Henna, our exotic eastern body art
Henna is the art of creating elaborate and elegant designs on the skin, by applying a paste made from powdered henna plant, lemon juice and essential oils. The henna plant contains a natural reddish brown dye which bonds to protein molecules (such as the keratin in your skin) leaving a stain, which varies in shade depending on how long the henna paste was left on the skin, and can last for 1-3 weeks. A painless process with gorgeous results!
Henna, also called Mehndi, is an ancient, but widely popular art originating from India, Africa and Pakistan. Ornate Mehndi is often seen embellishing the hands and feet of brides and women participating in cultural or religious traditions (Mehndi of this caliber can take up to 6 hours to apply!).
Henna is a stylish and sophisticated addition to any party or event and serves as a great activity for adult guests. Think wine tastings, bridal parties and baby showers!
Want to book our artist for your next event?
Hire our artist to bring the beautiful, exotic art of Mehndi to your next party or event. Sophisticated and elaborate, henna is a great addition to any event hosting adults or teenagers.
What is "black henna"?
There is no such thing as black henna. Henna only comes in one color, reddish brown. However, some unprofessional artists have used pastes that contain p-phenylenediamine (PPD), (the same chemicals found in black hair dye) which can stain skin black quickly, but can cause severe allergic reactions and permanent scarring. This is very dangerous, as the black hair dye paste is loaded with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, some people are VERY allergic to it. We ONLY use safe, natural, brown colored henna.
Will you do henna for children?
No, for two reasons. Henna is an elaborate and detailed art which requires the client to sit very still during the application. The paste then needs to dry on the skin for an additional 30min to several hours, during which care must be taken to prevent the henna from smearing, rubbing and getting wet. It is very difficult for a child under 13 to be still and careful enough to produce good henna results.
Secondly, but even more important are the safety considerations. Henna poses a risk to people who have G6PD deficiency, which is often undiagnosed. Young children who have this genetic disorder can get very sick from henna, it can even be life-threatening. For some reason, as they grow older, even though they still have the deficiency, henna does not produce the same ill effects, or at least not so severe. A teen or adult with G6PD deficiency can have a small henna design applied with no serious problems, often no symptoms at all.