6/26/2010

Gorgeous Hand Painted Henna Tattoos are the Height of Fashion 

A Henna temporary tattoo is the perfect accessory during the warmer months.  You can get them on your lower back or on your arms, wrists or ankles.  These tattoos look fabulous when going to the pool or the beach. That is typically why you will see henna artist shacks near the beach.  The look of a henna temporary tattoo is trendy while also sophisticated. These very elegant tattoos are appropriate accessories for men and women of all ages.  

Henna Body Art Today:

Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s. Today they are usually called Henna tattoos. Until the art of mehndi became hot news, henna was mostly used in the United States as a hair dye.  

Traditional henna body art has gone contemporary:

Many people today enjoy a modern version of the ancient tradition of Mehndi painting before weddings. Often the bride, her family and bridesmaids will attend the event together. A professional henna artist is hired and will apply  mehndi  designs to the hands and feet of all those attending the event. The designs can be very intricate and often hidden within the mehndi pattern are the names or initials of the bride and groom. 

Application of Temporary Henna Tattoos:

First, the Henna temporary tattoos are applied to the skin using a henna paste. Next, the artist will apply a lemon paste to the area. This paste helps the henna mixture adhere to the skin and the color to develop. The actual color of the end product depends on each persons skin. It typically takes 48 hours to see the true color.  A typical henna temporary tattoo will last up to two weeks. 

The Mehndi Tattoo ceremony and the Heritage Behind it:

In India and Pakistan, Henna is applied during special occasions and celebrations like weddings, pregnancies and festivals.  It is usually drawn on the palms and feet where the color wier ll be darkest but can also be applied to many other areas of the body.  The occasion of a Mehndi ceremony is often an important pre-wedding ritual, especially for the bride.  It is a fun filled ritual which is celebrated mainly by the bride's family. The ceremony is usually held on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage.  Generally the bride and groom attend the event together and on the occasion a professional henna artist or a relative applies  mehndi to the bride‚Äôs hands and feet. The event has a celebratory festival feel to it with the women dancing and singing traditional songs and the girls wearing vivid colors.  

Mehndi body art is so beautiful and the ceremony can be such a fun filled experience that it's popularity is continuing to grow in today's modern world. 

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