Henna tattoos, or Mehndi, are created with a temporary dye paste made from the crushed leaves and twigs of the henna plant. The paste is applied to the skin, and when dried, the reddish brown dye will last up to a month — depending on your skin, the location of the design, and how frequently the area is washed.
Popular in India and many Arabic cultures, these intricate designs are generally reserved for special events and celebrations. In India, henna tattoos are an important part of wedding ceremonies. In recent years, thanks to celebrities like Madonna, and Rihanna, henna tattoos are gaining popularity in the West as an alternative to more permanent ink tattoos.