Henna Tattoo Today it is becoming more and more popular, although this type of drawings on the body can be called a real exotic, because they came to us from faraway India.
The history of the art of drawing symbolic images on the body is rooted in antiquity. Why symbolic? It is known that in different countries such images had a very different purpose. For example, Persian dancers decorated their hands for dancing a thousand years ago with henna, and in India at that time this privilege was available only to rich families. The most ancient tattoo found on the body of mummies 5000 years ago.
Most often mehendi (Mehndi) — this is the name of the ancient art of henna drawing — found in Indian culture. And there it remained almost unchanged and is still used by women in ritual events (see photo).
The word «mehndi» from Hindi is just translated as «henna». It is a powder of plant origin, it is made from quinine leaves — a tree that grows only in arid regions, where heat is a common thing (North Africa, Southern China, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, etc.). Harvest is dried and crushed almost to a powder. The resulting «potion» is known to man almost throughout its existence, since its remains were found in very ancient Egyptian burials.
Cinchona leaves were used for medical purposes as an analgesic, antipyretic and antiseptic. Mention of this was found in ancient medical treatises. Even the scent of a plant is considered extremely beneficial. In the Bible there is a text about the use of henna for hedges. And in the Quran it is stated that the smell of henna flowers was one of the most beloved of the Prophet Mohammed. Therefore, the essential oils of the plant served as an old-fashioned woman of perfume before the birth of our civilization.
As we have already mentioned, natural henna drawings on the hands and feet of women in India are symbolic, ritual. They are sure to decorate the girls before the wedding. For these cases, only red henna is used, and the brighter and darker the color of the pattern comes out, the longer the newlyweds will live in complete happiness and understanding. To obtain a darker shade, ash is added to the mixture.
An interesting fact: as long as the henna wedding pattern is noticeable in the hands of a young wife, she should not do homework. But the paradox is that adding ash to a darker “happy” shade significantly reduces the stability of henna on the body.
Wedding is not the only reason to decorate yourself with beautiful ornaments and patterns. In ritual dances, the hands are very important, therefore the patterns are of a certain nature depending on the meaning of the movements.
Mehendi is also used to guard against the evil eye and the influence of evil spirits, to cool the body in hot weather, to disinfect the skin.
Here are a few interpretations of the meaning of the pictures, which you can use if you decide to apply yourself a beautiful temporary tattoo with henna:
- flowers are the joy of the moment and the day;
- lotus — life and happiness;
- bow with arrow — overcoming impending difficulties, as well as a happy marriage;
- the sun is a symbol of divine power;
- the moon is the unearthly beauty of the feminine;
- the star is hope;
- circle — integrity;
- square — stability;
- the cross is the connection between heaven and earth.
In the books of the Vedas, henna-made images signify the awakening of one’s own inner light. Therefore, you can usually find a variety of varieties of circles, peacocks and floral ornaments depicting the sun.
Traditionally, images are most often applied to hands — that is why henna tattoos on hands today are so popular among girls, but they are washed off much faster. The tattoo on the legs will last much longer. Moreover, ethnic drawings can be perfectly combined with modern style of clothing.
Elegant henna designs will look on your back, especially on the beach or at the resort, where you can freely wear open sundresses and swimsuits.
For lovers of extraordinary solutions, you can put a symbolic image on the neck, and then the collected hair will slightly open your little elegant secret. For the holiday version, mehendi was a bit modernized by adding sparkles and rhinestones.
There are several styles of henna tattoo, which are now considered classic (for clarity, see the photo gallery at the end of the article):
- Arab — it is common in the Middle East, most often it does not have clear prescribed patterns of images, which strongly resembles local embroidery and art of painting, among which floral motifs are the main ones.
- Moroccan — typical for African Africa graphic images of geometric figures, somewhat diluted with vegetable themes. The style of the drawing is strongly pronounced and is distinguished by strict conformity to the shape of the hands and feet.
- Indian — complex patterns that can cover almost the entire limb, creating the effect of wearing gloves or stockings. Typically, the pattern carries a certain meaning and is used for a particular ritual. The images are very intricate, woven from complex lines, ornamental and teardrop-shaped pictures.
- Asian — is a mixture of Indian and Middle Eastern style. But it is still characterized by completely painted pads of the toes and hands.
Modern henna tattoos for European girls are fairly neutral and most often serve as a simple decorative ornament, as evidenced by numerous photos on the Internet. The drawing should just like it, but what style it will belong to is not a big deal. Therefore, the masters mix the above styles to create completely unique and intricate patterns.
