What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I recently attended a henna conference where I learned from some of the leading artists in the country.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
A few years ago I was going through a medical procedure. I wanted to decorate my body with good luck charms, but wanted to use something that was natural, safe, and would last for several weeks.
I knew about henna and so got some and used it. I was impressed and pleased with the result. It was also something very fun to do. Over the following years I practiced on myself, friends, and family.
The last step that made me decide to make this a business was when I decided to do henna at a small fundraiser. It went very well and from that I was hired to do a birthday party. Everyone kept telling me I should pursue this as a profession. I finally decided to follow the advice!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Parties are probably the most common event that I am hired for. Usually these are birthday parties for teenagers. Henna makes a great activity for any party, however, and will allow guests to remember the good times they had for one to four weeks after.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Avoid black henna at all costs. Black henna is not henna. It uses a chemical known as PPD which is not approved for use on the skin. While some people may not have any reactions, others have serious reactions. Some of these reactions are swelling, pain, scarring and nerve damage.
Henna should always be a brown color and when it dries look raised up on the skin. Real henna is made from a powder that is green in color and mixed with an acidic liquid (lemon juice, vinegar, tea, etc) and sometimes essential oils. If the pictures shown to you are black and flat, that is black henna and dangerous.