Using my hand made henna cone, filled with 100% natural, safe high quality henna paste, I draw a design on the skin. Depending on the wishes of the client, the design is bold, feminine, intricate, simple, trendy, traditional, or tattoo-like. This design will take between 20 - 30 minutes to dry, a sealant is applied, and then the dried paste remains on the skin ideally 4 hours or overnight. Then the paste is removed, and a bright orange stain is revealed, which oxidizes to deep brown over the next 24 - 48 hours. The stain remains on the skin for 1 - 3 weeks with proper care.
I studied Visual Design in college, and started my life in art doing portraits, obsessed with eyes particularly. As a mom and homemaker, I set art largely aside until in 2009 I discovered henna. I was hired for my first large event (a few thousand people) in May of 2009, and was forever hooked. I am actively involved in the community of henna artists locally and worldwide. We share best practices in safety, health, science and, of course, art techniques and designs. We spur each other on to excellence.
I am skilled,experienced and insured, and offer unique artistry in henna (mehndi) for brides, their guests, expectant moms, kids on their birthdays, teens, cancer survivors, university events, corporate event henna, school lock-in henna, library events, festival henna and more. I can accommodate large events, calling on my network of trusted and highly skilled local artists to work with me.
I use 100% natural paste I make myself of powdered henna leaves, high quality essential oils, sugar and lemon juice or tea. I will never use chemicals in my paste to darken the resulting stain, because they are very harmful. Black "henna" contains the same chemical as black hair dye and should be avoided at all costs.
I offer a booth at various festivals and art fairs and farmers' markets in the Twin Cities area. In addition, I bring henna to clients seeking a fun and popular offering to guests at their private and corporate events. My art has been very well received by Indian, Pakistani, Palestinian and Turkish clients, for whom mehndi is an elaborate, fancy and very important part of the wedding celebration. And, it is very popular with the locals here in MN/WI who are looking for something fun, along the lines of a tattoo, or just something pretty to adorn themselves in a new and festive way. Some of my most meaningful henna experiences have been with expectant mothers, who wish to celebrate the new life soon to join theirs and hire me to adorn their bellies and share in the joy of the occasion. Henna is also a special blessing for clients who have lost their hair during chemotherapy and want to have something beautiful to transform their self image.
I am blessed to have found my niche. I love meeting new people, crossing cultural and social boundaries by sharing the gift of henna. It is a privilege to share momentous occasions with strangers, adding mehndi to their precious memories, and to have my art walking around on happy customers.