All You Need To Know About Henna Body Art
When you hear the word ‘Henna’ what comes to your mind is a Muslim bride or hair dye or body art. While there are controversies on if henna originated from Egypt or India, its use has become widely accepted by all. Henna is a small flowering shrub which can be used to create perfumes, dye for clothes and hair and even used for beautification on the skin.
The art of applying henna to the hands and feet is known as Mehndi, and is traditionally used for celebrations and rites of passage. Every culture and region of the world uses henna tattoos in its own unique way.
It is said (Mentioned in the Hadith) that the Prophet Mohammed used henna for various purposes such as alleviating headaches (he got migraines on a regular basis) and aiding in the healing of wounds. When Islam was introduced into India, the practice of using henna spread.
In many cultures the bride has henna painted on her palm or feet, to symbolize luck, beauty, joy spiritual joy etc. Depending on where you get henna tattoos and the application of the artist, they will look different.
The henna stain will last on the skin between one and three weeks depending on the application method, skin type, lifestyle and the part of the body where it was applied.
It should be noted that henna is never black. Artists that claim their henna will produce a black stain has probably added some chemical additives which maybe harmful to the skin as it can cause some allergic reactions. Natural henna produces orange to dark maroon stain. The darkness depends on your skin, the body part where henna is applied, quality of henna and care you provide. Most likely black henna is produced by adding chemicals (like PPD) to dye hair or other objects. It is never safe for skin.
Henna paste is moist when applied. After application, you need to keep that body part away from any obstructions so that it doesn’t smear the design. The paste dries in 5 to 10 minutes. A spray mix of lemon and sugar juice is sprayed on the design so that it can get better a stain. It takes 5 minutes to dry again.
For best color it is preferred that paste is left ON the skin as long as possible. Once dried, it flakes off automatically.
If you are indecisive about getting a tattoo, either temporarily or permanently a henna may help hasten your decision.