Henna designs and henna inspired designs presently have become a bit more creative. If you are new to the henna world, don't despair! Henna is the common name for powdered leaves made into a paste used to stain hands and dye hair--it dates back to ancient India and Egypt. Cleopatra was known to go to extremes to enhance her beauty with the use of henna. Henna also contains therapeutic medicinal properties according to religious faiths. WebMD states henna contain substances that help fight infections and relieve pain. Most commonly, henna is used as body art and natural hair dye. One cultural tradition use is by brides in South-East Asia and the Middle East— a whole ceremonial night is dedicated to this creative act called 'Henna Night' or 'Mehndi Party'.
As we traveled(virtually) around the world of henna designs, we came across designs that vary from intricate to minimal at times mixing popular trends such us white body paint and gold henna tattoos to create more elaborate designs. In certain designs, just body paint was used to create henna inspired designs--these don't stain the body and come off a few days after. Other trends include glitter and gems. But, not all henna is the same! A good design starts with healthy organic henna leaves, good preparation and good care afterwards--which is typically instructed by your henna artist. In some instances henna is blended with other natural dyes to give a different color for both body and hair. The color of the henna and designs vary from country to country and of personal artistic influence. Henna designs although creative, in some cultures, do carry symbolism within its designs elements such as that of love. If you have ever done henna art on your body, you know it takes time, equilibrium, and creativity making these henna artists more than artists! If you haven't tried a henna design, we recommend that you do! Inspire yourself from these talented henna artists below and adorn away, plus it is good for the skin!
Written by Mariana Aguilera