Henna can also refer to the temporary body art (staining) based on those dyes (see also mehndi). Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather. Historically, henna was used in the Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent, near and Middle East, parts of Southeast Asia, Carthage, other parts of North Africa and the Horn of Africa. The name is used in other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna and neutral henna, neither of which is derived from the henna plant.
To keep a darker stain for longer, it is recommended to avoid washing the area where the henna is applied for 12 hours. Also, when the actual henna paste is dry, apply a mixture of sugar and lemon juice to release more dye from the paste to intensify the colour.