Henna - A Helpful Solution to Self-Harm
By: Krysteen ~
Mehndi Madness is interested in how the art of henna is being used to promote healthy expression for those dealing with self-harm issues. One in five people suffer from a form of self-harm and this issue usually goes unnoticed by family and friends because it is easy to cover or hide with clothing. Cutting, a form of self-harm, is defined as intentional self-inflicted destruction of body tissue, meaning that they are not trying to commit suicide but want to feel pain to help them feel alive. However, even though the person isn’t actually trying to die, life threatening problems can arrive.
A solution to self-harm was raised by a therapist treating a young girl, the therapist suggested she draws on her skin instead of cutting. After using the new coping skill the young girl took to social media to share about how it had worked for her.
For more on this particular story read this article: http://powerfulmind.co/therapist-suggested-drawing-on-her-body/
This has started a new trend in coping with self-harm, many have found drawing patterns on their skin instead of harming was the same if not more rewarding in coping with their feelings and mental state. Zentangle is a form of drawing that has been a key contributor in stopping self-harm. Zentangle is non-representational and is unplanned, which allows the drawer to “focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. There is no up or down to Zentangle art and makes it something mindless the person can do without building more stress to their situation.
Drawing instead of cutting is a great solution, but instead of using pens or markers that only last for day, Henna can last up to a couple weeks. Henna also uses natural products instead of inks and harmful chemicals that are in pens and markers. Along with it being better to the body and skin, Henna is a very creative ancient art form that one can immerse themselves in and find a passion for. Having a passion and hobby that one likes doing can really help with improving one’s mental state. Together, Zentangle and henna have been used by many artists. Mehndi Madness is hopeful those needing support will reach out to their therapists, councilors, and doctors to try this new combination.
Here's a great article with definition of how Zentangle is used.
Sample of henna/jagua tattoo in Zentangle style.
Let`s Get Tiny!
By: Krysteen ~
Tiny Tattoos are taking us by storm! In our world now, tattoos have different meaning than they did years ago. The tattoo is usually a reminder for them to carry for the rest of their lives. Even though a tattoo may be small, that doesn’t mean it can’t have just as much meaning as a full-body tattoo. Henna clients are coming up with the cutest little designs to fit on their favorite spots like the finger, wrist, behind the ear, to remember a special meaning, idea, or memory. Most mehndi madness clients like these tine tats done in Jagua. It stains black and looks like a real tattoo.
Mehndi Madness is always keeping up with the latest trends and we’ve got a few ideas for you to consider for your next tiny tattoo. Remember to always try it out first in Henna/Jagua to see if it’s the right fit for you!
- Lotus Flower: A lotus flower is an ancient flower that represents the ability to rise above an unpleasant time and circumstances to achieve something beautiful. It can also symbolize the realization of inner potential and harness the flow of energy moving through the chakras.
- Ohm: The ohm sign symbolizes the four different states of consciousness and illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).
- Anchor: An anchor can symbolize strength and stability and can often symbolize one person who you consider your “rock” or your source of strength. This is a popular choice and is commonly seen as a tiny tattoo.
- Infinity: The symbol is a representation of something endless, and a common representation of this is love or connection. With the two circles inter-connecting, each representing a side of the relationship, encompasses the idea of being ‘together forever’.
- Semicolon: The semicolon tattoo means exactly what the semicolon itself means: a sentence or thought that could have stopped but decided to keep going, and this can represent the strength to go forward in life. The meaning goes deeper as it also represents people that considered taking their lives but didn’t.
Here’s a link to 60 tiny tattoos. You might find one you like.
This Jagua tiny tattoo done by young girl who had achieved something great in her life.
Tiny tattoos of astrological symbols when you just have to represent!
Celestial designs are always highly popular with Mehndi Madness clients.