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Getting the best prices on henna in Birmingham, Alabama

We. Are. Excited.

Photo courtesy Sojourns: A Fair Trade Store in Birmingham, Alabama.Blue Lotus Mehndi is partnering withSojourns:A Fair Trade Storeto offer by-appointment henna* and other body art services to the heart of Birmingham, Alabama! And we are kicking it off with some amazing prices.

Enjoy traditional (red) henna or our new blue jagua! We have a variety of designs to choose from, or bring your favorite design and we'll give you a quote.

Henna on hand by Amy Miller for Blue Lotus Mehndi (Birmingham, Alabama). Model: Hannah Alibrahim Brim.
  • One hand (palm or top) or One Foot: Starting at $20
  • Both Hands or Feet: Starting at $40
  • Full Hands (palms and tops): Starting at $80

3 reasons to get your henna done BEFORE spring break!

I can't tell you how many clients have told me: "I once got henna at the beach. It didn't last very long."

Even if you can get quality henna at the beach, you'd be better off getting your henna before you head out for spring break!

One, you'll probably pay a lot less. Artists who work in resort locations must pay for expensive real estate. Unless you live in a resort area, paying a local artist will likely save you a ton of cash.

Two, the color will be at its peak when you arrive at your destination.

Can we all just relax about henna?

It was the hissy fit heard around the country:

Well, itwasn'ta tattoo ... it was henna. The child had gotten her little hands decorated with flowers, swirlies and her name—Leah—as part of a school program designed to expose youngsters to other cultures. 

Leah's mom had gotten en email advising that henna would be offered at the event, but to be fair, the school didn't give parents any details about henna ahead of time so that she could make an informed decision.

Are store-bought henna kits worth your time and money?

You've seen them at craft stores, New Age shops and health food groceries: henna (mehndi) kits.

Are they the way to start your own henna journey? Or is there a better way?

The henna kits I tried way back in my early henna days (late '90s and early '00s) were anywhere from meh to awful. People who tell me they've tried kits often have disappointing results as well.

And there's a reason for that. Well ... several reasons.

  • You have no idea how old the henna powder is.This iscrucial

Fact checking: "The Henna Lip Tint That Goes on Green, Comes out Pink, and Will Change Your Life"

Edited 7/29. Thanks to reader Tina for spotting my error in the fourth paragraph!

From the Marie Claire beauty blog comes a post titled"The Henna Lip Tint That Goes on Green, Comes out Pink, and Will Change Your Life."Does this lip product really contain henna, and does henna "start green and come out pink"? Let's review:

Quote: "The product in question goes by many names, but is most commonly referred to as Henna Lipstick or Magic Moroccan Hare Color Changing Lipstick

Getting RID of your henna stain ... safely!

All good things must come to an end ... including a killer henna/mehndi design.

Most folks are content to let their henna just fade into the sunset, but a fading stain can look funky:
  • Palm and sole stains usually fade to orange (and even sometimes a weird green color) before disappearing. 
  • Elsewhere, the design can look patchy or spotty as skin exfoliates unevenly.

The Times of India ran an article titled"Don't like the look of fading mehendi?"with advice on how to get rid of a fading stain.

Pretty, but not henna: Aussie celeb sporting facial "tattoos"

Once again, the mass media is generally clueless when it comes to henna.

TheUK's Daily Mailrecently published photos of Australian celebrity Imogen Anthony, which she'd posted on her Instagram feed. The headline said she was sporting "henna facial art." Here's one pic:

News flash: That ain't henna.

Let's say it together folks: HENNA IS NEVER BLACK. (You can read all about that businesshere.) But this is more than likely black liquid eyeliner, which is generally safe for facial doodling.

"White henna": What is it?

(Note: Blue Lotus Mehndi offers traditional (red) henna as well as henna-style body art in any color you like, including glitters and metallics! Call us at 205-378-8058 or email us for details.)

People are starting to talk about "white henna." Just do a Google search and you'll find hundreds of stunning images.

"White henna" looks like an exciting option for darker skin tones as well as for Western-style brides who don't want traditional red henna.

Blue Lotus Mehndi to provide henna at Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival

Wow! So excited about an upcoming event we've never been a part of before. :-)

TheAlabama Asian Cultures & Food Festivalis April 11 at the Zamora Shrine Temple in Irondale. We'll be there providing beautiful, traditional henna designs at great prices. Just purchase your henna tokens at the entrance ($3 per token); most designs run 1-3 tokens.

And check out this amazing lineup of activities and attractions:

* Dancers and more dancers!
* Music 
* Photo opps with Miss Birmingham 
* Food galore!

Henna returns to the Birmingham Art Crawl!

We are super-excited to once again be a part of the monthly Birmingham Art Crawl event, which takes place the first Thursday of each month in the historic northside of downtown Birmingham.

To celebrate spring, we will be at Sojourns: A Fair Trade Store on Third Avenue North from 3 pm to 8:30 pm offering custom henna starting at just $5. (Bring cash or your debit/credit card!)

You can also enjoy a free international beer on the house and browse Sojourns' amazing selection of handcrafted items from around the globe.
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