Mehndi / Henna Art
Q. What is Henna / Mehndi?
A. Mehndi is the word used for the beautiful stain left on the skin from the henna paste.
Henna is a plant that produces natural and safe dye from its leaves. The leaves are ground into a paste and applied to the skin. The dye is absorbed into the skink much like a lotion creating a temporary design that fades gradually. Henna Caravan uses only 100% natural red-brown henna enhanced with fragrant oils to achieve elegant and richly colored henna stains.
Henna is NOT black - 'black henna' may have dangerous dyes or chemicals added that can cause permanent scarring or internal damage. Please use only safe, natural red-brown henna.
What is Henna Used For?
A. Henna has traditionally been used in celebration of marriage, pregnancy and births. Though it is used in some religious practice and customs it is not sacred or religious in nature.
Some contemporary uses of henna include:
Taking Care of Henna
Once you have the henna on your skin, you need to make sure the henna does not touch anything for a couple of hours depending on how much is applied because it IS a stain, and the design will be smudged because it hasn't dried.
Within 10 minutes after the henna is applied, the henna has already stained your skin, and it could last for a couple of days to weeks depending of how much you care of it and how much was applied.
This is not required but for good and longer lasting color...
a mixture of sugar and lemon can be used. To use it, you dab the mixture with a cotton ball so gently that it hardly touches it. This procedure can be repeated several times in a few hours for best result.
Apply any oil (olive oil is best) about one hour before you are ready to wash the henna off. You can also apply the 'Vicks Vapor Rub' instead of oil.
After leaving the oil on for one hour, it is safe to wash the henna off.
Again, this procedure is not necessary, because the henna already stains it withing a few minutes of it being applied. The longer you keep it on, the better the color. Some people leave it on overnight as well, and they wrap the area the henna is applied with plastic (not touching the design) to trap the heat of the body for better color. The true color of henna shows up in three days in most cases.
The True Color of Henna
The True Color of Henna is from light Orange to dark Brown depending on many things such as body temperature, environment, skin type, skin color, where it is applied, and lots more.
This is an example of the true color of henna:
It is definitely not black unless you apply Black Henna, which in some cases contains a harmful chemical, PPD.
The henna looks dark brown and raised when applied as it is a dough-like substance, but it flakes away as it gets dry. It leaves a stain on the skin which is not raised at all.
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Does threading hurt?
Although threading may sound painful, it is not as painful as it seems. The majority of our clients feel that threading is not as painful as waxing. In fact some even feel that threading does not hurt at all! There is no major irritation involved and it also prevents the skin from sagging over time.
How long does it last?
Since threading removes the follicle from the root, the average rate of growth is slow. The average amount of time for which an individual needs a retouch is from ten days to two weeks. Growth varies from individual to individual, some require touch up's sooner while others can wait out longer.
What else can be threaded?
Virtually any part of the body can be threaded, however the face is the most common site. If you have any questions please feel free to ask us!
What is the difference between eyebrow threading & eyebrow tweezing?
Eyebrow Threading removes hair with thread twisting & pulling a group of hairs in a row from the hair follicle - "root", unlike tweezing - hair is removed with tweezers one by one.
How long does the eyebrow threading process take?
Depending on how thick the brow is, threading may take 5 minutes.
Will eyebrow threading irritate my skin?
No, eyebrow threading doesn't require any harsh chemicals before or after the removal process. As long as the skin is taunt, the skin will not weep up.