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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.

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

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.

'Black henna.' It kills.

It's the sort of news article that gives henna artists nightmares:


As I have said until I'm blue in the face, natural henna isfinebut so-called "black henna" is poison!!

And now, it's apparently killed a woman. Here's what happened:

Ms. McCabe got a "black henna" tattoo while on vacation in Dubai in 2007. The "tattoo" didn't kill her right then. However, the chemical that is put into "black henna" to stain the skin black—PPD—got into her system and made her more sensitive to the chemical itself.

Henna won't hurt you—it's "black henna" that's the problem

I'm getting so annoyed.

Now that summer is here (in the Northern Hemisphere) and folks are headed on vacation, I'm seeing an uptick in the number of news stories about the possible "dangers of henna."

The problem is that there is a VERY dangerous temporary body art product out there called "black henna" or "emergency mehndi" or "emergency henna," which is adulterated with a chemical called PPD: para-phenylenediamine.IT'S NOT REAL HENNA.

PPD is used in hair dye and will dye your skin true black.

Henna: Myth vs. Fact

Even in today's information age, I find that many people are still unfamiliar with henna and how it works. Here is a simple guide to the myths you may have heard about henna along with the real truth.

Myth: "Henna" and "mehndi" are two different things. Actually, the words refer to the same thing. "Henna" originates from Persian and is most likely to be recognized by people who speak Middle Eastern languages, and "mehndi" (or "mehendi" or "mehandi" or many other variations) is more familiar to those from Southeast Asia.

What Makes a Good Henna Paste?

The best mehndi/henna paste in the world is homemade from fresh ingredients ... just like your grandmother's soup or bread!
 
The first ingredient is finely powdered leaf of the henna plant,lawsonia inermis. The fresh powder is olive green and smells a bit like hay or, in my opinion, matcha (powdered Japanese green tea).
 
The powder must be combined with an acidic liquid, and most artists choose lemon or lime juice. The acid in the juice breaks open the cellulose in the henna leaf powder, releasing the precious red dye for which mehndi is famous.

An Alternative to the Traditional Baby Shower

Photo by VistaprintYou've been there before.
 
The silly games, the twee decorations. Contests involving eating baby food and melting candy bars in diapers. The horror stories about epidurals and emergency C-sections.
 
Embarrassing? Goofy? You'd rather be waterboarded? Yeah ... me, too.
 
You're an adult woman experiencing one of the most significant and rewarding events of adult life, so why not have a celebration to honor your pregnancy in a very adult way?
 
More and more, women are getting away from traditional baby showers (and their sometimes undignified traditions) and opting for non-traditional celebrations.
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