A Fun, Inexpensive, and Safe Tattoo Alternative: Henna Tattoos Henna Tattoo Designs Are Beautiful Henna tattoos are making a comeback and rightly so. With employers becoming more stringent with tattoo policies, many people are opting for permanent tattoo removal and temporary tattoos. Tattoo design kits are widely available on the internet and are relatively inexpensive at an average cost of around $35. A single bottle of Henna tattoo paste will do about 24 tattoos! Much like hair color, the mixture is applied over a stencil on the skin that’s been treated with special oil. When the mixture dries and/or is left on the skin for about 2 hours, the stencil is removed, leaving a tattoo design that will continue to develop and darken in hues ranging from orange/rust to deep brown during the course of the next several hours.
The dying agents are in the plant (Henna Plant Lawsonia Inermis). The plant is dried and then ground to a fine powder. When liquid is added to the powder, you wind up with a paste that when applied to the skin, will turn the area natural colors in the rust-brown families. Henna is FDA-approved for topical use as a temporary hair and skin dye, but individuals should check that they have no allergic reactions to it by applying a bit to an inconspicuous spot and allowing it to develop without skin irritation.
Henna tattoo designs and their stencils (which are reusable plastic) have come a long way. There are many online outlets that sell kits with design(s) that rival permanent needle gun designs. Designs vary from ‘traditional’ symbols such as animals and Indian art to very intricate Hindu designs that place the design on hands, around wrists, legs, and arms.