More About Henna
Henna Tattoos are natural temporary tattoos that can last 1-2 weeks. Also called mehndi, or mehendi. The tattoos are applied as a paste that is made from the henna plant, Lawsonia inermis. The leaves are harvested, dried, and crushed into a powder. The powder is mixed into a paste using all natural ingredients such as lemon juice, water, essential oils, and sugar. Fresh henna paste is not shelf stable, and will lose its potency over time. A professional henna artist either mixes the pastes themselves, or purchases the paste from another reputable henna artist.
The henna paste is applied to the skin in the desired design. The paste leaves a stain on the skin in the shape of the design. A light stain may be achieved within minutes, but the longer the paste is left on the skin, the darker and longer lasting the stain will be, so it needs to be left on as long as possible. The stain will be lighter at first, and will darken for the next 24 hours. The paste cannot get wet, and the stain should not be exposed to water for at least 24 hours.
Everyone's stainability is unique, but in general the stain is the darkest and most vibrant on the palms and bottom of the feet. The Stain Guide will help you determine how rich your stain might be. Henna has been used for at least 5000 years. Originating in Africa, India, and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Henna is used for many reasons such as self-expression, celebrations, cosmetics, and religious purposes.