Eccentric Henna Trends – With the passage of time and the countless advances that have brought, like the dominance of social media which has lead to an awareness about different cultures, the form of body art called henna or mehndi has also consequently grown, evolved and expanded exponentially.
Instead of just some specific areas such as South-East Asia and the Middle East, the art has spread to various countries across Europe as well. Every artist brings something new to the table, their visions are unique, their approaches singular. So it is that today we see hundreds upon thousands of new designs cropping up all over the internet. They range from beautiful, bold, cartoonish to downright weird, crazy and bizarre. In this article, we are going to show you some of the most peculiar henna trends out there.
Most Eccentric Henna Trends
We should mention here that the basis for considering these pieces of artwork as “eccentric” is the fact that henna used to be restricted to the limbs only and that too with only flowers and paisleys and such.
↓ 30 – Front Neck Henna
Artists and henna lovers have taken upon themselves to adorn the neck region. The designs mostly are in the form of a long and elaborate neck jewellery piece. Sometimes its nearer the throat while others some length below.
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↓ 29 – Back Neck Henna
Just like the front, the back of the neck is also a desirable place for a design these days. Only, are a mix of ornate ones imitating jewellery to spunky tattoos.
↓ 28 – Side Neck Henna
We know, you’re probably thinking, that’s a lot of neck! But squeezing it all into one would be an injustice because there is an incredible variety out there and each region showcases a different vibe than the other.
↓ 27 – Chest Henna
It’s not exactly on the chest, but quite close to it, further down the neck and throat designs. They are more intricate and exquisite by comparison.
↓ 26 – Stomach Henna
These also tend to be diverse. Some cover the whole stomach, some only upper or lower parts, some are near the navel only, adorning it while some tend to go a little lower to either side, there are horizontal designs and vertical ones. Basically there is a lot of space and a hundred different ways to adorn it.
↓ 25 – Pregnant Belly Henna
Not going to lie, this may look revolting to some but this trend has been growing. Who knows? Perhaps it’s soothing for the mother to be. It’s not our place to judge.
↓ 24 – Bald Scalp Henna
You heard us right. Henna on heads! People with shaven heads are getting into the habit of henna-fying their scalps which is called a “Henna Crown”. Both men and women. The designs are mostly mandalas owing to the roundness of both their shape and the place on which they are being drawn but like every other design, there are hundreds of variations.
↓ 23 – Under-Foot Henna
We have all had henna done on our feet, right? That’s what people normally do. But have you heard of henna underneath your feet? Especially something as elaborate and well done as this? Shake your heads all you like, folks. These trends are here to stay.
↓ 22 – Crazy Back Henna
Things get wilder and wilder on backs, or so we’ve seen. Every piece seems to have been out done by the next. Take this one, for instance:
↓ 21 -Ear Henna
This is an adorable trend to be perfectly honest.
↓ 20 – Men Henna Tattoos
Okay, so maybe this isn’t as outlandish an idea as one would hope, after all, it’s just a form of body art and men love getting tattoos. But like we said, in the context of henna being applied solely on women’s bodies before and that too in specific regions and designs, this is certainly a novel idea.
↓ 19 – White Henna
It’s actually a white colored paste that is in no way the traditional “henna” we all know of. It doesn’t even stain. It’s applied on the body then dries and stays that way until you wash it off. But modern artists have begun to call it white henna due to the fact that it is similarly applied.
↓ 18 – Occult Henna
Oh, there are millions of examples but alas, we can choose only one. Designs such as these are fantastical, rendering mythical beasts, concepts or objects. The look magical and bewitching.
↓ 17 – Gauntlet Henna
Wonder Woman, anyone?
↓ 16 – Fandom Centered Designs
Want to get your favorite fandoms inked into your skins without having to worry about them being permanent or anything else? Get henna! Here’s a delightful Harry Potter piece.
↓ 15 – Symmetrical Designs
Its designs like these that turn henna application into a precision exercise for the artist. Gone are the freehand designs that novices can hope to achieve. This is the work of true artists.
↓ 14 – Cartoons
Kids love cartoons and other action figures and this is something they’ll totally be ready to get these painted on their bodies.
↓ 13 – Script Mehndi
Some phrases and quotes are just irresistible, aren’t they? Every language and every script can be written in henna.
↓ 12 – Animals and Objects
This is what we imagine kids get most excited about. There are a plethora of such renditions, hundreds of different kinds of animals and other random objects are drawn with henna. Great for when you want a temporary tattoo.
↓ 11 – Figure Drawings
From dulha dulhan designs on palms to a random portrait, you will see all different kinds of renditions of humans, sometimes just faces, sometimes whole bodies!
↓ 10 – Cityscape Tattoo
Flowers? Paisleys? Hearts? That’s ancient stuff, sir. Say hello to a jaw-dropping rendition of an entire city!
↓ 9 – Hyper-Realistic Henna
You see this on both men and women. Realistic tattoo like designs of animals and birds and objects on backs, legs, arms, bellies, and just about everywhere else!
↓ 8 – Henna Circuits
And here we have the artist attempting to make a robot out of a customer. Electrifying!
↓ 7 – Designs That Weave a Story
Ah! Most of these depict how two people fall in love and get married. Some of them are traditional designs, some are other-worldly and decidedly modern. They all tell a beautiful story.
↓ 6 – Ganesh Tattoo
It’s a mildly disturbing thing to draw on your body but hey, to each his own, right? There are hundreds of different henna renditions of this Indian worshiping idol.
↓ 5 – Henna Skulls
These decorative skull designs are extensive and all of them are quirky and fascinating to look at.
↓ 4 – Mehndi Bones
See, this is what we call weird, but not unkindly.
↓ 3 – Egyptian Scarab
It’s both unusual and eye-catching at the same time.
↓ 2 – Spunky Lines
Spectacular, isn’t it? And yet, who would have thought of that?
↓ 1 – Mehndi Map
A gorgeous piece, creative, imaginative and simply beautiful.
We hope you enjoyed this list. Some of these might not be surprising to you as opinions are purely subjective and what’s odd to one person may be completely normal to another.
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