Henna, also known as mehndi is a form of body art where a mixture of dark green color is applied to different parts of the body in an artistic fashion to accentuate and beautify the body. The culture of henna mostly originates from the Indian subcontinent and is usually applied to mark festive occasions such as holy traditions, weddings and religious holidays.
Applying henna is a gesture of celebration. Celebrating life, happiness or the start of a new chapter of life is often associated with the application of henna. Once the henna is applied on arms, legs or any other part of the body, the subject must wait for the henna to dry. Very common questions asked by first-time applicants regarding the application, removal, and elimination of henna and its stain are answered below:
How long does it take henna to dry?
On average it takes about 1 hour for the henna stain to dry. The longer you leave it, the darker is the stain. An ideal is to leave the henna overnight for a very solid and refined stain. Once the henna is dried, it is washed away and leaves behind a maroon, brown or red colored stain, depending on the type of henna and the time duration for which it applied.
How long does a henna tattoo last?
This is a very frequently asked question. People who apply it for the first time or need to have clean hands before a certain time are often more inquisitive about the duration that the stain will last. Usually a henna tattoo or stain lasts for over a period of 1-3 weeks. But it is dependent on a lot of factors, for example what is your skin type, how dark was the stain, at what part of the body was henna applied, how many times is that area washed or scrubbed.
How to make henna last longer?
Use a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. It is tried and tested remedy, that keeps the henna wet and soaked and it keeps on releasing color for longer. Also, once the henna is removed, keep your hands moisturized, dryness will make the stain or tattoo come off quicker.
How much does henna cost?
Henna’s cost varies according to the size of the area being applied on, the quality of henna being used and the design being applied. More intricate the design, more costly it will be. But the most basic henna can be applied in a price range of 5-10$.
How to remove henna from skin?
You can use toothpaste, olive oil alone or mixed with salt, to gently exfoliate your skin. It can also be significantly removed by bleaching.