What you should know about henna tattoo
Cosmetic and aesthetic, it beautifies, cleanses and purifies the skin. It can also be applied to hair to dye it, feet and hands.Updated on October 18, 2020, Seytoo
Henna is a thorny shrub whose leaves produce hues such as red and yellow used in textile and body dyeing. Henna grows naturally in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa. The term also designates this dye, the use of which is very old since it is found on Egyptian mummies.
Henna is used for multiple purposes:
Religious: Mainly used by women, henna allows them to nurture the belief that they can, through this practice, overcome problems at home and in life in general. It would be a sign of good fortune and protect against bad luck.
Cosmetic and aesthetic, it beautifies, cleanses and purifies the skin. It can also be applied to hair to dye it, feet and hands. In Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania, it is part of the arsenal of female seduction, in the form of mysterious signs on the hands or in the coloring of the hair. According to laboratory analyzes, it would have antifungal and astringent properties. Its flowers are used in perfumery.
Henna tattoo preparation
Take dried and crushed henna leaves, mix them with a little water, a spoon of lime juice for a longer time, some add rose water to obtain a smooth paste. Make sure it is neither too dry nor too runny. Heat this mixture and leave your preparation waiting for a few minutes.
To draw a tattoo, take a syringe (without needle) and give free rein to your imagination, but beforehand, you will have cleaned your skin with water and a disinfectant, be careful, never tattoo your face and even less the eyelids.
Drying a henna tattoo: To get a good result, the waiting time is important. You should allow your tattoo to dry for at least an hour before dressing. In the case of a more complex drawing, the drying will take longer because the rose water or lemon juice will be replaced by an essential oil.
How long does it last? A henna tattoo will keep for about three weeks depending on your body temperature. This duration can also depend on the PH of the soap you use, your skin type and the environment in which you are, whether it is a hot or humid environment.