Getting Henna Tattoos
There are many different forms of expression that you might be interested in. If you are interested in a tattoo, you might not be considering
the idea of getting something that is going to be permanently on your body. If you like the idea of creating art on your body, but you don’t like
the idea of the art being permanent, you should look in to Henna Tattoos. Henna tattoos gained popularity due to artists like Madonna who
used them on her hands and arms in her video for the track "Frozen" from her Ray of Light album.
What Are Henna
Henna Tattoos are art done on your
body with Henna ink. This is a very dark ink that stains your skin for awhile – up to many days with the strongest kind. The process of
getting the Henna Tattoos is different than temporary tattoos because there usually aren’t any patterns already established. Henna design
patterns are usually freestyle and the more experience a henna tattoo artist has the more intricate and extensive your designs can be. These
tattoos will stain your skin and last for several days, even weeks, if you care for them properly.
Types of Henna for Henna
There are different ways of
creating the henna paste depending on the region where it is used. The most popular pre-made henna pastes or cones are usually made in one of
the following three styles:
Paste: The paste for application is made with henna leaves and a little lime or lemon juice and water. The paste is cooled overnight
and applied in the morning.
Arab Henna Paste:
In addition to henna paste and lemon or lime juice, tea is added to the paste instead of water. This helps the color intensify even
paste: This paste gives the darkest color to your henna tattoo without the use of chemicals. Sudanese henna paste does not contain
lemon or lime juice. It contains henna, tea and an oil that penetrates the skin for intense color.
Henna Tattoo Application
Traditionaly henna tattoos were
applied with a twig dipped in henna paste. This method was very time consuming and created uneven lines of henna on the skin. Nowadays, henna
tattoos are applied with a cone very similar to an icing bag and left on the skin for several hours. If you are using Indian henna paste,
moisten your tattoo for several hours with sugar water. This will help intensify the color of your henna tattoo. If you have used
sudanese henna paste, simply wait for the henna to dry and then peel off the flakes. Rub in a good quality moiturizer into your tattoo. Your
tattoo will darken dramatically over night and you will be left with a beautiful, intricate design on your skin. For the most
color, intensity and long lasting tattoos, use sudanese henna paste cones.
To help prevent the color of your
henna tattoo from fading too soon, use mild soaps and avoid dipping your hands in harsh detergents. Your skin might also carry a
characteristic henna aroma (not at all unpleasant!) for a few days and this is normal.
Henna Tattoos are usually done
in several south asian and middle eastern countries to decorate people’s bodies. They are done for many reasons, but the most
common reason is to celebrate weddings. It is very common for the brides and her friends to get their hands and feet tattooed with
henna. The bride leaves the henna on for the longest because it is believed the darker her henna tattoos the stronger her marriage. In
some cultures the groom gets a henna tattoo as well.
Henna Tattoos can be a great way
for you to express yourself. They are exotic and neat to look at because they are usually rather large. They are something that you can get
done and you can use them for fairs or festivals or going to concerts, or even just for a different look for a few days. Although henna
tattoos are traditionally applied only to the hands, arms, feet and lower legs, you can get a henna tattoo anywhere on your body. The lighter
your skin tone, the more your henna tattoo will stand out. Getting Henna Tattoos is a great way to allow yourself to be an artist canvas, and
to allow yourself to really enjoy your own expression.
Remember that Henna Tattoos are
not permanent. However, you might decide that you like it so much that you want to get the design done permanently. This can also be a great
way to see if you like tattoos and if you are interested in getting one.