Some of you may be new to the henna game and aren't really sure what henna even is! I am here to tell you all about safe henna, the dangers of 'fake' henna tattoos, and how you can easily tell the difference.
Are you thinking about getting henna tattoos to celebrate your big day, but arent sure if its appropriate? I may be biased, but I say DO IT!! Overall your experience will be one to cherish for a lifetime, and though your henna tattoo may only last a few weeks, there is a fragile beauty in temporary art. I'll do my best to explain that along with all the pros and the cons to getting mehndi done for your wedding so you can decide if it's right for your big day.
Henna For All
I first want to address that HENNA IS FOR EVERYONE! It is an art form that belongs to our creativity and passion. Henna tattoos can be adorned on men and women from across the world. Since henna has been found in many regions and in many lifetimes, as far back as Egypt, you need not worry about any cultural shifts or misrepresentation. Though many areas practice henna tattoos along with religious or sacred circumstances, the henna tattoo is to represent that ceromony, not necessarily a part of the religous aspect. Henna tattoos just enhance the experience! Henna is timeless and comes straight from the earth in many regions, which brings many styles of application.
For wedding henna some people cover themselves in beautiful patterns from fingertips to elbows while others place a dollop on the palm and a flower or cotton on top of the dollop. A more recent trend is using 'white henna' (white body paint) for your bridal henna tattoo, which goes great with a white wedding dress! Sometimes both parties get henna tattoos, other times just one of the betrothed receives a henna blessing. So, rules are meant for breaking, do whatever your heart desires! This is YOUR big day, so I am here to make you happy and helps you celebrate your new union.
Or did it find me? It's hard to say.
I was working an office job, it paid well and a learned a lot but it wasn't a passion of mine. In my free time from work I found myself lacking in inspiration, it was difficult for me to create anything at all. As a child I was consistently sitting with some sort of creation in the works. Drawing, painting, singing, cooking, or something of the sort every single day. I missed being creative and working with my hands, and I realized I didn't even know when it really stopped. Computer and paper work 40+ hours a week was simply torturing my soul in and out of the workplace.
My boss at that time, though, was an amazing man. His name was Oliver, and he migrated from India to the states at just 22 years old, all on his own. At 60 something, he still had an accent so thick that most of my team members had trouble understanding him during large meetings. We had a special connection and quickly became friends. As I would go bother him during slow work hours, I was able to quickly learn his enunciations and way of speaking English. He would glow when asked to talk about his home and the culture in India. He could go on and on about how the weddings and celebrations were just spectacular, all the colorful fabrics and people. His parents were still living in that home town he grew up in, and he would go visit every few years and reminisce.