I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of pictures on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook of a lovely body art that is being called white henna. Actually it’s not henna at all. This is an important distinction and can cause confusion and disappointment. Not worry; you’re about to learn the ins and outs of henna and “white henna” and tell you how to make white henna!
Henna (real henna) is a paste made from a plant that stains the top layer of skin. This stain generally has good color 5-10 day but can last 1-3 weeks. Henna can not be washed off.
“White henna” is body art done in white that is a topical color and wears away in 1-5 days, depending on the product used to create it. It contains no actual henna at all. People call it white henna because the designs are often henna-like.
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