What you need to know
before you get your henna or jagua temporary tattoo
- Both henna and jagua are natural dyes. The stains take about 48 hours to fully mature. If you want a design for a particular occasion, plan your appointment two to three days prior to it.
- Designs with fine detail (especially bridal designs) require a smooth skin to work on. If possible, depilation and peeling should be done 48-24 hours prior to the application of henna or jagua. Not on the same day - your skin could get irritated.
It is possible to work on skin with hair, however the designs might not be as fine.
- Be on time.
- If the appointment is at your place, make sure you are not disturbed by family members and pets to reduce the risk of smudges. The experience will be more pleasurable, if you can relax and focus only on the moment.
First wash your hair, then get henna.
- Let the paste dry. Try and stay still. The first 10-15 minutes the picture is susceptible to smudging.
- Depending on the weather and on placement of the picture, henna can be either taped or fixed with sugar water. Sometimes this is not necessary.
- The paste should be left on for several hours. Ideally overnight. Try and keep warm but not sweaty.
- Then scrape off the paste. Coconut oil (or a different skin-safe oil) can be used to remove remains of the paste. Do not wash with water! (Water blocks the maturing process of the stain).
- Your henna tattoo will be orange and fairly light at first - the stain will mature over the next 48 hours. During this time, avoid washing it water. Oil can be smeared over the design before you take a shower.
- For your henna to last a long time, avoid actions that promote exfoliation - swimming, sauna, peeling. Keep your skin nourished and hydrated.
- With proper aftercare your henna will remain on your skin for 1-3 weeks, depending on its placement on your body and your skin qualities.
- Let the gel/paste dry. Try and stay still. The first 10-15 minutes the picture is susceptible to smudging..
- Jagua gel creates a film on your skin when it dries and usually it does not need to be taped.
- Leave the jagua on your skin for 4-6 hours. Sweating may rehydrate the gel and the picture could get smudged. Be careful.
- Wash the jagua off with luke-warm water and soap.
- The picture will be gone. Don't worry! It will reappear and darken over the next 48 hours.
- For your jagua to last a long time, avoid actions that promote exfoliation - swimming, sauna, peeling. Keep your skin nourished and hydrated.
- With proper aftercare your jagua will remain on your skin for 1-3 weeks, depending on its placement on your body and your skin qualities.