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What should I expect when I arrive for my henna session?

I take clients at my private home-based henna studio, so service is by appointment only. Please arrive on time or kindly wait until your appointment time and ring the doorbell, as arriving early (or late) may cut into someone else's session.  The studio space has been designed to provide an intimate and relaxing experience for one person at a time - no extra guests please.  Please arrive with clean, exfoliated skin!

Special COVID-19 precautions?

Yes!  In order for me to safely re-open I have adopted the following rules which you must agree to before booking your appointment:  N95 or Medical masks are now required during the entirety of your appointment.  Cloth or other makeshift masks are not permissible, so if you do not own a proper mask I will have some available ($2/ea).  Upon entry you will be temperature checked with a no-touch thermometer, asked to put on disposable shoe covers, and then directed to the washroom where you can clean your hands and secure your personal belongings. No food/drink, no extra guests, and no cellphone usage in the studio.  Please prepare for 30-90 minutes of completely uninterrupted "you time"!

How do you accept payment?

I am now completely cashless and accept deposits and payments through Cashapp ONLY ($PayChae).  Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this policy. Please be sure to download the app before your appointment. 

Where are you located?

My home studio is located in a private gated community that features plenty of free guest parking (before 7pm*), and is conveniently located in College Park, MD just moments from I-95 and the 495 Beltway.  I am also accessible via Metro and Metro Bus (plan your route here).  When you book an appointment, the address and gate access instructions will be sent a day prior via email. As my home studio is also my private residence, please do not share my location to strangers, friends, or family -- no matter how well you might know them.  Please note that the studio is located on the 4th floor in a property with no elevator access.  If you are a person with disabilities in need of special accommodations, please inform me prior to your appointment so that I can arrange a (nearby) coffee-shop henna session for you (schedule permitting).  Note* Guest Parking after 7PM is PAID for a small fee through the Pango App.  Clients should follow directions on posted signs throughout the property. 

What is your cancellation policy? What happens to my Deposit?

Please cancel or reschedule your appointment via the link in your appointment email at least 12 hrs in advance. Should you fail to cancel or reschedule your appointment within the indicated time frame, you will lose your deposit and will need to pay another deposit in order to re-book.  All deposits are non-refundable but are transferable up to one reschedule.  After 1st reschedule, any and all deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable! No exceptions. 

I am running late to my appointment.  What should I do?

Call or text me immediately at 470.222.4491, to let me know your estimated time of arrival (ETA).  I will always try my best to accommodate you, but even running 10 minutes late could shorten your appointment time.  If you are over 15 minutes late I may need to reschedule you.  If you are unable to reschedule to another time or date, my cancellation policy strictly applies. 


Can I book my appointment outside of your normal hours?

Despite working a full-time job outside of my henna biz, I prefer taking henna clients in the evening so that you can rest once you get back home.  Resting and not performing in rigorous activity is an essential part of your henna aftercare, and this is most easily done in the evening.  I am sometimes available to accommodate an appointment outside of my normal hours via client request and a (non-negotiable) $120 henna minimum.  To book your appointment outside of my normal business hours, please request an appointment.


What is henna?

Henna is an all natural paste that is made from the leaves of the Henna (lawsonia Inermis) plant. The leaves of the plant contain a natural and very effective coloring pigment. When the leaves are dried and crushed into a powder, they can be mixed with other natural ingredients to create the henna paste that is used in temporary body art tattoos.  Classic henna paste features a gorgeous all-natural burgundy stain and is great for all complexions, skin conditions, and ages!


What is jagua?

Jagua enhanced henna is created by mixing the extracted juice of the fruit Genipa americana (also known as jagua) with classic henna paste to create a near-black staining color.   Jagua is a safe & natural dye that has been used by indigenous people in the Amazon for centuries as cosmetic temporary tribal adornment, but should be avoided by very young children, pregnant women, people with severe fruit allergies, or those who have extremely sensitive skin (as a precaution).  Although jagua is a natural fruit product, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to any foreign substance applied to the skin if one is pregnant or has a known or unknown fruit allergy (such as young children who have not been allergy tested yet).  While very rare, a skin reaction to jagua is typically a rash on the application site, and usually not enough to cause serious harm.

How long do I leave it on for and how do I care for it?

Once the henna design is applied to the skin, you should leave it on for as long as possible (at least 3 hours and up to 8 hours). The longer you leave it on the skin, the darker the stain will be.  Once the paste is dry, I will spray it with an organic raw sugar and water mix solution that keeps it tacky on your skin long enough for you to get home and relax -- the less movement the better.  If staying home and relaxing is not an option after your design application, you can also pay an additional $10 per design to have your henna wrapped in medical grade tape that will protect your design during rigorous movement.  After your 3 to 8 hours is up, you can remove the henna or jagua paste by saturating in olive or coconut oil and then chipping it off with a dry paper towel or wash cloth.  Be sure to do this over a trash can or sink, so that you do not get henna flakes all over your floor.

When will it get dark?

Henna is magic!  When you first remove the dried henna paste your design may be an orange to light-brown color.  Watch it over the next 24-48 hours, as it stains darker and darker.  During this time frame, avoid water as much as possible and protect your design with olive or coconut oil when water cannot be avoided.  By 48 hours post application, your design should oxidize enough to reach it's darkest hue.  

How long does a henna tattoo last?

Henna and jagua henna tattoos typically last 10 to 14 days. The henna stains the upper layer of the skin and will fade naturally as the skin exfoliates. I recommend moisturizing your tattoo with raw olive or coconut oil, while avoiding lotions and soaps.  Additionally, water influences skin exfoliation, so taking shorter showers and staying out of the ocean and swimming pools will help the tattoo last longer.  A rule of thumb for when water cannot be avoided? Protect it with oils.

Do certain parts of the body stain better?

Henna stains the darkest on the areas of the skin that are thicker, so elbows down to hands and knees down to feet tend to be the darkest staining areas. 

Can I remove a tattoo quicker if I want it gone?

Since it stains the top layers of the skin, you can exfoliate with soap and a washcloth to speed up the process of natural skin exfoliation.  Especially "minty" soaps with menthol in it!  However, henna is made to have staying-power so it still may take a few days to completely disappear.  Please keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment.

Will this work the same on everyone? Will this work on dark skin?

Henna stains on any and every complexion! Classic henna produces a lovely burgundy stain, while Jagua henna creates a striking near-black stain.  Your paste/color choice should depend on the look and contrast you are going for, not the color of your skin.  Results can vary for everyone and complexion doesn't have much to do with that variance. The darkness of the stain can be affected by many things such as body temperature, skin conditions, lifestyle, time of the month, etc.  Two people can use the same henna paste, the same way, and end up with different results. This is due to the many factors that come into play when dealing with an all natural substance.  I work with each individual client to help achieve an optimal stain.

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