Henna Tatto

What Is Henna, to Start With?

Henna is obtained from leaves of a henna plant. The leaves are sun-dried and then mixed with water and natural oils to create a blend of deep olive-colored paste. The paste is then applied to the skin, which results in a reddish-brown stain. Henna artists use different tools to create intricate designs on the skin with this paste. The result is similar to a standard tattoo, except that it is painless and semi-permanent.

Traditionally, henna was used to adorn feet and hands- especially those of women. This practice was and is still is, common in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. Women apply it during weddings and in honor of religious holidays.

So, How Does Henna Tattooing Process Work?

The process of drawing designs and tattoos on the skin is therapeutic and quite relaxing. Depending on how intricate patterns are, the process can take anywhere from minutes to hours and is usually performed freehand. Once the paste dries, you can apply a mixture of sugar and lemon juice on it to intensify the color of the stain. This is optional.

It is important to note that the longer the paste is left on your skin, the darker and more pronounced the stain will be. Most artists will recommend that you keep it for around 4-5 hours, at the very least. If possible, leave it on overnight.

Once the dried paste is removed or shed off, the stain will begin to darken, and it reaches its peak intensity in 48 hours after application. The stain color depends on your skin tone.