It’s a work of art and a temporary fix without the permanent effect. The Henna craze is all the rage for those not wanting to go under the needle…Yikes!
The process is called Mehndi, which is a popular skin embellishment in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Somalia, that uses a non-permanent dying or staining on the top layer of skin with the use of a paste. The designs can range from simple to elaborate and are usually brown in color. They will fade after 2-4 weeks so they will not wash off while you take care of your shower business. Some people say that you can speed up the fading process with hydrogen peroxide, but I cannot confirm the claim.
Many teens that have the itch to get tatted, are using the henna option as a deal maker with their parents. But before you go running to the next henna artist, here are some pros and cons to consider:
- besides the things I mentioned before, henna designs can be quite extravagant so it is better than the pain you would feel getting a real tattoo. They can cost anywhere for $10-$250.
- since they are temporary, you can get as many different styles as you like. So there is versatility.
- you can do the henna yourself so it saves you money.
- it is a cultural icon so if you love celebrating other cultures this would be a great way to do it.
- no real after care like with a real tattoo. I think you just need to keep the area out of water for 24 hours while the dye darkens.
You tuber Promise Phan is from Nepal and she has a lot of experience with self applying her henna.
- if you are not informed, it could be harmful to your skin especially one henna on the market in particular called Black Henna.
- you need to be very knowledgable about the ingredients because some of them have chemicals that could be harmful to your skin.
- henna has not been FDA approved yet so use caution.
- if you don’t like it, you are stuck with it for at least 4 weeks.
Many celebrities are sporting their henna, which may be one of the reasons they are so popular.
*** If you are looking to get a henna, here is a directory of henna artists in the U.S. and Canada***
Do you think the henna craze is a trend or a new alternative to tattoos?