Henna is used to create temporary body art. This body art ranges in colors from a reddish-brown hue to greenish to traditional black. Henna tattoos fade from the skin over time, but there are methods for a speedier henna tattoo removal. You can remove these tattoos when the effect isn't what you desire, or if you simply grow tired of them. Using the right technique, you can completely remove henna body art from the skin without causing any damage or pain. You can also easily remove henna tattoos from clothing or leather.
Henna on Skin
Pour warm water in a large bowl or basin. Add a generous amount of salt into the water.
Soak the henna ink on your skin in the salt water solution for about 15 minutes. According to Happy Living Magazine, salt helps dissolve the henna ink.
Use a scrub or a loofah to thoroughly exfoliate the skin that is stained with the henna ink. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and causes the henna to fade more quickly.
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Wash off using the salty water. Repeat once or twice daily until the henna is gone. Moisturize skin with lotion or cream to prevent drying out and to heal any redness the scrubbing may cause.
Removing Henna from Clothing, Leather or Furniture
Use warm water and soap to remove excess henna from clothing or furniture with a clean towel. Absorb the excess water with another clean towel. Repeat several times until the area is clean.
Use a vacuum cleaner to pick up excess henna dye from clothing or furniture. The area can be either wet or dry. Repeat several times to help the dye fade.
Apply warm milk to the stain using a cloth, towel or sponge and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Then wash the garment using laundry detergent, or, if the stain is on furniture, scrub with a brush, cloth or sponge dipped in a solution made of water and detergent.
Use any or all of the methods listed for cleaning henna ink off of furniture or clothing.
Aleksandra Ozimek has been writing professionally since 2007 for a fashion blog, various online media and the "Queens Courier," in addition to interning at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in journalism and photography from St. John's University, where she is completing her master's degree.