General Henna + Jagua Questions
What is Henna?
Henna is plant leaf. To create a paste we grind up the leaf and mixed it with other natural ingredients like essential oil and lemon juice.
What is Jagua?
Jagua is the nectar from a fruit, it is mixed with edible tree gum to create a gel like substance. DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY FRUIT.
Henna and Jagua are largely different materials to work with so the pricing is adjusted accordingly. The size and area of the tattoo are also taken into consideration when priced, just like a permanent tattoo.
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Are Henna and Jagua safe?
YES! I use only ALL NATURAL materials so there is nothing to worry about. Because of the essential oils in henna, there can actually be a calming effect. Jagua must only be avoided if there is a fruit allergy in the client. Beware of anything called Black Henna - this is typically the product of a natural henna substance mixed with an unsafe dye to create the black color, typically hair dye. Hair dye and other used int he Black Henna can be extremely harmful to the skin and create blisters, scarring, and in worst cases, respiratory arrest. Some of these makeups also build their effects over time, so first use or first few uses are fine, but the third use could cause a major reaction.
What is the difference between the Jagua and Henna?
- Henna is brown in color and lasts about a 1 to 1.5 weeks. This artistry is traditionally found throughout Africa and Asia. Main source of dye is a plant material and essential oil
- Jagua is blue-black in color and lasts about 2.5 to 3 weeks. This artistry is traditionally found in many regions of South America and the Caribbean. This is a fruit juice that dyes the skin, so do not use this if you are allergic to any fruits.
How does Henna work + How do I care for it?
I will create a piece of work on top of your skin with the Henna paste. This paste will dry within 30 minutes and start to flake off, but keep as much as you can on your skin for as long as you can. STAY WARM, henna likes the heart while it develops. An orange stain on your skin will remain after the paste flakes off, and will need about two days to fully develop into dark brown. Avoiding water on the henna stain for 12 to 24 hours will help it become its darkest and last long. Heat and sun will help your stain develop darker and more evenly, keep your henna stain moisturized with essential oil or lotion and try not to scrub at it when you bathe. Any exfoliation of the skin will cause the stain to fade more quickly.
How does Jagua work + How do I care for it?
I will create a piece or work on your skin with the Jagua gel. This gel takes 30-60 minutes to dry, so be careful (the smallest touch of gel can instantly stain, but the stain develops overtime, so you don't even see it at first)! Once the gel is flat on your skin, it is dry, and will need to stay on your skin for at least 4 hours (8 hours is recommended). Once the time is up, you can wash the jagua off with cold or lukewarm soap and water, scrubbing is okay just make sure to get all of the residue washed off. What is left is a very light stain that will develop over the next day into a deep black color. Keep your stain moisturized and try not to scrub at it when you bathe. Any exfoliation of the skin will cause the stain to fade more quickly.
Will this show on darker skin tones?
Results can vary for everyone and the color of the skin doesn't have much to do with that variance. Both henna and jagua will show on darker skin tones but the darkness of the stain can be affected by many things. Body temperature plays a huge role (the hotter the better, that's why we suggest getting into the sun), as well as skin type, lifestyle, area on the body etc. If you didn't achieve the results you had hoped for, try going over the design with a second application, or we choosing another location. If you are weary, before we apply the art let's talk about what you think might affect your chances of a dark stain.
Do certain parts of the body stain better/longer?
With both henna and jagua, areas of skin that are thicker are typically more receptive to the staining. This includes fingers, palms and sides of the hands, soles, sides, and toes of the feet. As you move up the body the stain gets a little lighter, but lasts just as long. The face will stain maximum 5 days since the skin is typically more oily and shedding faster than the rest of our bodies.
Bridal Services Questions
When is the best time to get my Bridal Henna done?
2 or 3 days before your ceremony is a great time to get your bridal henna done. this allows for a few days of development and ensures your henna will be its darkest by the time your big day arrives.
Can I use Jagua for my bridal look instead of henna?
Sure! But do be sure to do a test run of the jagua a month or more before your wedding. Jagua is a tricky material to care for and has a much more in depth aftercare than henna.The pricing will also change a little bit for jagua, as the material is more costly to source and make.
Prices for Bridal Henna and other services are listed here, but can vary and are fully customizable. If you wish to create a package for multiple services that can easily be arranged.
Are you and your team familiar with different cultural traditions?
My and my team are versed in several different cultures which henna is a part. Overall, we thrive on learning and helping you create the most of your day, no matter how you choose to celebrate.