by Ildiko Cziglenyi
Henna works best when left on the skin for several hours, ideally overnight.
When it is time to remove the henna, do not wash it off with soap & water. Instead, remove the dried henna pieces by picking it off or gently rubbing an oiled cloth onto the stuck pieces.
Avoid contact with water for the first 12-24 hours (or as long as possible), as water prevents the fresh stain from darkening. Wear gloves if necessary to protect designs on your hands.
Rub your favorite oil, lotion, or cream on your design to protect it, before showering or getting wet. Oil frequently to bring out your henna design and preserve it.
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