How to remove a henna tattoo stain

Updated March 28, 2018

Henna tattoos became popular in the U.S. in the 1990s. However, henna has been used to to paint artwork on the body for centuries in places such as Africa and India. Mehndi, the application of henna on the body, is thought by many cultures to protect from evil and bring good luck. Henna tattoos typically last on the skin for one to four weeks, depending on how frequently you wash the area; if you like, you can remove them sooner.

Wash the area often with antibacterial soap. Since henna is a stain, the more you wash it, the more it will fade.

Soak the tattooed area in a solution of salt and warm water. Rinse well.

Take a swim in a chlorine pool if you have one available. Chlorine will help remove the henna from your skin. Rinse well to avoid over-drying.

Use a loofah to gently exfoliate the tattooed area once a day. Removing the dead skin over the henna will help to expose the tattooed skin, thus making it easier to remove the henna stain.

Gently cleanse the area with whitening toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste into the skin using circular motions. Rinse well.


Exercise often during the tattoo-removal process since increased perspiration helps to speed it up. Be patient. Henna removal takes time. To avoid irritation of the skin, do not try every possible removal method in one day. Give yourself enough time to slowly remove the henna stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Chlorine water
  • Loofah
  • Whitening toothpaste
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Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.