The history of decorating the body with temporary ornaments dates back to the times of ancient Egypt. But the art of painting under natural dyes reached its greatest flowering in the culture of eastern countries, from where it spread to all continents.
Initially, a sacred meaning was put into Mehendi, accessible only to its owner. Each curl and symbol in the pattern was endowed with a mystical meaning and was applied in order to attract good luck to the house. In India, Mehendi was traditionally applied to the body of a newlywed. In order not to desecrate the sacred drawing, the girl could not engage in household chores until the pattern completely disappeared. They say that such a henna tattoo in ancient times lasted for two months. However, modern craftswomen do not give such long-term guarantees.
Is temporary tattoo skin safe?
Outwardly, henna looks like a green powder. These are crushed young leaves of Lavsonia Nekolyucha. The resulting color of the tattoo directly depends on the time of collecting the foliage. Only the opened leaves give a rich dark color scheme. Older foliage colors the skin in numerous shades of brown and orange.
If a pure vegetable powder is used as a coloring pigment, the likelihood of allergic reactions is very small. Also, a synthetic dye is mixed with the natural component. The resulting composition is considered harmless, but depending on the type of skin, such paint can cause irritation, rashes, and redness. To understand whether it is possible for you to get a henna tattoo, you need to test the dye on sensitive areas: the knee-elbow folds.
What basis to choose?
Before drawing on the body, you need to figure out what kind of henna to paint a tattoo. In specialized stores, a huge assortment of henna with various names is presented: Singh, Shankar, covers, etc.
Each of these paints differs in shade, durability and has its own characteristics in work. But the differences are very minor. Therefore, when applying Mehendi for the first time, you can choose any variety. The main thing is to choose the composition of the dye. Natural paint has an inscription – 100% henna. Fans of body painting, who regularly apply biotat, will have to experiment and select the most acceptable option, taking into account individual requests.
In addition to natural henna, in the tattoo industry, there are often works made with paint based on henna. In everyday life, such paints are called henna, but in fact, it is an ordinary dye with an admixture of leafy powder. The natural component appears in the final stage when the drawing acquires a light brown tint. The main pigmentation is carried out with synthetic dyes.
According to the principle of action on the skin, both paints are quite similar: the pigment penetrates into the upper layers of the epithelium and is fixed for a certain time. But there are also a number of differences:
- unnatural dye gives the result in 10-15 minutes after application. The color is brighter, more saturated, may have shades atypical for ordinary henna;
- natural henna does not give a quick effect. The result can be assessed only a couple of days after the session. At first, the color is pale, and then gradually darkens (opens up), acquires rich natural shades.
The main difference between an unnatural basis is speed. The drawing is quickly applied and also quickly disappears. Natural pigments open on the skin for a long time, but they also last two to three times longer than a synthetic dye.
How long are temporary tattoos?
It is impossible to unequivocally answer the question of how long a henna tattoo lasts. The period during which the pattern remains visible on the skin depends on many factors:
- A place. The intensity of the color and the durability of the pattern depend on the location of the Mehendi. For example, the pattern on the palms looks brighter and lasts several times longer than on the wrist or the back of the hand.
- Density. The denser the pattern, the more pigment penetrates into the epithelium, and the more secure the pattern is.
- Features of the body. The speed of regeneration of the skin (in winter all processes slow down, which means that the bio tattoo also lasts longer), sweating, susceptibility to pigmentation (like sunburn).
- Contact with water and detergents. You cannot wash dishes without gloves, use scrubs or go to the bathhouse after applying Mehendi. You can prolong the “life” of a temporary tattoo if you lubricate it with body oil before taking a shower. It is advisable that on the first day no water gets into the drawing at all.
- The quality and composition of the coloring matter. Synthetic henna-based paints with any care will not last more than 5 days. Black henna with inorganic dye lasts longer but may contain an increased concentration of harmful substances (ursol). White henna is washed off at the first hit of water. With proper care, natural henna will last up to two weeks, gradually changing color from deep brown to pale orange.
- Application technique. This factor depends entirely on the master. It is important to properly prepare the skin, apply the dye, withstand the right time and remove excess paint without blurring the pigment.
Don’t forget about taking care of your biotat. Compliance with the rules for using temporary patterns allows you to extend the period of wearing the pattern by 2-3 days.
Features of applying henna drawings
You can get a henna tattoo in the salon with a professional master who has the experience, certain skills in working with henna, and artistic abilities. However, this is not the only way. Unlike permanent tattoos, bio tattoos are easy to do on your own. For this, you will need high-quality materials, equipment, and instructions detailing how to draw a henna tattoo.
You can buy a tube with pigment in one of the city’s specialized stores or on the Internet. In the second case, you can order henna at a better price, but in order for the real quality to correspond to the declared one, you will have to read reviews and find a reliable seller. The cost of henna depends not only on quality but also on the country of origin, transportation, etc.
Among the most sought after brands:
- Neha. Leader in the color pigment market. It is considered the most persistent. It appears only every other day. The maximum saturation occurs on the second or third day;
- Singh Satrang. Delivered from India, based solely on natural ingredients, of good quality;
- Kaveri. In most salons, this paint is used to apply Mehendi;
- Golecha. Henna-based paint. Suitable if you need to get a bright and clear drawing as quickly as possible.You can make powder-based paint yourself. For this you will need:
- henna powder. The finer the grinding, the brighter the patterns are;
- fine sieve for sifting powder;
- ceramic or glass bowl;
- wooden spoon;
- lemon or lime;
- strong coffee or tea.
Essential oils are also useful – they will make the tattoo bright, and the emotional mood is correct.
Step-by-step instructions for applying henna
Experiment with color before diluting the working solution. Lime (lemon) juice will give the tattoo a radiant depth, while coffee (tea) will make the color warmer and darker.
Stage one. Preparing the mixture
- sift the required amount of henna into a bowl;
- add the strained juice of one lime;
- brew strong coffee and add a few tablespoons of hot drink to the mixture;
- Cover the mixture with a napkin and leave for 10-12 hours to swell.
The finished mixture can be stored for a week in the refrigerator or a month in the freezer. If you need to update the drawing, you can prepare the paint with a margin.
Stage two. Apply pigment
The paste for the drawing should be homogeneous, resembling sour cream inconsistency. The too thick mixture can dilute by adding one of the ingredients: lime juice or coffee. we start the drawing process:
- we make a cone-shaped bag of polyethylene or foil and unload the mixture into it. In the thin part of the cone, make a hole with a large needle;
- if you are not sure that the drawing will be done “by eye”, take a stencil. It can be bought or printed from the Internet;
- we thoroughly wash the place for the drawing and remove the hairline. The hairs can be left alone, but keep in mind that they will also stain, and the paint will fade from the hair longer than from the skin;
- apply the pigment. In principle, it resembles cake decorating;
- let the paint dry for an hour, and then carefully remove the excess mixture and rinse the area with running water.
To fix it, wipe the drawing with essential or other oil. It is better to take oils with a moisturizing effect, as henna dries out the skin.
It is useless to look for how to get a henna tattoo out in one day. You can wash the drawing with soap using a sponge or apply a scrub. This will make the color pale.