Everything you need to know about Henna Tattoos


"Looks like there's a girl in Cluj doing henna tattoos." Andrei tells me with an excited tone, curious of my reaction.

We never really talked about this before, so he didn't know my opinion about them. He just knew that I'm too indecisive to get a tattoo, unlike him, "Mr. decision".

He also knows that I would love to be able to make up my mind easier for whether or not I'd still want them on long term. That's because I get a new idea every other day, that's nurturing my desire to make some kind of art on my skin.

Art - nothing else.


"In Cluj?" I say jumping out of bed. Ahh, too fast. I got dizzy.

".. Show me!" and ii grab his phone playfully from his hand.

"Oh, take it easy you little dwarf!" he laughs.

"Blah, blah, blah .. the first artist in town .. - where's a link? A name, something, anything ?!" I get impatient. "Oh, there it is!"

Two seconds later and I already found her on Facebook. I tell her I want us to meet.

It's been a while since the first message, but it was my fault. I arrived at Yolka around noon yesterday, where I Ana and the boys, armed with cameras, where waiting for me.

We start chatting about blogging and about the lifestyle it involves and then we get to work.

"Let's choose a design, or do you already have an idea about what you want?"

Mhm, typical me, "No, but I saved some pictures on Pinterest."

We take a look together, Ana shows me some of her favorites and eventually I let the boys decide for me.

"Are you sure, guys? Sure, sure?" - "Okay, let's do it that way."

And so it went:

( except a few of Ana's additional details, that she added to make it unique.)


"Cica este ceva tipa in Cluj care face tatuaje cu henna." imi spune Andrei pe un ton entuziasmat, curios de reactia mea.

Nu mai vorbisem despre asta pana acum, deci nu stia care e parerea mea fata de ele. Stie doar ca nu am tatuaje si ca sunt mult prea nehotarata sa pot sa-mi fac unul. Cel putin spre diferenta de el, "domnul decizie".

Mai stie si ca mi-as dori sa fiu suficient de statornica incat sa stiu daca mi-ar placea sau nu unul pe termen lung. Asta pentru ca zilnic imi mai vine cate o idee irezistibila care-mi alimnteaza dorinta de a-mi face arta pe piele.

Arta - nu altceva.


"In CLUJ?" spun sarind din pat. Ahh, prea repede. Ma ia ameteala.

".. arata-mi!" si ii fur jucaus telefonul din mana.

"Incet, pitico!" il pufneste.

"Bla, bla, bla.. prima artista din oras.. - nu este ceva link? Un nume, ceva?!" devin nerabdatoare. "Ah, uite-o!" 

In doua secunde o si gasesc pe Facebook. Ii scriu ca vreau sa o cunosc.


A trecut ceva timp de la primul mesaj pana la intalnire, dar a fost din vina mea. Ajung insa la Yolka ieri pe la pranz, unde ma astepa Ana si doi baieti inarmati cu camere.

Facem cunostiinta, povestim despre blog si ce presupune el si trecem la treaba.

"Hai sa alegem un model, ai venit cu o idee anume?"

Mhm, tipic mie, "Nu, dar am salvat cateva pe Pinterest."

Ne uitam peste ele, imi arata si Ana mai multe variante si in cele din urma ii las pe baieti sa aleaga.

"Sigur? Sigur, sigur?" - "Okay, hai ca-l facem asa."

Si asa a si iesit:

( doar ca Ana a contribuit cu detalii in plus, sa-l faca unic. )

What you need to know

Prior to my first date with Ana, I started doing a little research on the net. I wanted to know what I was getting into before I blew it up.

I want to tell you what I've learned then and what Ana explained too, while drawing my new tattoo.

  • Henna is a natural paste, made from a very pigmented plant. It is placed on the skin in a drawing, usually Indian, sine it's the origin of this technique.
  • The paste dries eventually and falls off the skin, leaving the pattern imprinted in the first two layers of the epidermis.
  • It mustn't be removed manually after drying, but still be kept intact for another 12hours.
  • Then you should wipe it with oil and avoid contact with abundant water in the first 24 hours.
  • The color that remaining on the skin is not black! There is NO natural black henna, just reddish-brown.
  • Indeed there is an artificial paste you can get temporary tattoos with, that sometimes gets confused with henna, but it can damage the skin. Ana explained she can't afford to put anyone's health under risk, especially because of the high number of allergic reactions to the substance it's made of.
  • The drawing is visible between 10-15 days, during which the skin naturally exfoliates and the model starts to disappear.

