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How to Remove Henna Tattoo Ink

by
author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Remove Henna Tattoo Ink
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A natural dye derived from the leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis), henna ink seeps into the top layer of skin when applied, resulting in a semipermanent stain. Whether applied freehand or via a stencil, henna tattoos usually last 14 days. While the temporary nature of henna tattoo ink is attractive to some, if you are not happy with the look or location of your henna tattoo, you may be wondering how to remove the ink sooner than the two-week time frame.

Step 1

How to Remove Henna Tattoo Ink
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Rub the henna tattoo with a loofah during your daily shower. The use of a loofah is a slow removal process, and rubbing it over your skin removes all traces of the henna tattoo ink.

Step 2

How to Remove Henna Tattoo Ink
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Fill a cup with 1 part water to 1 part salt. Saturate a gauze pad with the saltwater. Lay the gauze pad over the henna tattoo, and allow it to sit for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse the affected area with water, then pat dry. Soaking the henna tattoo two to three times a day will expedite removal.

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Step 3

How to Remove Henna Tattoo Ink
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Saturate a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide. Vigorously rub the cotton ball over your skin. Continue rubbing until the henna ink disappears. The removal process can take several minutes, but the continued rubbing will eventually remove the henna tattoo ink.

Step 4

How to Remove Henna Tattoo Ink
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Mix 1 part dish soap, 1 part lemon juice and 1 part baking soda in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to the henna tattoo using a clean washcloth. Scrub the henna tattoo with the washcloth until all traces of the ink are gone.

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