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Now Serving Reno/Tahoe

After several months hiatus from the internet, I’m back with the news that I’ve moved home from San Francisco to Reno! The main Web site is also up with basic pricing info, contact info, etc.
Here’s a bit of what I’ve been doing lately, with promises of more to come!

Paste consistency, and pretty cones

I’m experimenting with different henna recipes to get a consistently good consistency for doing designs — not so dry that it immediately cracks, not so sugary that the design flattens out and bleeds like a bad batch of cookies, not so thin that it just dribbles down the skin.

Last night I mixed the following recipe:

  • 5 teaspoons powder (scooped and leveled off with a knife)
  • 5 teaspoons chai tea, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon essential oils (mostly terping oils, but with some fragrant oils too)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

I tried it out immediately after mixing, straining, and coning it and was able to do a beautifully delicate design:


Unfortunately it won’t stain because the henna didn’t have time to set, thus there was little to no dye release. 🙂 I coned it and left it out overnight, and popped it into the refrigerator this morning before work. I’ll test the staining power of it tonight sometime.

For a sealant, I nuked a bit of lemon juice, sugar, and honey in the microwave, stirred it up, and dabbed it on with a paper towel. That stuff did NOT want to come off in the morning! Nor did any of it flake off in the tissue I wrapped it in.

After I get this straight, I’m going to experiment with using molasses instead of honey, making my henna vegan.

Also, I found out that these oversize holographic origami papers from Japantown make awesome cones:


In other news, be on the lookout in the next couple weeks for the launch of my new henna site, HandfulofHenna.com! My ultimate goal is to integrate this blog and gallery into the new site using Moveable Type, adding sections for articles, recipes, designs, and booking information should you need a Bay Area henna artist. 😉 I promise to dedicate an entire section to henna hair care with photos and summaries of the experiments I blogged here in the past year or so.

Thanks, and happy hennaing!

New photos in gallery

Don’t forget to check out the gallery — I’ve been a busy bee this week, but haven’t felt the need to dedicate a post to each piece!

The Apprentice

First of all, I’d like to share a design I did last week (sorry for the delay). It’s my first palm design! And whoa, do palms give crazy beautiful color or what?


The design is from Darcy‘s book that I’ve been talking about so much lately.

Which conveniently leads me to my next announcement… I’m going pro! Well, sort of. Darcy was kind enough to invite me along as an assistant at two events this weekend.

I have no words for how friggin’ stoked I am. I’m so stoked that listening to a French rock ballad called "Hey Dude" isn’t even fazing me. Hell, yeah! I had already decided that I really wanted to move on to being an assistant or "booth babe" to learn more about the henna biz, but little did I know that I’d end up with such an awesome, talented, and totally nice pro. It’s nice to know that I’ll be in good hands!

Henna Tribe Calendar Project

Kenzi from Henna Tribe had a great idea, and it looks like Carly and I are going to make it happen: The first (that we know of), slightly racy henna calendar, with gorgeous photos of full-body henna designs and info on the artists and the art! (Provocative shots of males and females are okay — but no bared privates or nipplage.)

The FINAL SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE is November 4, 2005. Go here for info on where to submit, what to submit, how to submit, or just for further developments on the project.

If we get enough submissions, we’re hoping to realease the calendar in mid to late November — probably for individual sale and for resale by henna professionals and other interested parties.