Setting the Environment

When doing henna, it is important to make sure the environment is just right!  You can't be stressed out, angry, frustrated, or distracted.  Henna always takes on the energy of its environment, so it's important to make sure there are always positive energy vibes all around!

Here are a few pointers on how to create a positive henna environment:

ONE:  Turn off the TV and radio.  The TV and radio are filled with unwanted commercials and subliminal messaging that might not be the best for your henna appointment.  Really, do you want to hear about how an anti-depressant can make your life better along with all the awful side effects of it?  So just do it. Turn it OFF!

TWO:  Turn on uplifting music.  Create a playlist of songs that are really uplifting for you.  It could be just music, like the drums and base of Africa, or songs that make you sing from your heart!  Whatever your choice, just make sure it's something you are comfortable with.  Do you really want to hear about someone's cheating wife? or a mean boyfriend? 

THREE:  Get some fragrance.  Burn some candles or incense and create a relaxing and positive mood immediately!  The warm flicker of the candle will sooth and calm. Or you may prefer the surreal smoke of incense?  Just make sure you make environmentally friendly choices when lighting your candles or incense.  The most natural candles are those that are made with essential oils and beeswax or soy wax for a vegan alternative, and the best incense are hand rolled bamboo ones scented with essential oils.  

FOUR:  Have your supplies ready.  Create a short checklist of supplies you will need for your appointment.  As an artist, you should make sure you have plenty of henna, paper towels, cotton balls, aftercare solution, care cards and q-tips on hand.  Maybe you also like having a pillow to work with and towels?  Whatever you want, just make sure its ready to go.  Make a small box or bag with all your supplies so that it's ready to go every time!

FIVE:  Have plenty of time.  The last thing you want to do is rush your appointment.  Make sure you schedule yourself so that you have extra time in between appointments to clean your workspace or kit, replenish supplies, and clear your mind.

And while you are at it..... make sure you enjoy what you are doing!  Don't take this lightly.  LOVE what you do!