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History Of The Henna Tattoo

December 28th, 2008 -- Posted in Henna Safety | No Comments »

Temporary henna tattoos have become quite the rage in recent times. However, henna has been around for a long time and has been used by Indian and African women for its colouring and nourishing properties. In fact, the beginnings of the use of henna can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Egypt. It is only over the past decade or so that temporary tattoos have emerged as the hottest accessory in the West. The absence of chemicals and temporary colour are the main advantages of a henna tattoo.

Egyptian roots of the Henna Tattoo

The Henna plant traces its roots to Egypt, from where it was brought as a gift for the Queen Mumtaz in India. The Mughals then encouraged the usage of henna as a beauty product and a decorative application on the skin, especially at the time of weddings. The history of the henna tattoo dates back nearly 5,000 years, when the Egyptians used them on their hands, hair and nails. Even the fingers and toes of Pharaohs were stained with henna before mummification. Henna is also believed to be a symbol of good luck and is applied before any auspicious event in various countries, such as India, Turkey, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Henna tattoo and its Advantages

This tall shrub like plant grows in hot and humid climates and is generally found in Egypt, India, Africa and the Middle Eastern countries. The leaves of the Henna plant are ground into a powder, which is then made into a paste that colours the skin in a rich shade of mahogany.

The foremost advantage of using Henna is that the colour is temporary and fades away quickly. So for people who hate the thought of having tattoos that require piercing of the skin and are most often permanent, henna offers an attractive and easy opportunity. Henna tattoos are not only temporary tattoos, but can be applied quickly and in various designs. Henna has been an inexpensive way of adding to one’s beauty. It allows people to add exotic designs on their body at very little cost.

Henna has been known to have medicinal qualities as well. In Ayurvedic therapy, Henna is used as an anti-irritant and antiseptic for various skin allergies, heat rashes and to cool the body during hot summers. Due to its cooling properties, Henna is used in lotions and ointments for application on skin inflammations and even burns. Henna is also known to be a deodorant.

Henna Tattoos and Varied Designs

Different kinds of henna tattoo designs are in vogue in countries such as Morocco, India and the Middle East. While African designs are generally geometric in nature, Indian designs are more floral and ornate. Celtic designs are based on intricate pictures and animal designs and give a mysterious look. Even Chinese and Japanese designs have become popular for the application of temporary tattoos.

These designs can be traced on or copied very easily with Henna Pens. It is as easy as drawing on paper. Several other henna based cosmetic products, such as eyeliners and lipsticks, are also available.

By: Juell Rahman

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 About the Author: Juell Rahman has written numerous articles on the subject of skin decoration and the use of henna tattoos, he is an expert in this field.

Why Choose Henna Tattoos

December 9th, 2008 -- Posted in Henna Safety | 2 Comments »

Although in existence for thousands of years, the usage of traditional henna has so far been restricted to the Middle East, Africa and India. However, in the past few years, the concept of temporary tattoos has gained ground even in western countries, especially the US and the UK. The major advantages offered by the henna tattoo are that they are natural, easy to apply and remove, and low in cost. The absence of chemicals is what makes the henna tattoo a much sought after temporary tattoo.

Henna tattoo and its geographical roots
Traditional henna has been used for beautification and decoration purposes for thousands of years. While it is known as Henna or Hene in the Middle East and Africa, people in India and Pakistan know it as Mehendi. The Henna plant, Lawsonia Inermis, generally grows in hot and humid climates and is cultivated in several African countries, including Sudan and Morocco, Asian countries such as India, and some of the countries in the Middle East. It was the Mughals who encouraged the cultivation of henna in India and Pakistan and used the traditional henna for beauty and decorative purposes rather than just for its medicinal value. Although the use of henna tattoos has spread across a vast geographic area in recent years, it continues to be largely used as a beauty product.

A new age for Henna
Henna is one of the best alternatives to permanent colour and is much in demand for its cosmetic value. Henna tattoos are made from henna paste that is formed from ground green henna leaves, mixed with water and other natural products. The paste, when applied to the skin or the hair, leaves a colour that can vary from orange to rich mahogany, depending on the quality of the henna being used.

A major reason for henna’s growing popularity is that its colour is temporary and fades away with time and washing. So people who wish to get intricate designs on their body, but are afraid of or dislike piercing the skin can opt for henna tattoos, which are not only attractive but also cheap and simple to apply. Henna tattoos match the advantages offered by other forms of temporary tattoos in that they are available in various designs and varied colours. Tattoo artists have evolved newer designs over the years, besides using contemporary designs to suit the requirements of the modern day customer.


The latest use of henna tattoos is for various other cosmetic products as well. Due to its chemical-free nature and cooling properties, it makes excellent eyeliners, lipsticks and gels for soothing the skin.

