The Art of Henna

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Complete henna newbie here.
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coffee_n_parlor wrote in henna_art
Recently I was lamenting to a friend about how badly I wanted a tattoo, and how badly I am afraid of needles. Said friend, who has been dyeing her hair with henna for some time, suggested a henna tattoo, and I haven't been able to get my mind off of the idea since then. I definitely want to give myself a henna tattoo! :)

However, I'm a -complete- newbie about it. I've tried looking up newbie guides about henna tattooing online, but everything I find is kind of... brand-specific. I can't find anything that looks like a good reference for learning what I need to know as a beginner.

I also know that if I want to keep this tattoo around for a while, I'll need to redo it every few weeks; I'm fine with that, but I don't know anything about amounts of henna necessary for maintaining a tattoo for an extended period of time.

So basically, here's what I need to know:
-Are there any links to information that's really good for beginners and not just trying to push a certain product?
-What do I need to buy to start out with?
-How much henna do I need in order to renew the tattoo for, say, three months or so? (The idea I have isn't a particularly large design, maybe medium-ish? Around the ankle.)
-Am I crazy for wanting to do this myself?

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

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Getting henna before a tattoo is a great idea. Have you searched for a henna artist in your area? That's going to be the easiest way for you to get it done the first time since you're a newbie (henna is harder than it looks!) - make sure they're not using black henna, though. Otherwise I would get thee to www.hennapage.com and click on *everything*. There are awesome beginner guides there, and you can also get your henna there (or from three of my favorites, www.hennacaravan.com, www.magicalmehendi.com, or www.hennamuse.com). Stay away from kits at stores: you never know how long they've been there. Kits from any of the above websites are going to rock.

Thanks so much for the links! As far as I've been able to find out, there aren't any henna artists in my area--although I wish I could find someone, as I'd feel a lot better about a professional doing this for me. Do you know of anywhere to search for henna artists?

There's a page of listings at Henna Page. Also try Party Pop, and the links pages of each of the sites I listed. Usually Googling for your city or state name plus "henna", "henna body art", "mehndi", or "body art" will get you what you need.

Thanks so much again. :) Google wasn't much help earlier, but I'll give it another shot too.

Good luck! And your icon makes me want cappuccino in the worst way! :D

I actually started out doing henna doing it on myself. Tonight was the first night in a really long time that I'd done henna, and I'm fairly pleased with the results.

I mean, it takes some practice. But that's the fun of it, you know? I like all body art generally (though I'm not as keen on piercings as I am all forms of tattoos), and it's fun to be able to change it up. There's this one book I used to start out - "The Henna Body Art Book" by Aileen Marron. It's pretty straightforward, a beginner's thing, but it will teach you how to build up tattoos from really simple to more complicated.

What are you thinking of getting, incidentally? I have one real tattoo, and would be glad to give any advice I can.

And scorpionis - thank you SO MUCH for the links. I'll definitely have to follow them and figure something better out. I ended up getting some henna at a world market near where I live.

I'm pretty nervous, but after a lot of research I found that the nearest henna professional in my "area" is apparently over two hours away by car, so... that won't be happening, so I'm going to give it a try myself. :)

I've had an idea for a tattoo design I've wanted for a while now... the outline of a star entwined in ivy leaves. Probably I would want it on my ankle, with the ivy trailing down onto my foot... possibly. It's like I've been thinking of this for so long, and now that I'm thinking more seriously, I'm changing my mind about everything, haha. :)

Haha, yeah, that happens right before you get a tattoo. I waited on my design for a good two years before I got it done, and I'm really happy with it. I actually did it in henna quite a bit before I went under the needle, and always liked it.

Oh, and once you get to the parlor, the artist may have some ideas about what would look better. They'll always check with you before doing something, but generally I would recommend trusting the artist. Then again, I was really picky about who I had do my tattoo. He'd been doing it for 15-20 years, so I knew he knew what was up and how tattoos age.

It's all very exciting! Oh, and if you have any questions about foot tattoos, you can go right ahead and ask me - my tattoo is on my foot.

I recommend you check this site, I do work here and we get lots of great feedback.
The recipe is very reliable, and the henna is great.
I think you will have fun, and you can redo it as often as you like.
www.hennacaravan.com
buy the kit that is $20 and you will be all set.
best wishes

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