What’s the difference between Black Henna and Jagua Gel?

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If you’re looking to find out what the differences are between black henna and jagua gel, you’ve come to the right place. Jagua is not necessarily a new product, however, most people still don’t know much about jagua and some even shy away from it for fear that it may be related to black henna. Let me put your mind at ease by saying that it is not. Jagua and black henna are two completely different products that are only related in the fact that they are both used for creating temporary tattoos, but that’s where the similarities end.

So, What is Black Henna?

First let me start by saying that there’s no such a thing as “black henna”. You may have heard this already but it doesn’t hurt to say it one more time, and with good reason, black henna is extremely harmful to the skin and toxic to the body. Jagua gel on the contrary, is 100% natural and safe.

Back in the day when the henna industry was still in its infancy in the U.S., everyone from Gwen Stefani to Madonna were sporting henna tattoos, and why not? Henna tattoos are cool.

A henna tattoo is the closest thing to a real tattoo, they last for several days and you can pretty much draw anything on your skin (depending on your artistic skills), but there is one little problem – popular permanent tattoos are for the most part black, not brown like natural henna tattoos.

It wasn’t long before someone figured out that they could capitalize on the henna trend and thus “black henna” was created.

The main ingredient in black henna is a hair dying chemical called para-phenylenediamine or PPD for short. PPD is an extremely harmful substance that can cause severely burn the skin due to allergic reactions to the chemical. A PPD reaction can leave permanent scarring on the skin and lead to permanent allergies to all hair dying products. There have been report of people being rushed to the emergency room after having received a black henna tattoo.

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PPD Black henna is usually sold in a powder form and can easily be mixed with water to create runny paste that is then applied with a tiny brush or a toothpick. It can also be mixed with natural henna paste and then applied on the skin using a cone or henna applicator, but even when mixed with natural henna, the dangers of the substance are still very real with this combination.

How Is Jagua Gel Different From Black Henna?

Jagua Gel is a natural ink made with the extract of the jagua fruit, an edible fruit that grows in rain forests of Central and South America. The jagua fruit is traditionally harvested to be used the preparation for beverages, jams, liqueurs and to eat by itself. It is also believed to have many medicinal properties. You can find out more about jagua on this article.

As opposed to black henna, jagua gel is 100% natural and safe. Not only is the main ingredient in the gel 100% pure jagua juice but the other ingredients are also natural and most of them can be found in many food items.

The average lifespan of a jagua tattoo is 10-14 days, although it can last as long as 3 weeks or as little as one week depending on where it is applied on the body.

The color of a jagua tattoo can vary from a deep black to a milder black with blue undertones, just like the color of a permanent tattoo.

Can you be allergic to jagua gel?

Our Jagua gel is made with 100% natural ingredients, however, allergic reactions to natural products are not uncommon. Some people are allergic to strawberries, carrots, peanuts, soy and other natural products, the same goes for jagua. People can have an allergy to the jagua fruit, but this is extremely uncommon, and even in the event of a reaction it is never like a reaction from black henna. An allergic reaction from jagua is usually a mild redness that typically goes away after a few hours or a couple of days.

How To Tell If It’s Jagua Gel or Black Henna

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  1. Monali says:

    Hello! I just found out about jagua couple of days ago and it seems a really good alternative to “black henna”. Nice article learned alot.

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  • One of the greatest benefits of being a henna artist is the ability to put a smile on just about anyone at any time. Before doing henna I never considered myself an artist, and I still don't think of myself as an artist. I know I can do decent henna designs but I'm far from being an artist. I'm a numbers guy. I like numbers and puzzles. l probably like doing accounting more than I like doing henna, but accounting doesn't light up people's faces the way a henna tattoo does. And this may sound a little selfish but for me it's about what I get back, and a hug or a smile as a form of appreciation is the greatest reward. I've made far more friends in the last year doing henna than in the previous fifteen doing accounting. The point of the story is, if you've been thinking about doing henna but haven't really committed to it, just do it. Start practicing. Yes, it will take some time, effort and dedication but the rewards are more than worth it. Or hey, here's another one if you're shy and meeting people do...

    henna_city: "One of the greatest benefits of being a henna artist is the ability to put a smile on just about anyone at any time.

Before doing henna I never considered myself an artist, and I still don't think of myself as an artist. I know I can do decent henna designs but I'm far from being an artist.