Henna tattoo: preferred by all
Henna is preferred as a temporary tattoo because of the variety offered by it in terms of colour and design. While you can have elaborate designs with varied colours for special occasions, simple designs can be used in your daily routine. Application of the henna tattoo has also become easier with the availability of several Henna based products that have given a new lease of life to the varied uses of henna. Even better, now henna is available in easy-to-use Henna Pens that make applying henna tattoos as easy as drawing on paper.

By: Juell Rahman 

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 About the Author: Juell Rahman has written numerous articles on the subject of skin decoration and use of the henna tattoo, he is an expert in this field.


Possible Health Risks When Getting A Tattoo

December 9th, 2008 -- Posted in Tattoo Safety | No Comments »

One of the primary things that a tattoo parlor looks into is safety. Getting a tattoo means puncturing the skin, thus creating an opening that exposes your flesh. Tattoo artists should see to it that they employ the right procedures to ensure the safety of the process. The correct equipment and tools should also be used during tattooing. These products should be of high quality and pass health standards. Depending on your location, there are a number of organizations that ensure that tattoo parlors follow a certain standard in ensuring the safety of their clients and to avoid health issues and health hazards that may arise during the process of tattooing.


If you have plans of getting a tattoo, it is important that you are knowledgeable of the possible health hazards that you may face. Infection is one of the most common health hazards that you would be confronted with. There are a number of infections that you can have, one of the most common is hepatitis. Hepatitis can be transmitted if your tattooist uses unsterilized needles and equipment. All tattoo equipment should be sterilized properly. This is one of the things that you should look into when looking for a tattoo parlor. You also have a responsibility to take care of the tattooed area on your skin to avoid disease. Primary care during the first two weeks of your tattoo is very crucial. Doing so can help avoid disease.

You can also have a number of allergic reactions. Such reactions can be connected to tattoo ink and pigments used. Ink can contain some chemicals that you may be allergic to. If this happen, it is important that you consult a dermatologists right away since ink and pigments are very hard to remove. Even if you go through laser surgery to have your tattoos removed, you can still experience from allergic reactions for weeks, even months. To prevent such a situation, it is important to find out for yourself if you are allergic to tattoo ink or not. If you are, then the most sensible thing to do is to skip getting a tattoo at all.


If you notice strange looking scars on your tattoo, you may be having a keloid formation. A keloid is a scar with a thick and irregular shape. It is usually caused by the growth of excessive tissue and usually breeds at the area where you have a wound. Because of the nature of keloids, it is likely that one would develop such formation when one gets a tattoo, especially if you are someone who already experienced having one. Some people do not show sign of keloid formation when getting a tattoo but they would usually appear if they undergo tattoo removal.

There is also a risk of MRI complication when you get a tattoo. Some people might notice swelling or a burning sensation in the tattooed area of their skin when they go through MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI is a scanning procedure that checks the condition of a persons brain or spinal cord.

By: Roberto Bell

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How To Choose A Tattoo Parlour

December 9th, 2008 -- Posted in Tattoo Safety | No Comments »

When it comes to choosing a tattoo parlour, there are a lot of factors to consider. It is not a decision to be taken lightly because your final choice could determine whether you have your dream tattoo, or you have a substandard-looking tattoo.


So what points should you consider?

Well first of all you should look at some of your local tattoo parlours and check each one out individually. You should do a bit of research and find those tattoo parlours that are fully registered and licensed and have an up to date safety certificate first and foremost. This is because you should obviously only get a tattoo done by a professional outfit who take customers’ health and safety very seriously.

Your tattoo parlour should not only be fully licensed but should also practice what they preach. In other words they should use fully sterilized equipment at all times to avoid infections and diseases being passed on from person to person. They should also wear gloves and have clean surfaces around them, so always look around and ask about these things before you get a tattoo done.

Of course safety is not the only issue you need to be concerned about. You also want to choose a tattoo parlour, and a tattoo artist in particular, that can give you the tattoo design that you are dreaming of. Most tattoo parlours have a wide choice of tattoo designs to choose from, but you may like to choose your own custom design, so in this instance you must ensure that the tattoo artist you choose is capable of recreating this tattoo design on your body.

Finally if you are still unsure about which tattoo parlour to choose, then your best option is to get recommendations from friends and associates who have great looking tattoos. This is how a lot of people end up choosing which tattoo parlour to get their tattoo done and it’s easy to see why because if one of your friends has a really professional looking tattoo, then the chances are they will give you an equally attractive tattoo. If you want further confirmation you can also ask to see photos of past customers who have got tattoos done there.

So to sum up when looking for a tattoo parlour, you should take your time looking around rather than going to the first one you come to. Always look for a professional tattoo parlour that is not only fully compliant with health and safety rules but is also able to recreate professional looking tattoo designs, so you can achieve your prefect tattoo.

By: James Woolley

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