Prepping for your appointment & best aftercare practices
Alchemy prepares fresh natural paste from the leaves of the henna plant. The paste is painted onto the skin, the lawsone molecule in the plant begins to stain the skin. To get the best possible, darkest, longest lasting stain, the success is up to you.
It's a good idea to plan ahead so you won't need to shower after your henna is applied.
Lotions and self-tanners will block your henna stain
Please review the list of ingredients in Alchemy henna paste: adjustments can be made for sensitive skin & allergies.
Location, location, location: plan your clothing: want a foot piece in winter - let's talk. Want a shoulder piece? wear a bandeau. Want something on your solar plexus? bandeau or bikini top. Something more exotic or unsure about how to plan for body pieces? Please leave a message when you schedule your appointment - and I'll call. I want your henna to be awesome.
The paste needs to be on the skin 4-6 hours
Henna LOVES heat. In cool / cold weather warm drinks, heating pads, electric blankets are all useful
Flake or 'scrub' off the paste instead of washing it off.
Avoiding water for 24-48 hours really does make a difference!
"Sealing" or wrapping is effective. Sealant recipe below. Wrapping with a compression bandage, old sock, stripped cotton rags, and even TP are good. No plastic wrap: cling wraps trap moisture and cause lines to feather.
when you first take off the henna paste, your design will be orange (maybe a little disappointing) - - but it will get darker in the next 24 hours
Alchemy Paste Ingredients
Fresh henna powder from India & Pakistan Water or herbal tea Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Cajeput, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Lemongrass (sometimes patchouli, peru balsam, rosemary or clove) Sugar
To make the sealant: Dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar into 1/4 of water by heating together in a sauce pan or the microwave. Cool before using.This can be packaged and stored for hennas later by freezing or refrigerating.
A little hint? you can also use lemonade, Pop / Soda, simple syrup, cocktail syrup, watered-down Maple syrup. No honey (water and honey make a diluted hydrogen peroxide).
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