The art of applying henna to the hands and feet is known as Mehndi. Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like holidays, birthdays and weddings in India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Henna is all natural and completely safe for all skin types. The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come. Every culture and region of the world uses henna tattoos in its own unique way.
For body decorations, the leaves of the henna plant are dried, crushed into a fine powder, and made into a creamy paste using a variety of techniques. This paste is then applied to the skin, staining the top layer. In its natural state it will dye the skin an orange or brown color. Although it looks dark green when applied, this green paste will flake off revealing an orange stain.