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Tape or Seal Henna Paste
|20-30 minutes after the paste is applied the henna will lose its shine and
be dry to the touch. Treat the area gently as the paste is fragile and has
a tendency to flake off.
You have several options of how to treat the henna as it dries; bandage with medical tape, wrap with tissue and a layer of plastic wrap, or apply a coat
of lemon and sugar to seal the paste to the skin.
Tape Henna paste
after the design is applied for PERFECT STAINS
The wraps keep the area
warm and creates slight perspiration on the skin to re-moisten the paste. Remember
to keep the body warm by sitting near a fire or holding a heating pad to the
area, heat makes a better stain.
This is the absolute
best way to protect your design and keep small details in place perfectly
while the dye soaks in over the next 6-8 hours. You must use medical paper
tape as it is porous and allows air to circulate to the the paste allowing
for the best results. This type of tape is hypo-allergenic and has a low tack
so there is no pain when removing the wraps later.
When the henna paste
is dry to the touch and has lost its shine, carefully wrap the area
with overlapping strips of medical tape in 2-3 inch pieces.
Press the tape directly
over the henna paste. As long as the paste has had a chance to dry there
is no risk of smearing or smudging your design. The tape will hold the
henna precisely in place and prevent staining of carpet, bedding and
The tape holds every
bit of paste precisely in place and is very sturdy, you can even put shoes
or clothing on over the tape and go about your day without smearing or
ruining the design. Remove after 6-12 hours, or overnight.
slide a sock or nylon over the tape to hold everything together and prevent
the edges from peeling back or getting caught on clothing or bedding.
6-8 hours remove the tape. Most of the paste will come off with the tape.
Any remaining bits of paste may be removed by rubbing a bit of lemon juice
or vegetable oil on the area. Avoid water for the first 24 hours for the
best stain possible.
Lemon and Sugar
Sealant is perfect
for bendy or soft parts of the body such as stomachs, backs, shoulders, and
To prevent the paste from
drying out and flaking off too early use our easy Henna Caravan Citrus Sealant or mix 1 teaspoon sugar with 3 teaspoons
lemon juice. Gently dab a bit of this solution on the design once or twice
using a q-tip or cotton ball. This lemon sugar mixture will create a protective
'glue' between your skin and the henna. Be careful not to over saturate
the paste as designs can run and bleed together. Apply juice 2-3 times. Flake
off after 6-12 hours, or overnight.
Plastic Wrap for hands, wrists, arms, feet, and legs
Carefully wrap the dry
paste with a piece of tissue and secure it firmly with a piece of tape. Wrap
the tissue with one layer of plastic wrap or slide a sock on over the tissue
to hold everything together. Remove after 6-12 hours, or overnight
paste on your skin for as long as possible. We recommend 6-12 hours. The longer
the henna paste is in contact with your body the more dye is able to saturate
into the skin resulting in a deeper and longer lasting color.