Hennali’s Henna

Henna Paste

Hennali advocates sustainability and respect for each other and our environment. Therefore, almost all Hennali products are organic or fair trade. The henna powder, henna oil, henna fixation liquid and lunch are organic, the cotton pads fair trade and the tissues are made from recycled materials. Henna paste from Hennali is 100% pure, natural and safe for the skin. Learn how to prepare henna paste in a workshop!  

NB: henna paste made from pure natural henna powder creates an intense red-brown stain and remains visible on the skin for several weeks. Pure natural henna strengthens and softens hair. Henna paste should always remain on the skin or hair for several hours to release its dye and is preservable for only a few days. Unfortunately, many henna powders are of bad quality and therefore have little staining capacity. To enhance the colour, to shorten the dye release time and to preserve henna pastes, all sorts of synthetic chemicals are added. These can be harmful to the skin and hair. Henna pastes with a short dye release time, long shelf life and which decoration fades when scrubbing or washing are never entirely pure and natural. Be especially careful with black henna paste. This is often not made from henna powder and almost always contains PPD (para-phenylenediamine), which can cause severe allergic reactions. Pure natural henna paste is not recommended for people with the rare metabolic disease G6PD. Also notify a henna artist when allergic to citric acid. A henna paste can be made which is free of citric acid.

Use only pure natural henna powder and freshly prepared henna pastes for both artworks on the skin and the dyeing of hair. This you can enjoy safely and unlimited!

Applying Henna

Henna paste can be applied using a henna syringe (Moroccan technique) or henna cone (piping bag, Indian technique). Hennali works mainly with henna syringes, since they are reusable. After applying the henna paste, the decoration must dry for around 20 minutes. Then henna fixation liquid can be applied, so that the paste will not dry up but continue releasing its dye. After, the decoration can be wrapped in cotton pads and a plastic protective layer. Now the henna must dry for at least 3 hours, but preferably the whole night. The next day the paste can be scraped off the skin. Avoid contact with water, especially on the first day. The skin should also be moisturised regularly with a pure cold pressed oil, such as argan, avocado or almond oil. This ensures that the artwork can be enjoyed for as long as possible!

Colour Results

Henna stains become darkest where the skin is rough, such as the palm of the hand or the soles of the feet. Here the dye can penetrate the skin the deepest. The colour of  henna is always orange at first. During the day the colour will become darker. The third day is when the artwork has reached its most intense colour and details will be most clear. Every skin is different, and the colour result also varies per person. The drier the skin, the darker the stain will be and the longer it will stay on. On average, it takes about 3 to 4 weeks before a henna artwork has completely faded.