Dye Another Day

I got a henna kit for my birthday. Even though it’s not quite my birthday yet.

Henna is a natural dye commonly used to decorate skin. Using henna to put a design on your skin is like having an orange temporary tattoo that fades away after a week or maybe a month. I’ve never tried henna before, but I’ve always wanted to–I really like the idea of body art, but I don’t want to do anything permanent to my skin.

I don’t know any designs I liked 20 years ago that I still liked now, and if you could get tattoos at the age of 9, I’d probably have a purple unicorn on my skin somewhere. Or a purple kitten. I don’t like cats and I don’t like the color purple anymore, and while it would be cool to have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on my arm, I have a feeling people would think I was weird.

So henna seems like a fun substitute. The thing is, I’m going to have to use lemon, sugar, and tea or coffee to make the stuff, and then it has to soak for 12 hours, and… I don’t know when it’s going to get done, because you need to prepare for doing it. If it turns out all right, I’ll take a picture and show you folks. If it doesn’t… well, we’ll just pretend it didn’t happen, right?