Henna tattoos, also referred to as Mehndi, is another form of temporary tattoo. Coming from a south Asian tradition, henna uses a paste produced from the powdered leaves from the Henna plant, Lawsonia Inermis. Its active dye, Lawsone, binds while using keratin in skin, fingernails, as well as hair. Regular henna is drawn in delicate patterns around the hands and feet, nevertheless modern henna is applied in all kinds of designs anywhere on the body. Unlike other kinds of temporary tattoos, henna doesn’t allow for a full range of colors but only tones of reds, browns, along with near-blacks. The actual paste is applied and left around the skin for several hours to stain. The stain will gradually fade away as the skin sheds. Henna tattoos can last days to spanning a month depending on application and also aftercare.

Henna is usually applied during special occasions similar to weddings and festivals like Diwali Bhaidooj, Teej and Eid. In certain Hindu festivals, every woman tries to have Henna done on her palms and feet. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest as the skin contains higher levels regarding keratin which binds temporarily to help lawsone, the colorant of henna. Henna was originally used as a variety of decoration mainly for brides.

Even so, caution ought to be taken as many products described henna are misleading. Fast-staining “black henna” can contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD) which sometimes cause allergic reactions and damage to the applied area of the skin.

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