I’ve recently gotten a henna tattoo, and here I’ll be writing about the whole process from beginning to end, as well as the final result. But first, I’ll tell you what a henna tattoo is:
A henna tattoo is a temporary, natural tattoo that generally lasts two to three weeks (two and a half for me) before fading. The henna tattoo can be easily applied at home without the need to buy anything but the henna powder, and doesn’t require too much time or preparation.
Making the Henna Tattoo
The first step of making the henna tattoo is to create the mixture. For this, you must have two tablespoons of henna powder, two tablespoons of water, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and white sugar. Once you have all of these, then using a plastic spoon, first put in the powder into a small mixing bowl, and mix it around to make sure there’s no chunks. Then, slowly add in the water, mixing the henna thoroughly, until a consistency of a toothpaste is achieved. If it still feels too thick add a bit more water, but remember that if the paste is too watery, it may not stick to your skin, or will slightly deform from what you’d like the final image to be. Then, add in the tablespoon of lemon juice, and mix again, after which, you’ll add sugar slowly to make sure there’s no chunks.
Once you have all of this done, the second step is to put it into a container suitable for painting. If you use our product, a small applicator bottle is already provided. Be patient with the process as it is time consuming due to the mixture being so thick. As we did it, first take a piece of saran wrap, and then bend it to create a cone-like shape. Onc e that’s complete, apply the paste inside and cut off the top of the cone. Roll up the unclosed end to make sure none of the henna comes out and stick the cone into the applicator bottle. Squeeze as much of the henna mixture out as you can into the bottle, and once it’s full, close the lid.
The alternative to an applicator bottle, the henna cone, can be made by following this tutorial:
The third step is applying the tattoo. Sit the person, or have him/her lie down (depending on what part of the body it’s drawn on, it can be done by yourself)in a comfortable position as the process takes around 15-30 minutes. Make sure the person’s washed the part of the body where the tattoo will go thoroughly with soap and water. Right after, apply a thin layer of eucaliptus oil where the image will go. Now, you may start drawing the design on.
Some tips for drawing the designs are shown in these video:
Once these three steps are complete, wait until the henna is dry enough to not be sticky (it can take 40 min-1 hour), and saran wrap it if it’s on your arm or leg.It’s necessary for the henna to dry for at least three hours, but the longer it stays on, the sharper and darker the design will be. Once the three hours have passed, the henna should be cracked, and you can flake it off, but don’t wash it. If you let the henna dry longer, most of it should flake off on it’s own.
The final result should be of orange or bright brown-red colour. Don’t worry, as it gets darker over several days. How dark it gets may vary on what part of the body the tattoo is, but once it does darken, it should stay a consistent color for about two weeks. After two days, the color should be dark brown, sometimes with a hint of red or yellow, and the image should be quite sharp, none of the edges or think parts losing shape.
Some things to note is that it’s best not to take a shower on the day you get the tattoo.
Another thing to know is that some people are allergic to natural henna. To test if you are allergic, apply a bit of the mixture on an unnoticeable part of your skin and if it becomes itchy, and/or the skin rises, it’s best not to apply or do the tattoo.
Also, if you don’t use our product, and buy it somewhere else, most henna that’s of a greenish brown color is natural, but if you come across a black colored henna, do not use it, as it may cause severe chemical burns and permanent scarring because it may have PPD (Para-phenylenediamine).