Frequently Asked Questions

What is Henna?
Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) is a small flowering shrub that grows in tropical climates. The leaves of this plant are crushed into a powder, and mixed into a paste that can be applied to the body to safely cool and temporarily dye the skin. Also commonly known as mehndi, a Hindi word used to describe henna, henna painting, and its resulting designs.

How does a henna tattoo differ from a regular tattoo? Does it hurt?
Henna paste is artfully applied to the surface of the skin, resulting in a temporary stain which is usually reddish brown in color. The process is painless, natural, and in no way harmful to the body. A regular tattoo is created by penetrating the skin with needles and pigment and can be painful, resulting in a permanent design.

How long will my design last?
The color and longevity of your henna tattoo depends on a variety of factors, including your body chemistry, what part of the body is tattooed, how long you leave the paste on, and how you care for your tattoo. The longer you leave the henna paste on, the deeper the layers of skin the dye will reach, resulting in a deeper and more long lasting design. (See Henna Aftercare) A typical henna design will last 5-10 days, and fades in 1-3 weeks, give or take.

What is in your henna paste?
White heart henna uses only 100% natural ingredients. Rest assured that the henna we use is quality and fresh…unlike most of the premade cones you can buy at an import store, there are no added chemicals or dyes. A list of ingredients is included below for any allergen concerns.

White Heart Henna blend:

  • sifted natural henna powder
  • black tea
  • lemon juice
  • sugar
  • eucalyptus, cajeput and lavender essential oil
  • ground clove