Easy henna designs are popular among those who are still new in this type of tattoo. Although it’s not exactly a tattoo, henna or mehndi is a paste that is made of dried henna leaves which is then placed in a cone shaped tube and applied on for women and men. It’s a form of skin decoration that can stay on the skin for a few weeks. To create different colors, your henna artist will mix the henna ink with other ingredients.
Henna has served as a symbol of health, sensuality and good luck for over 5 thousand years in the Arab countries. However, the earliest clear evidence of henna application on the body appears in the nails and hair of Egyptian mummies.
Henna or Mehndi designs are very popular in many countries in Asia such as Pakistan, India, Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh. Mehndi has been long-established and practiced in subcontinent of India. Mehndi designs are put on during Hindu weddings or festivals like Vat Purnima, Karva Chauth, Bhai Dooj, Teej and Diwali. Also by Musilms on Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr. The weddings in subcontinent of India would be unfinished without Mehndi ceremony.
Mehndi art has also gotten famous in Arab women especially from the Gulf Nations. In western world, Mehndi is known by the name of Henna designs. Henna art got popular in the west during the late 1990s.
Henna is used to improve the appearance of the body. It is drawn on shoulders, palms, hands, and legs. Numerous mehndi designs are available which include Pakistani, Arabic, Marwari and Rajasthani among others. All of them are named after geographies. The mehndi designs in Arabic style usually integrate bigger floral designs and does not cover the entire hand. Indian mehndi designs generally use finer and smaller floral art, covering the entire hand. Indian mehndi also often include a peacock or an elephant.
In Africa and the Middle East, it is usual for women to apply henna to their toenails and fingernails besides their hands. Mehndi is used by Tamils in Sri Lanka as they are Hindus but not in Sri Lanka among Sinhalese.
- 1 The Process
- 2 Henna Tattoos in India
- 3 Simple And Easy Henna Designs
- 4 Other Simple Henna Design Ideas
- 4.1 10. Simple Henna Art On The Foot
- 4.2 11. Fire Henna Tattoo On Hand
- 4.3 12. Beautiful Henna Design On Hands
- 4.4 13. Pretty Flower Tattoo
- 4.5 14. Cute And Easy Henna Designs For Legs
- 4.6 15. Easy Henna Design For Arms
- 4.7 16. Simple Henna Tattoo For Fingers
- 4.8 17. Beautiful Henna Design For Upper Back
- 4.9 18. Nice Henna Design For Hands and Finger
- 4.10 19. Henna Art For The Side
- 4.11 20. Awesome Henna Tattoo Design On The Arm
- 4.12 21. Very Simple Henna Tattoo For Belly
- 4.13 22. Great Henna Design For Back Of The Shoulder
- 4.14 23. Henna Art For Hands
- 4.15 24. Great Henna Art For Waist
- 4.16 25. Henna On Hand
- 4.17 26. Henna Foot Tattoo Design
- 4.18 27. Henna Flower Design On The Neck
- 4.19 28. Tribal Henna Design
- 4.20 29. Pretty Henna Back Of The Hand Tattoos
- 4.21 30. Henna Belly Tattoo
- 4.22 31. Unique Henna Spine Design
- 4.23 32. Cool Henna Bellybutton Design
- 4.24 33. Small Flowers Mehndi Design
- 4.25 34. Semi-Circular Borders Mehndi Design
- 4.26 35. Simple Mehndi Design
- 4.27 36. Beautiful Mehndi Design On Hand
- 4.28 37. Elegant, yet Simple Mehndi Design
- 4.29 38. Easy but Pretty Mehndi Design On Hand
- 4.30 39. Simple Feminine Mehndi Design
- 4.31 40. Great Mehndi Design On Legs
Like stated before, henna is applied onto the skin by a plastic cone or a paint brush (or a special metal-tipped bottle used for silk painting). The mud will dry in 15-20 minutes and begin to crack. During the initial drying process, a mixture of white sugar and lemon juice is applied over the art to moisten the henna mud. The design is then wrapped with medical or plastic tape or tissue to lock in the body heat. This process will create more darker and intense color.
This wrap can be worn for several hours or overnight before removed. After 24-72 hours, the henna art gradually darkens through oxidation. Usually the final color is reddish brown and can last from 1-3 weeks.
Generally for the thicker skin, the henna stains darker and lasts longer as for thinner and fairer skin. It’s recommended to moisten the design with coconut, sesame seed or olive oil. This will extend the lifetime of the henna art. Don’t exfoliate the skin when wearing a henna tattoo unless you want the design to fade quicker.
You can find a henna artist near you or buy ready-made henna cones to try to apply it onto your skin by yourself. Most people like to apply henna designs on the palms, back of the hands and on the feet. On these areas there’s less melanin and the art will show clearest due to the contrast with the lighter skin.
The henna designs we’ve featured below can be easily applied even by beginners. You can alter them based on your taste. It’s not difficult to do as the ink won’t permanently stay on your skin. Check out our simple and easy henna designs.
Henna Tattoos in India
In India, henna tattoos are applied to Indian women during their weddings. There are tattoo services in this country that offer henna tattooing exclusively for weddings or Indian festivals.
Before a wedding, the designer will visit the bride’s home to apply a henna tattoo to the bride’s hands or feet. Three days before she gets married, it’s part of Indian’s custom to invite the female family members of the bride to her home for mehndi ceremony. These women will have their hands and feet decorated with henna tattoos. However, theirs aren’t as elaborate as the bride’s designs.
Most of the henna designs for the brides in India are of starting a family with their husbands. These designs are often symbols of fertility, like the peacock. But the brides can opt for other designs to be included, like flower buds.
