What is henna? How does it work? How long does it typically last?

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, also known as the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet.

Henna has been used since antiquity in ancient Egypt and the Indian subcontinent to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool, and leather. Historically, henna was used in West Asia Including the Arabian Peninsula and in Carthage, other parts of North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Whole, unbroken henna leaves will not stain the skin. Henna will not stain skin until the lawsone molecules are made available (released) from the henna leaves. However, dried henna leaves will stain the skin if they are mashed into a paste. The lawsone will gradually migrate from the henna paste into the outer layer of the skin and bind to the proteins in it, creating a stain. Natural henna pastes containing only henna powder, a liquid (water, lemon juice, etc.) and an essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree etc.) are not "shelf stable," meaning they expire quickly, and cannot be left out on a shelf for over one week without losing their ability to stain the skin. After henna stains reach their peak color, they hold for a few days, then gradually wear off by way of exfoliation, typically within one to three weeks.

Henna body art was regarded as having Barakah (blessing), and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty. It has been popular in more and more countries and now celebrated worldwide.

What is Jagua? How does it work? How long does it typically last?

Jagua tattoo is a temporary form of skin decoration resulting from the application of an  extract of the fruit Genipa americana, also known as jagua. This fruit has been used for body ornamentation and medicinal purposes in many areas of South America for centuries. It has recently been introduced in North America and Europe as an addition to henna body art.

The jagua tattoo method involves the surface application of a dye which then sets within a few hours, staining the upper layer of skin, or epidermis. The body sloughs off this layer of skin continuously and eventually, the tattoo fades and disappears.

The term "tattoo" is more commonly associated with the permanent surgical insertion of pigment underneath the skin, as opposed to pigments applied to the skin's surface. Both mehndi (henna) and jagua tattoos stain the top skin layer. In the case of jagua the color develops and darkens over several days until blue-black.

What is the difference between henna and Jagua?

While henna tattoos are associated with Indian, African, and Middle Eastern cultures, jagua      body art was invented by circum-Caribbean tribes and indigenous peoples of the Amazon region.

Designs created with jagua appear bluish black in color on the skin and resemble a real tattoo (henna tattoos are reddish-brown in color).

Some henna artists use the jagua tattoo preparations as an additional temporary tattoo option, and some professional tattoo artists use it to give their customers the option of 'trying out' a tattoo before using permanent ink.

What is white henna?

Contrary to the name, white henna is not actual "henna". It's an adhesive body paint which is mainly made of acrylic. It can be applied with a cone, and sealed with glitter or starch powder. It just stays on the upper layer of your skin for 2-3 days.It does not stain the skin, so once the white layer comes off it's gone completely. Additionally, it can be scrubbed off with an exfoliator at any time. This is the main reason why white henna is an all-time favorite for special events, photoshoots, and festivals.

Can I get a different color for my tattoo?

Natural henna only shows one color on the skin which is reddish brown. Since the evolution of the term "body art", we've seen many other colors of “henna paste” in the market, especially “black henna.” Black henna powder may be derived from indigo. It may also contain unlisted dyes and chemicals such as para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which can stain skin black quickly, but can cause severe allergic reactions and permanent scarring if left on for more than 2–3 days. The FDA specifically forbids PPD to be used for this purpose, and may prosecute those who produce black henna.] Artists who injure clients with black henna in the U.S. may be sued for damages.

Yellow Rose only offers natural henna (reddish brown stain) or jagua (bluish black stain) for our customer’s safety.

What is your price for henna? How long does it take you to do a henna? How many people can you apply henna for in one hour?

Basically the price of a design depends on its size and details.

Small sized contemporary designs start at $5. Such as a single wave or small sized heart. It usually takes the artist less than one minute to complete. The price range for medium sized designs are between $20 and $80. It takes the artist 10 to 30 minutes to complete. Large designs started at $80, for example, the average price of a full sleeve is $200. It takes the artist more than two hours to complete.

Simpler traditional hand designs start at $20. It usually takes the artist 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Price goes higher as the design gets more detailed. It takes the artist 10 to 30 minutes to complete a medium sized intricate hand design. And 30 to 60 minutes to complete a large sized intricate design.

For henna parties, we usually provide simpler designs for guests. 5 to 12 people can be serviced in one hour.

If you are unsure about the price of the design you want, feel free to contact us to get a quote.

How does the home service work if I don't want to visit the shop?

Contact us by leaving your information online or text/call us directly. We will get back to you with our availability and a quote. After we are confirmed, the artist will travel to your location and provide a private henna session.