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3 reasons to get your henna done BEFORE spring break!

I can't tell you how many clients have told me: "I once got henna at the beach. It didn't last very long."

Even if you can get quality henna at the beach, you'd be better off getting your henna before you head out for spring break!

One, you'll probably pay a lot less. Artists who work in resort locations must pay for expensive real estate. Unless you live in a resort area, paying a local artist will likely save you a ton of cash.

Two, the color will be at its peak when you arrive at your destination. Henna needs at least one, sometimes two full days to develop its full color. If you are constantly in the water during the development phase, your stain may not reach its full potential. It may even fade before its time, especially if you swim in chlorinated water.

A mature stain will be more resistant to swimming, especially if you coat it with a vegetable-based oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, almond, etc.) before you hit the water.

Three, henna at vacation spots can be ... iffy. There are a lot of good henna artists at vacation locations, don't get me wrong. However, the awful problem of "black henna" still exists in many spots, especially overseas. In fact, so-called black henna can kill you.

The vast majority of U.S.-based artists use safe, natural henna paste. Any good artist can tell you all about her ingredients and the dangers of black henna. 

However, if you decide to get henna at a vacation destination, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Get your design right before you go home, after you're done swimming. It'll last longer and will be a sweet reminder of your days in the sun.
  2. Do a little research. Try to Google the artist and/or salon before you make an appointment. See if the artist talks about her paste ingredients. If in doubt, get in touch with her.
  3. Don't hesitate to ask the artist every question imaginable about what's in her product. If you have any doubts, DON'T RISK IT!
  4. DO NOT, under any circumstances, get anything called "black henna."

All right, y'all! Be safe and have an awesome spring.

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