Our Henna paste is derived from the leaves of the Henna plant (Lawsonia Inermis) along with other all-natural ingredients such as lemon juice, cloves, cardamom, rosehips, lavender oil, etc. We also offer a henna paste consisting of only henna powder (Lawsonia Inermis), lemon juice, and lavender oil for those with more sensitive skin types such as children, expectant mothers, and those with excessive allergies. All-natural henna has been used safely on the skin and hair for thousands of years. Although uncommon, it is possible to have a reaction if you already have an existing allergy to citrus fruits or any other listed ingredients. If you have any concerns or sensitive skin, it is recommended that you try a small skin test before applying a full tattoo. Put a small dab on your skin. If you do not experience any itching or redness, then you likely are not allergic. Henna should not be used on infants or those with G6PD deficiency.
Jagua is derived from a fruit (Genipa Americana), and like any plant or fruit, it can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you have allergies to other berries such as blueberries or strawberries, than you should not try jagua at all. If you have any concerns or sensitive skin, it is recommended that you try a small skin test before applying a full tattoo. Put a small dab on your skin. If you do not experience any itching or redness, then you likely are not allergic to Jagua.
Our body art products do not contain any PPD’s or harsh chemicals and should not be confused with “black henna”, which is a term used to describe some of the various chemical-containing products being sold for use as henna or temporary tattoos. For more information on the dangers of using “black henna” please check the following link.
Black Henna Warnings
• It is a good idea to shower and exfoliate your skin before your appointment. Having a fresh layer of skin will help your Henna or Jagua to stain deeper and last longer.
• Avoid applying any moisturizers to the skin area before your appointment. This can block the Henna and/or Jagua from staining as dark as it could. Your skin should be clean and free of lotions, oils, or sunblocks of any kind.
- Hair Removal: For normally hairy areas, shaving before hand is great. But please, do not shave or wax on the day of your appointment. Moisturizers and skin soothers used during the hair removal process can block the Henna and/or Jagua from staining as dark as it could. Your skin should be clean and free of lotions, oils, or sunblocks of any kind. Please allow at least 24 hours or so between shaving/waxing and your appointment. I suggest at least 2 days for waxing.
• Book your appointment so that you are able to follow the AFTERCARE REQUIREMENTS EXACTLY! Do not plan any activities after your appointment that will require a lot of physical activity and be sure to allow yourself plenty of time afterwards. Links to Henna and Jagua Aftercare Instructions can be found below.
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• Allow 30 minutes to an hour to allow the jagua gel to fully dry. Once it is dry it will take on the consistency of a thin film.
• Leave the Jagua on your skin for roughly 3-6 hours. Relax during this time. Avoid any kind of activity that will cause you to sweat such as dancing running, or exercising. Sweating with the gel on your skin can cause the lines to blur.
• Remove the jagua gel after 3-6 hours by washing and rinsing away with warm running water and soap. Do not scrub the area or use anything that will cause exfoliation. This will shorten the lifespan of your design. Be sure to remove all of the gel from your skin. Any jagua gel left remaining on your skin will continue to stain and can disrupt your design.
• Your Jagua Tattoo will be very faint at first. DON’T PANIC. The design takes anywhere from 24 – 48 hours to develop on your skin. The results of the stain will vary depending on placement on your body as well as skin type. The stain will be darkest on the hands and feet and gradually lighter towards the back and torso.
• Going to sleep with the Jagua gel on your skin is not recommended. Any movement during your sleep may cause the gel to shift. It will stain anything that it touches including your bedding or other parts of your skin and may disrupt your original Jagua design.
• After you have removed the Gel, keeping your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and applying a good lotion such as one containing shea or cocoa butter will slow the exfoliation process of your skin and help extend the life of your Jagua Tattoo. You can also apply a little olive or coconut oil to your design anytime just before showering to prevent any heavy exposure to water.
• WHAT NOT TO DO:
- AVOID Scrubbing the tattoo area with a loofah or brush or anything that exfoliates your skin. Your Jagua design will fade away as quickly as your skin exfoliates. So any precautions you can take to prolong this will help your Jagua stain to last a little longer.
- AVOID soaking your fresh jagua tattoo in a bath, hot tub, swimming pool, the ocean, etc. Long or even short exposure to soaking the skin area in water can cause the jagua to be pulled out of your pores. Normal showering is fine.
Enjoy Your New Jagua Tattoo!