When introduced to henna in my Middle school art class, I fell in love with the intricate designs, earthy smells, and natural brown, auburn and chestnut colored dyes. With the help of a steady hand and a lot of practice, I took a real interest in tattooing Henna. Though I have come a long way from where I started in Middle School, I still have a lot to learn about the art of henna and I am eager to take any chance I have to practice. On our vacation in Malaysia I got just that; I had more than enough time to tattoo all my sisters and my mom! The pictures below are of Rachel’s African inspired henna.
Henna is a plant whose leaves can be dried, mashed and mixed with citrus juice to make a dye. Unlike ink tattoos, henna wears off in about a week and is actually very good for your skin. Traditionally it was used mostly at weddings, to decorate the bride and groom in West Asia and the Middle East.