With needles and pain, not all tattoos are carried out. One of the exceptions to the standard scenario and a beautiful one at that is a henna tattoo.
Making a lasting impression with its deep colour and intriguing designs, henna has spread throughout the world. However, there are some types of henna to be wary of. In the article, we will get to that later. Let’s have a look at what henna is and the history behind this ancient body-art, for now.
With dye from the henna plant, a henna tattoo is made. With a specific amount of henna powder mixed with other ingredients, such as water or tea, the tattoo is often made. In a small piping bag and then piped on the skin, the paste is placed
Other techniques of doing henna tattoo include a thin toothpick dipped in the dye and then drawn on the skin. It all depends on the artist and their desired method.
Viewing the creation of a henna tattoo can be mesmerizing. Before applying the dye, some artists like to outline the design. You are recommended to bring a picture of a style you like. The artist usually has a book of designs for you to choose from if you don’t have a style in mind.
Arab & Mehndi
Depending on the artist and also location, the design of the henna tattoo differs. North African countries are the native place of Lawsonia inermis, the henna plant. It is also found in other places such as across Asia and Australia. Henna is, However, most often associated with India. This form of body art is referred to as “mehndi” here.
Mehndi is the style in which it is piped and not only the henna tattoo. You can clearly see a difference when looking at an Arab tattoo and a mehndi. The mehndi tattoo usually covers large areas of the body after often using circles as a starting point.
The Arab varieties are usually more subtle. They often include plants, flowers, and symbols. Most artists today will create any design you request even though there are different styles.
A Wedding Tradition
Throughout Asia and the Middle East, henna is a common wedding tradition. Henna is used as a pre-wedding ritual in countries like Singapore, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Morocco .Similar in a way to a bachelorette or bachelor party, the families will host a small party for the bride, groom, and their guests.
Traditionally, the henna powder will be mixed with water or lemon juice and pressed into a pan, in Egypt. To heat the mixture, candles are used. Until the henna is ready, this pan will be passed around from guest to guest. A small amount of henna will be taken in the palm of their hands by the guests and then they will leave it to stain.
Henna tattoos have become more than a souvenir from the East. You can easily create your own design as henna kits are now available online, as well as in drug stores.
What Is Henna Ink Made Of?
The skin will not be stained by the henna plant alone. Traditionally, until they developed into a paste, women would crush the leaves. Then the dye was to be mixed with a small amount of water and left for 48 hours.
Nowadays, made from the leaves of the henna plant, which have been dried, ground and sifted, henna is often sold as a ready powder. It is crucial to look at the colour when buying henna. Henna could be indicated old by a faded colour. Also, there might be added colouring to make it appear fresh if it’s too green.
Then the powder will be mixed with a wet ingredient, such as water or lemon juice. For fragrance, some artists like to mix in a few drops of essential oil. I recommend choosing an oil which compliments the powerful floral scent that henna already has.
The henna has to dry in order to stain the skin after it has been applied. The darker it will appear, the longer you leave it. Moisture can be brought to the paste by adding sugar or honey. The paste on its own will work, however, it often gets dry and flaky.
We have all seen a henna tattoo which has an intense black colour and I’m sure of that. By all means, this form of henna should be avoided.
Since it can cause a severe allergic reaction, the FDA has marked black henna as dangerous. You may be one of the lucky people who may not experience any immediate effects of this henna. However, in the future, one of the ingredients can cause many to be sensitive to hair dye and other beauty products. That ingredient is PPD, otherwise known as p-Phenylenediamine.
As a mix of henna powder with ‘coal-tar’ dye, black henna is often sold. A form of artificial colouring that contains high amounts of PPD is coal tar. For use in cosmetic products in the United States, this dying agent is now banned
I highly recommend avoiding black henna altogether, since it is hard to know for sure whether or not the henna you’re purchasing contains PPD.
How Long Do Henna Tattoos Last?
On a few factors, the answer to this question depends. It will typically fade at a quicker rate if the tattoo is located in an area often exposed to water and soap. For example, one would guess that hand tattoos don’t last for long.
In saying that, without much fading, a henna tattoo can stay fresh for up to two weeks. Before it’s completely gone, it may take another two weeks. Those located on more covered areas of the body can last for over a month. If you wish to get rid of the ink quicker, there are some methods of henna removal.
Up to three weeks, a black henna tattoo can last, but—as we mentioned—it’s best to avoid this type. Providing an element of surprise, the natural henna varieties may take on a red tint as they fade.
To help a henna tattoo remain fresh for longer, there are a few ways. An important step is cleaning the skin before applying the dye. Removing any dead skin through exfoliation, and shaving the area beforehand, is also furthermore Useful. This also helps in the tattoo looking more vibrant.