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Foot Tattoo Designs Too Painful? Try Henna Designs?

When I got my first tattoo, my biggest concern was how much pain was I going to endure. I did not want to put it somewhere that was going to cause me a lot of agony.

Do I put it on a bony part, say the shin or elbow? No way! Do I put one on my skull? Forget it!

I took the road most travelled and ended up putting my first one on the calf, a ‘meaty’ spot of the body.

Recently, I’ve noticed many tattoos on the tops of feet and I thought, “What brave soles!”. They look great with flip flops but they must be really painful. There must be a way to avoid the pain of a foot tattoo so I began investigating the alternatives.

I first saw henna at a local bazarre where various merchants and vendors plied their wares market style, then I attended an Indian wedding and saw the beautiful designs on women’s hands. Could this be the pain-free answer I was looking for? I wanted to learn more about this ancient art form.

Here’s a snapshot of henna.

History of Henna Designs

Henna is a flowering plant that has been used to dye various body parts including hands and feet, and even hair. The word Henna is derived from Arabic. Cleopatra was known to have used henna and today, henna is popular throughout the world.

There are a number of different regions of the world that have referred to henna in ancient times and this makes pinpointing a single point of origin of henna very difficult. Also, henna’s application varies in use from religious ceremonies to marriage ceremonies, to even fertility celebrations.

Henna body art was most popular in the ancient Mediterranean regions and celebrated by Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians during this time.

Health Effects

Natural henna paste is generally considered safe to use but the FDA does not approve henna for direct application to the skin primarily due to the lack of oversight it has on henna import. Due to the growing popularity of henna, the FDA considers pre-mixed henna pastes as significantly harmful especailly to males and certain ethnic group’s infants and children. This is a result of ingredients that may be toxic being added to the pre-mixed pastes to lighten or darken the dyes.

Neutral and Black Henna

Neutral Henna is what most North Americans are accustomed to seeing. It will stain to a rich reddish-brown colour. Neutral Henna will not change the colour of hair.

Black Henna may cause serious health problems due to its dyes and chemical compositions. In particular, Black Henna tattoos may increase severe allergic reactions to dyes and related chemicals.

Neither Neutral nor Black Henna have henna in them. Instead, they usually come from other plants or from other compounds altogether.

“Caveat Emptor!” “Let the Buyer Beware!”


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