Frequently Asked Questions

"How long does henna last?"

Depending on the care you take and where about it is, it generally lasts between 5-10 days, although I have known it to last nearly 4 weeks with proper care and attention.

"What is henna?"

It is made from the crushed leaves of the henna bush, its latin name is Lawsonia Inermis. I mix this powder into a paste. Read the article titled 'Why Natural' on the 'about us' page to find out more! 

"What is in your paste?"

I only use natural, safe ingredients in her henna. My recipe changes slightly. I use natural henna powder, a water or tea infusion, lavender essential oil, and then I either use honey, sugar or glucose syrup to help the paste stick to the skin as long as possible.

"I have diabetes, I can't have sugar!"

Did you know that even though the paste contains sugar, it will have no bad effect on diabetics? It's because the molecules of the sugar (or honey or glucose syrup) are too large to penetrate the skins surface, so they just sit on the top of the skin, so you don't have to worry about needing to work out your insulin for the henna.


"Who is henna for?"

Anyone. Everyone. Any age, any gender, any religion. Henna isn't just for some people, it is for everyone.

"I'm too old for henna though..."

No such thing! In countries where it is a popular art or tradition, people of all ages have henna done. It is sophisticated on both young and old alike!

And don't think someone is too young either! As long as you can sit still enough, Shelby can do something for you! She has done many designs for children as young as 3 years old and enjoys doing designs that their imagination can think of (including a unicorn with dolphins jumping out of its main, a london bus, dragons, fairies, butterflies, mermaids and more!).

"How dark does it go?"

It really depends on where the design goes and how long you leave the paste

on for. Where the skin is thickest (the palms of the hands and soles of the feet)

have the best stain results. The thinnest skin (neck, face, ears) gives the palest

stain. See the image to the right to see the guide on henna placements and

stain results.

Henna stains the top layers of skin. The longer the paste is left on, the

deeper the dye will go. Think of it like looking through a piece of transparent

red plastic (like sweetie wrappers). If you held it up to the light and looked

 through it, it is a nice red. then imagine adding more and more layers, the

more layers of red plastic you get, the deeper and darker the colour, until it

almost looks black. So the longer the paste is on, the deeper the colour can go,

and the darker the resulting stain will be. This also means that the design

will last longer too, so it means that you'll get better value for money if you

leave it on!

"Whats a 'Belly Blessing'?"

A belly blessing is a henna design done on a pregnant woman baby bump. Henna is believed to be a sacred plant, and a protector. The wearer is said to get good luck, and henna is also believed to be favoured by the Hindu goddess, Lakshmi (of all wealth and abundance). It is believed to be a sort of good luck charm for the pregnancy and the birth.

"How do appointments work/How do I book an appointment?"

I currently take bookings an the function room at my parents pub while I search for a permanent home. This is in Uffculme, Devon, or I can travel around the local area. For traveling appointments there may be a minimum spend. The appointments vary and range depending on what you want or are after (private appointments, group booking, parties, weddings, bridal, events, etc). For any appointment you can book or enquire by sending a message through this site, send an email, send a text or give a call (For calls, if I do not answer, it's likely that I am either at an appointment, or I have no signal. But I will get back to you as soon as I am able to- Just leave your name, number, and what you are after/intrested in, in a slow clear voice, or send a text).

"Where are you based/What is the travel costs/What is the minimum spend?

I am based in Devon, but I happily travel around country for larger appointments. For appointments and bookings that I travel to, there is a travel fee of 40p/mile each way (example, the appointment is 10 miles away, the charge would be for a total of a 20 mile round trip for myself, at 40/p per mile so would be a total of £8).

There is a minimum spend for bookings I have to travel to (A general rule for working out the minimum spend is an extra hour doing the henna than the travel, for example, if an appointment takes me an hour to travel to, it would be a 2 hour round trip for me. The appointment would then need to be a minimum of 3 hours) . Please contact me for more details or for a quote.

For appointments where you come to me, the minimum spend is £5 (The cost of my cheapest adults design).

"Is Henna Safe?"

Yes, it is completely natural. The only time there may be any troubles at all is if you have an allergy to one of my ingredients, or if you have G6PD deficiency.

Got any questions I missed? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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About The Henna Peacock 


The Henna Peacock is all about natural henna and products that don't cost the earth. It was founded by henna artist, Shelby Humphries. She thinks of henna as more than just an art, but as a way of life, devotion and love.

The Henna Peacock prides itself on quality, so you can rest assured that we only offer natural, safe henna and quality handmade products.

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