Many people report a deep sense of ease while having henna applied and are mesmerized as the design emerges as if with magic. ReMarkable Blackbird arrives with her box of magician tools, including aftercare instructions, body quality glitter, gems and 100% natural red-brown henna. (Scroll down to learn more!)
What is Henna?
Henna is an Arabic word for the process of applying a paste made from the ground leaves of a woody shrub that thrives in hot, dry climates. Its Latin name is Lawsonia Inermis, and it is also referred to as Mehndi in many parts of India. It is thought to have originated in Egypt and was brought to India and other countries by merchants and nomads. Henna produces a red-orange dye molecule, Lawsone. This molecule has an affinity for bonding with protein and keratin, and thus has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, wood, silk and wool. Henna has been used for thousands of years to adorn women’s hands and feet for weddings and other auspicious times. Henna is not associated with any one religion but is often used during times of great celebration. Similarly, the use of henna is not specific to just one culture, but it is an integral and dynamic part of many cultures each with their own traditions, symbols and myths.
Does henna work on dark skin tones?
Yes, henna is used in the Atlantic coast of Africa, across the Middle East to South Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia. If your skin is a very deep color, henna will appear a different color as opposed to a darker color. We think this is a beautiful look. If you have very dark skin and you want the henna strikingly visible then the palms are your best bet. Whatever your skin tone, henna is always darkest on the palms and soles of the feet.
What should I do to get the best color?
It is always recommended to shower before your appointment, however do not exfoliate/loofah. Do not apply any lotions to the area to be hennaed. Flip-flops, tank tops and loose fitting comfortable clothes are recommended.
If you plan to have your palms hennaed, it’s a good idea to have a ride home to avoid smooshing the design!
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