Henna tattoos on hands and legs are a big part of the beautification Hausa and Muslim brides go through when preparing for weddings in Nigeria. While the designs range from simple to complex, they all look stunning on the hands or feet. Henna, also known as laali in Nigeria, are not only worn by brides. This type of temporary tattoos are also worn by close friends of the brides and generally by women in Northern Nigeria.
If you are looking for the best henna design (laali) ideas for your Nikah ceremony or Hausa traditional wedding, get ready to be inspired by pictures of 100 unique wedding henna designs for hands and legs – appropriate for Muslim Nikkai and Hausa/ Fulani Nigerian Weddings. From the simple to intricate laali (henna) art design patterns, you’ll find something you like. To see all the wedding henna design pictures, play the video slideshow below.
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What is Henna Tattoo or Laali and How is it Made?
Laali is the Nigerian Hausa name for Henna. Indians call it Mehndi. You may be wondering: what is henna tattoo and what is it made from? Henna or Laali tattoos are non-permanent body art using henna dye. Henna dye is obtained from dried leaves of Henna Tree, ground into powder. In its dry form, the henna dye is not activated. To make dye for henna tattoo, water is added to the powdered leaves to form a paste. This paste stains the skin/ body and does not immediately wash off. A henna stain is temporary and lasts a couple of weeks. Another use of henna is for hair conditioning.
How is Laali/ Henna tattoo applied? Laali/ henna tattoos are part of the Nigerian Hausa Muslim weddings. They are used to decorate the bride’s hands and feet. The method of application is similar to icing (cake-art). Similarly, the henna paste is put into a cone that has a small, open tip. The henna artist applies light pressure to the cone, in order to draw the desired design on the body. Usually, the application is done by a Henna Tattoo artist.
Some women let the henna tattoo artist draw come up with a suitable design for them, trusting that it would be beautiful. However, some stylish Hausa/ Fulani women or brides like to show their laali/ henna artist a picture of what they want to be designed on their hands or feet.
In Northern Nigeria, laali/ henna tattoo artists can easily be found on the streets and in the local markets. These artists have usually gathered up lots of designs through their years of experience, and most draw up designs without looking at any book. These days, some makeup artists in the North have also added learned how to draw laali art on legs and hands. So, it’s no longer uncommon to find henna tattoo artists in posts neighborhoods in any part of Nigeria, not just the Northern region.
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Latest Trends in Laali: Nigerian Bridal Henna Tattoo Designs
We are used to seeing black and reddish-brown colour henna (laali) designs in Nigeria – those are the classical, traditional designs. Henna art has literally grown up and evolved. These days, you can find diverse colours and more beautiful henna designs and patterns. We particularly fancy the latest bridal henna colours we are seeing in magazines and Pinterest such as:
- White and silver henna design colours
- Gold-coloured henna designs.
Still, on bridal henna designs, the uncluttered, simple, less-is-more floral and lace patterns of henna designs on hands and feet look the most elegant. They are still elegant if they have a small dash of colour, and if the design does not cover the entire skin on the hand or feet.
The Place of Bridal Henna Tattoo in Hausa Traditional Wedding Custom: The Bridal ‘Henna Night’
Hands and feet henna tattoo is one thing that many Muslim women, especially those from Northern Nigeria (Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri etc) adore not just because it has become part of the Hausa culture but because of how beautiful the henna body art design and patterns look.Photo credits: various (listed at the end of the above video)
While we’re accustomed to seeing the bride and her friends sit by a local henna artist to get beautiful henna body decorations a few days before the bride’s (Nikkai/ Nikah) wedding ceremony, many non-Northern and non-Muslim Nigerians believe that henna is strictly for weddings. Well, that is not true – the fact is that many Hausa women (young and old) absolutely love getting inked with beautiful floral and lace patterned henna designs on a regular basis. Thankfully, getting a henna tattoo is not a painful exercise.
The application of henna on brides-to-be is part of the Muslim pre-wedding/ pre-Nikah rites for brides, and it is even practised by Muslims outside Nigeria (Egypt, Dubai, India, Pakistan, Morocco, and many others). This ‘ritual’ of bridal beautification and preparation is called the ‘henna night’ – the bride’s hands and feet are decorated with henna.
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