From time to time I get requests for black henna (which is dangerous as it includes PPD) however I have found a natural alternative called Jagua.
Jagua is one of the most popular local names for the fruit of the Genipa Americana Tree. It is one of the names used by the local and indigenous peoples of Panama, Columbia and Peru. The juice from this fruit contains a safe & natural black dye that stains the skin (amongst other things!), in a similar way to natural henna. The jagua fruit has been used for nearly 2,000 years by the native indigenous tribes. It is well known for its medicinal qualities, as a natural food-dye, as body art, and even as a natural insect repellant!
The art of Jagua is gaining a lot more popularity here in the Middle East after the introduction of our products, and people often enjoy adorning themselves with tribal designs, and beautiful but ephemeral works of art made from it. Like henna, Jagua is placed into a bottle or tube with a small nozzle, which allows squeezing a controlled amount onto the skin, so an artist can “draw” with the gel until the design is complete. Unlike henna however, Jagua cannot be smeared and then wiped clean. Instead, after the tattoo is applied, the wearer must take care not to smudge the art until it dries. The drying process takes approximately 30-45 mins, and then the gel must remain on for about two more hours, at which point it can be gently washed off. And just like henna, the stain will darken as time goes on.
HOW DOES A JAGUA TATTOO WORK?
Jagua Tattoos work in a very similar way to Henna Tattoos, staining the epidermis (upper layer of your skin). The Jagua Tattoo gets darker over the next two days, and then just like henna, it gradually fades away as your body regenerates its epidermis.
WHAT COLOUR IS A JAGUA TATTOO?
Jagua Tattoos turn out a ‘Tattoo Black’ colour, towards the blue end of the black spectrum. Like henna, the specific colour achieved varies from person to person according to variables such as, skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle.
HOW LONG DOES A JAGUA TATTOO TAKE TO DEVELOP?
Jagua Tattoos reach their best colour 12-48 hours after application, this varies according to skin type. So if you want your Jagua Tattoo for going out on Friday Night, then we recommend you apply the product on Wednesday, just in case you are a two-day developer.
HOW LONG DOES A JAGUA TATTOO LAST?
Jagua Tattoos last between 10-15 days looking a good, strong colour. The tattoos can take a further 7 days to completely fade away and disappear, just like a Henna Tattoo, but your body completely replaces its epidermis every 21-28 days so your Jagua Tattoo will be completely gone by then.
So the next time you think about jazzing up your appearance, or trying something new that’s not permanent, jagua is a fun, safe and natural way to do just that. You can purchase all jagua products from www.dubaihenna.com and have a jagua tattoo party with all your friends, young or old!