Applying henna is a fashionable temporary art of tattooing and it is a natural product. The henna or Lawsonia inermis is a flowering plant, whose leaves are plucked, grinded to a paste and applied on to the skin, hair or palm to get a beautiful color on the applied part of the body.
It is available in the market as both paste as well as dried powder. The powder has a better shelf life than the paste. Traditionally, the paste is applied using a stick or a twig. But in western countries, it is applied with the help of a cone bottle.
As soon as it is applied, it colors the skin lightly, but if kept for a longer time, it leaves a darker shade of a color. Care should be taken so that it does not get dried and fall off. For that lime juice or sugar with water is applied over the henna design so that it does not wither off.
Henna temporary tattoos:
Henna-based tattoos are natural and are considered as a product with no side effects as it has no harmful chemicals in it. But care should be taken to check whether any additive chemicals are mixed along with it to enhance the coloring nature. Many dermatological reviews state that the henna has no allergic reactions and it is safe to be applied on the skin.
But one disadvantage with coloring the skin with henna is that it is very time consuming and children may not have so much patience to sit for so long as they might become restless. But there are professionals who would entertain the kids while applying the tattoo as they would not feel the wait.
New fashion of coloring the hair:
It has been over 6000 years since henna has been used as a coloring agent. Later in the 1950s, in the most popular American television show “I love Lucy”, Lucille Ball called her character “henna rinse” and that popularized the henna amidst the youth of that time. Till date, henna is a good and safe coloring agent for hair. It not only colors but also nourishes the hair. When compared to other coloring agents, henna colors and moisturizes the hair, hence making the hair think and bouncy.
Medicinal properties: Henna has both fashion benefits as well as medicinal uses as it is used as a medicine in Ayurveda.
- It cures skin diseases.
- It controls hypoglycemia.
- It controls hypolipidemia.
- It fights against tubercolosis bacteria.
- It prevents liver damage when carbon tetrachloride is exposed to the body.
But in the United States of America, the FDA or the Food and drug administration has made the usage on the skin as illegal as they consider it as an adulterant even though it has so many medicinal benefits. Usage as hair coloring is permitted in the USA.
Types of henna:
- Natural henna
- Neutral henna
- Black henna
Henna is a god sent natural gift for us and make use of it to the maximum and be in touch with the new fashion of designing the skin and coloring the hair naturally.