Henna rocks! The semi-permanent ink is a great way to try out tattoo designs before you go the whole way and get inked for good. Henna comes in a range of blacks, browns, and reds and can last up to a few weeks on the skin. Whether it’s geometric designs, or wild, large pieces, hunt down your nearest Henna artist and have a go yourself!
How Long Henna Tattoo Lasts
When people get Henna tattoos, the obvious question is; how long does it last? Because Henna tattoos are temporary you can get them and expect them to fade very quickly, unlike a regular tattoo! This makes them quite good to get 1) if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo but you’re not sure yet 2) you don’t want a real tattoo but want to get the look of one for a short while or 3) if you’ve got a special event you want to do something different for.
So, how long does it last? Well, that depends on your body make up, everyone is different. Henna tattoos will generally last between 1 and 3 weeks, with most people’s lasting between 10 days and 14 days. The henna will fade over this time, it won’t just be there one day and gone the next. So what this means is that when you first get your henna it will be very dark, but will fade to a very light (and then gone) over about a two week period.
This makes henna tattoos great to do over your school or work holidays, if you think they wouldn’t be allowed at your school or workplace!
The Dark Spider
A dark spider isn’t something that you will usually see, especially in henna. However, here is a henna spider that is pretty kick ass. It’s going to have a wonderful shading as soon as the henna is wiped off. It is even reminds you of Spiderman, which I do believe is on purpose. It certainly looks like the Spiderman symbol, but you can never really tell. It was done extremely well, and the artwork is just superb.
Starting a Family Tree
A diamond and circle centric hand design
Highly henna’d toes
Henna design for a wedding
Trailing flowers on both arms
Let the dancing begin!
A beautifully intricate arm and hand piece
Gold accent back design
Sun and moon in the palm of your hand
How to Do Henna Tattoo at Home DIY
Henna tattoos can be a great thing to do either to yourself or with your friends with a bit of practice and a bit of time! While you often see henna stands at markets or at festivals (with very experienced people doing the tattooing), you don’t often see it being sold in places like your local makeup shop! So how do you do henna tattooing at home?
Well, the first thing you need to do is find yourself a henna tattooing kit that is of reasonably good quality. You henna tattooing kit will contain a bottle as well as applicator tips for applying the henna. The next thing that you need to get your hands on is some high quality henna powder. You mix the henna powder up with water to get the right consistency. Henna comes in a range of different colors from deep browns and reds through to colors like warmer red and even sandstone like colors. Henna should be purchased off a reputable seller.
High quality henna is usually stored in cold storage and has a very fine appearance. Because it only lasts for several months it needs to be fresh. Make sure that it is natural and organic – there are a lot of fake henna products getting about on the market so you should look into what you’re getting before you make your purchase!
Once you’ve got your henna powder and applicators you will want to do a skin test, like you do with a home hair dye kit. In some cases, people are allergic to henna, so it’s important to test first! Allergies can cause severe reactions or even long lasting damage on your skin so it always pays to be safe! If you are hennna tattooing on your friends make sure to test first too – everyone is different.
After the test it’s time to get started! We recommend reading some online guides on how to henna or checking out some YouTube clips to follow. That way you’ll know the right techniques to get started with and be able to start from there.
Feathered hand designs