Let me just start off by saying: it is more so people in Western society, who have no cultural ties to the history of this ancient art form, that refer to it as “henna” or a “henna tattoo”. I am one of those people. Mehndi is a term that carries much more cultural significant when used.
I look at it as a way of doodling on myself (in a nontoxic way) like I used to when I was younger. By the time a teacher would finish a lesson I’d have my hand and part of my arm covered in multicolour ink marks. Often times an ocean or forest scene, usually a flower here and there, and once I decided to do the American and Canadian flag side by side.
I also look at it as displaying my artwork. This being said trying to draw even and straight lines on your self whilst attempting to squeeze paste out of the $3 tube is not always easy and does not always make for the best results.
(which are all based on my own personal opinion, and therefore might not apply to you)
- try to go with a smaller tube, especially if you are not planning on using it up in the next year to year and a half
- was your hands and do not put lotion on right before applying the paste
- this being said if you have dry hands (like my self) which get even worse in the winter the henna won’t come up as good on dry skin so be careful of that
- Start farthest away from where you will finish. Basically, don’t draw the structure of the design the go in for details. You often or not end up smudging what you already go
- Again this being said if you “sketch” the design out first then going for details that is one way to ge4t around that
The design its self. If you are literally looking to doodle on your self then have at it, but if you are looking to attempt some traditional designs then here a few basic ones
I tend to just pick out aspects of one Pinterest picture and combine it with another. A lot of times the stuff they have on there is simply beyond my capabilities
- A thin line of henna should be dry between 15-30 minutes, this might take over an hour
- when it does dry gently rub/roll it off, into a garbage can that is not made of mesh, totally haven’t made that mistake before, just know that this stuff stains