Body decoration in a similar way is becoming increasingly popular among young people. This is due to the fact that the mehendi is absolutely safe, and if necessary it can be easily washed off and replaced with another.
Henna tattoos are ideal for those who wish to apply a real tattoo, but cannot yet decide.
Girls, applying temporary henna tattoos, want to look fashionable, sexy and somewhat mysterious. Many celebrities use this jewelry for their solemn outings. Naturally, there are many followers, repeating star styles.
Henna is a safe dye that affects only the superficial keratinous layers of the skin.
Most often, images are applied on the palms and feet for the reason that there is the largest number of dead cells, and it is on such a hard “surface” that the color of the paint becomes the most intense.
By the way, the natural color of henna is brown, but since ancient times people have added various natural dyes, which have given mehendi mixes different shades. Usually these were ash, basma, indigo and harkus. In Africa, only carbon black was added to produce almost black paint. You can use henna in different colors in order to obtain three-dimensional drawings. Today it is possible to find for a biota a henna of white, black, red flowers.
Making a henna tattoo at home is very simple. It is only necessary to have on hand all the necessary components, some simple devices for application and artistic vision.
Let’s make a reservation right away: the procedure is absolutely painless and completely hygienic, that is, it is unrealistic to carry the infection during it. This distinguishes mehendi from traditional tattoo.
Moreover, being a natural antiseptic, Henna can even beneficially affect the skin and cure certain diseases..
Such patterns, although they will not last long, but still bring a lot of aesthetic pleasure to you and others. By choosing a specific pattern, you can emphasize your individuality. And you can do it yourself. Today on sale can be found already ready mix in special tubes with a cone-shaped tip, with which the drawing is applied.
And you can do much easier: buy ready-made stencils (or make them yourself) and use them to put a pattern on the body. To do this, you must follow a certain procedure:
- prepare the skin, after making peeling and degreasing it with an alcohol solution, but Before applying, you can lubricate the skin with eucalyptus oil, which will slow down the drying of henna, which will allow it to better penetrate into the pores and open up more saturated;
- apply a pattern through a stencil, rubbing the mixture into open skin, or self-paint with an applicator, Henna is absorbed very quickly, so any mistake should be removed immediately.;
- leave the drawing to dry for about 20 minutes, and then scrape off the dried paste with gentle soft movements and then To consolidate the effect, you can lubricate the stained skin with a mixture of lemon juice and sugar (3: 1);
- Do not wash the stained area for about 24 hours, and then do not rub it with a washcloth or scrub.
To make the applicator yourself is quite simple. To do this, use a dense plastic bag. It is necessary to cut a square, roll it into a conical funnel and glue it along all the seams with adhesive tape. Transfer all dye into this cone and seal. Pierce the sharp part of the funnel with a needle and squeeze the paste onto the skin. Of course, you will have to practice a little on paper to learn how to apply smooth lines.
It is not recommended to use a syringe for applying a tattoo with henna, especially during the period of familiarization with the technicians: there is a big risk of scratching.
If you need a larger-scale painting with a detailed drawing of the ornament, it is better to contact a specialized salon to a professional master, who will select the drawing for you.
There is another modern way of applying biota on the skin — this special pencils. True, they hold on just a couple of days, after which a correction of the figure will be needed, and even The composition is characterized by the presence of synthetic components.. But the range of colors is very diverse: brown, orange, black, green, blue. Moreover, in order to draw them a certain drawing, no special adaptations are required. Pencil can be used as a normal marker. During application it is necessary to moisten the tip of the pencil periodically, since it is quite hard and it is more difficult to dye it with dye. After completion of work, it must be closed, so as not to dry out.
Temporary tattoos with shiny rhinestones are becoming increasingly popular.
This method of decoration involves drawing Svarowski multicolored lenses along the contour lines of henna, which ultimately will give a single picture.
To apply a beautiful image, you will need: ready-made henna paste, thin tweezers, a set of shiny stones, make-up glue and a sponge, a sketch for a future bio-tattoo.
The process of applying is similar to the standard method of drawing mehendi, only after drying and getting the finished picture a layer of rhinestone is applied to it. You can use several options:
- Drawing a finished pattern (something like a children’s decal). Pre-need to degrease the skin for a more durable grip. Press the film with the lenses tightly to the skin and hold it a little so that the adhesive layer warms slightly. It is necessary to glue the rhinestones as soon as the protective cloth is removed., otherwise, dust can get in, and rhinestones will not stick.
