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Frequently Asked Questions


 
How long does the mehndi/henna tattoo last?

What colours are available?

How long does it have to be on the skin?

What has to be done once the dried henna is peeled off?

Where can the supplies for henna tattooing be got?

Does this Kind of tattooing hurt?  Is it safe?

Why are some designs black and some orange?

What do the symbols mean?

Is it a religious custom?

Can this be applied by all or only women?
 
 
 
 

How long does the mehndi/henna tattoo last?

The design lasts from a period of one to four weeks.  This depends on factors like the depth of the henna dye stain, what part of the body the design has been done on (it sinks deeper and fades away quicker on hands) and the amount of times the design is exposed to rubbing, soap and water.  Henna designs also fade away quicker in chlorine and seawater.

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What colours are available?

The natural dye colour when applied on the skin varies from dark brown to deep burnt orange.

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How long does it have to be on the skin?

The longer the henna is left on the skin the darker the design gets.  A minimum time of two hours is recommended.

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What has to be done once the dried henna is peeled off? 

Peeled off henna goes darker the next 24 hours so once peeled off the area should not be exposed to water for a period of 12-24 hours.

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Where can the supplies for henna tattooing be got?

Mehndi/Henna powder can easily be got from most of the Indian grocery shops in your area, although one has to be careful about the quality.  Ensure that the henna is fresh before buying it.  The other ingredients are easily available at the local supermarket.

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Does this Kind of tattooing hurt?  Is it safe?

No it does not as it does not involve piercing or using of needles.  Ticklish people may be a bit more sensitive to it.

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Why are some designs black and some orange?

The black design seen in pictures still has the henna on the body.  The orange design is the tattoo after the mehndi has been scraped off.

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What do the symbols mean?

Traditionally the flower and leaf designs symbolize fertility.  The peacock designs symbolize love.  The bridal designs have special meaning to them and the designs are a combination of Ganesh - the God of Good Luck, traditional musical instruments, designs of the groom and brides face and many other designs.

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Is it a religious custom?

It is more of a cultural one.  It traditionally applied at the times of celebrations be it weddings or festivals.  Women use it as a cosmetic to beautify themselves.

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Can this be applied by all or only women?

Traditionally it was applied by all, but not anymore