HENNA ART IS THE NEW CRAZE
Henna has been used since the Bronze Age to dye skin (including body art), hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool. In several parts of the world it is traditionally used in various festivals and celebrations. There is mention of henna as a hair dye in Indian court records around 400 CE, in Rome during the Roman Empire, and in Spain during Convivencia. Henna has been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations. Use of henna for body art has enjoyed a recent renaissance due to improvements in cultivation, processing, and the emigration of people from traditional henna-using regions.
For skin dyeing, a paste of ground henna (either prepared from a dried powder or from fresh ground leaves) is placed in contact with the skin from a few hours to overnight. Henna stains can last a few days to a month depending on the quality of the paste, individual skin type, and how long the paste is allowed to stay on the skin.
Henna flowers have been used to create perfume since ancient times, and henna perfume is experiencing a resurgence. Henna stains are orange soon after application, but darken over the following three days to a reddish brown. Steaming or warming the henna pattern will darken the stain, either during the time the paste is still on the skin, or after the paste has been removed.