Iâm no fan of permanent tattoos; chalk it up to either my aversion to needles or my inability to commit to any permanent body change (piercings and hairdos included!). But I have to admit I love the look of henna tattoos, which are temporary and have long been popular in parts of Africa and Asia and continue to be all the rage in the 21st century so far. However, since the recession began in 2009, Iâve been absolutely miserly with my pennies and didnât want to shell out the money for a henna tattoo artist. So I started trying to find out where to buy henna tattoo kits, and this is what Iâve found.
Iâve searched both on and offline, and not surprisingly, I found some of the best deals online (by the way, I had the same result when I was looking for shea butter). However, the one thing I didnât like during my Internet search for henna kits was coming across several sites with unprofessional layouts, no clear refund or shipping policies, and no variety of henna. The last point is very important when youâre trying to figure out where to buy henna tattoo kits because not all henna powder is the same; it can vary in texture and strength. Freshness is also key to hennaâs quality.
Walmart.com sells a henna kit and have a good refund and shipping policy. However, I was a little concerned about the brand they sold (the Henna Body Art Kit) due to some of the poor customer feedback. On the other hand, Amazon â known for its reliability â offers you a lot of choice when youâre buying henna kits and I picked out the ones that came highly recommended in reviews both on and off the retailerâs site.
In particular, customers raved about the Henna Tattoo Kit, which is from Earth Henna and produces tattoos that last up to three weeks. You may get up to 15 applications out of this kit and itâs currently just $15.25 or lower through some Amazon sellers.
Another favourite I found was the Book & Body Painting Kit, which comes with a book filled with illustrations, photos and some background on henna art, or mehndi. This henna tattoo kit contains high-quality Moroccan henna, reusable stencils and enough ink or solution to create up to 30 tattoos (obviously this varies based on the size of tattoos youâll be doing).
However, if youâre about as artistic as me (colour by numbers is a challenge!) you may want to start out with the Beachcombers! Mini Henna Mehndi Cone Temporary Tattoo Kit. Itâs geared towards beginners, comes with all-natural henna and includes a design book with lots of nifty tricks of the henna art trade.
If youâre looking for black henna tattoo kits and want to avoid products that have the toxic chemical paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, the Jagua Black Tattoo Gel Kit from Natureâs Body Art may be what you need. Technically, the paint in the kit isnât henna â itâs from the jagua fruit and you may have seen it in beautiful designs on some native South American people â but you can use it just like henna. It doesnât have any chemicals and doesnât require any mixing. The kit contains designs and instructions and transfer paper for easy tattoo application.
You can view Amazonâs full selection of henna tattoo kits here.
7 Things to Consider Beyond Where to Buy Henna Tattoo Kits
Even if youâre eager to get one of these beautiful designs, keep these points in mind:
1. Always do a patch test first by applying henna (or jagua) to a small area of your body. Wait up to 24 hours to see if you develop any adverse reactions. Although an allergy may be to blame, side effects such as irritation and sores are often due to impure henna that has toxic chemicals added to it.
2. Buy only henna tattoo kits that are properly labelled. Look out for red-flag ingredients such as lead and paraphenylenediamine, or PPD. By the way, despite some of the government warnings indicating that PPD is a concern in black henna, red henna products can also contain PPD.
3. Beware any henna product thatâs only for the hands and feet. Pure, quality henna can be applied anywhere on your body.
4. Never use henna for dyeing your hair to create a henna tattoo or mehndi body art.
5. If the henna paste breaks up or falls off your skin and leaves only a faint tattoo, stop using the product and return it for a full refund.
6. Never buy a fast-acting henna promoted to go deeper into your skin.
7. Never use henna or jaguar tattoos on kids younger than eight years old without consulting your doctor and following the other warnings above.
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