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"White henna": What is it?

(Note: Blue Lotus Mehndi offers traditional (red) henna as well as henna-style body art in any color you like, including glitters and metallics! Call us at 205-378-8058 or email us for details.)

People are starting to talk about "white henna." Just do a Google search and you'll find hundreds of stunning images.

"White henna" looks like an exciting option for darker skin tones as well as for Western-style brides who don't want traditional red henna. But, what exactly is white henna?

First, let's talk about what it is not.

"White" Henna vs. True Henna

Henna, first and foremost, is a plant: lawsonia inermis. The leaf of the henna plant contains a natural red dye that stains hair, fingernails and skin. Henna is also a paste made from powdered henna leaf used to stain (dye) the body.

So "white henna" is not true henna in the sense that true henna comes in only one color: red.

"Henna" also can refer to the art of applying henna, including the motifs and patterns used in traditional henna designs: paisleys, flowers, swirls, vines, etc. So, it's accurate to say that you can do henna-like designs in virtually any color.

By the way ... there is no such thing as a "white stain"; white color is achieved by removing color, not adding it; in other words, bleaching. DO NOT BLEACH YOUR SKIN. There are better ways to get white designs. Read on!

White Henna Done Safely

  • Cosmetic or prosthetic adhesive: This is a white adhesive used to attach prosthetic devices to the skin for health or theatrical reasons. (Think of a fake nose for Cyrano de Bergerac.) The adhesive can be piped onto the skin like henna paste and will stick to the skin for up to a week. It looks 3D, like puff-paint. It can be peeled or scrubbed off and is safe for everyone who doesn't have an allergy to Band-Aids. 
  • Adhesive with cosmetic glitter or powder: For extra glam, cosmetic glitter, powder or both can be sprinkled onto the adhesive before it's fully dry. This looks spectacular!
  • Water-based gel: These gels have a consistency like aloe vera gel and contain cosmetic pigment and/or glitter. They pipe on and can be easily washed off. Great for kids.
  • Theatrical or airbrush tattoo paint: Available in matte and metallic/pearlescent formulas, the same paint used for airbrush tattoos can be painted on with a brush. These paints can last up to a week with proper care and are removable with rubbing alcohol.
  • Plain ol' cosmetics: White eye pencil could be used to create henna-like motifs, especially on sensitive areas such as around the eyes.

What Should NOT Be Used for "White Henna"

  • Chlorine bleach, hair bleach, skin bleaching product or any other product that is a chemical bleach (color remover). DON'T DO IT.
  • Acrylic paint, tempera paint or any other paint from the craft store that is meant for painting canvases or houses, not people.
  • Nail polish.
  • Any other product not approved for use on human skin.

If you are interested in safe, temporary henna-like designs in white or any other color, be sure to ask your artist about which products she uses. And if you try this at home, stick to the safe techniques I outlined above. And as always, have fun!

20 Comments to "White henna": What is it?:

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The Henna Page on Saturday, June 06, 2015 2:20 PM
Here is a comprehensive tutorial for 'white henna'. This Lasts 3 - 10 days and is FDA approved. http://www.hennapage.com/henna/white_henna/index.html
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zohreh on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:52 AM
hi, my name is zohreh. im in iran,i want to buy white henna. pleas help me. pleas give me one address for buying white henna. thank you
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nafisa on Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:24 PM
I want white henna where I get it my whatsup no.is 99515399 pls contact me
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Belle on Friday, July 10, 2015 7:35 AM
Can I buy white henna from You? Or anyone else? Thanks :)
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Ayesha Brenner on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:27 AM
where can I get the white henna from?? im in Cape Town, South Africa
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Amy on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 3:00 AM
Another white henna resource I've heard good things about is right here: http://hennacaravan.com/shop/hennaglam.html
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aarifa on Monday, August 31, 2015 2:34 PM
what is white heena n how to make it at home can we make it by our self? what product we need for it? please let me know is it home made or only available in market ? i know how to make a cone but where can i get this white heena?
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Amy on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 9:03 PM
Aarifa: I recommend ordering a white henna product from www.HennaCaravan.com or www.Mehandi.com. You cannot really make it at home.

cheminal names on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 4:08 AM
Mehandhi and white heena shows very attractive, can i purchase white heena fro u
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chemical products on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:28 AM
White henna is a good concept. this brings an new advantage to the people in africa and fashion industry should bring good concept like this for the darker people. very innovative blog.
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Selena Gomez on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:38 PM
Hey! Its looks better. Actually my skin is quite black that’s why white henna pack is flying in my body, I must try it. Where can I get it & how about? Thanks in advance.
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Rahim on Saturday, December 26, 2015 1:21 PM
Nice post
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kavi on Monday, May 23, 2016 6:20 AM
its very unique........like amazing..
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kavi on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:24 AM
great post for sharing.........
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crazysales on Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:43 PM
Remarkable decor on hands! Good job
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crazysales on Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:44 PM
thanks for sharing
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crazysales on Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:45 PM
Thank your for your tips and instruction.
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Crazysales on Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:46 PM
Can I buy white henna from You? Or anyone else? Thanks :)
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payal on Saturday, November 26, 2016 12:31 PM
is white henna work like green henna?in green hena leaves colour in our skin.so white henna is also do that white henna give colour on our skin like green henna? white henna is also natural product? like green henna is natural product.we can get it leaves from its plant.so white henna is also coming from natural plant?
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Amy on Sunday, November 27, 2016 10:47 PM
I am not sure what you mean by "green henna." The henna leaf itself is, of course, green. "White henna" does not come from a plant—it is a combination of cosmetic paint and adhesive. You can paint it on the skin in patterns that look like henna, but white henna does not stain the skin. The white paint can be washed off.

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