Tattoos - The `Mehendi' thing!
We think its
all about expression!
Madonna has done it, Liv Tyler has got
it, and more and more westerners are embracing it. I
always use to think it was only a marriage ritual!.
Mehendi is an
ancient Indian Body Art. It is used in creating intricate ethnic or
contemporary designs and exotic patterns on various parts of the
body, though traditionally applied to the hands and feet of women
preparing for special ceremonies. Once thought only for women, men
are finding it a nice alternative to permanent tattoos. But now both
men and women enjoy the "temporary tattoo". The process of
applying henna in this manner is called 'Mehendi', an ancient
ritual and art form dating back 5,000 years and is considered good
luck in India, Middle East and North Africa. No Indian wedding is
ever complete without the mehendi, whichever part of the
country the bride may be from, her hands are adorned with the lovely
red hue of the mehendi.
Painless temporary tattoos. Cutting edge. Cool. Painless. Fun. No
needles, just a paste. What was in this month might be out the next,
so with Mehendi a lifetime commitment (like real tattoos) is not
necessary as the designs fade within a 1-4 weeks.
the coloring thing in Henna..
Henna is a
natural product, a plant, growing in size from 3 to 5 feet and can
vary slightly from region to region. Its leaves are then dried and
ground to make the henna powder. The ingredient in henna that makes
up the dye properties is called lawsome (lawsonia inermis). Since it
is a natural product, there are no known side effects.
component, hennotannic acid, does not pass through into the dermis,
it only stains the dead cells in the epidermis. Hennotannic acid
naturally makes the brick/red/brown stains; it usually takes many
hours to get a good henna stain on the skin, and that stain is quite
henna, with the help of heat, moisture and time, leaves a reddish
brown stain on skin, first light, then darkening during the next 24
hours. The shade various according to the quality of henna used, the
ingredients of the paste and the methods used when applying, and
sometimes the colour can darken to almost black, but basically the
colour is brown.
should last at a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 weeks depending on
the thickness of the epidermis of your skin and on where the design
Leave the paste
on as long as up to 8 hours (or more if you can stand it). The
longer the paste is kept on, the darker the design will be. After
you peel of the paste, dip a Q-tip in some olive or Avocado oil and
take off the remainder of the dry paste. Do not expose your new
design to water in the first 24 hours after the design has been
applied as the colour is still in its darkening process. The less
exposed to water, soap or rubbing, the longer the designs will
A bit of
and authoritative history of henna use may not yet exist in a single
volume, but references, allusions and clues are scattered through
books on art, history, sociology, poetry, religion, mythology and
other subjects. Henna has been used to decorate the skin and hair
for nearly 5,000 years -- and has been found on the hands and feet
of Egyptian mummies!.
known as Mehendi, is the ancient art of bodypainting. Mehendi
originated in the India, Middle East, North Africa. Patterns vary
from culture to culture. In India, hands and feet are covered in
intricate, lacy designs. In North Africa, more geometric patterns
Mehendi - Warning!
claiming to be "Black Henna" have other ingredients than
henna added in them. A chemical dye called Phenylenediamine,
referred to as PPD, is often used to create a fast-taking, jetblack
result. This is a very dangerous toxin and unfortunately is very
harmful on skin, often causing a so-called chemical burn. This is
much like a strong allergic reaction, many people get it and many
don't, but I advice you not to take the risk. Please stay away from
these products and stick to pure henna. Henna simply doesn't
penetrate far enough into healthy, adult unbroken skin to cause
problems. Allergic reactions to henna are very rare, it is safe to
use and the result is beautiful.
& Applying Henna