Aftercare: Paper Tape

quick tips

  • Henna dries, shrinks, cracks and pops off. This is bad.
  • We want it to stay stuck on the skin for 4-12 hours. Very tricky.
  • Wrapping up with medical tape will hold the paste perfectly in place.
  • Clothing can be put back on and you don't have to be careful since the design is wrapped and protected. Super handy for night time.
  • Micropore tape is easy to rip into pieces.
  • Micropore tape is cheap.

Micropore Medical Paper Tape

Perfect aftercare solution for special designs and sleeping

Not every situation works with citrus-sealant. If it’s cold, if the henna was applied to an intimate location, if the design is super special and you want the best possible outcome, small children, pregnancy bellies, or if you want to sleep with the design overnight. 


Wrapping with medical tape holds every little bit of paste in place perfectly!

It guarantees excellent stains since you can sleep with the wrapped henna paste on and achieve super dark stains. It prevents the henna paste from popping off and staining your sheets/clothing.

Micropore paper tape is breathable, affordable, and efficient. It tears easily so it's fast to use. It’ a nice solution for festivals or party guests and it's Latex-free (Latex is a common allergy and should be avoided when working with the public). 



coconut oil


Allow the henna paste to dry completely before taping.

If you tape while the paste is still moist it will smear and smoosh.

Do NOT spray with a citrus-sealant and then tape, it is one or the other.  


Tear off strips of tape in 2-3 inch pieces and place over the henna paste so they are slightly over-lapping.

Follow the contours of the body/muscles when applying the tape.  


Keep the henna paste on all day, 4-8 hours is optimal.


Remove by rubbing a bit of coconut oil on top of the tape to break up the adhesive. 

Avoid water for the first 24 hours of the stains life cycle for darkest color stain.


To tape feet and legs, have the client stand up, with weight evenly distributed on both feet. This puts the muscles in a natural and non-flexed position.

Lower backs bend and stretch too much to be a good candidate for paper taping, but mefix/hypafix will work.


Choose Latex Free tapes such as micropore, mefix or hypafix, or saniderm. Latex is a common allergy and can result in a painful rash. 

Gentle removal of tape by applying coconut oil or a soak in the shower prior to removal will help to avoid irritation.