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Henna tattoo: get to know the ancient art and have ideas to make your own

The henna tattoo has a millenary origin straight from the east. In Indian culture, mehendi art, as henna is known there, is common to decorate the hands of women, especially those of brides.

Here in Brazil, the concept of henna has gained a different adaptation and is increasingly invading the coast and other occasions. Check out, therefore, a practical guide on the henna tattoo, with the main information and amazing photos for possible inspiration.

What is a henna tattoo?

Henna tattooing is an art that, unlike traditional tattooing, marks the skin only temporarily. It originates in Indian culture and its ink is the fruit of a small tree (called henna), from which a dye extract is taken that is also used to dye fabrics or hair.

Nowadays, in some cultures, other components are mixed with the extract of this plant that guarantee differentiated textures and colors. Therefore, it is essential to take special care with this type of tattoo and always seek reliable professionals to avoid skin problems.

How is a henna tattoo done?

  1. Extract the extract from the dried henna leaves. These leaves are crushed into powder.
  2. This powder is mixed with water until it forms a thick paste – the tattoo ink.
  3. The design on the skin is done with a stencil. You can improvise with a pen or eye pencil.
  4. Cover the design with henna ink using a brush or a special pen.
  5. The paste must dry completely and, after a long time, the excess is removed.

Although it seems simple, the procedure should only be performed by professionals who know the right amount of extract to apply to your skin.

How long does a henna tattoo last?

The durability of the henna tattoo on the skin can vary depending on a few factors:

  • Part of the body where henna was applied
  • henna quality
  • Time the paste was on the skin before it was removed
  • Care after application
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A well-done and well-groomed tattoo can last anywhere from 20 to 30 days. It is certain that quality henna stays on the skin for at least a week.

50 henna tattoos to inspire you next summer

Since, here in Brazil, the henna tattoo gained its fame on the beaches, check out 50 inspirations for you to enjoy your vacation with even more style:

1. Henna can bring an extra touch to your hands

2. It can be applied to any part of the body

3. And also contemplate the most diverse designs

4. Because it’s temporary, you can make a bold design without fear

5. But you can also mark that very delicate drawing for a while

6. Speaking of delicacy, look at this precious

7. This design is creative and very stylish

8. Typical shoulder birds can be made in henna

9. Henna pleases and brings together friends who don’t have the courage to get a permanent tattoo

10. And it can also bring a plus for mature skins in special occasions

11. There are henna options with colors

12. For pregnant women to mark a special moment

13. And, after a while, it gets a very different and rustic look

14. The advantage is that you can mark the part of the body you want

15. And get the tattoo you’d never have the guts to do if it was permanent

16. And also try that design that you think about tattooing one day

17. Hands are the most common places to get henna tattoos

18. But don’t stick to traditions and vary the places

19. There is room for discreet tattoos

20. And for the most worked ones too

21. There is henna in various colors

22. And various styles

23. White henna is a tradition for Indian brides

24. And the drawings, for the most part, recall this rich and millenary culture

25. Make that mandala you like so much

26. Or that drawing that caught your eye

27. Keep the tradition of floral designs

28. The color of the tattoo after the peel is removed is very interesting

29. Capriche on nails for an even prettier look

30. The delicacy of roses expressed in the hands

31. A detailed design to match the summer

32. Look at this tribute to felines in the most delicate way possible

33. This magnificent mirror is a tribute to Oshun

34. In Brazil, it is very common to get henna tattoos on the beaches

35. Can you imagine what style this piece of art wouldn’t bring to the summer look?

36. As the ink comes out and the procedure is painless, even children can get on the wave

37. You can opt for the famous lotus flower

38. Or pay homage to your beliefs

39. Just combine creativity and style in a single design

40. Writings are always welcome

41. Gather your friends and see who is the most creative

42. An amazing drawing to celebrate (re)birth

43. And this art that looks like a lie?

44. Henna, even being temporary, is not synonymous with sloppiness

45. She is an art that comes to please all tastes and styles

46. ​​And further improve the look composition

47. The important thing is to let creativity flow

48. No fear of regret later

49. Because one thing is certain

50. Even temporary, henna guarantees an amazing tattoo!

henna tattoo: price

Henna has, on average, affordable prices in Brazil. On the coast, for example, you can find henna tattoos between R$15 and R$100, depending on the size, design and details of the tattoo.

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Even with tempting prices, always investigate the origin of the material used by the professional.


  • Do not touch, rub, scratch or scratch the henna tattoo for at least 15 minutes after application.
  • Do not touch the tattoo to anything and keep it, right after application, away from clothes and hair (the ink stains!)
  • Keep the body warm so the ink settles faster on the skin. You can, for example, drink something warm before application.
  • Wrap the tattoo carefully using toilet paper. This prevents the shells from falling to the ground and staining the floor.
  • Do not wash henna with soap for at least 24 hours.
  • Apply natural oils to moisturize the tattoo. Avoid chemical moisturizers so there is no risk of the ink fading faster.
  • Never scratch the drawing.
  • In case of burning or red spots, consult a doctor immediately.
  • See how the henna tattoo can be something very interesting? If you want to try this ancient Indian art, choose your favorite design, pay attention to the care and look for a reliable professional!

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