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Archive for July 30th, 2011

Henna’d Feet – Some Additional Information About Henna

Posted by terrepruitt on July 30, 2011

Henna artists work.  Henna tattoos on feet.Henna tattoos for the feet.  Henna art.YAY!  So happy I did it again.  I had henna tattoos done in time for the Nia Jam.  It had been way too long since my first henna tattoos.  I have wanted to do it again since then.  It just so happened that we were going to a party on Saturday night and the Nia Jam was on Sunday so it was the perfect time to get my feet done.  It has been suggested that I need to love my healing foot more.  Sometimes I don’t love it since it doesn’t work properly.  I thought if I had henna done it would at least make me think it was pretty.  I was right.  Henna and Beyond does beautiful work so I think my feet look very pretty.

I had the henna done on Thursday afternoon.  The henna can come off as soon as it is dried but the longer you leave it on the better the stain.  The henna is squeezed onto your skin via a cone, like a small icing bag.  As I mentioned in my post when I had henna done before, henna is applied and it rests on the skin like puffy paint would.  It is best to leave it on your skin until dried.  The longer you leave it on the darker the tattoo will be.

Rachna has printed information, but I didn’t want to take it and waste the paper because I pretty much knew what to expect.  I read the information to be sure, then asked if it was on her site because I knew I wouldn’t be able to remember it exaclty.  The lengths of time were a little different on the paper than that which are on the site, but they are just guidelines so you’ll have an idea of what to do.  Both the paper and the website state that it is best to leave the puffy-like henna on for at least 2 hours.  The paper said up to 12 hours.  I am not sure why not past 12 hours, but it worked out that it was exactly 12 hours after having it done that I was ready to take it off. I slept with socks on so I wouldn’t get henna all over the bed.  While not a lot of henna dropped off in the socks, I can’t say that it would not have in the bed.  It could be that the socks kept it secure.

Henna on feetWhen I got up I was able to brush most of it off with just my hand.  The rest I just scratched off with my nails, although she recommends using the smooth side of a butter knife.  The information says that 24 hours after it is applied it will be darkest.  Hmmm?  Here is a picture of mine about 26 hours after.  The information also said to apply oil because it will make it darker.  Really?  Ok.  It said any cooking oil would do, but I have some moisturizing olive oil, plus some Arnica Allay.  I used both.  I put the Arnica Ally on my toes and the olive oil on the rest of the art.  I have applied it a couple of times.  And here is what it looks like exactly a week later.

Henna tattoos.  Henna art.  Henna and BeyondI am happy.  I think Rachna does a beautiful job.  After looking at her books of samples I told her the designs I liked and the ones I didn’t and this is what she came up with.  Brilliant!  She free-handed all this and designed it as she went along.

I have also included a picture of what it looks like today.  Which is a week and two days after having it done.  You might notice that this time it is much darker than last time I had the henna tattoos.  There are several things that could be the reason for that.  One, I let it completely dry this time.  Last time I did something very silly (so silly I will not even mention it here) thinking it would help keep the flaking henna from getting all over the place.  What actually helps it from flaking all over is to let it dry and to not bump it off.  It stays on pretty secure.  Also, Rachna said that she now mixes the lemon and sugar* into the henna and so that could be another reason.  And the oil, I really think applying the olive oil helped make it darker.  In the pictures today I actually have a “coat” of olive oil them so they might even look shiny.

Yay!  I am so happy.  One of the reasons I had hesitated in doing henna tattoos again is I remember the henna flaking off and getting everywhere, but this time it didn’t.  I am sure that has to do with me following her tips.  I kept telling myself, “She’s been doing this for almost 30 years.  I really need to trust she knows what she is talking about with all of her little tricks and tips.”  And I did, and it is awesome!

*According to her website this is a mixture you make and apply that acts as a sealant.

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