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How to Take Off a Henna Tattoo? Best 9 Ways to Remove Henna

Many things can help you fade that henna stain, but usually, all things that rub or touch the skin do the trick. Starting from cosmetics to kitchen items, and household items to help you in the process – you can easily access all these things and erase the fading henna.

If you got a henna tattoo, after some time you might want to remove it. These tattoos do not last too long as it is, around 14 days, but still, it’s good to know how to deal with it earlier.

Or maybe you think of getting henna, and you want to know beforehand how to erase it in case you don’t like the result – it happens!

Luckily, there are many ways, so let’s see them below…

How to Remove Henna tattoo?

There are many ways to help you remove the henna, and most of them include some sort of rubbing ointments and products on the skin, or something similar to scrubs and exfoliants with gentle movements. These two main methods are a certain way to fade the henna noticeably. The products are either cosmetics like soaps, lotions, oils, exfoliants, or, they are kitchen items like lemon juice, baking soda, sea salt, and similar.

Best 9 methods to remove a henna tattoo

How to Remove Henna tattoo

The methods we suggest in this section all work well. Some slower, some faster, but no worries – they will remove the henna stain one way or another!

1. Vigorous washing with antibacterial soap

Antibacterial soaps are the ones that clean the skin excellently, and they even dry it up more than other soaps. This can come in handy for the removal of stains on the skin of any kind, even henna. The flaw here is that you might need to wash the skin often to remove the pigment fully. This means several times a day, or for a few days. And don’t be surprised if the skin afterward is more taut than usual (due to the soap).

2. Soaking the henna skin in saltwater

Besides the antibacterial soaps, another thing that makes your skin taut, tight, and drier than usual is this saline water. This works similar to the soaps mentioned above – cleans impurities, and even reduces any skin problems. Take some sea salt (around a handful is fine), put it in a bowl of lukewarm water, and soak the skin daily. Please moisturize after using saltwater (or soaps) to avoid the ‘beach’ skin that’s too dry! Now that you remove the henna, you can use whatever lotions you normally use because there’s no need to preserve the pigment as before.

3. Scrubs and exfoliant products/cosmetics

Now you can finally use those exfoliants you have avoided for almost 2 weeks! For all those crazy about perfect skin routines, avoiding the scrubs must have been torture! Now, feel free to slather on some granules on the henna skin. My advice is that you use a nice product with organic compounds (coconut, fruits, rice granules, etc) – these will nourish the skin while they give you the effect you seek. Massage them gently because the least you want is henna remains + irritated skin!

4. A mix of sea salt and good quality olive oil!

This is a bit similar to the sea salt method above. The coarse salt will act as an exfoliant, whereas the olive oil will soothe the skin, soften it and grease it up a bit. So, what you get here is a nice combo of exfoliant-moisturizer (remember this for full-body scrub as well, if you ‘go organic’ and DIY).

Massage this mix on the henna daily, and wipe it off with a clean cloth or towel, then rinse.

5. Sweeten it up with a coco-sugar scrub

sea salt henna removal

The scrub above this one was a ‘salty’ one! Why not sweeten it and make it smell better? Coconut oil (organic if possible) will make your skin silky soft and perfectly hydrated with a nice, healthy glow, and the sugar is slightly better if you go hard on the movements. With salt you could notice some tingling if you go ‘too abrasive’, but this mix should be milder for sensitive skin.

6. Squeeze a lemon and mix with baking soda

You probably heard that lemon juice is great for skin whitening, or even making natural undyed hair lighter? Well, it can work super great in this case too, by brightening the skin.

On the other hand, baking soda is another great kitchen item for whitening things! People use it for teeth whitening as well, so if it works on bone tissue, it surely will on skin. Create a paste of these two items (you certainly have them in the kitchen), massage it for around 10-15 minutes, rinse and apply moisturizer.

7. Makeup removal gels, washes, or micellar water

If a product removes makeup, even the most stubborn of waterproof makeup, it will surely remove a henna stain (at least in a few days or so). What makes you think that waterproof mascara is easily erased with such products, and the same cosmetic item won’t work on henna? Think again.

Micellar water is purified water with tiny ‘micelles’ inside or oil molecules. It works on the principle of “use the same thing to remove a thing”. It has oil to remove oil and dirt, or persistent pigments.

Also, besides shower gels or soaps and similar, you can try the facial wash you regularly use, or the facial gel too. They foam up nicely, they preserve the good pH of the skin and cleanse it very well. You can even try it the same way as makeup removal – a generous dollop of the product on a facial sponge or soft loofah, and wash away!

8. Just a bit of hydrogen peroxide

This product is widely known as a miracle for bleaching purposes. Mostly, people who want to bleach baby hairs or facial hairs use it at home, but in small amounts! It seems like a mild bleaching agent, but it kind of stings a bit on the skin (if handled roughly or in large amounts).

Keep in mind, hydrogen will whiten your skin a shade or two more than the natural color, so it could work well for the henna erasing. Don’t expect a miracle on the first try, repeat this a few times and you will see the cotton or cloth stained with henna pigment.

9. Hair mask (or conditioner) + a nice shaving!

I know what I’m talking about, this combination is not weird at all, and there is a reason why I advise you to try these two, together, and for this purpose as well.

Hair masks and conditioners contain potent ingredients, chemicals, and some oils that make the hair follicles and skin very smooth, soft, and even ‘sleek’ or glossy. In other words, the area covered with this product will be easily cleaned and softened for handling. Here comes the good part – the shaving razor will glide nicely on the skin previously layered with a hair mask. Thus, shaving will be super-easy, without cuts or bumps, and the henna will surely fade visibly.

Plus, the razor will act like an exfoliant or more like a ‘scraping’ device – definitely an advantage in this case.

Can I use nail polish remover to remove henna?

This is a good question, and surprisingly, the answer is yes. Of course, nail polish remover is quite aggressive on the skin and dries it a lot, so it is not meant for skin use, but only for nails. Still, there are some cases when you can use it on the skin, like for stains.

In my experience, whenever I colored my hair and a dollop of raven-black hair dye touched my skin, I knew I immediately had to get the nail polish remover, some cotton, and just rub that spot. Well, if it works instantly and urgently for permanent hair color, why wouldn’t it work on fading henna? If you tried all of the methods from above, and still not the best results, you can try out the nail polish remover.

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Some extra tips and reminders

  • Remember, the skin is a delicate thing, and nothing justifies aggressive rubbing or treatments. Removing henna doesn’t have to be a process that leaves your skin damaged or scratched and irritated. Be gentle.
  • Always go organic as a first choice – this means before you choose the chemical stuff or cosmetics, try out the kitchen items first.
  • Loofah and bath sponges are good! Be gentle, enjoy your spa moment, and repeat it a bit more often than usual.
  • Moisturize! With or without a henna tattoo, moisturizer is a crucial element in glowing and healthy skin. Be extra careful after the henna removal – you want mild and soothing products for optimal skin nourishment, like coconut oil or extra-hydrating lotions.

Remember to always be gentle with your skin. Use good products with less aggressive components in them, always choose natural before all else, and be patient! Most of the time you need to repeat the ‘erasing’ a few times or a few days before you see a henna-free skin. Good luck!

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