Learn How to Henna April 2013

On Saturday, April 20th, we embarked on a journey with 8 students.  The journey lasted several hours throughout the day and the mission was accomplished.  We learned how to henna!

The day started off with a little bit of lecture from the instructor.  Nitasha has been teaching and practicing the art of henna for many years. She is a self taught artist who has put in years of research and practice to develop her skills and courses.  The courses she teaches are based on her own personal experiences, so they are very easy to follow and relate to, individually.  Every course she teaches covers a variety of topics, giving the students the tools necessary to apply henna body art safely, and naturally.  All the full day courses include all materials, supplies, and course handouts.

Our course on Saturday started with the introduction to henna, with safety, precautions, and hygiene.  Just a reminder for all you henna lovers out there… stay away from Black Henna! 

We then proceeded to using practicehenna cones to practice drawing on paper.  The students got a feel for how to hold the cone in a way that is most comfortable for them.  While some held the cone like a pencil, others held it higher with a firmer grip.  There was the occasional shift in position to hold the cone like a syringe/injection, but that didn’t last very long. 

After playing around with making lines, and circles and humps and scallops, we proceeded to learn how to make the henna paste itself!

The henna paste we made started with using fresh, organic henna powder from Rajasthan, India.  This July 2012 powder (which is actually good until 2014) is smooth, finely sifted, and ready to use for body art.  We didn’t have to go through the rough filtering that many artists have to go through when making their paste.  No sir!  No nylon stockings to filter out sticks, leaves and twigs.  By using triple sifted henna powder, the students simply made the paste and filled their applicators. 

The applicators we used were pre-rolled mylar cones.  In our advanced courses, we teach how to roll the henna cones, but until then, you can always purchase thepre-rolled mylar cones on our website.   A 50 gram batch of henna powder, mixed with lemon juice and essential oils yields about 5 henna cones.  For some, there were 6 henna cones because of the size of the cones. We had the students using our Special Blend essential oil, which is a proprietary blend of Tea tree, cajeput, and niaouli essential oil.

Once we had all our hands covered with henna paste and henna cones ready to go, we were in action!
After a lot of practice, patience, and persistence, the students were ready to apply henna on each other. 
Before they were allowed to run free reign, Nitasha did walk them through a professional way to apply henna, which includes asking for allergies, informing the client about the ingredients in the paste, and going over the aftercare of the design, among other things. 

Natasha, a student in the session, volunteered herself as a model while the rest of the students learned application techniques and how to use glitter.  During the last session of the class, the students applied henna on themselves and each other.

Our mission was accomplished!  We all learned how to henna and had a great time doing it.  From laughing at each other about our pet peeves, to making fun of fetus shaped peacocks, we endured the spoils of war and stains of henna on our skin.  We all walked out a little more informed, and a little bit orange on the fingers from the henna paste.  We all Learned How to Henna!

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