What is henna? Henna is a plant native to Africa, Middle East, Southern Asia, and India. Henna leaves are ground into powder and mixed with liquid. Dye is released from the leaves and this dye stains skin, nails, and hair. Anywhere henna grows, there exists cultures who use henna for ritual, celebration, and medicinal purposes. Use of henna within multiple cultures goes back several millennia.
The stain starts off orange and progresses to a dark reddish brown over a couple of days and lasts 1-3 weeks. Stain darkness and longevity will depend upon how long paste is left on the skin, skin chemistry, and aftercare regimen. The black look in some of the photos are with paste on the skin. Real henna is NEVER black.
How long does a henna stain last? This will depend on several factors, including: *How long the henna paste is left on the skin *Each person’s unique skin chemistry *Stain aftercare regimen *Where the stain is on the body Generally speaking, it will be optimum for 7-10 days and then will start fading from the skin, taking up to 2 weeks, sometimes longer depending on stain location on the body.
Do you do parties and events? Absolutely! I can come to a designated location and get paid hourly to henna guests at a party. The hourly rate tends to be a bit cheaper per design, but will ultimately depend on size and complexity of designs requested.
I’ve done events at stores to draw crowds, birthday parties, sleepovers, bar mitzvahs, weddings, brides/grooms, ladies nights, bachelorette parties, graduation parties, project graduation, and much more. Henna is great for celebrations!
How did you get into henna? I like to think that henna found me! I’ve been a professional artist since 2000 and have worked with many different art mediums. Henna fell into my lap and I decided to research it more. I’ve fallen in love with so many facets of henna. It’s a challenging art form that dates back millenia. When I interact with henna and I share it with others, I feel like I’m connected to centuries of people using henna for ritual, medicinal, religious, celebratory, decorative, and protective purposes. It’s associated with many different cultures spanning several continents. Henna grows best, with highest dye content, in dry, arid regions. Everywhere that henna grows, there are cultures that have rituals around it.
I am fascinated by henna and the magic surrounding it. I could talk about it for hours. I love connecting with people over henna, it brings people and cultures together.