Henna Tattoos : A Work Of Art

Guest article by Akanksha Mitesh Gaur

 

Mehndi / Henna in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Indian weddings and festivals like Karva Chauth, Vat Purnima, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and Teej. During festivals, many women have henna applied to their hands and feet and sometimes on the back of their shoulders too, as men have it applied on their arms, legs, back, and chest. For women, it is usually drawn on the palm, back of the hand and on feet, where the design will be clearest due to contrast with the lighter skin on these surfaces, which naturally contain less of the pigment melanin.

 

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To create such designs it may take an hour per hand, depending upon the level of the artist and the intricacy of the design.

 

 

History and Significance:

Henna was originally used as a form of decoration mainly for Hindu brides. Muslims of Indian subcontinent also apply Mehndi during their festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.For over five thousand years, henna has served as a symbol of good luck, health and sensuality in the Arab world. The plant has been associated with positive vibes. Generations of women have used a paste made primarily of dried ground henna leaves to cover their hands and feet with designs ranging from simple shapes to intricate geometric patterns designed to ward off evil, promote fertility and attract good energy.

 

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Henna as a beauty product:

Mehndi / henna has been an important part of Ayurvedic herbs since traditional times. One of the best known beauty aids, Henna is a wonder product for the hair.

The greatest benefit of Henna is that, itโ€™s an excellent conditioner for the hair. Endowed with protective and restorative powers henna has the ability to bring back health to damaged hair and restore the natural acid-alkaline balance to the scalp.

It works as an anti-dandruff and treats the scalp well. Henna is naturally antifungal and antibacterial and the regular use of henna has helped with issues of dandruff and scaly scabby scalp. People in Indiaย  still use Henna to color their hair.

 

Basic Henna Hair pack

 

  • Good and Pure quality Herbal Henna( free of chemicals)
  • Water
  • 1/2 Lime Juice Or Vinegar Or 3 tbsp Curd ( I always use curd avoid lime and vinegar)
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • 1 cup Beetroot Juice (optional..if you want Burgundy color)
  • Mix Herbal Powder(1tbsp Manjistha Powder+1 tbsp Bhringraj + 3 tbsp Amla Powder + 1 tbsp Shikakai Powder
  • 2tbps Tbps tea powder

 

Mix all ingredients together and soak it overnight. Apply it next morning to your hair for at least two hours. Shampoo as regular.

 

Henna tattoos are gaining popularity in western world too. One can try this on any part of body – face, back, hands, arms, tummy, feet etc. They are safe and temporary. usually the color starts fading away in a week. It also depends on how much it gets in contact with water.

 

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Creativity knows no boundaries. If you know henna art, you can extend it to other media too. Here, cone art on candles by Akanksha.

 

 

 

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On canvas

 

About the guest:

Akanksha is a professional henna artist from Denver. She is a regular at all the Indian wedding events organized in Denver. To know more about her work, please check her Facebook page.

My sincere thanks to her for sharing her art here on my blog.

This article is a part of Ethnic Series which I’m doing on my blog.

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21 Comments

  1. nice post. Love to read it. first design is amazing.
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  2. I love, love, LOVE henna!
    My neighbours applied it to me, my mom and all my sisters when their daughter was getting married and it was so exciting and beautiful – we definitely felt like part of the celebrations!

    xxo.
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  3. I like intricate designs. Not much of a fan of Arabic designs. Great post!

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  4. I’ve always wanted to get one of these!!

  5. I love looking at henna tattoo, it’s so beautiful and artistic! I never knew you could use it to condition your hair, I want to try that!

  6. I have always loved Henna tattoos, when I was younger I would get them whenever I could. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had no idea that it was a great hair conditioner, that’s so interesting!

  7. Wow this henna is just gorgeous.
    I have always loved henna.

    xoxo, Jenny

  8. Lovely photos, tattoos drawn on linen to frame and keep forever would be welcome works of art in my home. Such detail and so beautiful to behold.

  9. Henna tattoos are so pretty. The pictures you featured are very intricate. I would love to get one someday.

  10. Wow! This is so amazing! I should get that henna tattoo I’ve been meaning to try.

  11. Henna tattoos are beautiful! I wasn’t aware it extended to other works of art. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love henna tattoos but would never had the courage to do one ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great post!

  13. I am always intrigued when I see beautiful henna tattoos! Such beautiful artistry! Thank you for these pictures, they are lovely!

  14. I’ve tried a henna tattoo once, but not beautiful as the ones posted.

  15. I absolutely love henna tattoos! I would get one everytime there was an event organised by the Muslim, Indian or Nepali community at my university. It was great from a beauty point of view, but also great to actually bond with the girls doing my henna tattoo (which were often not people I would speak with too often)

  16. Good read ๐Ÿ‘

  17. I have always thought henna at looks so beautiful. It’s a pity they fade so quickly

  18. These henna tattoos are absolutely beautiful. I can’t believe the detail. Love the idea of using them on candles, etc. too.

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