How to Take Care of a Henna Tattoo

Aiming for long-lasting effects

Usually, when people get a henna tattoo, they want it to remain with them for quite some time. People usually get henna tattoos for some impending event or occasion such as a wedding and thus, they tend to strive to ensure that the effect would last for a long time.

If proper care is not taken, the henna tattoo does not last long and thus, it is highly plausible that your hands would end up looking messy on the important occasion that you were preparing for. Thus, there are certain steps that you ought to take to ensure that the colors of your henna tattoo remain for a long time.

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What should you do?

When you get the henna applied, do not move about too much. Sit still and allow it to dry. The process usually takes around 15-20 minutes. Once the henna has dried, apply lemon or sugar aftercare, which is usually provided by the artist who puts the tattoo on. This will seal the henna paste on your skin.

Do not wash off the henna for at least 4 hours. Keep it on your skin for around 4-12 hours. The longer you allow the paste to rest on your skin, the darker and deeper the effect you will have. The henna stain develops within a period of 12 to 48 hours.

It is important that you keep the henna out of water’s reach for at least 24 hours. Do not make use of water to remove the paste from your hands. Instead, use some form of oil if you require a solvent. When you shower within 24 hours of applying henna, apply olive oil to the tattoo beforehand so that it is provided protection.

Apply natural oil to the henna stain to ensure that the skin area is moisturized throughout the time that the stain remains. The exfoliation of the skin due to dryness also play a role in the removal of henna stain.

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Taking some precautions

Now that we have discussed what needs to be done after the henna has been applied, let us talk a bit about what sort of preparations you should do before the application.

Exposure to chemicals, water, and massage after application of henna stain can damage it. Therefore, if you want to get a manicure and pedicure done, you should do it before the henna is applied.

Shower and take measures to exfoliate your skin before you get the henna applied. When henna is applied on a fresh layer of skin, it lasts longer.

On the day that you are scheduled to get the henna tattoo, do not apply moisturizers, oils, or tanning sprays. This will block the pores and would prevent henna from staining.

The effects of the henna tattoo are maximum if the body temperature is warm. Therefore, make sure that you stay in a warm environment after applying it.