What Is White Henna?
Despite what the name suggests, white henna does NOT contain any actual henna in it. Rather, it’s an adhesive body paint *used* like henna, which lasts 1-4 days depending where you get it. The hands, and the fingers especially, tend to come off much faster than other parts of the body such as the forearm and thigh. Because of this, I generally only do white henna for one day type of events like weddings, proms, or photoshoots. Therefore, If you want something long lasting, such as the people who frequent my booth, you’d want to go with traditional henna which is made from the leaves of the henna plant which has a natural pigment called lawsone which adheres to the top layer of the skin, staining it for up to two weeks are reddish/brown color.
As eluded to above, white henna does not stain the skin, so once the white layer comes off it’s gone completely. Additionally, it can be scrubbed off with an exfoliator at anytime. Therefore, if you want the white henna to last as long as possible, you want to avoid excess friction and exfoliation, as well as submersion in warm or hot water (i.e. doing the dishes).