What is Henna?
Henna (or Mehndi) is an ancient art form, traditionally practiced during a variety of celebrations in the India, SE Asia, North Africa and Middle-Eastern regions. Henna is produced from a small shrub called, “Lawsonia Inermis.” The leaves and twigs are gathered and ground into a fine powder, which is then mixed with various ingredients to form a paste. The henna mixture is then applied to the body in the form of beautiful patterns via small plastic tubes or toothpicks. Henna leaves a stain on the skin, the final pigmentation with ranges anywhere from a reddish-orange to a reddish-brown color. Today, this art-form has evolved to a more contemporary style and is applied throughout the body for many occasions globally.
What is Jagua?
Jagua is a South American fruit extract that is also used in the same manner as Henna to create body art. This fruit has been used for body ornamentation and medicinal purposes in many areas of South America for centuries. While henna tattoos are associated with Indian, African and Middle Eastern cultures, jagua body art was invented by Circum-Caribbean tribes and indigenous peoples of the Amazon region. Jagua is applied directly in the juice format or can be mixed into a gel and applied through a tube like henna. The Jagua dries and sets for 2-3 hours which afterwards, it is then washed off with soap and water thoroughly. The stain matures and darkens on the skin over the course of 24 hours and yields a bluish-black color. Jagua is NOT black henna and contains no dyes or PPD.
Note: because Jagua is a fruit extract, if you are allergic to or have a sensitivity to berries a dot test should be done to make sure no reactions occur.
What's the difference between Henna and Mehndi?
Henna and Mehndi have no distinction. They are terms that are interchangeably used to describe the same product. Generally, it’s a cultural distinction whereas western cultures refer to it as Henna and Asian cultures refer to it as Mehndi.
How should henna and jagua be stored?
Henna and Jagua should be stored in the freezer away from light when not in use. When ready for use, the product should be thawed for 5-10 minutes at room temperature or until the paste is soft enough for application.
How Long does it stay on the skin?
The color of Henna fades gracefully over 5-7 days, varying with proper care and body heat of each individual. Jagua lasts slightly longer at 7–10 days. They’re very heat sensitive, so the warmer the skin, the longer-lasting the dye. Each person's skin is different due to hormonal balances, pH and stress levels and diet, causing different results from place to place and day to day.
Where can henna be applied?
Henna is used traditionally for decorations on the hands and feet, but it can be applied anywhere on the skin or hair. The stain is darkest and lasts longest on the palms of the hands and the feet. If applied on the hair it dyes it to a reddish-brown color. On black hair, it gives a shimmer and highlight.
Is Henna harmful?
The pure form of Henna is not harmful at all. In fact, it has healthy benefits. It cools and protects skin from sunburn and strengthens hair and adds a polished shine. However, most of the products found in stores are typically mixed with harmful additives that could be too strong and dangerous to young children or pregnant women especially. This is why we at nazaHenna use pure, organic ingredients to ensure the utmost safety and quality. Jagua, while typically harmless, can create some discomfort to someone with a fruit allergy.
What is White Henna?
White henna doesn't leave a dye on the skin, it's adhesive based, meaning it's like a temporary tattoo and uses skin safe waterproof “glue.” Depending on where on the body it is applied and how well maintained it can last 1-3 days. It is removed with some oil, soap and water. White henna is great for special events and occasions.
What is black Henna?
We DO NOT use black henna! Black Henna isn't Henna! There are several things marketed as "Black Henna", and some things believed to be "Black Henna". Some are very dangerous and use PPD, which can cause permanent damage to your skin, from blistering, and possibly lead to cancer. Please read and learn more about this at: www.thehennapage.com