Elegant and delicately detailed, henna or mehndi tattoos
have caught on tremendously in the Western world as an alternative
A temporary henna tattoo, with its characteristic deep red
hues, may last up to 30 days. Since it is a substance based
on powders made from dried leaves or berries, henna is also
free of the harsh inks or chemicals used in the process of
Henna is not inscribed but painted upon the skin, and instances
of allergic reactions to henna are much less reported compared
to those 'inked' in the traditional Western way.
Henna tattoo designs are believed to have first originated
in what is now Turkey as
early as 7000 BC. Not surprisingly, the first ever written
records about henna is its use in adorning the bride on her
wedding day - a tradition still widely observed in India today
with elaborate designs that may take up to six hours to complete.
Modern Henna Designs
Modern, everyday henna motifs may include fashionable contemporary
designs, Arabic or ornamental script, or the traditional small
navel tattoo. While hands, nails and feet are still the most
favored areas of the body where henna is applied, delicate
necklace, bracelet or anklet designs are also widely seen.
More about henna around the Web
Elsewhere on the Web, discover more about the topic in FAQs,
how to's & information on preparing your own henna or
mehndi preparations, plus an eyeful of photo galleries illustrating
the variety of its design & application, and the growing
popularity in the West of traditional henna tattoos ....
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and recipes, tips for preparation, application & fixatives,
picture gallery of henna hand & foot designs, henna do's
and don'ts including the dangers of black henna, with related
historical facts & information.
- Featuring "one man's fascination with the use of henna
for body art" including instructions for making do-it-yourself
application tools and a picture gallery of henna designs.
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