Today henna tattoos are steadily gaining in popularity. These tattoos are non-permanent and they stain only the top layer of the skin using a paste product called henna. The tattoos made of this material are usually brown in color but some artists use variety of mixes to produce significant shades. This is done by adding leaves, fruits, coffee, etc to the paste. When doing intricate body art designs, adding sugar and oil to the paste strengthens its color and duration.
Most henna tattoos last only 2 to 4 weeks, depending upon the henna being used and the care the user took of the tattooed area. Tattoo designs have different meaning to each member of the society. Some designs symbolize hope, good health, wisdom, fertility, spirits, and protection.
The amazing designs of henna tattoos are made possible by crushing the leaves of a henna plant. There are thousands of henna tattoo designs to choose from and most of them are inspired according to the regions they are affiliated with. Most of the time, you will see henna designs that have floral patterns. They usually start out as swirls but will eventually come out as solid designs. Some of the most popular include flowers, leafy tendrils, and flowery trails.
Henna tattoos are flexible since they can be drawn on any part of the body. To date, the hands have been the most popular area to place the henna art, usually on the wrist. Applying henna designs to the feet is the most difficult. When designing tattoos for the feet, the bottom parts are decorated with different shades to complement the tip of the toes. Designing henna arts on the hands is far less difficult that any other part of the body.
Henna tattoos are known to be safe, non-permanent, and painless. But please be wary if you ever see someone using black henna as it can harm your skin. Henna used for tattooing is always brown and never black. Black hennas contain harmful chemicals that can damage your skin. Henna colors vary from orange, brown, reddish brown, coffee brown, and others but never black. It is best to tic yourself first and look out for signs of reaction before applying it thoroughly.