Are you thinking of getting inked, but not sure you are ready for the commitment? Consider a henna tattoo. It is the best way to avoid permanent ink with out looking like you whimped out. The tall shrub like henna plant grows in dry, arid climates. Much of the world’s henna supply comes from Egypt, Sudan and India, but it’s cultivated in some African and Middle Eastern countries as well. In Pakistan, the plant tends to be known as "Mendhi".The plant is ground into powder and made into a paste that will temporarily stain the skin. Leaves are harvested from the plant just as the pink and cream-colored buds start to bloom. The flowers are can be used for perfume, and the leaves are hung to dry. It’s important to keep them out of direct light. Allowing them to air dry in semi-darkness will preserve their skin-staining qualities. The paste consists of the powder and a substance usually referred to as a "developer". Hot water is by far the most common developer. Some henna artists swear by additives such as lemon juice, various kinds of tea and certain essential oils. Henna will start staining the skin upon the initial contact, as well as any soft surface it comes in contact with, so it’s important to protect the work area and make sure the paste goes exactly where you mean for it to. It’s a long process but henna tattoos are beautiful and intricate. A henna tattoo is a good way to get ink while avoiding the needle.
This is a very intricate henna tattoo covering this persons hand. A henna tattoo is usually one that is drawn on rather than needled on and it only lasts for a matter of days, but not always. Sometimes they are very real tattoos. Either way these are extremely well detailed and the artist that did these hands is a very gifted person.
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