Designs created with natural henna for your Hands, Feet, Arms, and Belly
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About me: A decade before I was known as a dancer, I was an artist. I began drawing pictures of my baby sister month by month to chart her growth and would paint by studying Delia's catalogs to train myself how to mix the perfect skin color. My senior year I was allowed to paint a 5x5 mural on the classroom wall and assisted my teacher painting backdrops for the local community theater. In college I studied graphic design, drawing, and screen printing and got a job at the Arts Center of Cannon County as their graphic designer and scenic artist. After college, I continued working as a graphic designer at my alma mater Middle TN State university and at a local communications company for 8 years. I was first introduced to henna by my belly dance teacher, who had spent years traveling the renaissance festival circuit as a hair braider and henna artist. She taught me how to mix it myself and gave me a J bottle and away we went to henna festival goers at the the Tomato Arts Festival in Nashville, TN. . . ever since then I have been hooked to the medium, applying henna to anyone who will sit still for me.
Where is henna best applied? Henna is darkest when applied to the palms of hands and soles of feet where the skin is thickest. Then the level of darkness radiates out from these points. See the following graphic.
Who can get henna? Henna is safest when applied to children ages 6 and up who are not G6PD deficient. Click here to find out why. Also avoid all variations of "black henna" even if it is brown. Know the ingredients in your henna. Basic ingredients used in Natural Henna: water, lemon juice, sugar, essential oils including all or one of tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, and/or lavendar. For those sensitive to citrus or essential oils, henna can be mixed without these ingredients. They only help to prolong the stain. Please alert your artist ahead of time to any allergies you may have to these ingredients. *To determine if you are allergic to the essential oils. Are you allergic to Ben Gay, Icy Hot, Tiger Balm, Mentholatum, perfumes, after shaves, Coast soap, Irish Spring soap, or Pine-Sol cleaner. If you have not had a reaction to any of the above, we are fairly confident that the EO’s will not give you any problem.
Visit Henna Ssance at a variety of Markets and Festivals for a taste of the henna experience.
Book a private appointment for large areas of henna or just to relax and avoid the heat. $60/hr
Give your guests the gift of henna. Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Girls Night, and Wedding Showers. Quotes starting at $60/hr.
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Keep it On! Keep it Warm! Keep it Dry!
To ensure the best possible long lasting stain, please follow these instructions. *Note: everyone's skin chemistry is different even from one hand to the other and stain will vary based on body part, weather/humidity, the henna crop that year, and body temperature. If you have exfoliated your skin or used heavy lotions, oils, or sunblock prior to getting henna, your stain may not get as dark.
Stay warm during and after henna application. Keep your henna paste on the skin for as long as possible: 2 hours should be the minimum but I recommend 8-12 hours for best results. Remember that the longer your henna paste stays on the skin, the darker and longer lasting the stain. If henna begins to crack, you can apply a very thin layer of a mixture of lemon juice and sugar with a cotton ball to keep it moist. Too heavy a layer of lemon sugar will cause your henna to melt and ruin your design. Be careful with your dried henna design, it's delicate. At bedtime: Once henna is dried, you can cover it with a sock or wrap it in toilet paper to prevent staining of your sheets or flaking in your bed while you sleep. Remove the dried paste by gently flaking or scraping it off, do NOT use water. For stubborn dried on henna, you can moisten the paste with olive oil, coconut oil, or vegetable oil and gently wipe with a wash rag. Once your henna is removed, you should avoid getting it wet for 12-24 hours - the longer the better. In the first 48 hours after paste removal, your stain will transition from orange to brown - during this time, keep the henna stain well moisturized with a natural oil or balm.
Stains on Clothes: If you accidentally smudge your henna paste onto your clothes, it can be removed by immediately soaking in cold water and treating as a grass stain. Another plus side to using natural henna. "Black henna" with all the nasty chemicals added will not come out of clothes.
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