Henna aftercare suggestions for bridal or party henna!
This photo is an example of color progression. Some patterns will get even darker up to 58 hours later. The just removed henna arm was done the night before, henna scraped off in the morning then the photo was taken. The other arm was done 72 hours before. This is why bridal mehndi is done 2 days before the wedding.
- As much heat as possible for the first 24 hours even after paste is removed. Hair dryers work well, steam works best but please use utmost caution when steaming. Steam can cause serious burns if you're not careful. Even when the henna paste is removed, exposure to regular heat will help it to darken.
- Do not wash with water. No water contact for 24 hours if possible (48 hours is even better) Pick or scrape paste off after 8 hours. If paste falls off earlier, don't panic. It's done it's job. Just don't help it along by picking.
- Leave paste on for a minimum of 4 hours. Overnight makes for the best results. Henna is rarely dark on the upper arm or shin. Darkest colors will be on the toes, fingers and palm.
-Design will progress from orange tones to burgundy's or browns depending on the person in about 48 hours. Color may continue to deepen even longer on some individuals so do not panic when the paste falls off and it is ony faint orange. It will get darker with time.
- No exfoliants (chlorine, most hand lotions) No pools or hot tubs. No anitoxodents such as found in many face lotions and hand lotions.
-to slow design from fading, protect during water contact by using natural oils, such as olive or corn. A latex glove with an elastic band at the wrist is helpful to protect hand mehndi when showering. Some wax based balms are also helpful to make water bead away from the design. No wax balms with exfoliating properties or anti-oxidants should be used.
-When tanning, please keep in mind that areas recently hennaed are 'sun screened' and will not tan. A 'ghosting' effect may occur where un-hennaed skin will tan and the pattern will not.
Bridal Henna instructions
-Ensure that pedicure/manicure is done the day or morning before the henna day if possible. If done after, the massage and oils must be skipped or it could interfere with color progression. Oil applications the morning of the henna day may also interfere with application. Make sure they only do your nails and not the oil on your skin.
-Henna must be done 2 days before the wedding day/photo shoot. Next day the henna is often still very orange in tone and looks very light. I will not do bridal henna the day before the wedding.
-Leg waxing/sugaring or shaving should be done 1 or two days before henna and not after henna is applied. This will impede the color.
-If you are participating in the Haldi/tumeric ceremony after henna application, attempt to wear gloves or socks so that the henna does not get scrubbed. This could affect the color greatly if the henna is scrubbed or washed.
- NO heavy rubbing, housework, or kitchen work after application. You do not want to disturb the residue any more than you absolutely have to before the wedding.
-Please remember to use your gloves (latex or otherwise waterproof) when touching water for bathing or washing whenever possible for at least the first 24- 48 hours.
-Before application, ensure you are wearing comfortable clothes you can sleep in and remove your contacts if you wear them as you will be unable to remove them once your henna is applied.