Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also called henna tree) is a flowering plant used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. Mehandi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
I love doing henna tattoos as it brings out the creative side of me and it’s great fun deciding on a design. Henna is a natural product, but occasionally people do have reactions so a test patch is required 48 hours before an appointment.
Henna is fantastic for pamper parties and I can accommodate large numbers as Cara Bale, a local photographer at Blossom Photography, can come and help. Contact me for more information.
Price is charged by time – £5 for 15 mins.
Henna is a fast application, so I can do the design below in that time. I always advise people to send me their design well in advance of their appointment, so they can get the most out of their time with me.
Aftercare for henna:
Henna takes at least 20 minutes to dry. Allow the paste to stay on the skin for at least 5-6 hours and keeping it wet with a sugar and lemon paste. Henna takes better on warm skin, so it’s advised to wrap the henna up for as long as possible, overnight is ideal. This can be done with kitchen roll and medical tape covered in a folded towel. Henna will last on the skin for around 7-10 days.
Henna can be dangerous if black henna is used. Always check the person carrying out the application is suitably trained and insured.