Henna BodyArt

Henna is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes. Additionally, the name is misused for other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna or neutral henna, which are not derived from the plant.
Use of henna for body art has enjoyed a recent renaissance due to improvements in cultivation, processing, and the emigration of people from traditional henna-using regions.
I have come across so many supermums who like applying henna using various designing techniques like arabic or indian. You don’t need any special training to start with, however you will need some creativity and some hands and legs to practice on! I have seen henna body art on the back, thighs, arms and even baby bumps. By following the below basic steps I think almost anyone can start practicing.
1. Make the henna paste and fill up a cone. You can get ready made cones as well most asian stores.
2. Make sure the area you will be applying the henna is clean.
3. Using your creativity start applying henna the way you want. You can refer to heena art books, youtube or various other websites for designing ideas.
4. Leave on the skin for as long as possible, keeping the area as warm as possible. Moisten periodically with a cotton swab dipped in sugar-lime/lemon juice mixture. Be gentle, try not to remove the henna ! You can gently squeeze out small amounts of the liquid from the cotton swab onto our hand.
5. Allow to darken. The henna will fall off on its own. Keep it out of water for as long as possible to allow it to darken (keep it dry for 12 hours after paste removal if possible, then apply a non-petroleum based water barrier such as Burt’s Bees lip balm, olive oil or cooking oil over the design before bathing or showering for the next few days. This will help protect the design.) The starting color will be pumpkin orange and will darken over the next day or two to its final color.
6. Seal your henna with sugar/lemon or hairspray before it falls off, as most henna designs need to stay on the skin 4-8 hours. You can wrap the design in tissue or paper tape to hold heat in. If you’re cold-natured or in a cold place, wrap your henna in toilet paper, then saran wrap and leave it overnight.
7. To further darken the color, apply oil on the design after you have removed the dried henna

If you would like to share and showcase your work then join the Henna BodyArt Group