiful stain. It is highly recommended to keep the skin dry and away from water for 6-8 hours after the application process for optimal stain. Natural henna does not stain right away, however in 24-48 hours, the stain will appear in shades of reddish-brown, varying from deep/dark red to a dark mahogany-brown – this is when the color is at it’s peak. Hence for bridal henna , it is recommended to get the henna done 2-3 days before the event.
Henna stain can last upto 2 weeks depending on the intensity of the stain, the aftercare followed and on which part of the body it is applied.
Black henna is a paste made by mixing a little bit of henna, and a majority of things that are really bad for your skin, specifically: PPD (a chemical found in permanent hair dye), charcoal, kerosene and other chemicals. Chemicals such as these can cause lead poisoning, painful sores and permanent scarring. Henna is NOT black and when natural henna is used, it will always stain in shades of red and brown. ‘Henna by Tanvi’ does not use nor encourages the use of black henna.
There is no such thing as white henna. White henna is simply white body paint which can be used to replicate the look of henna design but it’s not henna. It simply sits on top of the skin and washes off immediately as the skin comes in contact with water.
The time required for an event depends on the intricacy/size of the design requested and the number of guests requesting henna. A standard, simple design extending from the wrist up one finger can take upto 5 minutes while more fuller/intricate designs can take more time. A typical bridal henna on hands and feet can take anywhere from 3-6 hours.
‘Henna by Tanvi’ can provide additional artists as the event requires
‘Henna by Tanvi’ typically services New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut states and is available for destination weddings and events.