Can Henna be dangerous, and what is Black Henna?

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Is henna dangerous? What is black henna? Can henna hurt you?

This is a topic which often causes confusion! Unfortunately, often the media will group all types of 'henna' into the one group - including those pastes that are full of chemicals and nasties, that call themselves "henna". 

Our Henna Kits use only natural and pure forms of henna. Henna is a plant that when ground up, can be mixed with liquids to form a Henna paste. Natural Henna stains a dark brown colour on your skin. The pure Henna powder releases dye molecules when mixed with essential oils and water; this allows the organic stain to happen. It is all a natural process, and it takes some time to happen! 

'Black Henna'

However, many stores are now selling what they call 'black henna'. 

If the Henna you have come across elsewhere stains ‘black’, it is definitely not natural. It is dangerous.

‘Black Henna’ is made from chemical dyes mixed in with pre-made paste, and it is these strong and potent chemicals that leave the ‘black’ stain behind on your skin. Black Henna is not like natural Henna paste at all. If you are on holiday and somebody offers you a 'black henna tattoo' where they promise 'instant' or 'black' stains, be careful, as it is likely not henna!

Sometimes our customers get confused and when they see our photos, they see that sometimes our henna looks black. These photos are of when the henna paste is still in paste form. It does not, however, leave behind a black stain - more a dark red / brown natural stain! 

Check out our blog on 'black henna' to learn more about it here! 

So what about natural henna? 

In practice, applying henna to your skin is a completely natural process! It is a ground up plant, mixed with natural essential oils. However, a very, very small percentage of people can have allergic reactions to the henna (or the oil), despite it being natural. For example, some people have allergic reactions if their skin comes into contact with natural skin creams, or even fruits and vegetables! 

Some people also may have existing conditions. If you are aware of any skin sensitivity, or anything which may cause a reaction, we advise to be very careful, and to consult a doctor first - always better safe than sorry! It is for this reason we also suggest that everyone tests the henna (if it is their first time) on a small patch of skin first. 

Educate your friends! 

Henna is an amazing natural plant which can be used to express creativity in so many ways! It is a shame that the cheap, and somewhat fake types of 'henna' can tarnish the reputation of such an amazing traditional art form so much!

Make sure that next time you hear someone say "all henna is dangerous" that you remind them that natural henna, in its pure form, is pretty much as natural and safe as it gets! It is the 'black henna' pastes, and the pre-made tube pastes which can pose the real threat! We provide more information on this in our Henna Kit instruction booklets, which sets it out in nice and simple terms! 

 

Feel free to get in touch with any questions whatsoever, we always love to help! 

info@namastecollective.com.au 

 

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What is White Henna, and how does White Henna work?

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We have been getting a lot of questions lately about the increasingly popular 'White Henna'.

Is White Henna like normal henna? Does the henna stain white? Where can I find White Henna? 

Long story short, White Henna is very different to the normal, natural and standard henna. That is, it is barely henna at all! Sure, you can still use it to draw amazing designs on your skin, and you can still find natural white henna paste, however, it will not stain like natural brown henna will. 

This means that when you see people wearing white henna, it is the paste which you are seeing on their skin. Once that paste rubs off, there will not be any henna stain left behind. So basically you apply it, wear it, and then it will rub off without leaving a stain!

It does however, look amazing. And that is why we decided to release a White Henna Transfer Set to allow our amazing customers to enjoy it! With our transfer tattoos however, the stain will stay on for 2-5 days! No need to worry about rubbing on clothes and smudging pastes! The sets come with lots and lots of designs, allowing you to mix and match, and create your own unique designs! 

We have loved seeing our customers combining their natural Henna Kits with White Henna Transfer Tats! Mix and match, get creative, and enjoy!

Don't hesitate to contact us with questions at any time, we happily answer customer questions every day of the week! 

White Henna

White Henna

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Handy Henna Tips – How can I get my Henna stain darker?

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Dark henna stains

 

Henna is a natural product, so the results can vary depending on a number of factors! For most of us, we want our natural henna stain to become as dark as it possibly can, and there are a whole bunch of things that we can do to help this happen! Use these henna tricks with your own natural Henna Kits!  

