Thursday, February 14, 2013

Henna Tattoo at P&P Tattoo Boracay

Because of the Chinese New Year festivities, I had a super long weekend (which meant no work for 5 days straight!). I'm so happy that my colleagues and I went to Boracay for a vacation or else I'd be so bored at home! I just came back to Manila on Tuesday, so you could expect Boracay-themed posts from today onwards. Let's start off with a henna tattoo, because when in Boracay, this is one of the must-dos!

There are lots of small stalls that offer henna tattoo services around Boracay, and you could haggle with the artists for a good price. These henna tattoos would last for as long as 2 weeks and would eventually fade. It's perfect for those who don't want to get permanently inked for life.

P&P Tattoo, Boracay

A small design typically costs just about P100.00, but I wanted somewhere nice, clean, cozy, and air-conditioned so I chose to do it at P&P Tattoo in D'Mall. A small-sized henna tattoo here costs P200.00.

 

Outside the store were clearbooks filled with various designs to of henna tattoos to choose from. Since I couldn't find a design I particularly liked, I just described it and let the artist work his magic. It's risky this way, but after seeing the outcome, it was well worth the surprise.


Nope, that's not my tattoo! Since it's the Year of the Water Snake, my colleague wanted to have a snake coiled on his arm, hence the design. The artist first stenciled the outline of the design then proceeded to fill in the spots with black henna ink. This design costs P300.00.


I told the artist that I wanted some flowers and butterflies on my left shoulder/back, and he drew it on the spot. Since I couldn't see my back, I was so excited to take a glimpse of it once it was finished. He told me that he would make something that would look nice on my back, and here it is!

Flowers and Butterfly Henna Tattoo (so pretty!)

Tips:
1. I was told to rinse the henna tattoo off with plain water (and no soap) after 1.5 hours (when the tattoo was completely dry). This will remove the residue. After doing so, I gently wiped the spot with soft tissue to prevent it from staining towels and clothes.
2. Don't apply sunblock prior to having your henna tattoo done. I wish I knew this earlier. My colleague didn't use sunblock prior to having his snake tattoo done, so his was still jet black after rinsing. Mine turned to a dark gray shade, but the details are still intact and well-defined.
3. The ink to be used has to be freshly prepared. If the ink is not freshly prepared, or has been sitting for 3 hours or more, then the henna tattoo won't be as dramatic after rinsing. The tattoo would turn light gray right after rinsing (which was what happened to some of my colleagues who had their henna tattoo done on a stall by the beach.) I learned this from the tattoo artist.
4. Using lotions will hasten fading of the henna tattoo. If you want to preserve yours, skip the lotion.
 

Sunsets in Boracay are breathtaking, so my colleagues didn't miss this chance to have a photoshoot by the beach!

I personally loved the super feminine design of my henna tattoo, but I will definitely do an edgier one next time around! Have you ever had a henna tattoo done? What design did you choose?

Love,
Helen

16 comments:

  1. Yours looks so awesome! I had a henna done once, stars on my foot. =) I guess the time it stays on depends on how often the part gets soaped on and wet. Mine stayed on for quite a long time. =)

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! I wanted some on my leg too but can't since I wear skirts to work. Glad to know that yours lasted for a long time. Hope mine does too! :)

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  2. Ang cute ng henna tattoo mo ate Helen. Kaya pala wala ka ng ilang days nag Boracay ka pala. Hehehe :"> Kung ako nman mas feel ko ang "3stars and a Sun" na tattoo sa batok.. Just like Francis M tsaka Saab Magalona :)) Pro infair ang cute nung sayo. Hahaha :D Butterflies.. napaka'girly :"> Happy Valentines day pala :) #SpreadTheLove

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    1. Thanks! Oo nga eh, di tuloy ako nakapagpost because I took a break! Haha. Ang nationalistic ng type mong tattoo ah. Yung sakin puro arte lang. Haha! Hope you enjoyed your Valentine's day! :)

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  3. Taray! I wanna go back to Boracay! Hopefully this May. :)

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    1. Taray ikaw na maggogoback, ako 1st time lang! :D Hahaha!

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  4. 5 days of no work straight? Again, the perks of being in the company you work with ;) When I was younger I loved getting a henna tattoo in Boracay, but then it always stains my towels and bed sheet. It gets so messy. Plus, most hotels charge you for that. I decided to stick with a girlier, safer, glitter tattoo instead. Pero ngayon parang wala nang glitter tattoo in Boracay noh?

    xo,
    Angel
    http://angeldiamante.blogspot.com/

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    1. 5 days including weekends ;) Haha. Parang di ko nga masyado nakita yung glitter tattoos doon. Yeah, I saw that "warning" on the hotel linens/sheets nga, that they'll charge us in case their stuff gets stained. Thankfully, we left no stains! :D

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  5. havent been boracay..and yeah i know im missing a lot lol..hopefully soon with my boys of course (hubby &son) would like to try that henna tattoo too :-) id prolly choose a design that would represent my son..he's just so adorable..and yep a beautiful souvenir of us during sunset :-)

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    1. I used to think that Boracay was overrated, but going there proved otherwise. The place really is beautiful (despite it being a bit crowded now). You're like one of my former colleague, she had her arm tattooed with stars, each representing a family member. And yeah, a sunset shot is a must when you're there! The view is stunning. :)

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  6. I make it a point to have a henna done every year when I go to the UP fair. This year I had a butterfly just below my left ear. :)

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    1. That's cute! I think butterflies are the girliest designs for the henna tattoo. :)

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  7. That looks amazing! Since I'm Pakistani, it's very common for me to have Henna done on my hands each and every year. :) I have never had it done on my back though!

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    1. It's my first henna tattoo. It's so cool that you get to do this every year! What particular designs do you choose? :)

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  8. Were there any allergies????

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