Apply Henna and 'White Henna' Together

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Catherine the Great

artwork by Wendy Rover
Can you apply traditional henna and 'white henna' together?  Of course!  

Traditional henna makes the best stains on palms and soles, and lesser stains on the rest of the body.  'White henna' is not suitable for palms or soles, but is well suited to all other non-hairy, not-flexing parts of the body.  'White henna' and traditional henna compliment each other.  

henna and white henna

 artwork by Penni AlZayer
This hand has henna, Becoming Moonlight® Gilding Paste 'white henna' dots with diamond gilding powder, and stripes of Mehron Metallics gold and silver.

Mehron Metallics is water resistant, but will not last more than two days.  Becoming Moonlight® Gilding Paste will last three to ten days, depending on the placement on the body and how well the wearer takes care of it.

If you apply both of these at the same time as the henna,  Becoming Moonlight® Gilding Paste 'white henna' will remain in place after the henna has stained the skin. Mehron Metallics will wear and wash away, just as other gilding pastes will. 
henna and white henna, two days later

Both the henna stain and the 'white henna' remain three days after they were applied together. The henna has stained the 'white henna'.
There are two problems with applying 'white henna' at the same time as henna.  
  1. Most people have to scrape henna off the skin, and that will disturb the 'white henna'.  This can be solved by rinsing the henna off the skin, or applying the henna and white henna in separate places on the skin.
  2. If henna is on contact with white henna, the lawsone in the henna will stain the 'white henna'. This can be solved by keeping the two separate. 
If you can work around these two issues, you can certainly apply 'white henna' at the same time as henna on a bride, and the gilding will remain two days later.

Enlaced

This work is featured in "Enlaced," by Penni AlZayer, a book of henna and 'white henna' patterns and instructions.  Click HERE to get this book FREE!
Separating henna and 'white henna'

artwork by Katrin Alekand
The most simple and effective solution is to apply henna to areas where it does best: fingertips and palms, then apply 'white henna' to areas where henna does not stain as well.  The henna pattern on the palm can be continued with 'white henna' all the way to the shoulders, even onto other places on the body where henna often does not produce a rich color.

If you keep henna and 'white henna' separated, and each in their most suitable place, an artist can do the full bridal henna and gilding application on one day; the bride's henna and gilding will be in place and perfect two days later.  
feet with henna and 'white henna'

artwork by Catherine Cartwright-Jones
'White henna' may be applied after henna, on top of henna, to make a simple pattern more elaborate, or to make it match clothing for a special occasion.


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