Welcome to Henna Inspired
Here at Henna Inspired, we only use safe, natural, homemade henna paste. Our paste includes dried henna leaves, lemon juice, water, cajeput essential oil, and molasses, and that's it! There are no preservatives or other additives of any kind, and definitely no PPD (a.k.a. black henna).
What is Henna?
Henna is a plant dye that naturally stains skin and hair a reddish-brown color. Made from the ground leaves of the henna plant, henna has been used for body art for thousands of years. Traditions of decorating the body with henna paste are most associated with areas of India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Traditionally, henna is done for wedding ceremonies, during important rites of passage, and in times of joyous celebration. The paste is applied to the skin in intricate designs, and when the paste is removed several hours later, designs can remain on the skin for up to three weeks (typically around 7-10 days), gradually fading over time.
Caring for your Henna Design
Once you have gotten henna, the goal is to help a dark, long-lasting stain develop! Here are some tips to remember:
- Henna loves heat! For the best color, stay nice and warm while your henna paste is on and as it darkens overnight.
- Leave henna paste on for at least an hour. For an even darker, longer-lasting stain, leave paste on for 4-8 hours.
- When you are ready to remove the dried paste, gently scrape or brush it off. Do not use water. Also, do not go to bed with henna paste on, or you risk transferring the stain to your face, sheets, etc.
- Try to keep your henna stain dry for up to 12 hours after the paste has been removed for best results.
- The design will appear as a bright orange stain that will darken to a reddish-brown color over the next 2-3 days. Good henna takes time! If anyone offers you "henna" that will show up as a dark stain immediately, they are definitely NOT offering natural henna!
About the Artist
Karyn is a fully insured henna artist who has been practicing henna throughout the Greater Boston area since 2012. She holds a great respect for the traditions of henna and has devoted much of her time to learning about and guiding others to honor the artwork style and cultural traditions surrounding henna and its use.
In addition to working with henna, Karyn has also worked to apply henna-style artwork on clothing and fabric using a bleach-paste to form a reverse design, and to many other items using various types of paint, also applied with a cone, in one of the traditional ways henna is applied.
When she is not applying henna designs to clients, friends, family, herself, or anything/anyone else in her life, she teaches elementary classroom music.