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Everything you need to know about a Henna tattoo

El henna tattoo It is very popular in Morocco and India, they are used especially for traditional weddings in these countries, they seek to draw attention to the beauty of their bodies and normally cover their hands and feet. Is about temporary tattoos made with henna with decorations in geometric shapes and figures.

What is henna?

Henna is completely natural and comes from a plant called Lawsonia Inermis. This shrub has been cultivated in North Africa and South Asia for thousands of years. It has always been used for create hair dye, paint nails, color skin, leather or wool. 

La making henna It is made after crushing the leaves and twigs of the plant, you can also make the paste with dry leaves and hot water.

henna powder picture

How long does it take to make a henna design?

The process of making the tattoo takes between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the chosen design. For example, bridal designs on the hands take around two hours. 

After the henna paste has been applied, it must be allowed to dry between 5 to 10 minutes, after which, a mixture of lemon juice and sugar is sprayed so that the design adheres better to the skin.

When the henna paste for tattoos applied to the skin and allowed to dry, it changes its color to a reddish or brownish tone depending on the intensity. Although this may vary depending on the type of skin and area to be tattooed of the person.

What is the art of applying henna ink called?

The term associated with application of henna ink on the skin es Mehndi. He mehndi art It has a long tradition in many cultures, but today it is prevalent in Morocco and India. This art has been unknown in the West until the 90s when migrations to other countries began. Currently, we can find mehndi kits in arabic craft stores to be used on our skin. 

a tattoo artist performing a henna tattoo

How long does a henna tattoo last?

Being a temporary tattoo made with a natural ingredient, little by little the color stain it leaves on the skin will disappear. Normally, it usually takes between 7 to 14 days to completely disappear.

in case you want remove a henna tattoo early, when the mark is made on the superficial part of the skin, it would be enough to wash it several times with warm or hot water and soap.

History of tattoos with henna paste

Not known what is the origin of henna tattoos exactly, since the tradition dates back to ancient Egypt. The name of henna if it is true that it comes from Arabic. 

The Egyptians used the plant Lawsonia Inermis for the treatment of infections, inflammations and against the bite of snakes and scorpions. It is said that even Cleopatra herself used the henna to worship your body. It was also used to paint the nails of the mummies buried in the pyramids.

a woman with henna tattoo on her hands

What meanings do mehndi tattoos have?

El art of applying henna on hands and feet It has traditionally been used for celebrations such as weddings, births, festivals and religious holidays. Although it is true that each culture has its own meanings:

  • Henna tattoos for India: they are usually used to paint the hands with henna of the brides. Motifs such as flowers, butterflies, lotus, peacock, fish, among others, symbolize different goods and virtues such as joy, prosperity, sensuality, purity, eternal love, knowledge, vitality...
  • Henna in Morocco: Moroccans usually draw symbols that help protect themselves against the evil eye. Since they consider that it has positive powers and gives them luck, beauty and protects them against diseases. The designs are made with flowers, leaves and stems and are less complex. Although we can find verses from the Koran, Arabic writing, numbers and body parts. They are usually used for special occasions, weddings and parties.

In short, henna is a natural paste that has been with us for thousands of years, that has been used by the Arab and Hindu culture and that even today we can see this wonderful art.

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