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Henna is a plant that grows across Asia and North Africa. Its leaves contain lawsone, a natural dye which binds to the keratin in skin, hair and nails. To create body art a paste is made using the dried and powdered leaves of the henna tree mixed with a liquid and essential oils.

The paste is applied to the skin in a pattern and left to stain for several hours before being removed. It leaves an orange coloured stain which turns dark brown over a couple of days and stays on the skin for up to 3 weeks.

Nishi Mehta  uses only henna paste mixed herself using trusted ingredients:

– Organic henna powder

– Essential oil. Usually lavender oil & eucalyptus oil but occasionally tea tree,  cajeput, or others may be used.

– Water or lemon juice.

– Sugar

That’s all! If you have a preference for oil blends, lemon juice or water just ask at the time of booking. Custom blends can be made in advance.

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Henna is a lovely thing to have as part of wedding, birthday and baby celebrations. It can be an occasion to have your friends and family around you, some of whom may also like a henna design. The number of people who can be adorned in one sitting depends on the detail in each design.

Bridal mehndi varies the most, it can take between 2-10 hours! Discussing your requirements will help to approximate the length of your appointment.

For groups, Nishi can comfortably do 4 relatively simple designs in 1 hour and up to 10 very simple (children’s) designs in one hour. She is available for long events if break time can be factored in.

Maternity Henna session is a part of a holy ceremony celebrated by mom to be and her family. It is more like celebrating a baby shower ceremony where every member of the family especially mom to be and dad to be wishes for a healthy child. It is supposed to hire our Maternity Henna Services one month before the expected delivery. As not every belly is the same, professional and certified Henna Artist Nishi Mehta take care about every essential thing to make this day more special.

Henna is a plant mostly grown in the tropical places and its leaves contain a powerful staining agent in them.  The leaves are crushed into a bright lime green powder.  Then you add essential oils and lemon juice to create the paste.  The henna paste dyes your skin a deep reddish brown pigment.  So, all in all, henna is completely safe for the skin.  So, it is absolutely safe to bless bellies with it!

You should plan to have your henna applied 2-3 days before the event you intend to wear it for or the day before at the latest. The fresh stain will be orange in colour which takes 2 -3 days to mature to its darkest deep brown shade.

 Once the stain has peaked in colour it should last up to 2-3 weeks if aftercare advice is followed.

Your skin should be clean, dry and free from lotions and oils the day you have the henna applied. Because you will need to keep the paste on for several hours after application and keep the skin dry up to 2 days after, it is best to get any messy jobs out of the way beforehand so that you can relax and make the most of your henna.

Henna stains best on hands and feet but it can be worn anywhere on the body. It is worth remembering that the stain will not be as dark on e.g. the shoulders as on the hands.

The longer the better! Keep yourself warm and comfortable somewhere you can be still. It’s an ideal time for a tv watching! The paste should be kept on for a minimum of 4 hours to get a deep stain. You can even keep the paste on overnight, it will need to be carefully wrapped in something absorbent (Red Hand Henna uses layers of cotton wool and muslin) to keep the paste in place and stop excess moisture smudging the design.

You can pick the paste off with your fingernails or scrape it away with a teaspoon or butter knife. If the paste is stubborn you can soak it in a natural oil (e.g. olive) for a few minutes to loosen it. DO NOT WASH IT WITH WATER! Water affects the quality of the stain.

Jagua is a natural dye extracted from a fruit (looking a bit like a potato on a tree) that is grown mostly on the African and American continent, historically used by indigenous tribes for traditional body art. It leaves beautiful bluish black stain on skin.

Jagua henna is a gorgeous, safe alternative to the dangerous “black henna” products out there. The main ingredient in black henna is a hair dying chemical called para-phenylenediamine or PPD for short. PPD is an extremely harmful substance that can cause severely burn the skin due to allergic reactions to the chemical. A PPD reaction can leave permanent scarring on the skin and lead to permanent allergies to all hair dying products. There have been report of people being rushed to the emergency room after having received a black henna tattoo.

White henna does NOT contain any actual henna in it. it is an adhesive body paint, which lasts few hours depending which body part you get it. fingers especially, tend to come off much faster than other parts of the body such as the forearm and thigh. Because of this, white henna is good for one day events like weddings, party or photoshoots.

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