It is believed that henna tattoos were born at Middle East, probably in Egypt. There are archaeological evidences of 5000 years old mummys whose nails were dyed with henna.
Egyptians used to use it as a medical treatment of inflamations and infections, or for snake and scorpion bites. Muslim societies also used it to reduce headaches (applied over the hair) or to avoid bad odours (they used to apply it over their bodies). It is also believed that many of the designs made with henna were used to bring prosperity and abundance.
1) What is Henna?
Henna is a bush: Lawsonia Inermis. It has a red tint that dyes or prints over any surface that comes into contact with when it is properly prepared.
2) Why henna tattoos are so popular?
These kinds of tattoos are a new trend. The main reason is that it allows the user to enjoy a beautiful temporary tattoo, without the pain and the permanence of real tattoos, being possible to make fantastic designs.
In addition, henna tattoos are relatively economical.
3) How much does henna tattoos last?
A henna tattoo lasts from 7 to 28 days depending on the corporal temperature of the client, where it is applied, and the frequency of washing of the dyed area. The more you wash your tattoo, the faster it would erase.
To increase its duration, it is possible to re-draw the same design over the original, this could be made 4 or 5 times.