Henna and Jagua Aftercare Instructions

Henna aftercare instructions

After the henna paste is removed, the henna stain will darken over the next 48 hours. To help the henna stain reach its maximum color and longevity, it is important to follow certain aftercare instructions.

  1. Clean the area, so there is no extra oil, or creams this may affect the stain.
  2. Avoid getting the henna area wet for the first 24 hours to allow the henna to set and darken properly. Do not wash the henna off, simply crumble it off.
  3. The longer you keep the paste on, the darker it will get. If you can sleep with it overnight, this will result in a very bold dark stain.
  4. OPTIONAL: Use a lemon sugar ( 1:1 ratio) mix to seal the design, this “reactivates” the paste, sticks the paste to the skin, and allows it to stain darker. This step can get sticky.
  5. Henna crumbles can get messy! If you prefer, wrap the area with toilet paper and then wear a loose sock over the top of it. Avoid using bags and Saran wrap because if it gets sweaty the moisture will smudge your design.
  6. After the henna is crumbled, apply a natural oil like coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil to the henna area. This will help to keep the henna moist and help the henna stain to last longer and get darker.
  7. Avoid scratching or rubbing the henna area as this can cause the henna stain to fade prematurely.
  8. Avoid using any soaps or lotions on the henna area for at least the first 24 hours.

Jagua aftercare instructions

Jagua is different then henna and has very different aftercare instructions. If you haven’t used Jagua before it is best to do a test spot first. Jagua can last 1-2 weeks.

  1. Clean the area, so there is no extra oil, or creams this may affect the stain.
  2. Once the Gel is applied to the skin, allow the Jagua design to dry, and keep it on for at least 3-4 hours. Do not touch the Jagua design once applied. Try not to stretch or push the skin together & make sure not to touch the tattoo on any other part of the body.
  3. Was the gel away, use room-temperature water and mild soap. The best way to remove the dried Jagua gel is with the fingertips.
  4. Ensure to only dry the stain by dabbing it gently with a cloth. If you rub the design at this early stage, it might begin to fade more quickly.
  5. To be on the safe side, wear loose clothing or a sock on the designed area for the first night, since the stain is still developing and we don’t want that reprinted on any other body part (especially your face!)

Following these simple aftercare instructions should help you to achieve a beautiful and long-lasting henna stain. Enjoy your henna design!

Have fun, and be creative, after all, it’s only temporary.

Trick: you a white gel pen to draw your design first then trace over it with henna or jagua, it will not affect the stain!