Tattooing with Henna: techniques and precautions


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Tattooing with henna is a modern fashion and certainly that create very sensual look in certain parts of the body such as neck, shoulder, back, ankle and abdomen. Those who dare not to do permanent tattoos, found in henna tattoos temporary and safe alternatives.

Tattooing with Henna

These tattoos do not penetrate the skin so the risks are minimal, its application is totally painless and usually disappear gradually within one to two weeks – more or less according to the characteristics of each skin. Henna tattoos are performed with a henna-based ink, plant known scientifically as Lawsonia inermis, white flowers and native to Africa and Middle East countries. The ink produced from the leaves collected, dried and crushed.

In many places there are true artists that will shape your skin in the design you like, it is best to go with them if you want to wear a henna tattoo. But if you decide to do it at home, or have a skilled friend who can draw on your skin, it is possible. You can buy henna powder in health food stores, sift it, mix it with a minimal amount of sugar, and dilute with a little lemon juice and tea or strong coffee and hot. If you get proper eucalyptus essential oil for the skin – not used for stoves fresheners – also add a few drops.

Cover with plastic wrap and let stand 24 to 48 hours. Apply with a paper cup butter or plastic, you can also use freezer bags, similar to what people do in decorating pastries. With this, you will draw on the skin.

You must protect the tattoo a few hours to dry, cover with plastic wrap.

Note that you must be careful with henna tattoos as adultery in some places to add shine and durability. The natural henna black is not completely, actually has a slightly reddish tinge, and that varies depending on the skin where applied. To make it dark and bright, in some places mixed with dyes such as p-phenylenediamine or PPD, which is prohibited by their reactions on the skin.

It is common on beaches that are adulterated henna such as no person is willing to stay on your vacation up to four hours without moving or wet to dry the tattoo, which is why we are using the composition to be ready in minutes.

The consequences of using PPD skin can be many: blisters, allergic reactions, spots, itching, irritation and in some cases – less – discoloration and scarring of the skin.

The Henna is easily identifiable by its brown-green to reddish brown, adulterated henna is jet black. Another way to find out if you used a counterfeit product is for the duration, if used as PPD can last a month or more.

Therefore, it is suggested that if you decide on a henna tattoo, prioritize product quality, attending a recognized place or doing it yourself with products of proven quality.

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