Earth Henna FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
About Henna and Henna Tattoos
Before contacting us with concerns or inquiries about our products, please review the FAQs list below — we may have already answered your question!
- How long does a henna tattoo last on the skin?
- How long does the paste last?
- Can you do your eyebrows with it?
- Can you dye your lips with it?
- Can you apply it on a pregnant woman's belly?
- Can you dye your hair with it?
- How do you take the design off?
- Has it ever not faded away?
- What's in the Earth Henna kit paste solution?
- What color will the tattoo be?
- Can you add anything to the henna to make it darker?
- What about "black henna"?
- What's the eucalyptus oil for?
- How do you transfer the stencils?
- Are the stencils reusable?
- Can you mix half of the powder and solution and leave the other half for later use, or do you have to use it all at once?
- How long does the paste take to dry?
- How long do I have to leave the paste on?
- How do I take the paste off?
Q. How long does a henna tattoo last on the skin?
A. Designs last from one to three weeks on the skin, depending on your body temperature, skin type, body chemistry, lifestyle, and where the henna is applied. The average person gets a stain that lasts 10 days to two weeks.
Q. How long does the paste last?
A. The paste lasts four weeks in the bottle once mixed, if it is kept in the refrigerator. The henna powder stays fresh up to two years if it is kept away from light and moisture.
Q. Can you do your eyebrows with it?
A. You can apply it to your eyebrows, but you will end up with red eyebrows! The color of the stain you get with natural henna is a bright reddish brown.
Q. Can you dye your lips with it?
A. No. Lip skin does not absorb henna at all.
Q. Can you apply it on a pregnant woman's belly?
A. Yes. It is completely safe.
Q. Can you dye your hair with it?
A. Yes. The henna we use is the same as henna powder which is used to dye hair. However, if you plan to dye your hair with it, simply mix it with water. The solution that comes in our kit is especially blended for use on skin.
Q. How do you take the design off?
A. You can't just "take it off." The stain fades gradually as your skin exfoliates. The time varies according to each individual. If you do want it to fade more quickly, you can rub it with soap and water. However, there is no quick fix.
Q. Has it ever not faded away?
A. No. Henna is a temporary skin dye. It always fades away.
Q. What's in the Earth Henna kit paste solution?
A. Ingredients are listed on our packaging:
- Water sorbitol — corn
- Glycerin — vegetable
- Black walnut extract — tree
- Benzyl alcohol — flower oil, balsams
- Citric acid — fruit
- Eucalyptus oil — tree
- Disodium EDTA — processed salt
- Lactic acid — sugar cane
Q. What color will the tattoo be?
A. The color of the stain you get using any natural henna paste, including the Earth Henna paste, is reddish brown. Variations in color depend on your skin tone and skin type.
Q. Can you add anything to the henna to make it darker?
A. Not that we know of. Some people add indigo, some people add water boiled with cloves. We hear about all kinds of homemade recipes, but nothing we can vouch for.
Q. What about "black henna"?
A. Black henna does not exist. The tattoo color obtained with the natural henna plant is reddish brown. "Black henna" may contain some natural henna powder. However, it also contains black industrial dyes, inks, or chemicals — all of them potentially harmful to the skin. It is the reaction of these chemicals on the skin, not the henna, that makes the tattoo black. We often hear stories about people who use "black henna" getting permanent scarring; needing to be rushed to the hospital for cortisone injections; suffering from severe rashes and itching; and many other similar horror stories. We strongly recommend you stay away from so-called "black henna" mixtures.
You can learn more about the dangers of black henna here.
FYI, the henna powder in our Earth Henna kits is completely natural and 100% safe.
And if you want a temporary black tattoo, try our safe, all-natural Earth Jagua Tattoo Kit!
Q. What's the eucalyptus oil for?
A. The purpose of the eucalyptus oil is for transferring the stencils to the skin. Additionally, some people start by swabbing the skin with eucalyptus oil before applying the henna paste. But eucalyptus oil is somewhat pricey, and any vegetable oil will achieve the same purpose, which is to further prepare the skin for absorption. However, applying any type of oil before application is not required for achieving a beautiful stain.
Q. How do you transfer the stencils?
A. First apply a liberal amount of eucalyptus oil to the skin. Cut off the required design from the stencil sheet. Place the stencil, dark side down, onto the skin and hold it there for a minute or so. Peel off stencil. You should see a transfer of the stencil design on your skin. Now you are ready to begin tracing over the transferred stencil shape using your applicator bottle filled with henna paste.
Q. Are the stencils reusable?
A. Yes. They can be used four or five times each.
Q. Can you mix half of the powder and solution and leave the other half for later use, or do you have to use it all at once?
A. We strongly recommend you mix it all up at once. Getting the right consistency is very tricky, and we have gone to great lengths to provide the exact amount of powder for the exact amount of solution. Most people who try using half end up with a paste that is either too thick or too runny.
Q. How long does the paste take to dry?
A. The henna paste dries in 10 to 15 minutes.
Q. How long do I have to leave the paste on?
A. A minimum of six hours. The longer you leave it on, the better.
Q. How do I take the paste off?
A. Simply pick it off with your nails or rub it off with your fingers or a towel.