Henna has been used to adorn the body for thousands of years. Henna has been found on the nails of Pharaohs, and brides have used henna designs to beautify themselves before their weddings with intricate and stunning henna tattoos for many hundreds of years. Today henna tattoos are a safe and fun alternative to regular tattoos which used needles and ink. Cool henna tattoo design ideas are everywhere and your imagination is your only limit when deciding on the right henna design for you.
True Henna Tattoos
Since henna comes from a natural plant, lawsonia inermis, it is considered safe for most people. Henna paste is used to draw the design onto the body creating intricate or simple designs. While the paste is drying it will look black, but once it dries and is scraped off the tattoo will be an orange color which deepens as the tattoo cures.
Beware of black henna, the man-made dye p-Phenyldiamine it is considered to be toxic. Recently the leaves from a fruit plant in the Amazon have been used to create safe black tattoos. These are known as Jagua Tatoos and are not true henna tattoos, but the application process if very similar. True henna tattoos will dry to an orange to deep brown or burgundy color depending on the mixture of the henna paste, and your body chemistry.
Cool Henna Designs Ideas
Henna tattoos are traditionally used on the hands and feet, but you can adorn any part of your body with a henna tattoo. One of the most popular ways to wear a henna tattoo is around your wrist, up your hand, and onto one finger. Some artists will also adorn the finger tips with a pretty design. This type of design is sometimes known as a slave bracelet. This type of design can also be done on your feet. Traditional henna wedding tattoos for Indian and Pakistani women include both the feet and the hands with very pretty and detailed designs.
Another popular place to get a henna tattoo is around your ankle and up your calf. These designs are usually of flowers and vines. They can be as simple of intricate as you want. Roses, flowered vines, and tribal inspired tattoos are popular choices for the ankle and calf. If you want a simple design, a pretty flower or yin/yang symbol on the back of your ankle is a nice choice. Women aren’t the only ones that get henna tattoos. Men are also choosing to get henna designs. Popular designs for men include infinity symbols, tribal inspired arm bands, and crosses.
One of the prettiest design options is to use a glitter gel as an accent. The basic henna design is applies, and then a glitter gel stain is applied to add some depth and interest to the tattoo. You may think henna designs would be flat, but an experienced henna artist can use shading to make a design pop. A necklace design would be very pretty with glitter and shading as accents. When you are considering a henna tattoo be sure to ask to look at the artist’s portfolio so you can see the quality of their work. You can do designs yourself, but as with any art form it does take practice.
Cool Henna Designs Ideas are only limited by your imagination and the talent of your henna artist. With proper maintenance and care your new henna tattoo will last for several weeks. If the thought of a traditional tattoo with needles is not something you would want to commit to, consider getting a henna tattoo. They are fun, safe, and a very beautiful way to adorn your body.