These days, tattoos can be safely used as a way to stand out from the crowd and not be a “gray mass”. But what to do if you are in a burning desire to make a tattoo, but at the same time, you do not want to leave it for a lifetime? In this situation, the best solution for you will be a temporary tattoo and one of the most popular types of removable tattoo are those that are applied using henna (also known as Mehndi or Mehendi).
The art of henna tattoos is known from ancient times. In the east, women tried to decorate their body or hair, in case, for example, henna eyebrows, with incredible henna designs with paste they made from shredded hena leaves. Tattoos made with henna were also used for various religious ceremonies and celebrations in the ancient and modern days as well.
Today, a large number of different beauty salons provide the service of temporary henna tattooing. Their experts have extensive experience in drawing, but you can and should try and make henna tattoo at home. All you will need is patience and high-quality henna paste. And it’s all accessible to everyone, you just need to decide to do it.
How to start with henna temporary tattoos at home
If you want to make a henna tattoo at home, you will need to carefully choose a powder or a paste of henna as well as learn how to use henna for tattoos. It should immediately be noted that if you give your preference to powder, then, in any case, do not confuse it with a special powder for hair henna. Hair hena is much darker and the grinded henna powder is roughed than the tattoo one.
Before you start to apply henna art on the skin and draw henna designs, be sure to check whether you have an allergy to it. In order to determine this, apply a small amount of henna on the inner side of the elbow and wait a couple of hours. If you see redness or your skin starts to itch, it is better to abandon henna art. It’s also not recommended to apply this henna painting on the skin which was damaged or irritated.
Once you are sure that you are not henna allergic, you will need to carefully prepare the skin area where the tattoo will be located. Wash it with soap and water and dry thoroughly. If you want, you can use easy peeling of the skin with a scrub, so the paint is better absorbed by the epithelium (skin surface). You definitely want to remove any hair you have from the place where the henna design will be placed, otherwise, it will not only look unaesthetic, but you will need to have to do hair removal as well.
The process of tattooing or how to do henna tattoos
Today you have the opportunity to buy ready-made henna paste from any big physical or online store. Ready-made henna paste – ideal for beginners. There is no need to engage in a selection of different henna concentrations instead begin immediately with the tattoo procedure.
As an excellent fixative for your henna temporary tattoos, you can use a special henna oil, which you can buy in a specialty store or on Amazon. Or, you can rub the tattoo with a small amount of eucalyptus oil. After applying henna tattoo, to prevent drying of the skin, you can use lemon juice. It is a natural moisturizer that will nourish your skin, making it more elastic.
Also, be sure to use disposable gloves to protect your hands!
What to do after applying henna temporary tattoo
It should be immediately noted that after you have completed the application of henna paste and the design is completed, do not touch it for the next 2-4 hours. After this period the tattoo becomes covered with a special coating layer that shows its complete drying. Try not to have any mechanical impact on your henna tattoo or wash it with soap and water within 24-36 hours.
How to store the henna body painting kit
The henna body paint kit you used needs to be stored in the refrigerator. If you will need to keep the henna kit for a larger amount of time, be sure to store it in the freezer. Do not forget to check out the henna tubes for leaks!
Now, you have learned that henna tattoos are possible for everyone. As mentioned, all you need is patience, desire, and some high quality henna powder (body painting set).
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