Henna will stain by dyeing the dead layers of your skin. At any given time, we have about 5-10 layers of dead skin, even if you exfoliate. The henna stain can last from 3 days to 3 weeks or longer.
Get your henna design on your body in places like the hands, arms, feet and legs. Henna stains these areas the best because they have the most layers of skin (dermis). Henna likes to penetrate through the various layers of the dermis. The more layers there are, the deeper the molecule will penetrate. If you want to show off your henna and have a deep stain, get your henna done on your hands, arms, legs or feet.
Henna on the body will start to wear off as your skin exfoliates naturally. Swimming, excessive washing, using chemicals, or excessive exfoliations will make your henna stain fade away faster. While henna can stain for up to 3 weeks, it usually does start to fade after about a week (depending on fast your skin renews itself).
Last Modified: 09/10/14