About J.U. Henna Tattoo

 

Where are you located?

I do not have a storefront. However, I do most appointments (booked in advance) at Middle Path Conscious Convenience, 2415 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125. This shop is open to the public and offers crystals, stones, essential oils, glass art, body care products, organic/vegan snacks and more. It also has high-top tables that are perfect for henna. The shop is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. For henna that cannot be done comfortably in public, at-home appointments can be accommodated. All travel for henna parties and appointments is charged at $20 per hour, including travel to and from your location.

Do you do walk-in appointments?

No, all appointments must be scheduled in advance. I recommend when requesting an appointment you do so at least 48 hours in advance of your requested date. Click here to book an appointment.

What days are you available?

My general availability is listed below.
Mondays and Tuesdays: Shop is closed, so at-home appointments only!
Wednesday- Friday time slots: 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm,  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturdays: Appointments can start between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm
Sundays: Appointments can start between 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm

 

About Traditional Henna

 

What is henna? 

Henna refers to two things: a flowering plant that is made into a dye, and the temporary tattoos created from that paste.
Learn more about the history of henna.
Learn more about the science behind henna.

Is henna safe?

It is perfectly safe for the vast majority of the population. However, it is possible that people with certain illnesses may get side-affects from henna. Infants with a G6PD deficiency are most at-risk. Because of this, I do not henna children under the age of 5. For children ages 5 - 12, I recommend that their first henna tattoo be a mini design. I also recommend that everyone receiving henna should read the henna ingredients, and if ever in doubt, consult your doctor and/or have your first henna tattoo be a mini design. 

Unfortunately, there are henna artists out there that put chemicals into their paste and give henna a bad rep. These chemicals are dangerous and not a normal ingredient in henna, but some henna artists use them anyway because it yields a darker stain. One of these chemicals is most commonly found in black hair dye, called PPD. PPD can give adverse reactions when applied directly to the skin, including burning and scarring. Never get henna from an untrusted source that does not share a written copy of their ingredients. I never use chemical additives and am happy to share exactly what is in my henna paste. My ingredients are all-natural and listed here.

What is henna paste made from?

The henna I use is made from 100% natural ingredients

How long does henna last?

It is generally safe to say that henna lasts one to two weeks on and around the hands. Other areas, especially foot designs, henna typically last longer, even up to five weeks. Everyone’s skin is unique in the amount of oils it produces and how quickly it exfoliates and regenerates new skin. For this reason, henna intensity and duration is a little different for everybody. 

How does henna stain skin?

When citrus is added to henna powder, a dye is released called lawsone. This dye bonds with the protein in your skin, as well as the oxygen in the air (which can take up to 48 hours to fully develop), which makes the effected area darken. 

What color is traditional henna?

Henna is a shade of reddish brown. Depending on where you get the tattoo and how well it absorbs into your skin, the color can range from a light brown to an almost black-brown.

What should I expect getting first henna tattoo?

The most common comment I get from henna appointments is "this is so relaxing!" There are so many calming sensory experiences involved with henna: the cool sensation of the henna paste being applied to your skin, the smells of citrus,  lavender and other essential oils, and watching beautiful artwork being born before your eyes. I believe everyone, at some point, should give the henna experience a try.
Click here to learn about a typical henna appointment.

Where should I get a henna tattoo?

Henna absorbs best into the parts of your body that has the thickest skin. Palms or hands and bottoms of feet will stain the very darkest. Tops of hands and tops of feet will also get a very dark stain. Other good areas are inside of your arm, back, shoulders, legs and ankle. Henna will not apply well on areas of the body that has a large amount of hair.

Can I get henna to cover up a scar?

Scar tissue does not behave like "normal" skin and takes to henna inconsistently. The henna stain may be darker in some areas than others, may fade quickly in one spot and last a while in another, etc.. It is for this reason that I do not recommend using traditional henna to cover up scars, because I cannot guarantee the quality of the results. However, I do recommend using Henna Color as a temporary option to cover up a scar, since Henna Color does not stain the skin and behaves more like a waterproof paint.

How long does it take to get henna?

Each design takes a unique amount of time, but in general, the more complex the tattoo is, the longer it will take to apply. Smaller tattoos can take as little as a few minutes, medium designs can take about ten minutes, and full-hand or full-foot designs can take 20 minutes or longer. 

Does henna hurt?

Never! Henna is 100% natural and pain-free. If you are concerned about allergies to henna, please see the list of ingredients above.

Is henna safe for kids?

For the vast majority, yes. Please look at the list of ingredients and see my allergy warnings before letting your child get henna. For kids 12 and under, I recommend that their first henna tattoo be a small one (my mini designs are perfect for testing out henna!). I do not henna children under the age of 5.

How much does it cost?

Each design has an associated price. At events, you can get a henna tattoo for as low as $3. For private applications, there is at least $20 minimum of henna designs ($50 minimum for at-home appointments). Parties are charged by the hour with one hour minimum.

About Henna Color (includes white henna)

 

What is Henna Color?

Henna Color is not the same as traditional henna, but is a fun way to get pops of different colors in your henna designs. Henna Color is a waterproof, FDA approved paint that sticks to the top of your skin. Again, I must emphasize that Henna Color and traditional henna are not the same thing at all. Traditional henna makes a stain on the skin and is only one color (brown). Although Henna Color follows the same designs, it does not stain the skin like traditional henna.

Is Henna Color safe?

Henna Color is FDA approved. If you have extremely sensitive skin or are allergic to acrylic-based ingredients, I suggest you either consult with your doctor/dermatologist before getting Henna Color or try it out with a small amount before committing to anything large.

What is Henna Color made from?

  • It is created from ingredients approved by the FDA for skin and body art use
  • Water and acrylic based ingredients, adhesives and pigments, all FDA compliant for skin
  • Latex Free

What colors are available for Henna Color?

White, turquoise, gold and pink.

How long does Henna Color last?

Henna Color lasts three to seven days, or even longer depending on tattoo placement (see below for tips). Unlike regular henna, it can be removed whenever you like!

What should I expect getting first Henna Color tattoo?

I will apply the design of your choosing with Henna Color paint. Let it dry (generally after 15 minutes it is safe from getting smudged), and that's it!

Where should I get Henna Color? 

Fingers will wear away first as they wiggle all day long. Legs, thighs, shoulders, arms and tops of hands last the longest. I personally love using Henna Color along with real henna in the same design!

Does Henna Color hurt?

Nope! It is 100% pain-free.

How long does it take to get Henna Color?

Each design takes a unique amount of time, but in general, the more complex the tattoo is, the longer it will take to apply. Smaller tattoos can take as little as a few minutes, medium designs can take about ten minutes, and full-hand or full-foot designs can take 20 minutes or longer.

How much does Henna Color cost?

Since it is still new to the market, high-quality materials are more rare and expensive than traditional red henna. Because of this, designs done with Henna Color have special pricing:

Full Henna Color tattoos: Added 50% to standard rates.

Henna Color added as accents to traditional henna: Added 25% to standard rates. 

At events, you can get a Henna Color tattoo for as low as $5. For private applications, there is a $20 minimum of Henna Color designs ($50 minimum for at-home appointments). Parties are charged by the hour with one hour minimum.

Swarovski Crystal Application

 

How long do crystals last?

Crystals can last anywhere between a day and a week. The less friction they receive, the longer they will last!

Is there latex in the adhesive?

No, the adhesive is acrylic-based and completely latex-free.

How much do they cost?

Pricing varies by quantity: $2 for one, $7 for five and $10 for ten.

 

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