Henna tattoos are a beautiful form of expression. They are common for brides and are often done at bridal showers. We’ve found a way to make your own with this simple Henna tattoo paste recipe.
WHAT IS HENNA?
Henna is a flowering shrub that offers multiple uses. The leaves are dried and turned into a fine powder that is used for dying clothes, hair and even temporarily dying the skin. This is where henna tattooing comes from.
HOW ARE HENNA TATTOOS MADE?
Mehndi is the art of applying Henna to the hands and feet. It is a commonly used for rites of passages and celebrations. Different cultures use them for various reasons. The most common use is for Hindu weddings. It is painted onto the hand and feet of the bride to symbolize beauty, joy, and spiritual awakening.
The look of the tattoos is also different depending upon where you get them. Arabic tattoos are large scale, African tattoos tend to be more bold and geometric and Indian tattoos often feature floral patterns and fine lines.
In most cases, the tattoos will last for around one – three weeks.
HOW TO MAKE EASY HENNA TATTOOS
If you are having a party with your friends, you may want to give Henna tattoos a try. They are beautiful and allow you and your friends to get creative with decorative patterns and designs.
Food Coloring (recommend red to it is more visible)
Henna application tube
Mix the same ratio of baby powder to water (so, you might mix 2 Tbs powder and 2 Tbs water) and blend. Add 15 – 20 drops of food color and then mix until well blended.
The consistency should be that of pudding. If it is too thick, add a few more drops of water. If it is too thin, add a little more powder.
Pour into your henna application tube. Cut a VERY tiny tip off the end of the tube. If it comes out too slowly, cut a tiny bit more off. Slowly apply your design using thick lines. While you can use thinner ones, they may not show as well, until the design has fully dried.
Once your Henna application is finished, allow it to dry for about an hour before removing the dried powder. Remember, your designs don’t have to be perfect!
When it’s dry, your design will stay imprinted on your skin in whatever color you chose. That tattoos will last anywhere from one – two weeks, so keep that in mind (in case you don’t want it to show in your pictures).