Getting a tattoo vs henna
At some point in all our lives we all think about decorating parts of our bodies. Whether we use makeup such as eyeshadows, lipsticks and foundation that brings out the best of our skin colour.
Whilst there are some of us daredevils who choose the body art of tattooing there are some of us that will opt for the temporary methods.
There are various methods such as temporary tatoos, transfer sticker tattoos also henna tattooing.
Let's explain some of the differences between them.
Tattooing is when a design is made by puncturing the skin with sharp needles injecting ink, dyes, and pigments into the deep layer of the skin. Here are some points to consider about tattoos:
Henna (Semi permanent/Temporary)
The ancient art known as 'henna' has become a growing trend these days and widely used across the world.
Henna is a plant that grows in very hot countries. It produces leaves which naturally contain a dye called ‘lawsonia inermis’. The leaves are harvested, set out in the sun to dry and grinded into a fine powder.
Most often this henna powder is then mixed with water and essential oil such as lavender oil then it’s left for an hour or 2 to let the magic happen. This magic being the scientific process of ‘dye release’ from the natural henna leaves. This turns the henna into a paste and is then put in a plastic bag or rolled up cone (plastic bags are easier and less messy) and then the henna paste is used to draw like a pen on any part of the body.
People make such pretty patterns such as flowers and butterflies or even their boyfriends name!
The origins of henna come from the Middle East and Asia where women used it as part of being feminine, sensual and looking good. It was also used for haircare and medicine.