I'm a numbers guy. I like numbers and puzzles. l probably like doing accounting more than I like doing henna, but accounting doesn't light up people's faces the way a henna tattoo does.

And this may sound a little selfish but for me it's about what I get back, and a hug or a smile as a form of appreciation is the greatest reward.

I've made far more friends in the last year doing henna than in the previous fifteen doing accounting.

The point of the story is, if you've been thinking about doing henna but haven't really committed to it, just do it. Start practicing. Yes, it will take some time, effort and dedication but the rewards are more than worth it.

Or hey, here's another one if you're shy and meeting people doesn't come easy to you, just learn to do some basic henna tattoos and watch how easy it is to connect with people.

If there's something I would like people to know is that doing henna is about more than a tattoo, it's about connecting with people and expressing yourself or helping others express themselves in a safe non-permanent way, while you watch their faces turn from uncertain anticipation into total joy and excitement.

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  • When the owl sings, the night is silent 🦉🦉🦉. . . . . This is another design we did using a stencil. Creating a temporary tattoo like this one is fun and easy. Pretty much if you can trace you can do jagua tattoos. All of our kits come with stencils and you can also print your own stencils at home. Visit our website to find out more or check out our YouTube channel to see some amazing videos. #henna #hennaart #hennaartist #hennadisign #mehndi #jagua #jaguadesign #cute #jaguatattoo #tatuajes #smile #girlytattoos #owl #owltattoo #losangeles #makeup #shorts

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This is another design we did using a stencil. Creating a temporary tattoo like this one is fun and easy. Pretty much if you can trace you can do jagua tattoos.

All of our kits come with stencils and you can also print your own stencils at home.

Visit our website to find out more or check out our YouTube channel to see some amazing videos.

#henna #hennaart #hennaartist #hennadisign #mehndi #jagua #jaguadesign #cute #jaguatattoo #tatuajes #smile #girlytattoos #owl #owltattoo #losangeles #makeup #shorts"
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  • I recently posted an image where I said that henna and jagua designs don't have to be extremely intricate and complicated to look good, and the images on this post prove my point. These designs are super cute and simple, but you can see that the artist focused on creating something beautiful and not something impressive. As a supplier of henna and jagua there's nothing more rewarding to us than to see someone grow, to watch them go from complete beginner to a successful artist. So if you've tried henna before and it didn't quite worked for you or you found it a bit challenging, it may be a good thing to start again. Never give up on your dreams be that making a million dollars or creating beautiful henna designs. These images were shared by @henna.vi. Check out her page and show her some love. It's easy to show your love to someone who's already great but showing love to someone who is on the path to greatness that's when it counts the most. Have a wonderful day and happy hennaing. - Joaquin . . . . ....

    henna_city: "I recently posted an image where I said that henna and jagua designs don't have to be extremely intricate and complicated to look good, and the images on this post prove my point.

These designs are super cute and simple, but you can see that the artist focused on creating something beautiful and not something impressive.

As a supplier of henna and jagua there's nothing more rewarding to us than to see someone grow, to watch them go from complete beginner to a successful artist.

So if you've tried henna before and it didn't quite worked for you or you found it a bit challenging, it may be a good thing to start again. Never give up on your dreams be that making a million dollars or creating beautiful henna designs.

These images were shared by @henna.vi. Check out her page and show her some love. It's easy to show your love to someone who's already great but showing love to someone who is on the path to greatness that's when it counts the most.

Have a wonderful day and happy hennaing. - Joaquin
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  • How about matching jagua tattoos for you and a special someone in your life? Jagua is more than just ink, it's a way to express your thoughts or feelings. Like, you don't have to tell me these two girls care about each other, I just have to look at their jagua tattoos. And the best part is two weeks from now the designs will be completely gone but the experience will stay in their hearts and minds for years to come. This picture was shared by @mountaingirlhenna. Check out her profile for more of her lovely work. #henna #hennatattoo #hennadesign #girlytattoos #jagua #jaguadesign #cute #matchingtattoos #makeup #faketattoo #fashion #tattoo #tatuajes

    henna_city: "How about matching jagua tattoos for you and a special someone in your life?

Jagua is more than just ink, it's a way to express your thoughts or feelings. Like, you don't have to tell me these two girls care about each other, I just have to look at their jagua tattoos.

And the best part is two weeks from now the designs will be completely gone but the experience will stay in their hearts and minds for years to come.