In country of India, applying the henna tattoos to the bride will suppose to give her good fortune.
Simple And Easy Henna Designs
1. Flower Design
This design isn’t only appropriate for women but for girls too. Kids love trying henna tattoos on their little palms and this design is suitable for them as well. It’s easy to create and apply on the hands. This flower-design can also be created with other simple flowers.
Applying henna tattoos on the hands can be difficult. Some henna tattoo artists will start from the fingers and end the design in the wrist part.
A flower henna tattoo design can go from the wrist part only to an arm-length design. Your artist can use different types of flowers to fill your hands. You can choose to include a few leaves and some dots to make the entire design more eye-catching.
2. Heart Design
This is one of the easiest henna designs that even your kids can follow. It’s a beautiful heart with some floral patterns. They can add flower motifs to make their design more elaborate. This design can also include shaded leaves.
The heart henna designs are usually fun to see and can be romantic too. This type of design can represent love and hope. It can also symbolize good health. You can have it on the back of your hand or on your palm, whichever you prefer. But if you want it to last longer, opt to have it on your arm and avoid washing it.
3. Peacock Design
Henna designs usually include animal motifs. In fact, they’re integral part of many henna designs. This type of design isn’t only beautiful but it also offers a timeless body art.
There are many animal motifs for henna designs but peacock is one of the most beautiful designs. Peacock is a symbol of grace and exquisiteness. With that in mind, it makes the entire design more beautiful and attractive no matter how simple it is. Peacock design for henna tattoos isn’t only popular among Indians but it’s also well-favored among Arabs. Even the west prefers it for its gorgeousness.
4. Lotus Design
It’s a floral design that represents purity, femininity and grace. It also means joy and happiness. Lotus flower is simple. But in Henna designs, simple is more fun and attractive. You or your artist can experiment with various lotus designs. You can draw it in a slant or in those little curves of your palm and the back of your hand.
You can integrate the lotus design with some tribal body art form. Although, it’s no longer a simple design, it adds more charm to it. You may pick up some elements of a tribal body art that appeal to you most. Be creative and draw some of those elements to create a more beautiful lotus henna design on your hand. You can also have it on your back.
5. Arabic Henna Design
This one requires more talent but if you’re still a beginner, you can start by adding simple elements. It’s especially great for women who love flowers but don’t know how to incorporate them into their own henna designs. You can start by adding a small lotus. Then, work your way to add other flowers to give the entire design sweeter and prettier look.
Most of the Arabic henna designs include a lot of colors, like royal blue and purple.
6. Just on the Fingers
It’s quite unique, if you want to try a different design this time. It’s a great idea to apply henna tattoo onto your fingers. For the rest of your hand, you may leave it bare or draw some parallel lines or dots. Or you can create interesting shapes to have an eye catching pattern.
Leaving most of your hands without a tattoo can perfectly give your design a more edgy look. Or you can opt to draw only on the inner sides of your fingers.
Another unique idea is to focus only on decorating your wrist with detailed shapes. You can go around making it like a ring.
7. For the Brides
Even if you’re not Indian, you can have henna designs on your own wedding. You can go for full traditional, but it requires more elaborate designs. The image shows a very simple design that can be drawn for brides on their wedding day.
Some designers would make the design look like you’re wearing jewelry. Leave your jewelry at home and allow henna to do the job for you. You can make bracelets, rings or any center pieces at the back of your hand. Opt to include dangling chains. It’s really up to you how you want the final design to look like.
8. Curve Design
Curve design is also popular in henna tattoos. It screams out the old advice of going for simplicity. It will add more magic when you add a little border or small semi-circle to it. You can have it on your hand or on your feet with a plain design. It looks elegant but make sure that it’s done with the same thickness and consistency.
9. Feather Design
This is usually incorporated in peacock design but it can also be drawn alone. The fascinating beauty of a feather can be really eye-catching, especially if you include different colors. Peacock feathers are colorful. Thus, opting for just a peacock feather can be an excellent way to have a henna design.
You can find feather designs to have extravagant elements. Some of them include array of flowers and leaves. They’re amazing. However, they can also be difficult for beginners. For amateurs in henna designing, they usually opt for too little supplementary elements to make the overall design simple and not cluttered.
Other Simple Henna Design Ideas
10. Simple Henna Art On The Foot
11. Fire Henna Tattoo On Hand
12. Beautiful Henna Design On Hands
13. Pretty Flower Tattoo
14. Cute And Easy Henna Designs For Legs
15. Easy Henna Design For Arms
16. Simple Henna Tattoo For Fingers
17. Beautiful Henna Design For Upper Back
18. Nice Henna Design For Hands and Finger
19. Henna Art For The Side
20. Awesome Henna Tattoo Design On The Arm
21. Very Simple Henna Tattoo For Belly
22. Great Henna Design For Back Of The Shoulder
23. Henna Art For Hands
24. Great Henna Art For Waist
25. Henna On Hand
26. Henna Foot Tattoo Design
27. Henna Flower Design On The Neck
28. Tribal Henna Design
29. Pretty Henna Back Of The Hand Tattoos
30. Henna Belly Tattoo
31. Unique Henna Spine Design
33. Small Flowers Mehndi Design
34. Semi-Circular Borders Mehndi Design
35. Simple Mehndi Design
36. Beautiful Mehndi Design On Hand
37. Elegant, yet Simple Mehndi Design
38. Easy but Pretty Mehndi Design On Hand
39. Simple Feminine Mehndi Design
40. Great Mehndi Design On Legs
Here you go. These are some of the henna designs you can easily draw on your body as a beginner in henna tattooing. Once you have mastered the art of henna, you can make a more elaborate design that represents your artistic side.