Keep the henna paste on your skin for as long as possible. On hands and feet, henna will develop a good stain after 4-6 hours - longer is of course better! Henna always stains these areas best since the skin is thickest on hands and feet and there are less natural oils.
Go to bed with your henna! You can wrap hands and feet in cotton and then toilet paper (do NOT use plastic wrap or cling film) or wool socks or even clean rags. The warmth of your body during sleep helps the staining process.
The next morning do NOT wash your skin with water. The longer you can wait (up to 24 hours) before getting the area wet, the darker the stain will be. If you need to remove excess henna paste, you can use a litttle olive or other vegetable oil.
Avoid scrubbing the hennaed areas. You can protect your henna by oiling the area before washing, showering, and especially before swimming - this will help the design last as long as possible.
Most of all, be patient! The color looks bright orange or reddish orange after the paste has been removed. henna needs 1-2 days before the color has reached its full darkness and intensity. This color will always be darker on the hands and feet.
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