I haven't lost any fingers, just trying to stretch out the old wrinkly skin!!!! Lol! The dark stuff is the dried henna which will come off and the orange underneath will slowly darken, then go orange again and then fade away in about a week. I love the pattern she has used, have been walking around all afternoon holding my finger out stiff so as to not damage the henna! :-) Can't get it wet tonight so can't do the dishes....what a shame!!! Lol!!