- Create your own master film with its own unique pattern. Further process is completely similar to that described above.
- Marker use for drawing contour images, which are then superimposed with rhinestones using tweezers and an applicator.
Masters most often use the latter method, combining it with a tattoo with a henna. This way you can create truly original images that could well become a real decoration for a ceremonial exit.
When working with lenses, use the following precautions:
- Avoid application near the nose, mouth and eyes, because rhinestones can peel off and get on the mucous membrane, causing irritation and even injury;
- each stone is intended for single use only, therefore no other adhesive can be applied for re-application;
- pretreatment of the skin significantly extends the life of the applied tattoo;
- Do not apply rhinestones to small children, in case of extreme necessity to use them only in the minimum amount and in those places where they can not harm.
Such sparkling drawings look really very attractive and quite modern.
Painting henna paste can be cooked on your own at home. These recipes have long been successfully tested by many girls.
You will need to prepare the following ingredients in advance:
- a pack of henna powder;
- juice of 2 lemons, which must be pre-filtered from the pulp;
- aroma oil (so you can spend more and therapy of your favorite smell);
- glass bowl, measuring spoon, tight plastic bag.
It will be necessary to prepare the mass within a day, so prepare in advance for the fact that you will have to carry out the preparatory work:
- sift henna powder through a small strainer, because a homogeneous mass is needed to draw fine lines and small parts;
- 20 grams of ready-made henna (this is one tablespoon with a slide) pour into a bowl and add a quarter cup of lemon juice, while mixing, you should have a thick mass resembling mashed potatoes;
- Put the paste in a plastic bag and close it so tightly that air does not penetrate, and in this form, leave the mixture for 12 hours in a warm place.
If you replace lemon juice with plain water, you may get a very pale pattern, because the presence of an acidic medium is necessary to isolate the pigment. You can simply mix lemon juice with water.
If you add some coffee, tea or basma (natural dyes), you get more brown shades. But there is no need to experiment more: any other components in the composition of the mass can cause allergic reactions. By the way on natural henna allergy almost never occurs.
After 12 hours, add to the mix:
- a spoonful of sugar and aroma oil (except for the therapeutic effect, it will contribute to obtaining a dark shade with a sustainable effect);
- lemon juice and 1 teaspoon to obtain the consistency of thick cream (if the paste is too thick, it will be difficult to squeeze it out of the tube, and if it is liquid, the drawing will float).
Pack everything again and leave it to ripen for another 12 hours.
After all the actions performed paste can be used for its intended purpose.
You can also use these recipes that will give an unusual color effect:
- Moroccan — you need to insist strong black tea for several hours, add 1 spoon of lemon juice, and then bring this broth to a boil. In the infusion to dilute the red henna, which in advance is best rubbed through a sieve. The mixture should be homogeneous without lumps.
- On red wine — Add to the boiled water (250 ml) add the same red wine and 2 tablespoons of henna and mix everything thoroughly, so you get a lot with a reddish tinge. If you replace the wine chamomile decoction, the picture will be with a yellowish tinge.
- For a red tint — you can use decoction with clover, to make the color brown — combine brewed tea and coffee.
To tattoo henna kept as long as possible after application, it requires some care:
- do not wash the area with soap and washcloth;
- grease with oil before washing;
- avoid friction with clothes, otherwise the picture will come much faster;
- Do not shave or epilate painted areas (take care of beauty in advance).
If you are unhappy with the result or the drawing is quickly tired of you, the removal process can be sped up with a regular washcloth.
Do not use any means that supposedly dissolve henna: their compositions are questionable and can easily cause irritation. And we are for healthy beauty with natural ingredients!
The skin of some people may be completely immune to henna dye. Therefore, they can advise black, white or any other colored henna. However, it should be borne in mind that it contains chemical components that, as a result, can cause irritation, unsafe for the skin.
There are almost no negative consequences after applying a tattoo with henna, because only the surface of the skin is colored without piercing. But still there contraindications for application even natural dye. This is the presence of acne and dermatological diseases. The only exception may be the recommendation of the doctor to use henna as a therapeutic agent. And also there is such a rare phenomenon as personal intolerance to vegetable dye. With such sensitive skin, it is better to reject biotat.
So, ladies, we want to say that beauty no longer requires sacrifice. You should try to diversify your traditional image with temporary henna tattoos. After all, they can be original, attractive and unique almost every day.