Many people think they want a tattoo but find themselves either in doubt about the pain, cost, and permanence of tattoos. Unsure as to whether they want their body permanently and painfully decorated, they forever put off getting a tattoo. A henna tattoo is a wonderful alternative to the mainstream tattoo culture because it is neither permanent nor painful. This ancient Indian art form has become very popular in the West thanks to a resurgence of Asian designs.
How closely have you examined a henna tattoo? Not only is the color rich and vibrant, but the attention to detail is amazing. Most artists are more than happy to show off a portfolio of work, so feel free to ask for examples. Pick from among those designs and get it tattooed anywhere you want, but most people select the hands or feet.
One benefit of Henna is the natural product aspect, and better yet, it isn’t permanent. Because of that, there is much more room to experiment with various design. You are not limited to traditional designs, and many kits include several patterns to get you started with your inspiration. The tattoo goes away as the skin cells replenish from beneath and force the dye out of the body. Some tattoo studios offer normal tattoos that only resemble henna tattoos. These tattoos are applied with the normal tattoo needle and use a permanent red dye.
Beware of any henna that is labeled as “black henna” or indigo. Henna does not naturally occur in a dark shade. The dark color is created by combining henna with a chemical that is known to occasionally produce side effects such as blisters. As with all products, even natural ones, there is always the risk of allergic reaction. This is even more of a problem for individual with a rare genetic defect known as G6PD deficiency. In large enough doses, the dye molecule in henna can be fatal. If there is any doubt about allergies, it is the safest course of action to test a small patch of skin.
A properly applied henna tattoo is a wonderful creation. The delicate lines and swirls are a fascination of beauty and intricacy upon a woman’s skin. Thanks to the growing embrace of Eastern culture among celebrities, the influence has penetrated far into the Western imagination. Therefore the images of exotic beauty will continue to grow in popularity.