Henna has been used to decorate the skin and hair for thousands of years – and has been found on the hair of pre-Dynastic Egyptian mummies, dating back to nearly 3100 BCE!
Traditionally, the hands and feet are painted before important celebrations (like weddings), and the painting process is a festive occasion as well. Usually a women’s art, some cultures also henna the hands of men on the eve of their weddings.
Patterns vary from culture to culture…in India, hands and feet are covered in intricate, lacy designs. In North Africa, more geometric patterns are preferred. In Pakistan and parts of India, the initials of the bride and groom are hidden in the mehndi on the bride’s palms; it is said that if the groom cannot find the initials, the wife will be the family boss.
Henna is natural, beautiful, and brown. Henna never turns black by itself; toxic chemicals are often added to make henna stain black instead of brown. These chemicals can burn the skin, leaving behind scars, and they also increase your risk for cancer. Avoid anything labelled “black henna”. If it says it dyes the skin black in less than half an hour, it’s too good to be true and it’s dangerous!
Real henna takes time to dye the skin. You leave the paste made from powdered henna leaves, lemon juice, tea, and other food-grade ingredients on the skin for several hours. Once the paste is removed, it leaves behind an orange stain that can take up to 2 days to reach its full color.
Crescent Moon Designs uses only 100% natural henna powder imported from reputable companies. This powder is mixed with all-natural lemon or lime juice, molasses, and essential oils such as: lavender, eucalyptus and lemongrass. If you have a sensitivity to citrus or essential oils, you can ask Natasha to make a custom batch of henna for your event that leaves out those ingredients.