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Many countries including Morocco and India have traditions of applying henna during the third trimester of pregnancy. Henna is believed to protect and bless the mother and child from any evil or malicious spirits that may be near during delivery.
The red coloring of the dye and protective images used in the patterns guard against the evil eye and are thought to protect the pair during the child’s difficult passage into this world.
As henna is being incorporated into modern culture, new traditions are being created. One new way women are using henna is to decorate the belly during pregnancy. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the body’s physical changes during pregnancy and embrace this special time. Baby showers and henna parties can be combined into a day of pampering and relaxation for the new expectant mom, her friends, and family.
100% safe and 100% Natural
I use only natural henna, lemon juice, sugar and lavender oil in our mixes for pregnant women. It is important to keep the ingredients simple during pregnancy so you don’t stress the body, baby, or cause an allergic reaction. Other ingredients may be added such as coffee, tea, tamarind, or clove depending on the artist’s preference but simple is always better during pregnancy.
Natural henna is incredibly safe and poses no danger to a healthy pregnancy. There are people who use chemical additives such as hair dyes in the mix to speed up the process or obtain a black stain. This is not safe or legal. Chemical dyes often contain a chemical known as PPD which is toxic and can cause long term damage, including scaring. Chemical dyes will stain the skin within 30 minutes and be dark immediately, these should always be avoided.
Designs usually last 7-10 days, depending on body chemistry, how long the paste was allowed to soak in, and location on the body. Henna always lasts longest on the hands and feet, less on the torso where skin is thinner. It is very important to keep in mind that natural henna stains a reddish brown color and needs to soak on the skin 4-8 hours. The color will be a light orange at first and darken to a richer shade over 2 days.
When it comes to Henna there are many deceptions and even more misconceptions. This article will briefly go through tips and tricks to help you keep yourself safe while keeping the integrity of the Henna plant.
First thing, Henna is many shades of ONE COLOR, which is orange to burgundy brown. It is possible, through henna after care and darkening tips, to achieve a very dark wine burgundy color that in pictures will seem black, however when you look closer, it is actually a deep dark burgundy or Brownish Burgundy. Any Colored Henna is chemical, no other plant leaves on earth leaves a temporary stain the way henna does.
For hair color, additives are added in an attempt to bring out the Hues within hennas natural orange – brown – burgundy range. Of these only indigo by itself has the ability dye HAIR a blue black, but not the skin.
Pre made Henna Cones
Of the two form that henna can be bought, this is the easier to decipher chemical mixed or not. The best practice is making the mix yourself, however it takes some time and experience to get the consistency and viscosity that is manageable for body art use thus many still purchase their henna cones. I also sell them Here, and do sell them to everyone and anyone, however the recipe used is clearly stated on the packaging, on this site and i usually repeat it if you purchase/pickup locally. Thus it is always best to ask the recipe and it must be fully disclosed. Should the artist not be aware of the recipe, even if they say that they have never had complaints, it is best to stay away.
Many are adding PPD (black Hair dye), ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, etc. Into the paste to ensure a dark stain. Before having henna applied ask how long the henna should be left on. If the answer is less than 4 hours, than you can be sure that there is an enhancer added into the paste. The artist may not be aware of this themselves.
Manufactured Pre Made Henna cones from overseas such as thailand, India, Pakistan, Saudi, etc… should never be used. Most of them sit for years in the backs of store rooms and so far in my experience I have not seen a cone that is pure from overseas.
Henna Leaf Powder
This is a difficult one as many manufacturers of henna are adding dyes and aroma enhancers to make the henna look and smell fresh. A common misconception is that henna looses its tannin the longer it sits. As long as the henna is cultivated ethically with the plants health in mind and dried by hand in the shade and finally stored in cool dark, airtight place, henna lasts for a long long long time.
Usually henna is over cultivated from farms and then heat dried at high temperatures shortening its life span and making it less useful in medicine. This misconception also helps manufacturers turn over product. You will find some packages that have date stamped, it doesn’t really matter.
Finally having your henna powder lab tested can ensure purity. Metal salts are added into the powders and any lab testing will reveal the contents. Henna is usually a brown green powder. Usually very bright green has been dyed to look as such. The less debris you find in the powder the better the sift is but not necessarily the quality.
There are many sealants available to protect and bring out the color in your Henna designs. This article will briefly go through some of them, please use this as a start towards your own research. Comments, tips and even your own preferred sealant methods are welcome. In this article we will go over common sealants for body art.
- Lemon & Sugar or Honey & Lemon: this is probably the most common and well known of the body art sealants out there. Its is simple and easily made at home by adding approximately 1 part lemon to 2 parts sugar or 1.5 parts honey. Dissolve the sugar/honey into the lemon juice over low heat. Once it is ready and cool, you can put it into a bowl and add a few cotton balls for application. This way everyone can continue to re apply the sealant a few times throughout the night. I like to put mine in a spray bottle and spray a few squirts onto the paste. Make sure that the paste is dry enough before sealing, otherwise your henna will begin to run. The sugar keeps a protective barrier from the air while the lemon keeps the henna wet and also pulls out more of dye onto the skin. Caution: too much sugar will make your henna crack and too much lemon will make your henna run.
- Hairspray or spray gel: Some people use non toxic hairspray hair spray or spray gel. This really keeps the henna firmly on. The hairspray tends to dry the henna out quick, where as the spray gel keeps it wet longer.
- Cotton Balls & Tape: once your henna has dried on top, you can use cotton to cover the design and then tape to secure the cotton balls. You can leave it like that or cover it with a plastic bag. With a plastic bag, your henna may stay too wet and can easily smudge.
- Fixative Tape: This is also one of my favourites and what I use in private bookings, bridals and pregnant bellies. Once the Henna has dried on top I wrap it up using fixative tape, this keeps the henna wet and in place. It is comfortable and leaves clients free to move and continue with the day. When you remove the tape, the henna comes off with it… almost perfectly.
- Saran or plastic wrap: This is must for the hair or eyebrows as we do not want the henna to dry at all on the hairs. But it is also a good one to add on top of some fixative tape, cotton, toilet paper or paper towel.
Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these are the most common and also great to combine them. There are many other methods of securely sealing your Henna designs. Have fun and experiment!