How to Remove Henna Tattoos Quickly

Henna tattoos are prevalent on hands.
Henna tattoos are prevalent on hands. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Originating in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago, henna tattoos are known for their elaborate designs that vary by culture and region. Henna ink is made from finely ground powder extracted from dark green henna shrub leaves. Unlike modern-day tattoos, henna is temporary and contains no artificial dyes. Henna rubs off skin over several weeks as skin naturally exfoliates. Although body art professionals recommend allowing henna to naturally fade over time, you may wish to promptly remove the tattoos.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-cup bath salt
  • Exfoliating bath mitt
  • Towel
  • Cotton ball
  • Olive oil
  • Exfoliating soap

Fill your sink or bathtub with very warm water. Sprinkle a 1/4-cup of bath salt into the water to help with the exfoliation process.

Soak the tattooed skin in the salt water for 20 minutes. As you soak, scrub your skin with an exfoliating bath mitt to quickly remove dead skin and the tattoo.

Remove your foot, arm or hand from the salt water. Thoroughly dry your skin using a towel.

Examine your skin for lingering henna dye. If the tattoo is still distinct, moisten a cotton ball with olive oil.

Rub the olive oil liberally over the tattoo. Let the olive oil permeate your skin for 10 minutes.

Wash the olive oil off your skin with an exfoliating soap and warm water. Thoroughly dry your skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carefully scrub the tattooed skin with a pumice stone to help remove the ink.
  • Repeat the entire process if henna ink still remains on your skin.
  • Spot test the salt water and olive oil on a small patch of skin to prevent allergic reactions or any unfavorable results.

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