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Henna is extracted from a tree by drying and grinding leaves and stems. The greenish powder, when mixed with an acidic liquid, makes a temporary red, brown, or orange design on a porous surface.
People use henna in ritual skin painting, called Mehndi, for birth and marriage celebrations. Western cultures have adopted henna to make temporary tattoos and organic hair dye.
Dying with henna is entirely temporary. Hair dye may last up to six weeks, but skin dye will probably not stay visible for more than a week. This is because the dye has only sunken into the uppermost layer of dead and dying skin. When your skin flakes off through natural exfoliation, it will be gradually replaced by fresh skin of your natural color. Henna hair dye will also slowly fade away to your hair's original color, but will not leave any lines or stripes like synthetic dye.
1. LEAVE PASTE ON AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
It really helps if you leave it over night.
2. HEAT AND MOISTURE HELP.
The warmer the body temperature, the faster the henna will stain. I always like to steam the tattoo over stove for few seconds.
3. WRAP IT UP
Wrap with plastic wrap, be sure to wrap with toilet paper first to soak up any perspiration and to prevent smudges.
4. REMOVE THE PASTE
Do not use water, you can use lemon juice or olive oil to remove the paste.