What is Henna?
Henna is a plant. The leaves are ground up and shipped to artists like Jade Maxx. Each artist uses thier own mix, but often times the leaf is mixed with essential oil and water or lemon juice to create a paste. That paste is laid on top of the skin, dries, and falls off. Once the dried paste has all fallen off, a stain is left on the skin underneath and darkens over 24ish hours. Most people call this stain a henna tattoo (:
Henna lasts about 1.5 to 2 weeks depending on location, and stains a deep Burgundy brown color.
What is Jagua?
Jagua (Jog-wah) is the nectar from a fruit, it is mixed with edible tree gum (same stuff in our chewing gum) to create a gel like substance that we can draw with. This is left on the skin, dries, and is washed off. When washing it oftentimes washes off the entire visual design, however, the design will reappear is it develops. Usually you'll wash a bit before bed, and the stain will show the next day.
Jagua lasts about 2 to 3 weeks depending on location, and stains a blue-black color much like a permanent tattoo.
Since it is a fruit juice, DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY FRUIT. - This is NOT to be confused with "Black Henna", a chemical filled henna alternative. Read more about why Henna is never naturally black on the blog.
Henna and Jagua are largely different materials to work with and to aquire, so the pricing is adjusted accordingly. The size and area of the henna or jagua tattoo are also taken into consideration when priced, just like a permanent tattoo. There is a shop minimum of $25, but we will need to sit down in person or you can send us a photo for a more precise quote.
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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 tattoo paste, there can actually be a calming effect. Jagua must only be avoided if there is a fruit allergy. 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. Hair dye and other dyes used in the 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 or fifth use could cause a major reaction. Learn more on the blog.
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 try not to pick, just let it fall. 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 tattoo 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 henna tattoo to fade more quickly. Pat dry.
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, 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. Pat dry.
What is the difference between the Jagua and Henna?
- A henna tattoo is brown in color and lasts about 1.5 weeks, up to 2 depending on location. This artistry is traditionally found throughout Africa and Asia. The main source of dye is a plant mixed with essential oil as a carrier.
- A jagua tattoo is blue-black in color, similar to a permanent tattoo, and lasts about 2 weeks, up to 3 depending on placement. Jagua juice used to stain the skin is traditionally found in many regions of South America, South Pacifuc Islands, and the Caribbean. This is a fruit juice that dyes the skin, so do not use this if you are allergic to any fruits.
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 henna tattoo 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 tattoo 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.
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