Henna paste is an all-natural product that leaves a dark brown stain with subtle fragrances of jasmine, clove, or eucalyptus, depending on how each individual mixes their paste. This paste dries on the skin and then flakes off, revealing a beautiful orange stain. The stain will slowly progress to a maroon-brown colour once matured 2 days after the henna paste is removed. The stain lasts approximately two weeks.
I personally recommend my clients to leave the henna paste on the skin for 6 to 12 hours to get a beautiful dark skin. Once the paste is removed, try to keep the henna stain away from water for approximately 12-24 hours, if possible. The reason I recommend to avoid water for a long period of time is to help the stain mature for a longer period of time. If water does touch the stain, the water will slow down the staining process drastically.
To help ensure that the paste will adhere to the skin for longer periods of time, I advise my clients to apply a rose-sugar mixture over the dried paste with a cotton ball. The key tip to remember is, the long you keep the paste on the skin, the darker the stain will become! You can follow my rose-sugar recipe below. This recipe is perfect for individuals with sensitive skin and it also smells lovely!
Ingredients 1/4 cup Rose Water 1/4 cup White Sugar 3-4 cotton balls
Add the rose water into a sauce pan. Place sauce pan on stove and apply medium heat until the rose water starts to simmer.
Add the white sugar to the bubbling rose water and turn off the heat.
Mix the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved into the warm rose water.\
Let the mixture cool down for 5 to 10 minutes.
Once rose-sugar mixture is cool. Soak a cotton ball and squeeze out the excess.
Gently dab the cotton ball over the dried henna design.
Once the rose-sugar mixture dries on the skin and paste, it should be sticky to the touch.
Once an adequate amount of time has gone by, the henna can be removed. Lightly rub off the skin or use the back end of a butter knife and slowly scrap the paste off of skin.
Jagua is an all natural juice that is extracted from the Genipa fruit. This unique fruit is found in South America, the Caribbean, and other tropical areas around the world. The thing that is so unique about the jagua fruit is that the juice has strong staining properties that leave behind a blue-black color on the skin after contact!
The jagua product used by Jay's Henna Art is a Jagua gel. This gel is made with a mixture of xanthan gum and denatured alcohol for an easy paste structure to work with to create unique and creative designs. The gel paste used by JHA dries flat on top of the skin. Once the paste is ready to remove, it is peeled off the skins and leaves an invisible or light grey stain on the skin. The stain gradually matures to a blue-black tone in approximately 24 to 48 hours. The stain will last up to two weeks and will disappears as the skin naturally exfoliates.
How to Remove the Paste
I personally recommend to leave the Jagua paste on for at least 3 hours to let the paste dry completely. To achieve the darkest possible stain on the skin i would also recommend to leave the dried jagua paste for the longest time possible. Once you are ready to remove the Jagua, you can peel the paste off the skin. Any remaining Jagua paste can be washed off with warm water. Be sure to gently dab the area dry so that the residual oils do not smudge the design during the staining process.
Important Information to Follow
Jagua is a very strong staining dye that stains immediately after touching the skin. Try not to smudge!
Once the jagua paste has been removed from the skin, wash the area where the jagua paste was applied and pat dry. Without this process, the stain can be transfers to other parts of the skin.