Henna has been around for many centuries. At first used for its cooling properties in the middle east, it was quickly adapted for use as body decoration. Since then it has been incorporated into many traditions and practices and in some places still has a mystic property placed on it. In India, for example the darker your henna stain the more your husband, or husband to be, loves you.
In America henna has become popular for its beauty and staying power without being a permanent body modification. The old traditions are still practiced, but new ways to use and express ourselves have come about with henna. At Hennatopia is attempt to embrace it all and bring you what you want. Whether that be a dragon spiraling up your arm, a simple lotus, or a full on bridal hand, I strive to provide body art bliss.
I only use all natural henna, made myself, for all my services. It is mixed with aromatherapy grade essential oils and, most often, lemon juice and sugar. For those with allergies I have mixes that forgo scents and/or the juice.
Henna is a plant that grows in very warm regions, typically in the middle east. It is found in northern Africa, all through the middle east, India, Pakistan, and the very southern tips of Europe. Check out this map for where it grows best.
Image from hennapage.com
What colors does henna come in?
I could say one color, but that isn’t exactly true. Henna comes in shades of brownish red. Depending on where it grows, your skin chemistry, how it was mixed, and several other factors it can be almost a black brown. The shades range from a dark brown, to a reddish brown, to a lighter brown on some people. Whatever the color, it is beautiful. However, real henna is never TRULY black. If it is, then you have been duped with PPD, a dangerous chemical that is not henna. More on that below.
I took my henna off and the design is orange?!?
That is normal. Henna has to oxidize in your skin over a 48 hour period. It will slowly turn darker over the first few days, till it is at its peak color. Check out this stain progression to give you an idea. Click on the image to see the full size.
What about black henna?
I do not use or recommend the use of Para-Phelnyenediamine (PPD) based “black henna”. For more information on the dangers of “black henna” I strongly encourage you to look here.
More henna info can be found here.