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What is Henna?
The term “Henna” refers to the name of a dye releasing plant known as Lawsonia Enermis. This plant flourishes in hot climates such as South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The dye produces colours ranging from pale orange to a very dark “mocha” colour. The higher the lawsone content, the darker the dye colour. Most people refer to this plant by the terms henna and mehndi. The word Henna is derived from the Arabic language, whereas the word Mehndi is commonly used in the Indian subcontinent. Both terms are widely used and understood today in the west.
What is it used for?
Henna is predominantly used for beautifying the body, and dying the hair. It contains natural conditioning elements that strengthen the hair. Traditionally, henna is applied on festive occasions such as weddings and religious holidays, like Eid and Diwali. Beautiful patterns are drawn on the hands and feet to embellish and beautify the body. Since the beginning of the 21st century and with the emergence of the global internet community, henna has a new found meaning. Today, it is even applied on pregnant bellies, home decor, and on gourmet cakes!
How is henna prepared?
You may have seen henna either in mylar/cellophane cones, jacquard bottles or even syringes. These are the many different forms of prepared henna ready to use. Before the henna is actually in this form, there is a long process of producing it. When the plant is ready to be picked, it is first dried completely, then milled and sifted into a fine powder. The powder is then mixed with simple ingredients such as lemon juice, sugar and essential oils. Once these ingredients are mixed into a paste, there is a dye release period of approximately 8-24 hours. When the dye release process has occurred, the paste is ready to be filled into an applicator and applied!
Is it permanent?
Unlike an ink (traditional western) tattoo, henna is not permanent. With henna, you have the luxury of changing your designs every couple of weeks because it only dyes the outer layers of the skin. As your skin naturally exfoliates, the stain will also fade. Good quality, natural henna will last approximately 1-2 weeks and is dependent on the henna paste, skin type and if after care used, amongst other factors.
Is it safe?
Yes! Mocha Henna uses 100% Natural Henna and pure ingredients, so it is safe to use even on children! In fact, not only is it safe, but most clients find it very soothing and relaxing with the therapeutic grade essential oils mixed into the paste. There are henna products out there that are mixed with harsh chemicals to give unnatural results fast. Take caution and educate yourself regarding the dangers of Black henna before experimenting with it. The side effects can be permanent and damaging.
What is Black Henna?
Black henna contains Para-phenylene diamine (PPD), which is an extremely highly concentrated form of black hair dye that is unfortunately used by some amateurs and found in many premade henna cones sold in international stores. PPD can be very dangerous and lead to permanent damage to the skin. It is unsafe and illegal to use in Canada. A good way to be cautious is to always ask your henna artist what they mix into their henna paste. Mocha Henna strictly adheres to natural henna only and does not endorse, use or sell black henna.
How can I get Professional Henna?
Mocha Henna provides professional henna services and henna related products! For details regarding services and rates offered, please contact us by filling out a contact form to the Mocha Henna site. Based in Toronto,
Ontario, but available to travel and offer shipping within the Canada and U.S. Contact us to book your bridal henna, private appointment, party or any event with one of the Mocha Henna services.
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