Mendhi body art (AKA Henna tattoos) is a form of ancient Indian decorative body art. Henna tattoos have similar properties to a temporary tattoo, in that they come off after 1-4 weeks. They’re easily recognizable by their large, intricate designs. The intent of Henna tattoos was originally to represent one’s “inner and outer sun” — this made them popular before, after, and during spiritual experiences. Many still use Henna tattoos for this purpose, although some simply enjoy them for their aesthetic appeal and beauty.
We caught up with professional Henna artist @MelissaAddams in Miami recently. Here’s what she had to say about using Saniderm on her Henna clients:
“With Henna, the rule is simple: the longer the Henna paste stays on the skin, the longer it will last and the darker it will stain. I use Saniderm to keep the dried henna paste on the skin for 12-24 hours. This results in a deep, burgundy red color, which lasts anywhere from 10-16 days! Traditionally, Henna artists seal their work with a lemon and sugar mixture. However, it is sticky and messy to work with, so I swear by Saniderm for this reason. I also use a product called Jagua, which, like Henna, is a temporary skin pigment made from plants. It typically stains the skin a dark blue color, but when I wrapped the dried gel in Saniderm, it would stain black and last for up to 3 weeks!”
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