Feedback Please: Mehndi?

Now that I am seriously bald (there’s just a light shadow of hair . . . sort of a 5-o’clock thing) I’m strongly contemplating doing a mehndi tattoo.

For those of you who don’t know, mehndi is a temporary process that uses henna to stain the skin, usually in intricate patterns. It’s from India, and is a part of their celebrations, eg wedding parties will often be tattooed as part of the festivities.

It starts out black, and then flakes off to leave a dark red pattern that slowly fades. I’ve found a local practitioner who will come to my house to do it, and I’m thinking that doing it now will allow it to slowly fade as my hair regrows in mid to late May.

J. thinks I’ll be unhappy with it — that it’ll draw unusual and uncomfortable attention to myself. What do you think?

Here are some pictures so you have an idea of what I’m thinking about.

These give you an idea of how dark it looks just after completing the design:

Here is what the design looks like after the henna is off and just the tattoo remains:

11 thoughts on “Feedback Please: Mehndi?

  1. Lupa

    You’re in the urban PNW. Henna on your head is not the weirdest thing people will have seen. And if anyone says anything rude, tell them it’s an “I survived chemo” gift.

  2. Jeremy

    I do love the look of mehndi done well. I think I agree with J’s reasoning on it. The upside of having it on your scalp, though, is that if you *do* absolutely hate it, you can always put on a hat or a scarf to cover it up. 🙂

  3. Anya

    You will never again have this oportunity! If it pleases you and you want to try something new–go for it! The having no hair thing kind of blows your comfort zone out of the water! Might as well go all the way!

  4. Mike

    Try this, take a photo of your cranium and then draw/photoshop some designs on it. Then you’ll see what YOU actually look like.

    Just my 2 cents.

  5. KatSai

    I think you should go for it! Mehndi or now, people will notice a bald woman. This could be a great conversation starter. (And Jeremy’s right – a hat or scarf will cover it up if you don’t like it.)

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