Temporary tattoos are a fun, safe, and non-permanent way to decorate your body and express yourself. Follow these steps and in no time you’ll have a beautiful new tattoo to show off.
Here you will learn how to make your own Henna tattoos right at home. The Henna ink that you will use comes from the Henna plant, which has many different origins and was discovered and used by the people in the area where it grew.
Materials you will need:
- Pure henna powder
- Lemon juice (fresh or from a bottle)
- Small squeeze bottle with fine tip
- Ceramic or plastic bowl
- Plastic spoon
- Plastic wrap
- Small container with lid
- Two trouser socks
- Rubber bands
You can find Henna at your local Indian or Middle Eastern grocery store. Try to get the most modern-looking package you can find, since Henna has a shelf-life and if you happen to purchase old Henna, the dye won’t take to your skin as well. You’ll need to sift the Henna before mixing it to get the clumps out. A simple way to do this is to get a small container with a lid on it. Take two pairs of trouser socks and put one inside of the other.
Put them into the container, toes at the bottom, and pour the Henna powder into the toes of the socks. Put the lid back on the container and rubber band it shut very tightly. Shake the container as hard as you can until all the Henna is sifted through. Mix the sifted Henna in a bowl with some lemon juice until the consistency is a little thinner than mashed potatoes.
Since the Henna paste will start to crack and flake once applied to the skin, add some sugar or honey to your mixture before applying it to skin. This will help it stay on the skin better, giving you a better, darker tattoo. Once it’s mixed into a good consistency, cover it with plastic and let it rest until the dye has been released. You can tell when it’s ready when the top layer turns a brownish color and the underneath is a darker, greener color. Spoon the mixture into a small plastic bottle with a fine tip.
Next, hold the plastic bottle like a pen and apply the desired design to your skin. Next wait until your tattoo is completely dry and doesn’t look wet, but not yet cracking. Heat up a small amount of lemon juice mixed with sugar until it is bubbly, then let cool. Apply some to cover your new tattoo, carefully not to disturb the design.
Dry the sealant with a blow dryer. You’ll want to wrap your dry tattoo with toilet paper, and then plastic wrap and leave overnight for best results. When you wake up the next morning, gently wash the paste off of your skin and voila! You’ve got a beautiful new tattoo that will last 1-3 weeks!
Warning about Black Henna:
Most Black Henna contains a toxic dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD). Some people add this to Henna to speed up the drying process and create a black color. This dye can not only harm your system, but it can also leave itchy spots, oozing sores, or even blisters on your skin.