Henna Tattoos Explored
We love the intricate henna designs and beautiful patterns that many women across the world use to decorate their skin, but henna is so much more than just a temporary tattoo. So what is henna, is it safe and how long does it last? Read on to find out. We answer the most common henna faqs below.
What is henna?
Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) is a flowering plant that grows in tropical climates like northern Australia, Africa and southern Asia. The flowers that grow on the henna plant are very pretty but the leaves are where the magic happens!
The leaves of the henna plant contain a colouring pigment that is released when crushed, and activated when it comes into contact with air and water.
When is henna used?
Traditionally, henna is used as part of wedding celebrations in many South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African cultures in an event known as a Mehndi (henna) Night.
At such gatherings, the bride and her family come together on the night before the wedding to bless the bride and celebrate the pending marriage. For some cultures, the mehndi night also has spiritual significance with the patterns and application process symbolising and activating protection and blessings.
How long do henna tattoos last?
Henna designs on the skin can last up to three weeks and usually begin to fade after the first week. There are other things that can affect longevity including how dark the henna designs were initially and if the skin was clean and moisturised beforehand.
How can I make my henna tattoo last longer?
Henna is temporary, but there is no harm in trying to get the most out of it and helping it to stay on a little longer. After all, you probably spent a lot of time getting it done.
To help your henna design last a little longer, try to keep the henna on for at least 6 hours and avoid washing the area with soap for 12-24 hours.
How can I quickly remove a henna tattoo that I don't like?
There is no quick (or safe) way to completely remove a henna tattoo before it fades, but there are some things that can be done to help speed up the process. Soaking the area in warm soapy water and rubbing in baby oil will help fade some of the pigments. Wiping it down with micellar water can also help.
Is henna safe?
Natural henna is safe but a patch test might still be required for people with very sensitive skin. Black henna has been banned in many places because it contains a chemical called p-phenylenediamine (PPD that has been known to cause severe reactions in some people. Not everyone has an adverse reaction to black henna but it can be very painful if you do.
Try henna for yourself!
Today people from many cultural backgrounds adorn their hands and feet with henna for body art and as a temporary tattoo.
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