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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Henna?

Henna, botanically known as Lawsonia Inermis, is a flowering plant found in hot climates.

 

The flowers are fragrant and the leaves contain Lawsone, a reddish, brown/orange dye

which binds with the keratin in your skin, naturally and safely staining the skin. The dye typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

 

The leaves of the henna plant are dried and ground to a powder, which once mixed into a paste can be used to dye hair and skin.

What is Jagua Ink?

In exactly the same way as henna, Jagua Ink is also used as temporary body art.

The paste used to create the body art is made from extracts of the fruit Genipa Americana, also known as Jagua.

 

The Jagua Ink produces a dark blue/black colour, resembling permanent tattoos.

What ingredients are in your products?

Henna: Natural Henna powder, either Eucalyptus oil or Lavender essential oil, citric acid, sugar and water.

 

Jagua: Genipa Americana (Jagua fruit juice) xanthan gum, citric acid, sojat henna powder and lavender essential oil.

 

The Jagua ink is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How soon before an event should I have my henna or Jagua Ink tattoo?

Both henna and Jagua ink take up to 48 hours to fully develop. We recommend you have your henna or temporary tattoo done 2 days before an event.

How long does the henna and temporary tattoos last?

Both the henna and Jagua ink last the same duration. On average and for most people, it generally lasts between 5-7 days on your hands and face and up to 14 days on any other part of your body.

This also depends on the aftercare you follow. We will take you through the aftercare.

Does the fully developed colour of the henna and jagua ink differ from person to person?

Our henna and Jagua Ink are natural products and the results of the stain can vary. This is because the stain achieved is very much dependent on your body’s natural chemistry, combined with the aftercare following application on the skin. You will be provided with aftercare advice as part of our service.

 

Certain medical conditions, medication and even a hormonal imbalance can play a part in the ultimate colour of the stain. Additionally, the stain can differ depending on the part of the body you have your henna or Jagua Ink tattoo. The general rule is, the thicker the skin the darker the stain. Therefore, palms of your hands and soles of your feet stain the darkest. The stain will be lighter in comparison on areas of your body where the skin is thinner. A high body temperature and warmer skin speeds up the oxidation process and results in a darker stain.

On some rare occasions, it is possible no stain is achieved at all. As we are unable to guarantee the ultimate stain you may achieve, you may wish to have a stain test before you get your tattoo done. The stain test should be carried out 48 hours before you have your tattoo. Most people will however enjoy a beautiful red/brown stain if opting to have henna or a gorgeous blue/black if having the Jagua ink.

What are your prices?

Our prices are dependent on the intricacy and size of your body art. If you would like  a quote for your body art, please provide a description on the booking from or upload a picture and we can provide you with a quote.

Where are you based?

We love pop up tattoo parlours. Our pop up parlours open at different times of the year in different locations. Our current pop up which was in vibrant Shoreditch in London has now come to an end. Our next pop up will be in the summer between June – August 2022. We are taking bookings now. You can make your booking via our booking form. We also have a remote service and can come to you so you can have your henna or tattoo done in the comfort of your own home.

 

There is a minimum charge of £50 for our remote service which will need to be paid in full 2 days prior to your appointment. The price includes the cost of most medium sized tattoos (this may vary depending on the detail) and includes travel expenses within zones 1 & 2 in London. Our salon prices differ and are priced at the salon depending on the detail and size.

Can you do any designs?

We can do most designs and our artists can also create a bespoke design for you.

There may be some slight variations in detail in what a fine needle can create for permanent tattoos and what we can achieve with henna cones.

Can children have henna and temporary tattoos?

Yes, our younger clients love having henna and temporary tattoos done. Please note we do not recommend tattoos for children below the age of 5.

About us

House of Henna specialises in creating beautiful and

unique temporary body art and tattoos using only natural henna and jagua ink, a gorgeous natural fruit based black ink.

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