How to Remove Henna Stain
Henna generally is not removable. The henna paste soaks the top layers of the skin to last a period of time, but it does not stain the skin as permanently as a tattoo. The only true way to remove henna stain is to be patient and wait for it to fade naturally. There are ways to speed up the process however.
- Soak a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide, and gently rub into the skin over the henna stain. It can take awhile, but eventually the color will start to fade.
- Go swimming in a pool. The chlorinated water dries out the skin and speeds up the fading process.
- Soak the area stained with henna in hot water for long periods of time on a regular basis. Take a very long bath, a long and hot shower, or soak your foot or hand in a bowl of hot water.
- Massage olive oil into the stained area. This technique is probably the most gentle on the skin.
- Combine salt with the olive oil. This works as a natural exfoliant. Any other exfoliant also works to remove the top layers of the skin.
- Spend time in the sun to fade the stain. Take proper precautions because this practice can be unhealthy, especially for those with fair skin.
- Rub hair conditioner into the henna stain to also hasten the fading of the tattoo. This technique is also gentle on the skin.