Hey gaffers! Welcome to the How to: Henna Chat Thread.🖌️
It’s me 🌻
Some of you may remember from my introductory thread that I am a freelance henna artist. Not the best, but not too bad either…
‘Henna’ or ‘Mehndi’ is an ancient old form of body Art, discovered 9000 years ago. Some argue it was the Egyptians who discovered it, and some argue it was Indian born.
Henna is a plant based powder, mixed with other ingredients (water, essential oils for fragrance) formed to make a paste which results in a beautiful dye that stains your skin from a few days up to a couple of weeks. All depending on the paste and aftercare 🙂 This is applied in various ways! Using fingers, syringes or in most cases- a henna cone.
Traditionally Henna was used to draw heat from one’s body, to relax brides before their big days in South Asia. These then turned into an art form, creating beautiful patterned stains. In today’s age Henna and henna artists are found almost everywhere, tourist hotspots, and online. Typically, there are 2 henna styles, Indian and Arabic. We’ll learn more about these later though.
I truly hope you guys aren’t bored already… How do we feel about a few henna lessons? I thought it’d be great to ask you guys what you wanted to learn first too 😊 Now I’m no expert but here are a few things I wanted to cover. Let me know if we want anything to go first!
- How can we be as safe as possible with Henna?
- How to: Use a henna cone
- Henna Do’s and Don’ts
- Arabic vs Indian Henna and modern takes
- How to; Arabic Rose
- How to: Indian Flower
- How to: Vines
- How to: Mandala
- How to: Shade
- How to: Add depth
Here is some of my work 😊