Sunday, March 27, 2011

Henna Tattoo

I went to an event the other day and there was a lady doing Henna tattoo's on hands so i went and got my left hand done i think it looks pretty and a great way to have a tattoo

Henna tattooing is also known as Mehndi, what Henna does is stain the outer layers of the epidermis and the skin exfoliates so after 2-3 weeks depending on how deep the stain went and how much you wash your hands it will stand to come off. I got black henna done and im reading how black henna isint very good to use as you could get scared from your body not liking the additive to make it black, we shall see what happens and well if it happens i will just go to a doctors straight away.

Henna is made from
  • a plant called lawsonia inermis which is grounded into a powder
  • an acidic liquid like fresh lemon or lime juice
  • sugar
  • and maybe some essential oil
To make
  • Spoon henna powder in a clear glass bowl.
  • Slowly add small amounts of acidic liquid to the henna powder. Use a spoon to mix thoroughly.
  • When all of the henna powder has been moistened, it will be a very thick paste. Spread it out in the bowl.
  • Cover bowl with cling wrap and set in a dark, warm spot (NOT in the sun and NOT directly on a heat source)
  • Leave the bowl for 4-8 hours, until you can see dye release on the surface of the thick henna paste
  • When it's ready, stir it up with a spoon.
  • Optional: Add a few drops of essential oil.
  • Mix in the sugar.
  • Carefully add small amounts of acidic liquid and blend thoroughly. The final consistency should be like toothpaste or yogurt.
  • Let your mixed paste sit for an hour or two before using. Or you can put it immediately into the freezer. (Fresh henna paste will demise rapidly if left unfrozen