What Color is Henna
When you first remove
the henna paste the stain will be an orange-yellow color. Watch your new mehndi
change from yellow-orange to a deeper reddish-brown (depending on your skin)
over the next 48 hours. The dye will oxidize and mature over 2 days, becoming
darker and richer in color. You should avoid contact with water as much as
possible for the first 24 hours. The henna dye molecule is hydrophobic and
won't deepen fully if exposed to water.
Natural henna will always leave a stain in the range of orange/red/brown,
however, the exact shade can vary. Darkness varies with each person's body
chemistry, the area of body chosen, and the length of time the paste remained
in contact with the skin.
Natural henna will
never dye your skin purple, pink, blue, or black. Any henna that dyes
your skin a color other than reddish-brown has chemicals added that are not
clearly healthy or safe. Black henna may have chemicals added that can blister
and scar the skin as well as cause long term damage to your body. Please use
only safe and natural brown henna.
The longer the paste is in contact with your skin, the darker the color
and the longer lasting it will be. It will last the longest, 1-3 weeks,
on thicker, dry skin such as hands and feet, and will fade more quickly, 3-10
days, on thinner skinned areas such as arms, chest, and back. As your skin
exfoliates and regenerates your mehndi will completely disappear.
To obtain the best possible stain apply the paste to hands and feet, keep
the area very warm, and leave the paste on at least 6 hours.