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How do you remove henna?

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Henna is a centuries-old art form that temporarily dyes skin a dark brown-red color. Its effects can last for up to two weeks depending on your skin tone. There are effective steps that can be taken to speed up the fading process of henna.

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How do you remove henna?
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  1. Soak skin in salt water

    Soak the henna-dyed skin in salt water for at least 15 minutes. The salt water helps to dissolve the ink on the skin.

  2. Use an olive oil mixture

    A gentle method to remove henna is to use a mixture of olive oil and salt on your skin to remove the pigment. The salt aids in natural exfoliation to slough away dead skin cells, while the olive oil lifts away the ink. Using a cotton ball, rub the mixture on the henna tattoo, and let it sink in for 10 minutes. Repeat at regular intervals for a few hours.

  3. Bleach the area

    If natural methods don't work, use a specialized bleach intended for cleaning the hands and face. Test the bleach on a small patch of skin before using it on a larger area to avoid discomfort. Soaking henna-dyed skin in cold water after the bleach dries helps the color fade. Take great care after using bleach. Wash the area thoroughly to ensure the complete removal of the bleach from the skin.


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