Henna is a type of paste that has been used for centuries to decorate skin for special occasions, usually weddings. While it’s believed to have originated in India, it’s now used in several other Asian countries and parts of Africa.
Over the years, however, henna has made its way to the Western world and is now being used by people everywhere as a fashion statement and as a way to make fun temporary tattoos. Hands, feet, arms, legs stomach and back are all wonderful canvass for henna to be applied.
Because it does no damage to the skin and washes off within days or weeks, it’s the perfect solution for temporary body art as a way to be playfully creative at a bridal women gathering, baby shower, girl’s spa weekend or even fun while camping.
If you’re interested in making your own henna for a temporary tattoo, this is an easy guide and tutorial that will have you doodling on your skin in no time. This particular recipe creates henna that lasts for about a week before it completely washes away. It’s a great commitment-free way to decorate your body.
For this homemade henna recipe for body art, you’ll need:
– 1 cup filtered water
– 2 teaspoons of liquid room temperature coffee (Strong black tea works as well)
– 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil (Buy Here)
Step 1: Boil the water. Add 2 teaspoons of coffee to boiling water. Let it rest for a few hours, then use a strainer to remove coffee grounds. Put henna powder and eucalyptus oil in another bowl. Don’t mix it!
Step 2: Add coffee to bowl of henna and oil. For best results, transfer the coffee in spoonfuls. Instead of mixing ingredients together, press liquid into powder and oil with spoon.
Step 3: Let paint set for at least six hours, and no more than twelve. You want the henna dye to have the consistency of toothpaste.
Step 4: Apply the henna! Apply to your feet, hands and even stomach.
Be careful about what you use to apply the henna and don’t use towels that you don’t mind being stained to dry off afterwards. Henna paste is known to stain.
If you shower more than once a day or wash your hands frequently, this might not last as long as a week, but it’s so simple, you can make more and reapply!
Here is a wonderful tutorial:
I took this picture at the Oregon Country Fair of a beautiful woman who was celebrating her first pregnancy by showing off her belly with a henna design and small rhinestones.
Here is a youtube video sharing how to apply henna or (click here for more ideas)