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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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!

It's not just a kid thing.

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 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 fingers. Its first use originates in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago. By the 12th century, scholars record henna's use had expanded extensively throughout the Mediterranean Basin - Sicily, Spain and Morocco in the west, Greece and Turkey in the north, and Israel, Syria, Arabia and Persia in the east. Henna designs caught on in India around the 16th century, and by the 20th century henna body art finally made its way to North America. 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 before 1100 BCE.

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 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. 

Achieving the Best Stain

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

  • 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: Should be done after you receive henna. The spray will not let henna penetrate to the skin to stain.

Day of henna application:

  •  Bath 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. 
  • Plan to avoid getting the design area wet from time of henna application until 12 or more hours after the paste is removed.

Attention brides:
​Do you and your party want to be hennaed for your upcoming special event? Schedule a henna appointment/ party 2-3 days prior to the big day for the darkest stain. For example, if your event is on Saturday, the best time to be hennaed is anytime on Wednesday and/ or Thursday. If you plan on having your palms hennaed and need to drive afterwards, plan two visits or have a chauffeur.