Henna All Natural Temporary Body Adornment
Zahra will adorn your guests with Henna designs by applying the Henna paste and giving them a lemon-sugar glaze to take with them. Design options may be from the artist's design books and examples, from a look chosen by the recipient, or pre-determined by the host or hostess, keeping in mind time restraints. Detailed info sheets will be available.
The art of Mehndi or Henna, also known as Loli, Fodon, Jabbe, Egyptian Priest and Mignonettte Tree, is an ancient practice that originated in Africa. It is still enjoyed by people in many countries in Africa and Asia today. Considered to be a significant part of rites of passage, Henna is most known for being an important part of the wedding celebration, although in some places it is a part of any celebration and is even used for healing.
The application of the paste made from the Henna plant in decorative or symbolic designs leaves a temporary stain on the skin that a few weeks. This practice in its purest form is all natural and safe and is known to have conditioning effects on the skin as well as other healing properties. Over all, receiving mehndi is transformative and cleansing, believed to be an offering of protection, love and good fortune.
Receiving Henna takes time. This is the meditative aspect of the art. To get the deepest stain, preparation, stillness and patience are necessary. Once applied, designs must dry completely. The time varies depending on the design, averaging about 15 minutes. Then a lemon-sugar glaze is applied for as long as conveniently possible. The length of time the paste is in place will determine the depth of color, so activities planned after henna should always be considered.
People who have sensitive skin or who are allergic to certain essential oils should ask about ingredients in the paste, or try a test spot.
* After paste is removed, Henna design is bright orange and then deepens to dark red within 24-48 hours.
* Henna designs may last for a week to a month, depending on where the design is: on the palms and soles 3-4 weeks; everywhere else 1-2 weeks.
Here are some tips for having your best henna experience:
* Keep in mind the process of receiving Henna when planning activities for your event.
* Design application timing depends on size, intricacy and amount of Henna used.
* The amount of Henna needed for solid fingertips and toes or solid palms or soles must be pre-ordered at least one day in advance.
A limit to the size and number of Henna designs for each recipient may be determined for all to receive within the agreed time.
Zahra will come to your event for a minimum of $150 (limited service area). Your choice: Guests pay for their own designs OR Hostess pays hourly rate.
“Henna is a name in India. Once I met a woman from India named Henna. I asked her what her name means, and she said to me, “Henna means happiness.”
Zahra will inspire and entertain at your celebration with Egyptian Style Belly Dance! This dance of Love, Joy and Healing will captivate your guests with infectious rhythms, up beat fast hip shimmying and slow hypnotic melodies. Zahra's performance may include veils and zils (finger cymbols) and upon request, a dance lesson or group dance along, complete with coin hip scarves for guests to borrow or purchase.
* The Henna Belly Dance Combo, Perfect for Birthday Parties and Ladies Night Out!!!