Almost as important as trying to not smudge the wet henna paste is the aftercare. There are many factors that play a key role in ensuring a dark and long-lasting henna stain. Below I have written directions to help guide you through the process. If you have any specific questions regarding aftercare, feel free to email me directly at


Stain Progression

Stain progression happens within the first 24-48 hours because henna oxidizes within the skin. When the henna paste is first removed it will be a bright orange color, which is a good sign! It will gradually get darker, by the second day it should be at its darkest point. The longer the henna paste is kept on the skin, the darker the stain will become. I've found some of the darkest stains I've produced were a 10 to 18 hour stain.




How do I remove my henna paste?

Applied henna should be left on the skin for anywhere from 4-6 hours minimum for good results. It is important to remember that the longer the paste is left on the skin, the darker the stain will get and the longer it will stay. If possible it is ideal to leave the paste on overnight, this can be achieved by applying medical tape to the design so that it doesn't flake away. I recommend using hypafix. When you are ready to remove the henna, don't use water! Flake off the dried paste. Parts of the henna may have already flaked away and that is fine! Never wash off your henna with water, water shouldn't be used on the fresh stain until at least 12 hours after the paste has been removed. Just flake away the henna and if there are parts that stay behind, I recommend using coconut oil to loosen it.  If water must be used on this spot (hand washing), just be cautious of not scrubbing the design. 

How do I take care of my henna?

It is extremely important to remember that the darkness of the stain correlates directly with how long you leave the henna paste on the your skin once applied. Avoiding water to the henna'd area for the first 12-24 hours is important in order to get the darkest stain results. Also, to make the stain last the full two weeks I recommend not exfoliating, spray tanning, or wearing clothing that rubs directly onto the design (gloves.) It is also important to keep the design moisturized using coconut oil or your preferred lotion to help deepen the stain and make it stay longer. 

If you have any questions that I haven't answered above regarding the aftercare of your henna, feel free to email me directly at

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