"Do you have black henna?"
I always cringe at the question, before explaining my product is 100% natural henna dye without any harmful chemicals such as PPD that cause deep burns.
"If you ever hear someone say 'black henna' run the other way," I say. Why? Because causing near permanent scars are never worth the dark stains. EVER.
I use the natural green henna from Rajasthan, a province of India. The powder has a strong fragrance and grainy quality that requires careful handling. My favorite mixes include rose water, lavender essential oil, sugar and a few drops of lemon. I also use a very concentrated form known as 'irk'. The paste is so dense and gel like that it instantly stains the skin in a dark chocolate color that resembles black ink.
Another question that I am beginning to hear more and more is: "DO you use
Again the answer is NO. Henna is NEVER white, and
henna is NEVER black. It is a beautiful range of reddish orange to chocolate
brown depending on how well your skin stains. The white henna you may have seen
is actually a gliding paint known as moonlight. It adheres to your skin like a
paste and stays on for a few days. Beautiful concept but not
SO WHAT IS HENNA?
mehndi as it is known in Pakistan and India, is a plant similar in looks and
size to that of a tea plant.
It grows in the hot equatorial
regions spanning North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Arabian
Peninsula, the Near East and South Asia. Some documentation
can trace uses of henna back to 9000 years. Ancient Egyptian mummers have been
found adorned with henna and Cleopatra was known to have used it for decorative
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HENNA?
Henna is used for many reasons including: self-expression; celebration
of special occasions like weddings, holidays &
birthdays; inspiration; reminders; beauty; cosmetic treatments; medicinal
uses; blessings & well-being; to be part of an ancient tradition; and an
alternative or precursor to a tattoo. The modern henna is a symbol of joy
and the tradition has been refined into an art form. Various techniques are used
to darken the henna quality for longer lasting stains. Designs have
evolved over the years and become more intricate and detailed. For brides
henna is an auspicious sign, the darker the stain the more love in the marriage.
Tradition holds that for as long as the henna stain appears on the bride,
she doesn't have to do any housework!
Henna is considered an herb, and has long been known to have
healing qualities. It is
used topically and usually not ingested or
inhaled. In ancient times it has been applied to the skin surface for such
ailments as headaches, stomach pains, burns (including sunburns), open wounds,
as a fever reducer, athlete's foot and even the prevention of hair
HOW DOES IT WORK
paste slowly releases the natural dye on to the skin coloring the top
layers in the design. When the skin renews its self over the few days and weeks
the stain is slowly removed. Exfoliating the skin removes the stain faster. It
is recommended to keep the henna on for at-least 6 hours for the darkest
WHEN CAN WE HIRE
I am available for private events, parties, bridal showers,
ladies' night out and festival. Group rates require a $100 deposit for a minimum
of 10 people.
Maternity sessions begin at
Individual designs are $25
begins at $150.
Send me an email or call to
book an appointment. Same day appointments are very rare so please plan ahead.
You can always find me at First Fridays
at the Crossroads in Kansas City. W 19th and Baltimore.