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  • I had promised my friend a jagua tattoo for the longest and due to our busy schedules and the fact that we live about an hour away from each other, I just hadn't had the chance to do it. Yesterday we were having dinner with some friends and I happened to have my jagua with me so I thought it would be a good idea to do something on the spot. We didn't have a lot of time so it had to be something simple and quick. The result was the design on this picture. I didn't think much of it yesterday but today when my friend sent me the picture I realized something - henna or jagua tattoos don't have to be super elaborate to look amazing. A design can be simple and tasteful. Many times we want to impress others and ourselves with very complicated designs and it ends up looking like a complete mess (I'm guilty of this). But see, henna and jagua tattooing are like dancing - you can't do complicated spins and patterns without having the basics down. So if you're new to henna, start slow and enjoy the process. You c...

    henna_city: "I had promised my friend a jagua tattoo for the longest and due to our busy schedules and the fact that we live about an hour away from each other, I just hadn't had the chance to do it.

Yesterday we were having dinner with some friends and I happened to have my jagua with me so I thought it would be a good idea to do something on the spot.

We didn't have a lot of time so it had to be something simple and quick. The result was the design on this picture.

I didn't think much of it yesterday but today when my friend sent me the picture I realized something - henna or jagua tattoos don't have to be super elaborate to look amazing.

A design can be simple and tasteful. Many times we want to impress others and ourselves with very complicated designs and it ends up looking like a complete mess (I'm guilty of this). But see, henna and jagua tattooing are like dancing - you can't do complicated spins and patterns without having the basics down.

So if you're new to henna, start slow and enjoy the process. You can have fun at all stages of your learning journey no matter your skill level. If you do this, you and your human canvases will be more satisfied with your work. Have fun and happy hennaing. - Joaquin. .
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  • Throwback to these cuties showing off their henna! Since henna is made from natural ingredients, it’s a perfectly safe and unique party favor to add to any birthday. And don’t be turned away from the idea of henna being too hard, because they don’t always have to be super detailed just like these! Starting off with simple designs and gradually making them more difficult will help you gain the skills you need to eventually make beautifully detailed body art. But if you already have a artistic side, by all means, make the most complicated mehndi you’ve ever made! Just don’t forget to always tag us because we love seeing everyone’s art from beginners to experts. Our henna kits come with everything you would need, including premeasured henna powder,mixing solution and stencils, to make your learning process go a lot smoother so you can start making beautiful art on you and your kids sooner! • • Although jagua doesn’t stain clothes and is easy to wash off, henna is NOT the same. So be care...

    henna_city: "Throwback to these cuties showing off their henna! 
Since henna is made from natural ingredients, it’s a perfectly safe and unique party favor to add to any birthday. 
And don’t be turned away from the idea of henna being too hard, because they don’t always have to be super detailed just like these! Starting off with simple designs and gradually making them more difficult will help you gain the skills you need to eventually make beautifully detailed body art.

But if you already have a artistic side, by all means, make the most complicated mehndi you’ve ever made! Just don’t forget to always tag us because we love seeing everyone’s art from beginners to experts.

Our henna kits come with everything you would need, including premeasured henna powder,mixing solution and stencils, to make your learning process go a lot smoother so you can start making beautiful art on you and your kids sooner!
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  • This video was shared by one of our loyal customers. As a company focused on providing high quality products, there's no greater satisfaction for us than to see those products being used in a creative way and this design definitely shows the creativity of the artist. We're all artists in one way or another, some more talented than others but we all have the ability to create beauty and our goal at Henna City is not just to provide you with the tools but also to help bring out the artist in you. Thank you @shayalsaid for sharing this video with us. . . . #wakeupandmakeup #hennacity #henna #me #makeupaddict #instamakeup #fabulouslytrendy #hennatattoo #hennadesign #girlytattoos #mehndi #mandala #jagua #jaguadesign #cute #jaguatattoo #tatuajes #smile #tattoo #ink #henna

    henna_city: "This video was shared by one of our loyal customers.

As a company focused on providing high quality products, there's no greater satisfaction for us than to see those products being used in a creative way and this design definitely shows the creativity of the artist.

We're all artists in one way or another, some more talented than others but we all have the ability to create beauty and our goal at Henna City is not just to provide you with the tools but also to help bring out the artist in you.

Thank you @shayalsaid for sharing this video with us. .
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