(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!
What Should NOT Be Used for "White Henna"
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!