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Applying Henna for Beginners

Hello All!

Recently, I've been getting a lot of question on how to apply henna in a professional, clean and fast way. The trick is practice, practice and practice. When I finished my MBA I got married and wanted to start a family, as a result I put my career in information management on hold. Bored at home and with the financial stresses of being newly weds and a recent grad I decided to start my henna business.

IMO to be successful at anything, you must LOVE doing it. I love the the art of henna, it has been a passion of mine since I was a child. It's not primarily for the money (although it helps :)). That being said, how can you go from a good artist to a great one? Here are some tips;

-Practice! One technique I used was to apply henna on a ceramic plate. You can use paper but reusing ceramic plates is more environmentally friendly. I have also used mirrors and glass.

-Educate yourself! Understand the different styles of henna, this is essential when I am dealing with the vast array of cultures. Arabic, indo-pak, modern, Moroccan etc. There are a ton resources out there, just Google it. 

-Watch other artists apply henna. The grip of the cone, the pressure applied, the position of your subject, their posture etc. I am in the process of creating a Youtube series that will show the various techniques. There are some great video, simply search Youtube.

-Ask me! I am more than happy to help :)

 

Have a wonderful day!

Farah Syed

leezees.com

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Leezee’s henna/mehndi cones are made with fresh crop of Rajasthani henna powder mixed with 5 essential oils. This is a 100% natural henna paste without any chemical additive. Suitable for all skin types including kids. Dark henna stain and silky smooth flow of henna/mehndi paste is Leezee’s speciality. Each henna/mehndi cone is rolled with biodegradable cellophane to minimise the litter on our planet/earth.

  

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Leezee’s glitter gels are made with fine cosmetic grade glitter mixed with cosmetic gel. Suitable for all skin types including kids. It’s a fun way to add bling to your henna stain or use it as a glitter tattoo. Available in 24 stunning shades. . Each glitter gel cone is rolled with biodegradable cellophane to minimise the litter on our planet/earth.

      

Please click on the following link to order it now

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Leezee’s Henna/Mehndi stain after 48 hours

 

 

  Leezee’s Glitter Gel for body art                  

 

How we turn your dreams into custom gifts at Leezee’s Henna Art

At the first glance you will be admiring floral patterns on this canvas and will be wondering about the meaning of center object. This canvas art has a philosophy behind it.

Consultation Secession

One of my lovely clients came over and asked me if I can understand and portrait her idea on the canvas. It was quite interesting and challenging task. I grabbed a pen a paper and asked her to go ahead and explain her idea. I made notes on the one side of paper and drew a rough sketch on the other side of paper (in this way I save papers, trees and planet).We had a one hour session of discussion and then she left happily.

Dilemma

My challenge was to make this 45cm X 60cm canvas only in 36 hours and taking care of two toddlers at the same time. However when there is a will, there is a way. I made this master piece by working late night after putting my boys to bed.

         

Success

This canvas art was in my clients hands on time. This canvas is a present for a bride and groom from 19 little cousins. I used Silver, green and mauve glitters to coordinate it with the wedding theme colors. The hands in the middle symbolize that all 19 cousins are praying for the bride and groom for their life time happiness and prosperity. The names of all cousins are written in Arabic calligraphy in heart shaped patterns to show their love.

It was an amazing feeling when I handed it over to my glad and smiling client. She was amazed how she can view her vision beautifully drawn on the canvas.

Natural Air Purifier-Bees Wax Henna Candles -Specially hand decorated by Farah Syed of Leezee's Henna Art

   

Beeswax candles are a pure and clean burning product.  Candles made from beeswax are cost effective burners that produce negative ions which cleanse the air of the dust, odours, toxins and pollens.   Using beeswax candles gives you and your home the benefit of feeling harmonious and balanced, simply put the ambiance created can lift the human spirit. Burning clean candles is the way to go for your health and the environment. Beeswax candles are completely non-toxic, non-allergenic and non-carcinogenic. Leezee’s Henna Art has a selection of hand decorated beeswax candles to offer a warm, beautiful and decorative glow to your home. Contact us for details on our show room hours, for candles and Leezee’s Henna inspired art.

*never leave lit candles un-attended. Keep lit candles away from clothing, and children

The Yoga Show and Conference, Toronto. March 2013

Leezee’s Henna Art is excited to be a part of “The Yoga Show and Conference” taking place at” Metro Toronto Convention Centre” on March 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

 

Please drop by at Leezee’s Henna Art (Booth #1105) .We will be there to serve and  pamper you by the following services and products.