Inainte sa o contactez pe Ana am facut putin research pe net. Voiam sa stiu in ce ma bag inainte sa fac vreo gafa.

Vreau sa-ti spun acum ce am aflat de acolo si ce mi-a mai explicat Ana in timp ce-mi desena modelul.

  • Henna e o pasta naturala, facuta dintr-o planta foarte pigmentata. Aceasta se aseaza pe piele intr-un desen, de regula specific indian, de unde si provine aceasta tehnica.
  • Pasta se usuca si cade de pe piele, lasand in urma ei modelul intiparit in primele doua straturi de epiderma.
  • Nu trebuie indepartata manual dupa uscare, ci se pastreaza in continuare intacta 12h.
  • Se sterge cu ulei si se evita contactul cu apa abundenta in primele 24 de ore.
  • Culoarea care ramane pe piele NU este neagra! Nu exista henna naturala neagra, ci maro-rosiatic.
  • Intradevar exista o varianta artificiala de a face astfel de tatuaje temporare, care se confunda cu henna, insa poate dauna pielii. Ana mi-a explicat ca nu isi permite sa puna sanatatea nimanui in primejdie, in special pentru ca reactiile alergice fata de substanta respectiva sunt foarte comune.
  • Desenul e vizibil intre 10-15 zile, timp in care pielea se exfoliaza in mod natural, iar modelul incepe sa devina din ce in ce mai fad.

Click on:


  to get a preview of how much her work costs.

I think henna tattoos are a great alternative for the more undecided ones, like me.

On the other hand, the structure of the lines and dots that make up the drawing is done manually, and thus usually ends up not being perfectly straight or symmetrical.

"It just turns out the way it does." Ana said nonchalantly. "It's okay, I like it .." I said honestly impressed by the delicate work that lies behind such a tattoo. A cat eye is a piece of cake compared to this, I said to myself.

Eventually I left Yolka smiling widely, making a mental note too visit this  place again. It's really something special..

We went outside to take a few more pictures of the tattoo, while the henna paste was still wet. You can see them below. I'm also going to make a few shots in the final form, or the henna's "shadow" as I like to call it.

Don't worry, I'll post them soon! - Until then you can contact Ana here, if you want to try it out for yourself too. 

By the way, she celebrates one year since she started this passion in June and she told me she'll  do henna rings for free that day! Yuhu!

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with my Pinterest board for henna tattoos that I'd love to give a try, for some further inspiration.

Cred ca tatuajele cu henna sunt o alternativa foarte buna pentru cei mai nehotarati, ca si mine.

Pe de alta parte, structura liniilor si punctelor din care e format desenul se face manual, iar deobicei nu iese perfect drept sau simetric.

"Iese asa cum iese." mi-a spus Ana nonsalanta. "E okay, mie-mi place.." i-am spus, sincer impresionata de munca migulatoare care sta in spatele unui astfel de tatuaj. Linia de tus e floare la ureche in comparatie cu asta, imi spuneam in gand.

In cele din urma am plecat zambitoare de la Yolka, facandu-mi o notita mentala ca trebuie sa mai vizitez localul. E chiar aparte..

Am mai stat sa facem cateva poze cu henna inca in forma de pasta, pe care le poti vedea mai jos, iar acum urmeaza sa fac cateva in forma finala.  "Umbra" cum imi place mie sa-i spun, care s-a asternut pe piele.

Rabdare, vin in curand! - Pana atunci puteti sa o contactati pe Ana aici, daca cumva doriti sa incercati.

In iunie serbeaza un an de cand a inceput aceasta pasiune si mi-a spus ca va face inele de henna gratuit! Yuhu!

Siiii va las la dispozitie bord-ul meu de Pinterest cu o selectie persoanala de tatuaje pe care mi-ar fi placut sa le incerc cu henna.


Alex Maxim for the pictures.

Ana for the Henna master piece.

YOLKA Café for hosting us while we got the job done.
And let's not forget about Ioana from Nail Art Studio by Lore who made me a matching manicure to this tattoo! It's awesome, darling!