The most amazing henna tattoo and design pictures and descriptions ever. These henna tattoos are gorgeous! The term “Henna” usually refers to the plant Lawsonia Inermis. However, nowadays, when someone mentions Henna people usually think of the art of temporary body art based on the dyes which are made out of crushed Henna leaves and twigs. The dye is usually made out of dried leaves mixed with hot water.
The word “Mehndi” is often used with the term “henna.” Mehndi is term used for application of henna as a temporary skin decoration in south Asia as well as India. The art of mehndi (or mehandi) has been a long-standing tradition stemming from many ancient cultures but is mostly known today for its history and prevalence in India.
When applied to the skin, and left for few hours, the henna dye/paste leaves orange to dark maroon stains on the skin, which usually fade away in 7 to 14 days.
If you are still not ready to deal with the (bearable) pain of tattooing, or you just are not ready to get a real, permanent tattoo, but still want to accessorize your body, then henna is the best choice for you.
When it comes to henna, you can get basically anything tattooed on your body. But, people usually choose orientalist-inspired henna tattoo designs. Also, your henna tattoo design does not have to be orange, brown, or maroon. Nowadays, there is a possibility to get a white henna tattoo design.
20. Floral Henna Tattoo Design
Indian brides love getting henna tattoos for their special they. They usually get one of the most popular henna tattoo designs – flowers. Flowers symbolise beauty, happiness, and joy. It is no wonder why so many people go for this particular design.
19. White Henna Tattoo Designs
You can make your henna tattoo even more elegant and unique by getting a white henna tattoo. Did you know that, besides the tattoo meaning, the position of a henna tattoo bears also a certain meaning? For example, when henna is placed on top of the hands, that can be suggestive of protection and often includes shield designs. The feet are a truly spiritual place to get a henna tattoo since they connect the body, mind, and the spirit with the earth. Men usually get henna on their right hand because it is considered projective, whereas the left hand for women is receptive.
18. Beautiful Hand Henna Tattoo
Blossomed flowers are the preferred choice of henna tattoos. However, many people also decide to add flower buds to their henna tattoo. Why? Well, mostly because buds are used to signify the start of a new life. Buds can also be interpreted as the symbols of fertility and joy. Tattoos like this are great for newly-wed brides or soon-to-be mothers.
17. Simple Henna Tattoo Design
Basically, you can place henna everywhere on your body. And, you can make your henna tattoo design as simple or as complex as you want it to. This is a great example of a simple, yet charming henna tattoo. What would you prefer more, a ‘complex’ henna tattoo, or a simple one?
16. Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
This tattoo resembles Sahasrara, the crown chakra. What is a Sahasrara, you may wonder. It is an ancient symbol, which is believed to have the power to unite the soul with a divine sense of force. This particular placement makes this tattoo even more beautiful and makes its statement clear.
15. Feet Henna Tattoo
As we have already mentioned, a henna tattoo can be placed anywhere. But, the most common placements are on hands and feet, because of the meanings these two body parts have. Besides the usual henna motifs, you can also choose many others, such as a feather, for example.
14. Attractive Henna Tattoo
But, you don’t have to limit yourself to the hands and feet. Henna tattoos can also be incredibly attractive when placed on certain body parts, such as the lower back. This tattoo is ideal for the hot summer days, when tops can reveal your body art.
13. Henna Fish Tattoos
You may not see it at first, but in this picture fish symbols are combined with the flowers. Henna fish tattoos are not easy to notice, mostly because they are usually shaped like eyes. Fishes are used to represent a woman’s eyes. While they are not as common as peacocks or flowers, fishes do have their own distinct symbolic feature.
12. White Heart Henna
But, you can always make this ancient form of body art modern by getting certain elements tattooed. Take for example this heart. Mixed with this ancient technique, and beautiful and elegant design, almost every lady will fall for this design.
