Fashion is round, true. Old things never really get old after all. You have seen the ‘Henna art’ in photos and on skins but do you know the origin and purposes of the art? Let me share this with you.The henna is a flowering plant that grows 12-15 feet high and comes from the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. ‘Henna’ is the dye prepared from the ‘henna plant’ for the hair, fingernails, and the art of temporary tattooing on the skin back in the day, as well as dyeing silk, wool and leather fabrics.
The henna plant contains lawsone which is a reddish-orange dye that binds to the keratin (a protein) in our skin and safely stains the skin. The stain can be from pale orange to nearly black depending on the quality of the henna and how well ones skin takes it. The designs generally last from 1-4 weeks on the skin surface depending on the henna, care and skin type.
Today, we see the henna art mostly on the skin, the arms and feet specifically, for adornments. But back in the day, it was used by both the rich and the poor who could not afford jewelry but rather decorate their bodies.
It’s a beautiful art and looks traditionally radiant on every skin. Will you try it? I will.
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