Henna Tattoo-Facts and myth
Previously seen as a cultural symbol in the Middle East and South Asia, the henna tattoo has experienced a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years, mainly due to its prevalence in pop culture.
What Is Henna?
The henna plant(botanical name Lawsonia inermis) is native to North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Australian subcontinent. During preparation, leaves and small branches of the henna plant are crushed in a bowl. Thereafter, depending on preference, either water, boiled tea, or lemon juice is added. The mixture should then be stirred until the paste becomes slightly thick. This mixture is applied to the skin to produce maroon or orange patterns of beautification. Henna should stain the hair or skin in less than 15 minutes.
Over time, the name “henna” has become associated with all pastes derived from the plant and the temporary tattooing using this paste.
Facts about Henna Tattoo
Henna has had many uses since ancient times. Its medicinal properties were evident in treating diseases and conditions like fever, rashes, and fungal infections of the nails. It is also used as a topical antiseptic for infections such as ringworm.
Henna tattoos acted as sunscreen in ancient Egypt. The consensus led people to believe that applying henna on the skin would lead to increased production of melanin, which acts as a sunscreen.
Furthermore, the decorations of the henna paste have and still play a significant role in some cultural and social occasions such as weddings, especially in South Asia and the Arab world.
Many people believe that henna is a less permanent version of regular tattoos. However, this is far from the truth. Tattoos are permanent, but even the highest-quality of henna fades with time.
Moreover, tattoos use ink that contains chemicals that may cause harm, while pure(natural) henna is safe.
Another common myth is that henna applied to the hair will normally come off in a few days. However, the opposite is true. To achieve a stronger henna stain, wash the hair with products like shampoo before applying henna.
Some people incorrectly believe that henna can stain your face. The skin of the face produces more oil than the scalp. This oil makes it difficult for the henna to adhere to the skin for long. It’s also why henna stains the palms and feet better because they don’t release as much oil as the face.
Furthermore, many wrongly believe that henna applied to the hair needs a saran cover for better staining. However, using a saran wrap is not necessary to achieve optimal results. A regular shower cap can do the job just fine.
It’s true that, when applied, henna exhibits dark shades of maroon and reddish-brown. However, natural henna doesn’t have many colors.“Black henna” is a term used to refer to dyes that contain para-phenylenediamine(PPD), which can cause allergic reactions. Before purchasing, ensure that the henna is labeled “natural.” For expert information on henna products and artistry, check out https://newraineyebrowthreading.com/henna-tattoo/
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