Henna has been used in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa for thousands of years to mark big celebratory occasions, and traditionally the designs tend to be very dense and completely filled, covering most of the skin in the process. But if you thought henna was reserved for exotic weddings and beautiful brides, think again, because it has fast become one of the biggest beauty trends around the world.
Last year, the rise of white henna changed the public’s perception of the art from traditional to trendy. The craze started here in the Middle East, where it’s popularity grew quickly thanks to its more delicate look and for the way it showed up on darker skin tones, with some of the more renowned artists charging upwards of AED 500 per application. Henna is also being given an even more modern twist when applied in strict, geometrical lines and shapes, a design that has been adopted by a younger, more avant-guard generation in the Middle East.
This week, Dubai-based beauty mogul Huda Kattan jumped on the bandwagon with the release of her ‘Henna Tattoos’, which means it’s now easier than ever for you to apply and remove your henna designs. After Huda’s sister, Mona Kattan, posted a picture on her Instagram account of the new henna tattoos, the social-media sphere went crazy (as you would expect), and the stunning designs are now flying off the shelves of Sephora stores across the country.
If you’ve been late to try out this trend and are looking for some henna inspiration or aren’t sure where to start, Savoir Flair has rounded up six stunning pictures to get you on your way.