·         Healing Henna application sessions (15 minutes each)

·         Our signature Henna crafts such as Henna on wood, bees wax candles, glass and canvas. One of my favorite is “Henna Mandala” on Canvas

·         Leezee’s signature Henna cones for body art, glitter gel, natural henna for hair dye and essential oils

Hours of Operation:

Friday, March 22nd 10:00AM to 8:00PM

Saturday, March 23rd 10:00Am to 8:00PM

Sunday, March 24th 10:00Am to 6:00PM

Please feel free to call Farah at 416-425-3140 or email at info@leezees.com for further details and appointments.

 

 Here is the official website for the Yoga show and conference

http://www.theyogaconference.com/toronto/show.php

Leezee's Henna Art's Fresh Rajasthani Body Art Henna Powder

      

Leezee’s fresh and pure henna powder imported from Rajasthan is the secrete ingredient of our dark stained henna paste .This powder is specially sifted to make a silky smooth henna paste without any clogging. It gives dark cherry to dark brown color to your skin. No chemical added.

Try our pure essential oils to mix your next batch of henna paste. We carry Tea tree oil, Eucalyptus oil, Clove oil and Lavender oil.

            

Henna after care and how to get dark henna stain- Expert advice from Farah Syed of Leezee’s Henna Art

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A dark henna stain is the dream of every girl/bride whenever she gets her henna done. However 50% of them end up with poor quality henna stain. It seems complicated however some precautions and tips can help you get the nicest henna stain ever.

                   

  1. First of all make sure your henna paste is fresh and made with quality ingredients.95% of henna cones available at your local grocery/convenience stores are old, made with poor quality henna powder and full of chemicals. Improper storage makes that henna paste runny and damages the stain release quality of henna.
  2. Tip: You can trust on Leezee’s Henna Cones that are made with 100% natural ingredients using the finest quality henna powder and essential oils. You can shop them worldwide at www.leezees.com
  3.  Wash your hands, arms or other body area where you intend to have your henna done with soap and warm water to remove any body lotion, Vaseline or any cosmetic. Lotion or Vaseline makes a thin coating on your skin that acts like a barrier. This barrier minimizes the henna stain absorption into your skin.
  4. Once you get your henna done, wait patiently to dry and keep it on for maximum amount of time. Longer you keep it on, darker the color would be .Generally for hands and feet I would recommend keeping it on for 6 to 8 hours. Keep it on for 10 to 12 hours for other body parts and stay away from water.
  5.  Usually henna paste dries in 15 to 20 minutes. Once it dries, dab on sugar water or Rose water and sugar mixture on you henna design with a cotton ball (mix equal parts of sugar & water/rose water).This mixture makes the henna paste moist and protect it from cracking. Moreover moist henna paste releases more stain.
  6. Once your henna design is dried and sugar water is on. You can add 3ts of cloves and 5 cloves of garlic in 3 cups of boiling water and moist your henna design with the steam. This step is optional but very effective to improve your henna stain. Keep your hands at the safe distance to avoid any accident.
  7. Before going to bed (if your henna is on for 10 to 12 hours) you can scrape it off and apply Vicks. It will keep your skin warm and stain will improve overnight. If you are planning to go to bed with the henna on, then wrap your henna design with the Hypafix tape, elastic bandage or simply with the toilet paper. It will keep henna paste in place, warm your body improve your henna stain and will keep your bedding clean. Cotton gloves can also be used for hands. I won’t recommend using cling wrap as it will make you sweaty and henna design will get mushy.
  8. In the morning you can wash your hands and apply olive oil or clove oil. However for the brides I will recommend to stay away from water for 24 hours. Just let the henna flakes off on its own and apply clove oil on the henna design area.
  9. Henna stain oxidizes with the passage of time. At first it will be light orange, then it will become dark orange and after 36 to 48 hours it will be dark brown to dark burgundy depending upon the skin type.
  10. Apply Vaseline on henna design area before taking a bath or before going for swimming. Water, soap, shampoo and chlorine fade the henna stain quickly.

I hope you will like and try to act upon the above tips to get a really nice henna stain. Please feel free to ask if you have further question or concern

Have a nice day:)

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