How to correctly take care of Henna drawings?
The higher is body temperature, the faster the Henna paste absorbs into the skin. Therefore, if before applying Henna drawing you feel frozen, drink something warm.
Leave the fresh Henna paste on the skin for as long as possible. It is recommended not to take it off for 5-6 hours or even longer. Leave paste on your skin throughout the night to get a better design tone and fixity. The longer the paste stands on the skin, the darker the design will be and the longer it will hold on the skin.
When Henna paste design has become dry, it is possible to wrap it. For wrapping you can use gauze, toilet paper, medical tape or elastic bandage. Wrapping helps to keep the heat in the drawing area and thus allows you to get a darker shade. When wrapping the drawing with an elastic band, at the beginning it has to be wrapped with toilet paper so the paste is not fouling the bandage. Heat is Henna friend!
When the Henna paste has become dry and been held for the maximum period, it has to be nibbled away. Nibbling can be done with hand, sliding down the drawing so everything falls down on the ground, or with a credit card along the skin without hurting it.
After cleaning the Henna paste residues, an orange drawing stays on the skin. The drawing will penetrate more deeply into the skin and gradually become darker during the next 48 hours. Henna powder plant paste reacting with skin proteins, gradually and apparently change its tone. Final colour tone will depend on your skin type - the drier the skin, the longer holds the drawing and tone is darker. The darkest tones have drawings on the hands and feet.
You should try to avoid contact with water, if possible, during the first 24 hours after paste removal as water can stop the oxidation process and thereby stop darkening of the drawing.
How to protect the design and to help it look the best possible way:
How to remove Henna drawing:
The durability of Henna drawing is in average of 7-12 days. It gradually goes off and finally disappears at all. On some body places where the skin layers are thicker, the drawing holds even 2-6 weeks. It is impossible to completely remove a fresh Henna paste drawing but its extinction may be slightly speeded up.
Henna plant coloring molecules penetrate into the skin and paint the upper layers of the skin. Every day new skin cells replace the old cells, including those that are painted with Henna paste. Unfortunately, to fully extinguish a Henna design on your skin, you have to wait for the body's natural processes, and they will gradually make the drawing to become brighter, until it goes off completely.
There are things you can do to speed up the skin layers replacement process and Henna drawing extinction:
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