DIY Easy Henna Tattoo Tutorial (and aftercare)
Tattoo parlor at home: henna drawings
Henna patterns, which have become extremely popular recently, are called mehendi or mehndi (from Mehndi ) and are rooted in antiquity. The tradition of covering one's body with patterns using henna was known in ancient Egypt, and in India, and in many Arab and Eastern countries.
Initially, ornaments on the body were of a ritual nature, they were often considered amulets. To this day, for example, in India, there is a custom to cover the bride's body with painting.
In our country, women of fashion prefer mehendi not for mystical, but for aesthetic reasons.
After all, these patterns are a great alternative to a tattoo:
- last up to three weeks, gradually fading;
- can be updated;
- will not have time to get bored - after fading, you can apply any other pattern;
- harmless and not traumatic , unlike tattoos;
- you can do it yourself, at home.
If you don't mind decorating your body with a pattern, but are not ready for a radical step - a tattoo, then mehendi will be a great solution!
What kind of henna are patterns on the body?
One of the most important factors in a quality design is the right henna. The one with which the hair is dyed is not suitable for painting the body!
In oriental shops, on the Internet or even in ordinary cosmetics stores, you can find special henna for mehendi. It is light green in color, very finely ground (like powdered spices), must be packed in an opaque sealed package with an expiration date. From sunlight and moisture, raw materials lose their properties. A year is stored in a sealed dark container.
Making henna drawings at home
What do you need to try to master mehendi yourself? There are a lot of recipes, each master has his own little tricks and secrets.
But the basic set of necessarymeans like this:
- special (see above) henna;
- solvent liquid (here the little secrets of the masters already begin, but we will indicate an approximate recipe);
- essential oil of eucalyptus (or tea tree, orange, lavender, sandalwood);
- plastic or glass bowl and the same spoons;
- an applicator (a plastic cone bag with a hole, a syringe, a brush, a toothpick or any other convenient tool for you);
- water-based marker (for preliminary sketching on the skin) or special stencils.
Lemon juice or water with lemon juice is most often used as a solvent. Some recommend using strong tea or coffee instead of water. Recipes even with hydrogen peroxide come across. Choose the one that suits you.
Making mehendi pasta
You can, of course, use a ready-made mixture for mehendi - it is better to buy it in an oriental store. They sell such a mixture in cone bags, which are then convenient to draw with, piercing a hole.
But it's still more economical, safer (without any preservatives and other chemicals), and it's more interesting to make the mixture yourself. This is, in fact, simple.
So, about a day before applying the painting, carefully sift the henna powder through a very fine strainer. This is especially important if there are thin lines in your chosen ornament: they can only be made with a homogeneous, finely dispersed mixture (often using a syringe).
If you use only henna, you get a reddish-brown color of the drawings. If you want a darker tone, then add a little basma or antimony powder (also finely ground). Don't add any chemical dyes.
Then pour a tablespoon of powder (with a large slide) into a bowl and add ¼ glasses of freshly squeezed lemon juice to it. Stir well.
Wrap the bowl in a plastic bag to keep out air, and leave in a warm place (25 degrees) for at least 12 hours (you can first warm it up in a water bath or put on a battery).
After 12 hours, add a teaspoon of sugar to the mixture (for good adhesion to the skin) and a teaspoon of essential oil (for deep penetration into pores and for better viscosity of the paste).
Next, bring the paste to the desired consistency by adding lemon juice. The mixture should look like toothpaste. If it is too thick, you will not be able to squeeze through a syringe or sachet, and if it is liquid, the painting will smear. In general, this should be tried, and with experienceyou will get the hang of accurately guessing the ideal density, you will find your own way of how to easily draw henna tattoo.
After that, wrap the bowl again in a bag and leave it in a warm place for another 12 hours. And now, in a day, the mixture for painting is ready! As you can see, cooking itself does not take much effort, it just takes time to infuse.
Body preparation and drawing
On the eve of painting, you should go to the bathhouse or at least take a hot shower and thoroughly cleanse the desired area of the body with a scrub.
Immediately before painting the body, wash the skin with soap and rub with alcohol.
For more convenience, you can pre-apply the pattern to the skin with a water-based felt-tip pen.
Then apply the paste with a convenient applicator for you, making sure that it lays down in a uniform thread or in a continuous layer, without gaps. If you make a mistake, you must immediately remove the excess mixture with a cotton swab dipped in water or a corner of a damp sponge.
It is even more convenient to use stencils for henna drawings. They are often found on sale in the same place where you find henna for tattoos. Press the stencil firmly to the body and secure with a plaster (adhesive tape) so that it does not fidget and does not lag behind the skin (otherwise the paste will get under the stencil and smear, ruining the image).
Then apply the mixture and let it dry. Then remove the stencil and rinse it thoroughly for use next time.
Even if the line of the drawing is thin, the layer of paste should be at least 2 mm so that it does not dry out instantly, but is absorbed into the skin for a long time. For the same purpose, the applied ornament is then smeared with oil (this way the mixture does not dry out longer in the air).
After application, you need to wait until the paste is completely dry. As you already understood, the longer it dries, the better: the pigment is absorbed deeper, the tattoo becomes brighter and lasts longer.
After drying, the paste peels off easily from the skin. Scrape it off with a stick (you can't wash it off!). It is not recommended to wet the drawing during the day (as long as possible). Many people advise to hold the part of the body with the pattern in sunlight: this will make the color brighter. So, if possible, sunbathe.
How long do henna drawings last ?
Your creativity will last a maximum of three weeks, but henna drawings begin to fade gradually earlier. It all depends on where exactly the tattoo is located and how intensively you wash it.
Patterns on hands and feet fade the fastest: hands more oftenit comes in contact with water and detergents, and on the feet the image suffers from shoe rubbing. Also, the applied pattern suffers from shaving or epilation on this part of the body.
In general, try not to rub the painted area of the skin, do not wash it with soap. It is better to cover the drawing with any vegetable oil before swimming.
To preserve the brightness of the mehendi longer, it is recommended to periodically lubricate the tattoo with eucalyptus oil (with the addition of vegetable oil).
Henna Body Patterns
If you are preparing for a stylized wedding in Indian traditions, then it is better to entrust the choice of a picture to a master who will not only professionally apply it, but also select real ritual ornaments that play the role of amulets, invoking well-being and prosperity.
But for simple henna drawings on an arm or leg, you do not need to study ancient traditions, and such a tattoo can be safely done on your own. See examples of patterns below. Nobody limits your imagination, but nevertheless, traditional oriental ornaments look the most organic when performed by henna.
It remains to emphasize that mehendi is absolutely harmless, does not cause allergies (if the mixture does not include chemicals), it is washed off over time (does not require special tattoo information). So feel free to decorate yourself with trendy patterns, add zest to your look!