Henna 101 January 14, 2016 21:30
Henna is a beautiful art! It has been used for many years and everything about it has intrigued me and excited me, much like many others out there practising this amazing art. I receive many questions about it and thought it would be a good idea to write a blog about it! So today I will be sharing the top 3 questions I get asked the most!
What Is Henna?
Henna is an ancient art which has been used for thousands of years! Henna is from the plant called Lawsonia Inermis, which is grown in very hot countries like India, Pakistan and Egypt. Once this plant has fully grown, the leafs are dried and crushed and made in to a khaki green powder. This powder is mixed with sugar and liquids such as lemon and water and gorgeous smelling essential oils like lavender or lemongrass and made into a thick paste. Henna is a natural plant dye which leaves a temporary stain on your skin. Henna is traditionally used on hands and feet and once the pattern has dried, the paste is taken off to reveal an orange stain which will gradually turn into a stunning maroon stain. This stain will last around 2/3 weeks depending on how well you keep to the aftercare advice.
What Is Henna Used For?
Henna is traditionally applied on the hands and feet and is used at weddings and special religious occasions like Eid and Diwali! Natural henna powder can be used to dye your hair and nails! This beautiful art is not just for the skin it can be applied to things like wood or candles to create beautiful art! In the olden days henna was used to cure conditions like Dandruff and Eczema. This plant has so many brilliant uses and it’s amazing what it can do.
How Is Henna Applied?
Henna is applied in very different and unique ways around the world! Believe it or not back when it first started people would use twigs or sticks to apply intricate patterns on to the skin. A lot of ladies in my family would use either a match stick or a bobby pin; I even have a picture to prove it! In Morocco they use a syringe which to me seems a little scary! In a lot of western countries we use a cellophane sheet which is rolled into cones which are sealed with tape. You can also use a jacquard bottle which has a small nib to let the henna flow. With many different ways to apply henna, you can choose what is best for you and the most comfortable.
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