We warn everyone to be cautious of any Henna that advertises “instant henna stains” or “black henna stains” as often, this will not be henna at all – more like chemical dyes and preservatives! Read our blog on Black Henna to learn more about these unsafe hennas and how to tell the difference!

So, how can I make my henna stain darker?  

  1. One of the easiest tricks is to keep everything warm! Keep your henna warm while the dye is releasing (but don't leave it in sunlight), keep your skin warm while you are applying it, and keep yourself warm while you let the paste sit on your skin (here, you can sit in the sunlight). However, lets be sensible, don't try to put the henna in the microwave! 
  2. The longer you can leave the paste on your skin, the better the stain will be! If you are really motivated to get that super dark and long-lasting stain, maybe try wrapping the design in clingwrap (once it is dry) and leaving the paste on overnight
  3. Apply on harder and coarser skin rather than soft skin. Henna stains the best when it is applied to hard skin. This is why it tends to stain the darkest on the fingers and feet!
  4. Avoid having any moisturises or fake tan on your skin before applying! Henna will stain best when it is applied to clean and dry skin. Any layer on top of the skin, no matter how thin, will definitely reduce its ability to leave a solid stain!
  5. Try to avoid water for a few hours (or even up to 8 hours) after you remove the paste. This will really just help the stain set in.
  6. And finally, try to take care of the stain afterwards. Avoid exfoliation as much as possible – as the henna works by actually staining the skin, the way it comes off is actually by skin exfoliation, rather than falling off the skin itself! Henna stains are fine to be exposed to water, but the more water it is exposed to the more likely the skin is to exfoliate. Sometimes moisturising it afterwards can be helpful as this can reduce exfoliation.

Normally, the henna stain will be at its darkest about 24-48 hours after the paste has been removed.

The stain will sometimes vary depending on skin types. For some people, it will stain really dark, and for others, it just won’t get so dark no matter what they do.

We suggest to experiment! Have fun with it, and don’t stop enjoying the creativity!

Always feel free to get in touch with any henna questions or queries, we are always happy to help, or check our FAQs for more info!

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Festival Henna - Do it right!

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Festival Henna

 

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

So for all us lucky Australians, and especially those living along the East coast, there is an exciting time of the year coming up this July… Splendour in the Grass! Only the biggest and best Australian festival, filled with music, arts and entertainment, and where else than the sunny coastal abode of Byron Bay. And for our European and American friends? Well you are in the midst of festival bliss!

Now don’t get us wrong, we do know how much of a battle festivals like this can sometimes be….Four days of sitting in the scorching sun, rolling in the knee deep mud and eating nothing but biscuits, cheese and the occasional late night kebab! Despite it literally being the best fun in the world, it can be a mission, no doubt about it! 

So this is where we come in – most mornings you will be sitting around your campsite, looking into the sky,  checking your watch to see when the next act is on and commenting about how much your ‘body hurts’. The only thing filling the time at that point is the drink in your big red cup! And this is the time where the Henna Kit can come to the rescue.

Why not bask in the sun, pass around the henna, draw your own henna designs, draw designs on somebody else, or even go all out and cover an entire arm and back! 

Don’t line up for hours and pay $50 for the same generic henna design while at the festival. Don’t look at the person next to you in the mosh pit to see they have the exact same ‘unique’ design on their wrist.

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

Bring your own Henna Kit and mixing oils, make up your henna and enjoy the fun of it, get your friends involved, pass it around, get creative – but be careful, it becomes quite addictive!

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

What if you don’t think you’ll have time to settle down for just a few moments while in the hectic moment of the festival? Then get your friends over and do your henna the night before departure day and enjoy the darkening stains as the festival carries on! 

Always feel free to flick us an email at any point with any questions at all – we are always wanting to help!

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

 

Also.... We have new products on the way which will make your creative festival get-up even easier! Think henna, and think super quick, easy and unique…. Stay tuned, they will be released this week! 

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Afternoons Picnics and Henna at the Beach

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Here's a snippet into a little spontaneous shoot we had at Fingal Heads, northern NSW, Australia.

We wondered down to the cliff edge with a henna kit, some drinks and plenty of tasty food, and from there, the shoot pretty much did itself! The girls relaxed in the afternoon sun and played around with their henna designs as the waves rolled in and the summer sun slowly faded away... 

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

Henna kit, natural henna, henna

 

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