A variety of henna paintings on the body (mendi, mehendi) refer to temporary tattoos. They differ in that they last much longer than other temporary types of tattoos (for example, with paint). Widespread in North Africa, India, Malaysia, Arab countries, Indonesia.
Mehendi looks very beautiful and refined in his hands. For lovers of nature and the animal world, images of animals, birds, insects, etc. Are suitable. Often in the hands depict mythical animals (dragons). Such drawings are distinguished by a magical overflow during the movement of the hands. Tattooes depicting vegetation (creepers, flowers, leaves) will emphasize almost every image. For solemn rituals, images in the form of elegant patterns and lacy laces will ideally suit.
Another original type of henna tattoos on the hands is tribal tattoo. It is applied in several ways - uniform drawing, drawing with 3D effect and drawing with displacement. Also distinguished by originality are written phrases in Latin or Chinese characters. This tattoo looks mysterious and mysterious. But when choosing a phrase it is important to know its exact translation in order to avoid ridiculous situations.
Tattoos of henna on the body, depending on the chosen pattern, emphasize both female grace, refinement and sexuality, and male power. Especially popular for applying the tattoo are such body parts as the forearm, the outer side of the shin, back, umbilical region.
Applying henna tattoos in a home environment
Ingredients required for the procedure:
- henna powder;
- lemon juice (2 lemon squeeze and strain);
- aromatic oil;
- ordinary sugar;
- a small bowl made of plastic or glass;
- a small spoon;
- package (preferably plastic);
- plastic bottle with a small hole, a polyethylene bag in the form of a cone with a small slot, a medical syringe with a needle removed (optional, as an applicator);
- wide flat stick, toothpick or brush (used depending on the breadth of the picture);
Preparation of pasta
It should be noted that the paste is prepared a day before application. To get 100gr of pasta you need 20gr of henna. This amount is enough for coloring from the hands to the elbows. The next moment - if there are fine lines in the selected drawing (they are applied using a medical syringe), before preparation it is necessary to sift the henna powder through a fine strainer.
So, let's start the cooking process:
- To 1 tbsp. Spoon with the top of the henna powder (20gr) add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Stir thoroughly until the lumps dissolve completely. In this case, the mixture should have a thick consistency (like mashed potatoes). Dishes with the resulting composition should be packed in a plastic bag, which is tightly closed (to avoid contact of the mixture with air). Put the package in a warm place (the temperature should be 24-25 degrees) and leave for half a day.
- After 12 hours, unfold the package and add to the mixture 1h. A spoonful of sugar and 1h. Spoon of aromatic oil. Sugar is added to more closely contact the pattern with the skin. Aromatic oil gives a darker and more consistent color to the pattern. Stir the ingredients carefully. Next, the finished mixture should be brought to optimum density. To do this, the composition is gradually added to 1h. Spoon of lemon juice stirring constantly, until the prepared mixture reaches the consistency of thick sour cream or toothpaste. After that, the dishes with the finished mixture are again hermetically packed in a bag and kept warm for half a day. After the exposure time is pasta in the finished state. You can proceed to the Mendy procedure.
How to make a tattoo with henna. Technique of application
On the eve of the procedure it is desirable to make a test for skin tolerance to eucalyptus oil. To do this at night on the elbow you need to apply a drop of paste, eucalyptus oil and vegetable oil. In the morning check the reaction. If there are no signs of allergy (redness, itching), then you can safely proceed with the painting. Another important point - the procedure should be carried out in warm conditions.
- If you are doing a tattoo for the first time, it would be better to first apply the drawing with a cosmetic pencil, or a water-colored pencil. At the end of the painting, they are easily washed with a tampon dipped in vegetable oil.
- Fill the paste with the applicator.
- Lubricate the place of the future tattoo with eucalyptus oil (use no more than 3 drops). It is important. The essence of the matter lies in the fact that eucalyptus oil has the property of increasing the drying time of the paste, thereby improving its efficiency. Also, the oil expands the pores of the skin, which helps to accelerate the penetration of the paint. Important is the fact that eucalyptus oil makes the color of the paint more saturated.
- Apply the paint on the contours of the pattern, squeezing it out of the applicator with a thin line. Ensure that the tip of the applicator does not touch the skin. Usually the paste is applied in a layer of 3mm. An important nuance is to start painting better with fine lines, then go to straight lines and finish the work with rounded details of the drawing. It is also important to remember that henna absorbs very quickly into the skin, so with any mistake, you need to wipe the paint very quickly with a cotton swab. During operation, the drawing must be constantly moistened with lemon juice.
- When painting very thin lines, you can use a toothpick or a thin stick, dipping them in the paint. And on the contrary - wide lines are painted with the help of a wide rod (like a stick for ice cream).
- To get a lighter tone of the pattern, you need to smear the paste with a thin layer with a wide stick. To get a darker tone, the layer of paste thickens. Also in such cases, you can use basma. To do this, Basma stir with a small amount of paste using ordinary hot water. As a result, the color will be more brown than orange.
- Basically, the pattern is drawn by hand, but if you doubt your artistic abilities, it is better to use a special stencil (template technique). Or make a stencil with your own hands, which is very easy. The simplest option is the use of an adhesive film. First, on the film, the desired ornament is cut out, then the film is tightly adhered to the place of the tattoo and paint is applied from above. As you can see, it's quite possible to make a tattoo with henna yourself.
Several recipes for henna tattoos
In half an hour of strong tea brewing, lemon juice is added (half a lemon is used) and 2 tablespoons. Spoons of sugar. The resulting solution is thoroughly mixed with henna powder (to the consistency of thick sour cream). Insist 20 minutes. Ready paste put into the applicator. If necessary, this composition is stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
It will take: a powder of red henna, bags of black tea, coffee, eucalyptus oil, date oil, clove oil.
In 400 ml of water, add 2 tea bags, 2 teaspoons of coffee and 2 teaspoons of date oil. The mixture is boiled for 1 hour on low heat. Cool to a temperature of 20-22 degrees (room temperature). Strain through a fine strainer. In the resulting solution add, constantly mixing, the powder of henna. Blend the mixture to a consistency of thick paste and leave in a cool place for 3 hours. In the resulting paste add 5 drops of clove oil and eucalyptus. Mix thoroughly.
In one cup of strong tea or coffee, add 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and 3 drops of olive oil. In the resulting solution is added about 4-5 tablespoons of henna powder. The result should be a consistency of thick cream. If necessary, the resulting paste can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 20 days.
It will take: red henna powder, orange water, rose water, lemon juice (insisted on the sun for about 12 hours) and black tea (night tea).
In 1 cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and stir. Then add the powder of red henna into the solution and mix thoroughly.
Before the procedure, the tattoo is treated with orange and rose water.