What is Henna and how does it work?
The art of Mehndi, (Henna) has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa and the Middle East. Mummies have been found with Henna designs and it is well documented that Cleopatra herself used Henna for cosmetic purposes.
"We may think that Henna tattoos are new but in actuality they've been around for over five thousand years" -Julianna Murphy, JM Media.
Henna is a plant
Henna is the plant, it's the Persian name for the flowering shrub Lawsonia Inermis, which grows to be 10 - 15 feet high. It can be found in the hot climates like Egypt, India, Africa and Morocco.
How is it used for tattoos?
The Henna leaves are dried and crushed into a bright green powder, then made into a paste using oils and tea. This paste is then applied to the skin, staining the top layer of skin only. Henna in it's natural state will dye the skin an orange to brown color, even though it looks dark green when applied, this green paste will flake off revealing a light brown stain. Natural Henna when applied and stained properly cannot be scrubbed off and no chemicals will take it off. Natural Henna stains slightly deeper than Henna mixed with colored food dyes and has a longer staying power.
Henna is healing...
Henna is considered an herb, and has long been known to posses healing qualities. In ancient times It's been used for such ailments as headaches, stomach pains, burns, open wounds, as a fever reducer, athlete's foot and even the prevention of hair loss!
Sarah Michelle Gellar is all about
Natural Henna Hair Wraps
"Henna always leaves my hair silky, easy to brush,
thick, and well conditioned."
Jessica Simpson sporting a
traditional hand Henna Tattoo
Our Henna Tattoo Artists
freehand everything and can customize a design by making it bigger or smaller. Body Designz of Maui also has a gallery of designs to choose from. From tribal to floral, you'll find the perfect tattoo to last up to 3 weeks!