How to Remove Henna Ink

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Henna is a dye created from the leaves of the Lawsonia inermis plant, traditionally grown in the warm climates of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The leaves are crushed and turned into a paste used on the skin for long-lasting but temporary body art. Henna is also used for hair color. However, if the results are undesirable or get on clothing, you may want to remove the henna ink.

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Remove henna from your skin by first soaking the stained area for at least 15 minutes in salt water. Use an exfoliated body scrub and loofah on the dyed area, scrubbing it thoroughly to remove any dead skin. Participate in an activity that causes sweating; sweating causes the skin to exfoliate or shed more quickly, speeding the fading of the dye.

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Remove henna from your hair by visiting a stylist experienced with the dye; unfortunately, henna is an extremely permanent hair dye that coats the hair and makes it difficult to simply “dye over” with other, non-henna commercial dyes.

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Remove henna from clothing or furniture by immediately using a cloth with warm water to dilute dye in the the area where henna has landed. Be cautious not to spread the dye, and use a dry towel to soak up as much of the warm water and henna dye as quickly as you can. Repeat this process several times to allow as much of the dye to be absorbed/removed as possible.