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What is Henna?

Henna is a plant based dye

Henna is a plant that grows in India, the Middle East, and North Africa. The leaves of the plant are crushed and ground into a fine powder. Once the leaves are in powder form, it is mixed with lemon juice, sugar, and essential oils.
How Does Henna Work?

Henna dyes the upper layers of skin (epidermis)

Placing henna paste on the skin stains the upper layers. After leaving the paste on the skin between 4 to 12 hours it is scraped off and an orange stain is revealed. Over the next 48 - 72 hours the stain darkens from orange to a rich brown. Henna lasts between 1 to 3 weeks on the skin. It slowly fades as your skin exfoliates.  
What Henna is Not

Natural henna is never Black!

Henna comes in only redish brown tones. Henna is not Black. The product that is sold as "Black Henna" is henna with black hair dye. Black henna can cause chemical burns.