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Henna Tattoo Basics - Answer to Frequent Questions About Mehandi
WHERE CAN I PUT MY HENNA TATTOO?
As you can see from the slide show at left, you may choose to put your henna tattoo almost anywhere on your body. More options. HOWEVER henna gives the darkest color & the longest lasting stain on the palms of the hands & the feet.
WHY? Because human beings usually have more sweat glands, thus more pores in the palms, hands, and soles of the feet, or the feet in general. You can also get good color on the inner arms, ankles and lower legs. * Scroll down for pattern credits for Soles & Lotus Om. *
WHEN CAN I GET MY HENNA TATTOO?
Henna Tattoo is available on most Saturdays from 12:30 in the afternoon until 5 PM or so, at The Midnight Sun located at 1055 Park street, in the Historic Riversdie District, Jacksonville, Florida. Walk-in appointments are welcome! Appointments are highly recommended if you want Bridal quality art.
Ann George has been a practicing student of this traditional art form for over 15 years. For more information about henna tattoo, please explore this site, the Henna Blog & her FaceBook Page.
WHAT IS A LEMON SUGAR GLAZE & WHY DO I WANT THAT?
The lemon sugar glaze is a mixture of fresh squeezed lemon juice, organic cane sugar & essential oils. I use fresh henna powder that leaves color in as little as 15 minutes on most parts of the body, so the glaze is optional.
I also make my henna paste with a bit of pomegranate juice to help it stick to your skin. However, if you want to get dark color for your finished design, then you want the paste to stay on your skin as long as possible in the warmest conditions possible as Henna Paste is a heat activated vegetable dye.
The Lemon Sugar glaze helps seal the henna to the skin. The citric acid & essential oils in the glaze seem to help get darker color in the finished tattoo. Most people choose to have the glaze applied so their henna tattoo doesn't flake off too quickly.
DOES IT HURT TO GET A HENNA TATTOO?
Not at all. If you look closely at the photo on the left you will see that henna is applied to the surface of the skin with a plastic cone. There are no needles used. Henna tattoos do require some aftercare. Please scroll down for more information.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
A simple henna tattoo can take 10 minutes to apply the paste. It can up to ten minutes for the paste to dry to touch. if you choose to have the lemon sugar glaze applied, it may take another 10 minutes or so for the henna paste to dry again & be secure.
HOW LONG DOES A HENNA TATTOO LAST?
A good dark henna tattoo will last one to two weeks for people who take good care of their design. Henna works by staining layers of the skin. The longer you leave the paste in place and the hotter the skin gets, the more the pores open to accept the dye & the deeper the finished color. The deeper the color, the longer the tattoo will remain visible. If you want a long lasting design, please follow these suggestions:
- To prepare your skin for Mehndi, please wash the skin surface to remove any oils, lotions and dry skin.
- You may want to shave the area the day before your tattoo.
- Mehndi works best on the palms & backs of the hands, the feet, the belly & the tender skin of the inner arm.
- Designs on the upper arms, back, or other parts of the body do not last as long, nor does the color take as well.
- Please try to leave the paste in place for at least three hours.
- For best results leave the paste in place for 6 hours, or overnight.
- To remove, scrape the hardened paste off the skin. Use a vegetable oil to remove any remaining paste before washing the design.
- If possible, avoid wetting the design area for at least 12 hours.
- Moisturizing the tat twice daily with olive oil will help the design last.
- Avoid applying chlorinated water, petroleum body care products, and abrasive skin care products to the finished henna tattoo.
WHAT COLORS DO YOU HAVE?
Natural henna will always stain the skin some shade of red to reddish brown. I don't have "colors" of henna. The colors you do see on the site are GILDING pastes made with cosmetic glitters and jeweled powders. You may choose to have them added to your design.
I do not use"black henna". My photos of finished tattoos that seem black are all the result of Jamila henna powder & excellent aftercare. Other photos are images of the henna paste on the skin. Once you scrape off the paste, the finished color develops over the next 48 hours.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET A HENNA TATTOO?
In general simple designs start at $15 and go up from there. I am happy to help you choose a pattern you like that fits your budget. Please contact me for more information.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING HENNA TATTOO?
It must be sixteen years now. I am self-taught & publish some portfolio photos on this site, my Henna Blog & FaceBook Page for your review. I am happy to say that my skills & speed improve annually.
WHAT IS IN YOUR HENNA PASTE?
I make the paste myself & have published the ingredients list and my HENNA PASTE RECIPE. Please have a look at that information. If you have allergies or health issues, I am happy to prepare a custom henna paste blend that will work for your special needs. This does require 48 hours advance notice.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
When you come for your tattoo, wear clothing that will not cover the henna paste after the design is applied. If you want a lower back or belly tattoo, wear hip hugger pants & a crop top.
If you have mehndi applied to the palms of your hands, or your lower back, it's best to bring a friend to drive you home so that you do not to smudge the paste on a steering wheel. Also, depending on where you put your henna... seat belts can smudge your design if it is not completely drive before you head home.
If you have having henna on your feet, wear flip-flops, or some other shoe that does not cover the design area.
Henna tattoo is an active process. The color of your design will deepen over the next 48 hours. The warmer you are able to keep the design area, the darker the finished color will be.
If you choose to have a complex henna pattern on the back of your hand, the top of your foot, on your arms or legs; please exfoliate and moisturize for several days prior to your appointment. This will help the skin absorb as much henna as possible.
There are links to many useful sites on the links page. If you have more questions, or are looking for other tips & tricks.... please visit.
Henna Tattoo by Ann George of Spirit Vision Henna Tattoo.
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