11. Leg Henna Tattoo
You can have your henna tattoo start at the lower part of your leg, and then it can extend to your foot. Some people are worried if they can perform their regular, everyday activities once they get henna tattoos, such as, for example wearing socks. Once you get a henna tattoo, there is no extra care needed from your side. Of course, one way of preserving this type of tattoos is washing the area (with soap) not very often. Also, once the paste is applied it takes five to ten minutes to dry. However, for the best results, it should be left on the skin as long as you can.
10. Elegant Henna Tattoo Design
Mostly, henna tattoos indeed do look elegant. But, you can make your tattoo even more elegant by adding a piece of jewelry on your hand. This tattoo is a good example of how all different kinds of shapes and symbols can create an incredible henna tattoo.
9. Sun Henna Tattoo
This particular sun henna tattoo may seem simple to you, but it has a very strong presence. Since the ancient times, the sun has been considered as the ultimate source of energy. Therefore, it is to be expected that the sun in a henna design has very strong meanings. In Indian culture, the sun stands for knowledge, eternal love, immortality, and resurgence.
8. Floral Henna Tattoo
Once you get your henna tattoo, you will definitely fall in love with it and want to keep it as long as possible. Usually, henna tattoos last from one to three weeks. To make your color as dark as possible, you can keep the henna paste moist for at least one hour by applying sugar and lemon mix. Also, you can wrap the henna paste with cloth or plastic so that it keeps the warmth inside and body seeps the color from paste. But also, the darkness of your tattoo depends on various factors such as the body part and the quality of paste. Usually, henna gives the best color on palms and ankles.
7. Elephant Henna Tattoo
Elephants are beautiful and divine creatures, and they will look gorgeous when mixed with the elements typical for Indian henna tattoos. In India, elephants symbolize wisdom and royal power. The Hindu god Ganesha, who represents wisdom, is usually depicted by an elephant. Sometimes known as Ganesha, this deity is very distinctive in having a human form with the head of an elephant.
6. Dreamcatcher Henna Tattoo
Dreamcatchers are one of the most popular tattoo designs. You may want to get this particular symbol tattooed on your body, but you may not be ready for a permanent tattoo (yet). That is why henna is a great way for you to try out the body art of tattooing. Who knows, you may like the design so much and even get a real tattoo inspired by henna! For more amazing dreamcatcher tattoo designs and its meanings, click here.
5. Flower Henna Tattoo
Flower-inspired henna tattoo designs always turn out amazing. But, it is not enough to choose just any flower. Instead of this big flower in the middle you could consider getting a lotus flower. Why? Well, mostly because of its meaning. The lotus stands for a myriad of virtues—creativity, grace, sensuality, beauty, femininity, and purity. The lotus is also said to represent the awakening of one’s soul.
4. Rose Henna Tattoo
This one is incredible, isn’t it? A rose surrounded by many beautiful flowers. This henna tattoo will surely bring out your feminine side and your appreciation of all the simple, beautiful things in life.
3. Shoulder Henna Tattoo
Shoulders make a great placement for henna, and all other kinds of tattoos. You may get this particular design, or even go for any other previous design we have presented to you. The previous rose henna tattoo would be remarkable on your shoulder.
2. Back Henna Tattoo
There is something special about back tattoos. They always look sophisticated, no matter what design you choose. Because of its origin, and Indian and oriental elements in these tattoos, henna tattoos always look so spiritual, elegant and sophisticated when placed on your back.
1. Chest Henna Tattoos
When you decide to get a tattoo, regardless of whether it is a “real” tattoo or a henna tattoo, you should make it completely yours. What do I mean by that? Well, you can look for other pictures for inspiration, but when you decide to get a tattoo it should be because it represents you, your character or your beliefs. If you are a type who prefers modern tattoos, then chest pieces like this one (which resembles Rihanna’s Isis tattoo) are a great choice. Even though it is henna, this tattoo looks like a real, permanent tattoo!