The Art of Henna

The art of henna (called mehndi in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced for over Origin of Henna 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. There is some documentation that it is over 9000 years old. Because henna has natural cooling properties, people of the desert, for centuries, have been using henna to cool down their bodies. They make a paste of henna and soak their palms and soles of the feet in it to get an air conditioning affect. They feel its cooling sensation throughout the body for as long as the henna stain remains on their skin. Initially, as the stain faded away, it left patterns on the skin surface which led to ideas to make designs for decorative purposes. In the ancient Egyptian times mummies wore henna designs and it is documented that Cleopatra herself used henna for decorative purposes.

What colors of henna are available?

Henna is a natural plant dye, which stains an orange to reddish-brown color. True henna is from the henna plant (latin name: lawsonia inermis). Henna is never  black. “Black henna” is not relying on henna to dye the skin at all, but rather PPD, a harsh chemical dye. A more insidious version of unsafe henna is chemically-laced, adulterated henna. Mystery chemical dyes are added to pastes and then still disingenuously marketed as “natural”. If your henna stains a color other than a faint, light orange when it is first removed, *especially* if it says any particular color on the label, you know you have chemically laced un-natural form of henna.





White henna has become really popular and trendy even I want to try it! But there is no such thing as white henna, technically, henna is a natural plant dye that ranges in color from orange to reddish brown. But designs can be done in white, or even a beautiful and rich bridal off-white cream kind of color, using specialty products such as Artistic Adornment’s Bridal “White Henna” Kit, which is really a professional cosmetic adhesive and high-lustre, top-quality mica powder.


These designs can be a perfect wedding ardornment!    

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