Henna is a dye procured from a tree Lawsonia inermis whose leaves when dried and mixed with boiling water stain the skin with mahogany colour.
Henna designing is a form of intricate oriental henna painting that has been practiced for thousands of years - since the henna plant was first discovered in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Henna designing is an ancient form of body art which has originated from the Middle East and India.
Henna has been a popular cosmetic in all countries of the Middle East and the Indian Peninsula, where it grows as common shrub. Women from these regions use it as a cosmetic to beautify their hands an feet with intricate designs.
Henna painting has become very popular as a form of temporary tattoo and is liked by one and all. One of the main advantages of Henna painting is that the designs gradually fade from the body over a period of about two weeks. Henna is a beautiful and painless alternative to tattoos.
Interestingly the onslaught of new fashions and styles for women has not pushed this ancient art of henna design to the background. With new trends in fashion, henna design has blended well with time. Infect they have become more beautiful and intricate with the use of plastic cones. The popularity of henna designs show that it is going to stay for a long time.
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