Here are a list of frequently asked questions about Soul Henna:
1) How much does it cost?
The cost of henna completely depends on the size and intricacy of chosen design.
However, I always charge a minimum of $25 for private appointments. These can be held at a public place like a coffee shop or park, or in the case where a client may want henna on a place of the body that isn’t normally revealed in public places, I can do in-home appointments.
A less-expensive option for getting henna, is at a festival or pop-up event. I always advertise these events from this page, so check-in regularly, to keep updated on when they are happening! Typically, at these type events, we offer henna designs ranging in price from $5-50!
Belly Blessings are $45. These are special henna appointments for pregnant mamas :) They can be done in-home, in a public meeting place, or at a special event like a baby shower or blessing way. For these appointments, I always use only lavender essential oil in my paste, which is the safest of essential oils for mama and baby.
2) What IS henna?
Henna art, or Mendhi, as its also called, is an ancient practice of adornment, that has no known cultural origin, as has been practiced all over the world for centuries. It often accompanies ritual such as: weddings, births, farewells, religious or spiritual holidays, rites of passage, birthdays, etc... But it is also practiced much more casually in all parts of the world, as a means to beautify and accessorize. For example: as you might go have your hair done professionally for a wedding, you might also have your hair done on some random Tuesday, just because you feel like it :) Henna art is rich with symbolism and because it is a wearable art that can last 7-21 days or more, it can provide a constant reminder, during that time, of things you intend to meditate on. Spiritual wealth, material wealth, protection, balance, sanity, love, creative inspiration, fertility, male or female energy - are all examples of the symbolism that can be incorporated into a design.
The henna paste itself, is completely natural, mixed by me, in my home :) It is a combination of pure, bridal-quality powdered henna leaves, water, sugar, and essential oils. The paste is then put into a cone, like a miniature version of the cones used to decorate cakes with frosting, and then I used the tiny, tapered tip of the cone, to draw designs on the skin with the paste.
3) What is your henna paste made of?
The henna paste itself, is completely natural, mixed by me, in my home :) It is a combination of pure, bridal-quality powdered henna leaves, water, sugar, and essential oils.
4) Do you use black henna?
NEVER!!! No, No, No! “Black henna” is not henna at all! It is an artificial paste full of dangerous chemicals that can burn, blister, and permanently scar your skin. It has also been known to cause organ failure! Henna only comes in one color - brown. Different crops from different regions MAY effect the color of the stain a bit, but its still all brown. If you see ANYONE offering henna in ANY other color than the traditional brown, it is full of artificial dyes that can be VERY harmful.
5) How old do you have to be to get henna?
My minimum age requirement is 5. This is for 2 reasons: 1) possible, but rare health risks associated with henna on children under 5, 2) because children under the age of 5 have a VERY hard time sitting still long enough to let the paste dry completely, ending up in an ugly smear that could last for up to 3 weeks)
Please print at home, have signed, and bring to appointment or festival, before you can receive henna. Some copies may be available at festival, but not guaranteed.
6) Does it hurt?
Believe it or not, I get this question a lot! No! It doesn’t hurt one bit, as it does not use needles, as in permanent tattoos. It is actually quite relaxing and cooling to the body in hot weather. In many parts of the world, henna is applied to the feet, to help cool body temperature in extreme heat.
7) How long does it last?
Henna stains last an average of 1-3 weeks, but possibly longer, depending on how well you take care of it and where on the body the stain is located. Hands get washed frequently, so even though they dye beautifully dark, they may not last as long as stains that are elsewhere on the body. I have had designs on my legs last up to 6 weeks!
8) Do you do private parties?
Absolutely! We love doing private parties such as: bridal showers, baby showers, girls night out, birthday parties, wedding showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties, retirement parties, holiday parties, business meetings, etc... To schedule an event with Soul Henna, please contact Hatti at: (509) 956-6572, email@example.com, or by private facebook message to Soul Henna, to discuss details and pre-approve your event date and time. Once you have pre-approval of your date and time, a Special Event Contract must be completed and returned with a refundable $20 deposit, which can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/...
We require a minimum of $50 payment for private parties. There are 2 ways of handling payment for such activities:
- Host/Hourly-Pay: The host pays us $50/hr for one artist or $75/hr for 2 artists (in this case, henna is offered at no cost to the individual recipients).
- Private-Pay: If you chose the Private Pay method, attendees will be responsible for paying for their own individual henna designs (ranging from $5-50 each). If the total amount of money paid for henna at said event equals less than $50, the above-mentioned host of the event is responsible for paying the remainder.
* Time restraints per design may have to be put in place, depending on number of attendees that want henna, to make sure all are accommodated.
9) Do you do chemo-crowns?
Absolutely! I don’t have a set price for this, as sometimes they are priced on a sliding scale to accommodate the recipient’s financial situation. I use only lavender oil as my essential oil in my paste, for these appointments, as it is known to be the gentlest and least likely to adversely react with chemo.
10) What about aftercare? How do I take care of my henna design?
11) How dark will it get?
The depth of your stain depends on a few factors:
Aftercare: See above link to aftercare instructions
Location: The areas of the body that dye the DARKEST are the hands and feet, and it just gets lighter as you move towards the trunk.
Warmth: Henna loves heat! Keeping yourself warm, is a great way to ensure a dark stain.
12) Do you ever henna faces?
No. The fumes from the essential oils that are in the henna, would make your eyes sting and water profusely. Also, faces just don’t dye well.
13) Can I bring you a picture of the design I want?
Absolutely. Just keep in mind that it will not be an exact replica. I will do my best to reproduce the image, but it will have my own artistic flare and interpretation. People bring me images on their phones or tablets all the time - I just can’t guarantee that it will look just like the image.
14) What if I don’t know what design I want?
Thats totally ok! My favorite designs to create, are ones where a client gives me artistic license to create an original piece of art for them! In these cases, clients often give me an area of the body to work on, maybe a symbol or image to incorporate, or a specific style of henna (Indian, Moroccan, Gulf), or specific life-centered symbolism that they want incorporated - and we design something completely original together! hide