In the past, temporary Henna hand tattoos have been found only in India, Pakistan and Sudan. They were often seen at Indian weddings. The bride and the other women in the party met the night before the wedding and have their hands and feet decorated with reddish-brown intricate designs. This tradition is still practiced today for weddings and other celebrations.
But today things have changed. Temporary henna tattoos have been accepted by the Western world thanks to celebrities like Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Prince. This form of body art can be seen regularly in magazines and music videos.
Henna is made by grinding the dried leaves of the henna plant powder. The powder is then mixed with a liquid such as strong tea, hot water, or cloves, or eucalyptus oil to form a paste. The dough is placed in the Applicator or cone and is applied to the skin to make temporary Henna hand tattoos.
When the henna plant is made into a powder, it releases an organic compound known as Lawsone. Lawsone in the dough is sucked from the protein in the outer layer of the skin and easily attached to it, leaving a reddish brown stain. This process does not harm the skin in any case.
One of the advantages of henna tattoos is that they are temporary and last from one week to a few months depending on the time of application and after cure. After applying the paste to the skin, it is important to let it dry for at least 8 hours for effective stain. Over the dough is left on the skin, the darker the stain will be.
Traditionally, temporary Henna hand tattoos were applied only in the hands and feet. Today, they are applied to all visible parts of the body, such as permanent tattoos. They are commonly found on the legs, stomach, back, shoulders, arms, face and neck.