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Where does henna stain best?
These five photos were all taken
of the same person to ensure accurate and consistent results. The henna paste
was made using Jamila henna, lemon juice, and sugar with essential oils added
to darken the color. The paste was left on the skin for 4 hours during a warm
afternoon. The henna paste was removed and matured or darkened for 48 hours
then photos were taken.
The top of the feet produce very rich and even stains
that will look perfect for 10 days then begin to fade. The edges of
the feet produce very dark, nearly black stains on occasion, that can take up to 3 to 6 weeks to fade entirely.
ankles are a popular choice for bands or little flowers and produce
nice even stains. Not as dark as the feet or hands, it still results
in a lovely deep shade and long lasting stain.
Henna applied to the tops of the hands always gives wonderful
dark results lasting 9-10 days and then fading away. Stains on the fingers
and knuckles will be 1-2 shades darker than the center and last a bit
longer. Moving up to the wrist and lower arm stains become distinctly
lighter and fade more quickly. Don't forget about the palms, incredibly
Henna applied to the upper arm remains fairly light,
roughly half as dark as hands and feet. Arms never achieve a rich dark
color and they fade more rapidly, maybe 7 days.
The lower back and shoulder or chest result in rather
wimpy color. The designs will fade very quickly, 5-6 days. The skin
in these areas is too thin to absorb much dye. To make matters worse,
these areas are also rather oily wich can cause the stain to fade out
in a hurry.
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.
The longer the paste is in contact with the 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, 3-7 days, on thinner skinned areas such as arms, chest, and back.
As the skin exfoliates and regenerates mehndi will completely disappear.
Natural henna will never dye skin purple, pink, blue, or black. Black henna
may have chemicals added that can blister and scar the skin as well as cause
long term damage to your body. Any henna that dyes skin a color other than
reddish-brown has chemicals added that are not clearly healthy or safe. Please
use only safe and natural brown henna.