Henna Painting; Henna Skin Art; Mehndi
The Hennalady's Mission Statement:
As an artist with a true love for henna, I want my customers to not only become informed about this art and it's process, but to become part of the mehndi experience. The joy of this art is human interaction and touch, as well as a love of design and pattern. I have yet to experience anything with so many personal possibilities.
I guarantee my products, I guarantee my artistry, and I guarantee your satisfaction!
"Placing henna on your body is like putting out a wish to the universe." -Carine Fabius-
Mehndi is the traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the leaves of the henna plant. Tea, coffee, lemon, and oil are added to the paste to enhance the longevity of the design. The tradition of Mehndi originated in the Middle East and Northern Africa. It has been practiced for at least 5,000 years, applied for both artistic expression and ceremonial use. Now becoming popular in the western world, Mehndi is a rising trend among men and women alike. Mehndi is an opportunity to celebrate, as well it is a temporary, pain free, and inexpensive alternative to tattooing.
Weddings, Showers, Birthdays, Bar Mitzvah
Henna decorating is a wonderful art for marking celebrations! This intriguing art form has been practiced for over 5,000 years by many cultures throughout North Africa, South Asia, & the Middle East. Decorating is not specific to one particular religion or ethnicity, and is used for both traditional & non-traditional events.
Gathering together for an activity such as henna decorating can bring the women of both families together in a very interesting and wonderful way.
A dark henna stain is said to be a sign of strong love.
A bride with an elaborate henna design is said to have had more sexual insight passed down to her from the elder women in both families.
The stain on your body for the next few weeks is a constant reminder of the special events surrounding your celebration day.
Everyone has to wait on you hand and foot while you wait for your henna to stain. New brides are traditionally excused from housework until their henna patterns fade away.
Contract Services, Corporate Events, Fundraising
Let us adorn your guests at your next midwest corporate or non-profit function!
Staff Christmas Parties
Company Fun Days
Shows and Exhibitions
Black Henna Warning!
There is a common misconception among henna newcomers that henna is black. Real henna is NEVER black. Henna is a plant which when ground into a powder and mixed and applied properly has the ability to stain the skin in deep red/maroon/brown/to almost black for up to a month at a time. Real henna is a plant, and 100% natural.
There are some brands of black henna on the market that can be dangerous and lead to scarring. You should be on the lookout for this black henna, and decline to have any black henna applied.
It is VERY important that you read and understand this information with regard to black henna. I have had this warning on my website for the past ten years, experienced henna artists are aware of the dangers of black henna.
With regard to other colored 'henna', the colors are also from chemical dyes. Some have been deemed safe, but they tend to be very messy, don't apply well, and don't last very long. I use food grade dyes to accent my henna, and while the henna design lasts from two to four weeks, the color accents will fade within two days.
We will discover the nature of our own particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people's models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channels to open."
Henna is intrinsically braided with a girl becoming a woman. This is a terrifying and wonderful time for mothers and daughters.
Mothers fear and love their daughters.
Daughters fear and love their mothers.
They both love and need each other so passionately it makes them both weep blood. Henna has been a bride for this experience for 5000 years.
Why does henna work?
It works because (traditional) henna is SLOW.
You have to TOUCH each other. You have to be STILL.
You have to appreciate each others' newness, awe, experience, terror,
sexuality, and blood borne responsibility for the continuation of
If you have a daughter, hold her until you cry.
If you have a Mom, hold her until you cry.
It's all henna.
(Compliments of Catherine Cartwright Jones)