Henna - Uses, Mehndi Designs, Tattoos

by VioletteRose

Henna plants and leaves have amazing uses. Henna leaves are excellent for natural hair care and they are used to make beautiful, colorful mehndi designs and tattoos in your hands.

We had a henna tree in my parents home. When I was a child, I loved to use the leaves of henna to put beautiful designs in my hands and I loved how they look with bright orange patterns. Often, girls in the school were excited to see the new designs in each others hands and this was really something we enjoyed as children. Whenever I saw a new design in someone's hand, I used to ask my mother to put it for me. Putting mehendi in hands was one of our favorite things to do!

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The scientific name for this plant is Lawsonia Inermis. It is a large shrub which can grow up to six meters high. The plant has small flowers and small fruits, but it is the leaves which have the most use. The young leaves of henna have high concentrations of very colorful and natural dye which is bright orange or red in color. The older leaves give a faded yellow colored dye. Due to the presence of this natural color, henna leaves are especially useful in dyeing grey hair and also creating beautiful mehndi designs. Cold climates are not suitable for the growth of this plant, so if you want to grow henna you may need to consider growing them in pots and moving inside your home during cold climates. They do well in hot temperatures.

Henna Plant
Henna Plant

Mehndi Designs Using Henna

Here is how to make your own mehndi from Henna leaves

Mehndi is a natural tattoo commonly used by little girls and also brides in many Asian countries. It is usually put in palms and feet. You can easily make this if you have henna leaves in your home. Grind the leaves in your blender with very little water. You have to just sprinkle water while grinding the leaves. Make it a thick paste and fill it in a Ziploc bag and make a cone out of the bag with a small opening at one corner. Make beautiful designs in your palm with the paste by squeezing the Ziploc bag gently. Instead of Ziploc bags, you can use henna applicator bottles for convenience. The consistency of the paste is important, it should be thick enough. Be patient and allow your designs to dry for at least 30 to 45 minutes. You can get bright orange red designs if you wait patiently for at least 2 hours. For best results, consider not washing it out before going to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, wash your hands and see the beautiful and colorful designs in your palms which will last for many days! However be careful, henna can stain your clothes and bed sheets.

Maureen's feet
Mehndi in Hands
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The Henna tattoo book provides readers with a variety of tattoo patterns with instructions on mixing henna and also teaching the basic shapes used to make the patterns.

The Henna Body Art Kit has Henna powder with bottle and the applicator.

Henna for Hair

Henna is very widely used as a natural dye for greying hair as it gives a beautiful brown color with out any side effects. This can be applied very easily and it usually lasts for about 1 month. It is a good option to those who are allergic to the artificial hair dyes.

Henna is also an excellent natural conditioner for hair.They make the hair soft and easy to handle without much effort and I love the beautiful orange brown tint they give to the hair. It is especially beneficial for dry and brittle hair. Henna conditioner can be easily prepared at home by mixing henna powder or fresh henna paste in water, along with little yogurt or coffee powder if you like. Yogurt and coffee powder are optional ingredients, and can be either used or omitted. Once the conditioner is applied in the hair, leave it for about 30 minutes and wash off.

Henna conditioners are excellent for the health of hair strands as well as the scalp.  They also help in cleansing the hair and reducing the dandruff. Applying henna can give a cooling effect and may help to prevent the damage to hair strands and cuticles.



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Henna Tinted Tattoos

The henna tinted tattoos are temporary tattoos which are very easy to use and will be great to wear for parties and celebrations.

The Henna Hearts tattoos  come with instructions for safe application and removal of the tattoos.

Don't get confused with the name, they actually don't have any henna in it. These are cute tattoo designs just for fun.

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Updated: 02/09/2016, VioletteRose
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VioletteRose on 06/06/2014

I agree, it is really useful to have a henna plant in the garden as they have so many uses, thanks for reading and commenting Tolovaj!

Tolovaj on 06/04/2014

I like designs and warmth of the color. It's so much more natural than classical blue. It would be great to have a plant in the garden and a chance to experiment with it.

VioletteRose on 05/14/2014

Thank you so much DerdriuMarriner! You are so right, the beautiful orange red dye inside the green colored leaves is quite a wonderful surprise.

DerdriuMarriner on 05/14/2014

VioletteRose, Lawsonia Inermis is a lovely tree. I've always found it enchanting that the green leaves hold the secret of henna dye. Looking at the green foliage, who would ever guess their secret?

VioletteRose on 01/12/2014

@AbbyFitz, Thanks for commenting! Yes, it needs much patience for best results.

AbbyFitz on 01/11/2014

I've always admired the patience it must take to make and get a henna tattoo. They're pretty.

VioletteRose on 01/11/2014

@EmmaSRose Thank you, You are right, henna has a rich color although the color can vary from different shades of orange to bright red.
@WriterArtist Thankyou... and Yes, Henna brings back memories of childhood!
@younghopes, You are right! Thank you :)

younghopes on 01/11/2014

Henna is so much popular in India, almost every girl puts it on her hand in various designs and yeah on her hair too

WriterArtist on 01/11/2014

Henna or "Mahandi" is something that we grew up with.... As kids we would put "mahandi" on our hands and compare who had the most vibrant and dark red colour.

Guest on 01/11/2014

VioletteRose, Henna has such a rich color, and I love the mehndi designs.
By the way, it's my understanding that actress Sophia Loren colors her hair with henna.

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