It's not just a kid thing.

Timeless. Temporary.
Island Girl's henna paste is blended in-house using the finest organic ingredients that are considered safe even during pregnancy. Since all henna is applied freehand, custom ideas are most welcome. Have an idea for a permanent tattoo but want to try it in temporary henna first? Island Girl has created many henna 'tattoos' for folks looking to get a permanent tattoo but want to test their idea first.

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Henna Care

You will receive a free After Care sheet at your appointment.
Here are some highlights:

  • Do not use water to remove paste - it will diminish staining effect. A vegetable oil (such as olive or coconut) can be used to remove stubborn paste.
  • Once the paste is removed, do not wet the area for 12 or more hours, if possible - staying dry darkens the stain.
  • Use olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter or another natural veggie oil as a moisturizer on your henna stain.
  • Do not use a commercial  moisturizer. Most are 'rejuvenating' and cause your skin to exfoliate faster.
  • Avoid gloves, manual labor, rubbing the design, and contact with water, especially chlorinated water. Sorry ladies, this means no dishes;) All of these cause exfoliation making henna fade faster. 

The more of these steps you take, the better results you'll have for the darkest stain possible:

​Days up to Henna Application

  • Waxing/ Shaving: Should be done 2 days before henna, if henna design is going on an area that is normally waxed or shaved. 
  • Manicures/ Pedicures: Should be done before you receive henna. Soaking and polish remover will fade your henna stain.
  • Spray Tans: Must be done after you receive henna. Henna cannot penetrate the spray tan resulting in no stain.

Day of Henna Application

  •  Bathe the area before receiving henna. Do not moisturize. Do not apply makeup on area to be hennaed.
  •  Plan to leave the henna paste on your skin for 6 hours, or longer, if possible. There are no stain guarantees if removed sooner.
  • When the henna is dry (before cracks form) it can be sealed with a water/ sugar solution (1/2 teaspoon each of water & sugar mixed. Gently dab on dry henna with a cotton bud. Use sparingly!). Once the henna is sealed it can be wrapped, kept warm and left on overnight to intensify the stain. Only use cotton balls, bath tissue, gauze and tape. Do not use plastic wrap!
  • Plan to avoid getting the design area wet from time of henna application until 12 or more hours after the paste is removed.

Major Considerations & Henna for your Special Day

  • Schedule a henna appointment 2-3 days prior to the big day for the darkest stain with the most definition. For example, if your event is on Saturday, the best time to be hennaed is Wednesday - Thursday.  
  • If you plan on having both your palms hennaed on the same day arrange for a chauffeur and someone to assist you with ordinary tasks like change clothes, pick an item up, eat, drink... and be merry!
  • You will achieve the best henna stain if you plan to leave it on overnight. Henna needs to be wrapped for protection.
  • Traditional Full Bridal Henna can take 5 or more hours.
  • The bride's henna is done first, before guests arrive so the bride can fully enjoy the party. One or two close friends are welcome. 
  • Guest henna is done after the bride's henna and can be during the party.
  • If the bride's henna is being done in a party atmosphere, a close friend of the bride will be recruited as a guard to assure no one comes close enough to cause the bride to move. Freehand art on a moving target isn't clean and takes longer, increasing cost.
  • Ingredients

    Island Girl only uses 100% organic and all-natural ingredients: HENNA* (Lawsonia inermis), DISTILLED WATER, SUGAR*, ESSENTIAL OILS OF LAVENDER*, FRANKINCENSE* & CARDAMOM*
     *Organic.  Mixed with love & sprinkled with giggles:) That's it!

    Application & Staining

    Henna body art (sometimes referred to as henna tattoos or temporary tattoos) is fun and pain-free. No needles are used. Island Girl applies henna on the skin freehand - without stencils - similar to decorating a cake. Sometimes it tickles:) Cosmetic-grade, biodegradable glitter and glitter gel are available to adorn your new henna design.
    After several hours, the paste is removed leaving behind a stain that takes approximately 2 days to reach its darkest color. It can last up to a few weeks, and gradually fades as the skin naturally exfoliates.
    Since henna only stains the keratin, or top layers of skin, the duration of the stain is determined by body temperature and chemistry, skin type, lifestyle, where the henna is applied and how well it is taken care of.
    Tougher, less oily skin will hold the stain longer. This makes the palms of the hands and soles of the feet the best place to apply henna. The further away from the palms and soles you get, the lighter the stain and faster it fades.           

    ​​​​​​​Origins of Henna  
    History documents the henna plant being used as hair dye, medicine, perfume and adornment for hands and feet. Archaeological findings confirm its first use was in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago. By the 10th century, age-old texts show henna's use had expanded extensively throughout the Mediterranean Basin - Sicily in the west, Greece and Turkey in the north, and Arabia to Persia in the east. The first documented proof of decorative henna body art in India is in the early 17th century arriving with the Mogul invasion. It finally made its way to North America in the late 20th century. After all this time, these cultures still maintain their own recognizable style and flair. ​​​
    Fun trivia fact... Jeanette's Sicilian ancestry comes from a little village in the modern day Province of Enna, whose name in ancient times was Henna (the oldest surviving city in Sicily) founded by the Sicani tribe sometime before 1100 BCE.