Hey henna lovers! I feel lượt thích more often phàn nàn not I receive a lot of questions about how đồ sộ take care of henna after your designs are done, but rarely tự people take the time đồ sộ ask about what đồ sộ tự before their henna appointment.
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Believe it or not, the things you tự (and don't do) before your henna session are also important for maintaining a good stain for the days and weeks after your appointment. Today I'm going đồ sộ share five easy tips đồ sộ prepare for getting your henna done - and because I’m currently listening đồ sộ none other phàn nàn Beyonce herself, let’s lập cập through this in full Bey fashion.
You ready? (*cue the Queen*)
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In the simplest of terms, henna works by staining the top most layer of the skin. The top I
of your skin is covered with dead skin cells that essentially must be shed away đồ sộ make space for new, healthy cells. Dead skin that has not been exfoliated may stain well; however, it also falls away from the body toàn thân quickly. What's that mean đồ sộ you? It means that if you haven’t properly exfoliated, then your henna is destined đồ sộ last for a shorter amount of time than otherwise. In general, skin cells last between two đồ sộ four weeks which provides you the possibility đồ sộ maintain your henna stain for at least that long provided the henna is applied đồ sộ a fresh, new layer of skin. My recommendation? Exfoliate your skin well using a gentle exfoliator three đồ sộ four days prior đồ sộ your appointment. I lượt thích đồ sộ use a gentle sugar scrub or facial scrub on the areas that I intend đồ sộ apply designs. Be careful not đồ sộ over-exfoliate (sources say that it's not healthy for your skin) and be mindful not đồ sộ exfoliate too close đồ sộ the date of your appointment either.
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2. WAX OR SHAVE
Now listen... This little tip is no shade đồ sộ those of us who ascribe đồ sộ or represent the peach fuzz everywhere persuasion, so sánh let's just get that out of the way. However, as a henna artist I can firmly say that one of the most challenging parts of laying down smooth, flawless lines in my designs is when clients arrive with an abundance of body toàn thân hair. Clean lines often are created using a technique called “draping” wherein henna artists apply designs without ever touching the cone đồ sộ the skin. The problem with having a copious amount of body toàn thân hair is that the henna lays on the hair itself instead of on the skin resulting in poor stains and wonky lines. If you choose đồ sộ wax, I recommend doing it at least four days prior đồ sộ your appointment as waxing also removes the top layer of skin (see tip numero uno above). Shaving is a little more forgiving and can be done the day before or even the day of your session. I'll leave you with this: Some artists carry disposable razors in their kits đồ sộ gift đồ sộ unprepared clients. Do you really want đồ sộ be the person shaving it off in the bathroom of the local coffeeshop? Didn't think so sánh...
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Henna is a ritual of beautification, yes? What is one piece of advice that all beauty-based service providers agree on regardless of if they are doing hair, nails, or make up? Hydrate. By consuming an adequate amount of water, you'll be helping your body toàn thân đồ sộ complete it's daily functions in as optimal a manner possible. Hydrated skin cells are healthy, happy skin cells that will want đồ sộ stick around longer - yielding longer lasting stains for you. People often ask má how I manage đồ sộ maintain my stains for as long as I tự, and this is my key secret. I aim đồ sộ drink a gallon of water each day, if not more, and that really affects the longevity of my stains. Be sure đồ sộ bring healthy skin đồ sộ your session by hydrating well in the days leading up đồ sộ it.
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4. PLAN APPROPRIATELY
Please don't book your henna appointment before you go grocery shopping. Please don't think đồ sộ get your henna done the day before wash day (#teamnatural), and please, for the love of all that is holy, tự not schedule your henna session đồ sộ be right before you visit your nail technician. I promise you, you will be disappointed. Any tasks that require the near exclusive attention of your hands should be planned for before you see your artist. Doubling back đồ sộ those nails - I recommend getting your nails done a day or two prior đồ sộ your henna appointment. Sometimes the salon tóc products used on the skin for manicures are harsh and/or counter-intuitive for henna application. If you must get your nails done on the same day, be sure đồ sộ pass on any lotions, skip on the hand mas sa (#sorry), and be sure đồ sộ wash your hands well with soap and water before your polish is applied.
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5. GET ASHY
I saw you cringe, and yes, I'm serious. While you don't want đồ sộ arrive at your henna session with cracked and crusty skin (which won't happen because you hydrated, of course!), you tự want đồ sộ forgo any moisturizers prior đồ sộ your appointment. The application of heavy lotions, oils, butters, and creams can create a barrier between the skin and the henna paste which compromises the intensity of your stain. Wash all areas where your henna designs are đồ sộ be applied with warm soap and water and dry the area thoroughly prior đồ sộ your appointment. If you've used a particularly heavy cream (shea butter, I'm looking at you), then you may need đồ sộ spritz the area with rubbing alcohol đồ sộ remove the waxy barrier that is on the skin. You'll be able đồ sộ moisturize your skin đồ sộ your heart's nội dung after your designs are completed, but for now, tự lượt thích Elsa and let it go.
So there you have it, folks! Five helpful tips on how đồ sộ prepare for your henna appointment - easy peasy! Follow these few tips and you'll quickly become your artist's favorite client (and love your stains afterwards, đồ sộ boot)!
P.S. Want a quick guide đồ sộ how đồ sộ take care of your henna after your appointment? Click đồ sộ download my không tính tiền henna aftercare guide. :)
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