Sit down with one of the friendly henna artists in their flamboyant henna tent.
Discuss desired design/lack there of. The artists have a vast library of unique designs in their heads. They can give you something completely original. Discuss location of desired design. The best place for a henna design is anywhere below the elbows or anywhere below the knees. Henna will last longer and become darker in these regions.
The artist will get started. This means the artist will apply lemon juice (a natural astringent) to the specific area of skin. The lemon juice will rid the skin of any natural body oils or body lotion. Oils and lotion can deter the “mud” from staining the skin.
The artist will begin applying the “mud”. We call it mud because that’s what it looks like. Henna is actually a homogenous mixture of the henna plant and essential oils. The thick mud comes out of an applicator tube and sits on top of the skin in the form of your design as it dries.
At this point after the henna is complete you will want to keep it in the sun. Warm light helps the mud dry faster and to also emit a darker natural stain on the upper layer of the skin.
The henna will dry in roughly 30-40 minutes. Once it is dry it will dry and start to crackle off. At no point should you take the henna off yourself. Let the henna fall off naturally. The longer this mud is on your skin the darker the end result will be.
After the henna has fallen off on its own, you will see an orange stain in the shape of your design. This orange stain will gradually turn dark brown over the next 48 hours. This dark brown design will last with you on your skin for the next 2 weeks.
Care for your henna: Do not scrub the design in the shower or while washing your hands. Scrubbing your skin will exfoliate the skin further and cause your design to fade fast. You can apply a bit of body lotion or essential oil over the top of your design before you hop in the shower to allow the water to bead over the area allowing the design to last longer.