All You Need To Know About Henna Tattoo Kits
Henna is a traditional temporary tattoo phenomena that is popular worldwide. This paste is created from a plant and creates a stain on the skin when applied. The stain can last up to six weeks, making this the closest thing to ‘permanent’ that a temporary tattoo can be. The deep brown color created by traditional henna is beautiful and matches any skin tone. Hand tattoos done in henna are very common in India, especially before weddings. Henna tattoo kits come with everything you need to apply a henna tattoo to a friend or even yourself. In this article, we’ll be talking all about henna tattoo kits, henna tattoo designs, and some tips and tricks to making your henna tattoo look professional!
When looking for henna tattoo kits, you might notice that some of them are labeled as Mehndi kits. Mehndi is just a common word for henna that stems from the Sanskrit word mendhika. Since Sanskrit is a very common language in India—the home of henna—it’s only natural that the Sanskrit word has become so popular. There is another type of staining called Haldi, but this is not henna, so we won’t be covering it.
Most henna tattoo kits contain a paste, along with oil, applicator bottles, transfer paper, and design books. Some kits include henna powder instead of henna paste, allowing you to create your own concoction of lemon juice, sugar, and powder. This allows you to create a diluted or concentrated version, according to your personal needs. If you are doing a larger design, it might be in your best interested to craft a diluted version so you can take your time on the design without having it stain in uneven intensities.
If you want to work fast, then concentrated henna solution is more for you. Keep in mind that henna paste stinks terribly of dirt and lemon juice. It can be overwhelming if you are tattooing in an enclosed space, but there are no known medical side effects of inhaling it, so don’t worry about anything adverse happening if your henna smells rank.
Henna Tattoo Instructions
Applying henna tattoos is very easy. All you have to do is squeeze the applicator into a design you like on the skin, then allow it to sit and stain the skin for a little while. The exact amount of time you should leave the paste on skin varies depending on what kind of effects you are going for, how concentrated the paste is, and how dark you want the tattoo to be. There are no adverse effects for leaving henna paste on too long—in fact, it’s very common for artists to ask their clients to keep the paste on until it dries and cracks off!
If you would like to create a tattoo with various shades of the paste, you will have to practice. The intensity of the stain depends on how long the solution was applied. For gradients, you have to slowly remove the henna application, starting with the lightest parts. You could also do a light base tattoo and gradually apply extra light layers where you want it to be darker, but this requires a lot of henna paste.
Henna Tattoo Stencils
There are many henna tattoo kits that contain tattoo stencils as a guideline. Henna tattoo stencils are laminated pieces of paper that have printed henna designs. If you are not confident in your ability to draw a design on the fly, then henna tattoo stencils allow you to still give a professional look to your designs. After cutting out your desired design, go ahead and tape the stencil to the location you intend to tattoo. Make sure the stencil is not lumpy or uneven.
It should adhere to the skin as closely as possible, so that the tattoo doesn’t blur or smudge as it dries. Apply the henna paste to the stencil, making sure that the stencil doesn’t shift and that every hole in the stencil is filled with the henna paste. Once your preferred amount of time for henna application is up, carefully remove the stencil. If your paste is still wet, be sure not to smudge the design when you clean off the area.
Henna tattoo kits also include transfer paper. Transfer paper is a little trickier to use, but allows you to create your own design without messing up. Simply draw on the paper with the paste, then carefully move the paper and apply it lightly to the area you would like the design to be located. Don’t press down too hard, or the design will squish.
Simple Henna Tattoo Designs
Traditionally, henna was tattooed on the palms of women to awaken their inner light. The sun, moon, and stars are common and simple henna tattoo designs for this reason. Since many depictions of the sun and moon resemble flowers, vines and petals are also common features. When creating a design, it is best to start with the focus of the tattoo. If it is a flower, carefully draw each petal. You can decorate the inside of the petals with lines.
If there are any areas with blank spaces, go ahead and fill it in with dots. The first dot should be the largest, and then gradually get smaller until the space is filled. Once you have your main design done, go ahead and add some swirls that go outward from the design. Add leaves, dots of pollen, curves, fronds, or more flowers as you prefer. The more tattoos you do, the easier this gets. You can practice on paper with a sharpie marker. The thick width of the marker is almost the same as the henna applicator.
When purchasing henna tattoo kits, look in local craft stores before you look online. You would be surprised how many craft stores carry them! You should avoid any henna tattoo kits with black ink, as these kinds of tattoo kits can be harmful to your skin and body, even though they produce the desired tattoo effect. After you have your kit, break it open and have fun! These tattoos aren’t permanent, so don’t worry about your first designs being perfect or beautiful. Practice makes perfect, so get practicing!
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