Henna & Jagua Frequently Asked Questions.

HENNA

How long does the Henna Tattoo last?

On average, the stain will last 10days to two weeks. It can last up to three weeks, depending on your body temperature, skin type, body chemistry, lifestyle, and where the henna is applied.

What does the tattoo stain?

The first 5 layers of skin. As the skin naturally exfoliates the stain will fade away.

How long can the henna paste last?
If kept in the refrigerator, the paste can last up to four weeks once mixed in cone. For best results freeze the paste or (cone) and thaw 15 mins before use.
How dark does the tattoo get?
Our henna naturally stains the skin a deep reddish brown. The variation in color depend upon your skin tone,skin type and where the henna is applied. The first day will be a bright orange stain and will gradually darken within 48hours.
 
Can you dye your lips with henna?
 No, the skin on your lips do not absorb the stain.
Can you dye your hair with henna?
Yes, you can. Our solution is made especially for the skin, but you can dye your hair with henna and the dye would tint your hair a reddish brown color.
Can you dye your eyebrows with henna?
Yes, but the eyebrows would turn a bright reddish brown color.
Is henna safe for pregnant women?
Absolutely! Safe and a beautiful way to celebrate your growing belly.
How do you remove the design?
You can not just remove the design. The stain gradually fades away as your skin exfoliates. The time it takes to fade completely away varies on an individual basis. If you would like it to fade faster, you can exfoliate your skin, although there are no quick removals.
Is the stain permanent?
No, the stain lasts anywhere from 1-3 weeks and fades away naturally as your skin exfoliates.
What color does the henna stain the skin?
Our henna naturally stains the skin a deep reddish brown. The variation in color depend upon your skin tone,skin type and where the henna is applied. The first day will be a bright orange stain and will gradually darken within 48hours.
Can you add anything to make the henna darker?
There are various homemade recipes but there are none that we can vouch for. Our henna is naturally rich in color. We recommend an application of eucalyptus oil to deepen the color after the paste dries off.
What is eucalyptus oil used for?
The oil is used to prepare the skin for absorption.
What is black henna and is it safe?
There is no such thing as “black henna” but the henna dyes that stain the skin black usually have chemicals mixed into the solution and they are harmful to your skin. A Jagua henna tattoo is a natural dye that stains the skin a dark blueish black color and is safe to use on skin.
How long does it take for the henna paste to dry?
It takes about 10-15 minutes.
What do I do when the paste dries?
Once the paste dries, you can scrape or rub it off within 6 hours. It may naturally fall off on its own. The henna stain will gradually darken within 48hours.
 
How long do I leave the henna paste on?
The longer you leave it on, the better. Leaving it on for at least 6 hours is ideal. It will naturally start peeling off.
How do I take the paste off?
Some will naturally rub off, or you can take your nails and gently scrape/ peel it off.
Can you stain your nails with henna?
Yes, and it is semi permanent. It will stain your nails reddish brown and will grow out as your nail grows.

JAGUA

Is jagua the same as “black henna”?

No. Black henna does not exist neither does it usually have henna in it. It’s usually made from black hair dye containing a potentially dangerous chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which seems to be safe on the scalp but not on the skin. This substance can be found in printing inks, lithography plates, black rubber, oils, and gasoline. Many people sustain serious rashes, permanent scarring, and long-term health problems when exposed to PPD.

How does jagua stain the skin?

Indigenous people in the Amazon squeeze the pulp of the fruit to obtain the juice. At first it looks clear like water; but 30 minutes after being exposed to air, the oxidation process turns it black. Natural ingredients are added to the juice to keep it fresh and safe from bacteria while in transit or stored for sale.

Once it is applied on the skin, the gel takes 30–45 minutes to dry. Two hours later, the dried gel is rinsed off with warm water and a washcloth, leaving a gray stain, which grows darker over 48 hours to a dark blue-black stain. This stain lasts approximately two weeks.

Does the stain disappear completely?

Yes. Just like henna, it disappears slowly as your skin naturally exfoliates.

Does it hurt to get a jagua tattoo?

No. The skin is never pierced and it does not hurt. The gel is applied, like henna, on top of the skin, and it only penetrates the uppermost layer of the skin.

If I keep the gel on my skin longer than two hours, will I get a darker stain?

Two hours is sufficient to obtain the darkest color. Leaving it on longer will not yield a darker or longer-lasting stain. Leaving it on overnight is not recommended. However, if you do your tattoo late in the evening and must sleep with the dried gel on, make sure to cover or wrap the design with bathroom tissue and tape to avoid the design transferring to other areas of your body (like your face!) or on your bedsheets while you sleep.

Are there any side effects to using jagua?

No. As with anything else in the natural world, however, allergic reactions are always possible, depending on the individual such as with nut or strawberry allergies. It is known that certain drugs can sensitize the skin to things such as sunlight and certain topical preparations. Therefore, we recommend that people taking medication check first with their doctor before applying jagua (or anything else) on their skin. In addition, it is always great to do a small patch test first before attempting a full-size tattoo if they have sensitive skin.

Aside from the color it produces, does jagua differ from henna in any way?

Yes. The jagua gel does not need to stay on the skin as long as henna; two hours is enough. The jagua gel takes a little longer to dry than a henna paste, depending on the size of the design.

Henna has a very distinctive, earthy scent; jagua is virtually odorless.

Henna is a plant. Jagua is a fruit.

Henna and jagua are both organic substances, different people may obtain different results because henna and jagua interact with each individual’s body temperature, skin type, lifestyle, “time of the month,” or even state of mind when the products are applied.

Do jagua tattoos show up on dark skin?

Yes.

Can I use it anywhere on my body?

Yes,  just make sure to keep it out of your eyes.

Are there certain areas of the body that stain better than others?

As with henna, the stain is darkest on the hands and feet.

Once my jagua tattoo starts to fade, is there any way to restore it to its original color?

Yes. Simply retrace over the design with more gel.

Does jagua permanently stain fabric, wood, and other porous surfaces the way henna does?

No. With fabric, if you wash it right away with soap, the gel will come off without leaving a stain. However, it does stain the skin, and quickly! If you get jagua on your hands as you apply it, wash it off immediately or sooner!

If I want to remove a jagua tattoo, what should I do?

There is no quick fix as with henna, you can exfoliate the skin, but it will take a couple days for it to thoroughly disappear.

What can I do to help my tattoo last longer?

Avoid chlorinated pools and soaking in hot tubs. Don’t over exfoliate the area.

Is it safe for pregnant women and children to use jagua?

Yes.