What is henna?

Henna is a flowering plant shrub that is native to North Africa, Middle East and South Asia. The henna leaves have a natural dye in them that is released when the leaves are broken. In body art, the henna leaves are collected, dried and ground into a fine powder. When diluted with essential oils and water, the plant dye is activated and ready to be applied to the skin.

How long does a henna design last?

Your henna stain will last on average between 7-10 days. It may last a little longer or a little less based on your lifestyle and the location of the henna design. Medications, swimming, tanning, exfoliation, skin renewal, shaving, waxing etc can all play a factor in how fast a design fades.

Is henna safe for pregnant women?

Henna has been used on the body for centuries and has always been considered safe for most expectant moms. Just google "pregnancy henna" to see the vast number of moms who have had henna applied. However, if you have any concerns, please check with your medical professional before getting henna on your stomach. For further information about pregnancy henna and a list of rare conditions that may make henna unsuitable, please read the following page: http://www.hennapage.com/henna/encyclopedia/pregbirth/

I have dark skin. Will henna show up on me?

Regardless of skin color, different parts of the body stain differently, with some areas getting beautifully dark stains (like the fingers) and some areas getting a lighter stain (like the chest or back). So henna will show up best on the areas that stain the darkest on all skin types. If you have a darker skin tone, the hand and feet will be the best area to get a henna body art design.

How do I hire you for a ladies get together?

If you want to organize a party where each person is expected to contribute, we will charge you our standard rates and it is up to you to decide how to spread out the cost between all the attendees. We can provide suggestions on how other clients have dealt with this but we cannot be held responsible for collection of funds.

What if I think I am allergic to henna?

Short answer: We recommend that you avoid henna if you suspect that you may be allergic to henna. Long answer:I Need Henna! Art Company only uses organic henna powder, water and essential oils known to be safe for most people. Henna paste has been applied to many pregnant women and cancer patients by henna artists without any problems (Google "pregnancy henna" and "cancer henna" to see images) However, we realize that some people may have allergies and always provide full disclosure of oils used so that the client can evaluate their personal situation. If you think you may have an allergy to any of the oils used, please contact a medical professional before applying. We also make special order henna cones without particular essential oils that clients may have an allergy to, upon request.

Does it hurt? Are there needles involved?

No and no. It doesn't hurt and there are definitely no needles involved...or any piercing of skin! So how do we create henna body art? Imagine that someone has a piping bag full of icing and they use that to create designs on you. That is how henna is applied. We make henna cones that look like small piping bags filled with mud icing (aka henna paste) and the artist carefully squeezes the cone to create designs.

Will the design be permanent?

Only if you decide to go to a tattoo artist and ask them to go over the henna design with their needles. Henna is a temporary body art and fades as the skin exfoliates.

What is black henna?

Black henna is not henna, it is a chemical used instead of real henna to give a blackish stain. Authentic henna stain color ranges from orange to chocolate brown but it is NEVER black. Click this link for further information: www.ineedhenna.com/blackhenna