Henna bodypainting

Henna bodypainting
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Henna bodypainting

What does henna mean? Why henna is made?

The role of henna body painting

Henna art is a method that has been used for thousands of years to beautify the body and the hair. In many cultures (for example in countries of North Africa and India) henna art was used at rites of passages to celebrate and to ward off evil spirits.

During pregnancy there are significant changes happening inside of the mother’s body. The most visible sign of it is the growing belly. Therefore henna art is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the changes taking place and also the body that is the home of the baby. Of course henna motives can be painted on your hands, arms, legs, feet as well instead or in addition to your belly.

Ingredients I use

I prepare the henna paste from 100% organic ingredients, so it is absolutely safe to use during pregnancy. The paste only contains: dried and ground henna leaves, natural lemon juice, a bit of sugar (to make the paste stick to the skin), lavender essential oil and a small amount of water.

Practical advice

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The ideal timing for the belly henna is the 32-36th week of your pregnancy (due to the size of the belly). If you are planning a photo shoot it’s best to have your henna done 4-5 day before, since the colour of the henna reaches its deepest shade at around that point. Of course it’s also possible to have professional photos taken with the henna paste on as well.

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The final colour is the darkest on palms and the soles of your feet, since the paint can penetrate the skin the deepest on these body parts. On the pregnant belly the shade of the motives is slightly lighter, since the skin here is thinner.

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In order to have the best results you shall leave the henna paste on for about 4-8 hours, then you can rub off the dry paste gently.

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In the first 1-2 days after the henna was painted the colour is an orange shade, it gets browner and darker on the 3-4th day. The motives fade away gradually in 7-14 days.

Your henna art will last longer if

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2 days before the henna application you exfoliate your skin gently

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you don’t apply any creams on the specific within 24 hours before the henna application

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no water touches the motives within the first 24 hours

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you do not exfoliate or rub the area with a towel harshly

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you apply olive oil on the motives every 24 hours.

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