If you are new to henna, you probably have lots of questions about where to start. What products should you use? Are there books to help you along? What resources are available online to help you?
Luckily we are here to help! The first thing you will want to do, is to be sure to work with the best materials available. You will want to have fresh henna powder, high quality essential oils, and proper mixing instructions to achieve the perfect paste. One of the easiest ways to get all you need is to buy a kit from a reputable supplier. We recommend starting with a Professional Henna Kit from ArtisticAdornment.com. The kit includes 100 Grams of Jamila Henna powder, 1 ounce of cajeput essential oils, 20 applicator cones, a carrot bag for filling your cones and instructions for mixing!
Next you will want some resources to help you learn the art of applying henna. One of the ways many people start is by purchasing a few design books so they can see how patterns are put together. Henna Basics: Step by Step by Victoria Welch is an excellent resource for new henna artists. It takes you through building many different types of designs and includes several motifs to get your started. You can also look at the Artistic Adornment designs by price series ($5, $10 & $15 Designs) and see how some of the more simple designs are done.
Another great way to learn how to do henna is to watch someone else apply it. Check out Heather’s YouTube channel for a wide range of videos. She covers everything from basic designs to full Indian bridal!
As you learn you are bound to have questions. There are many henna groups online that you can join for assistance. The Henna Gathering group on Facebook is a great place to start. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and no judgement is passed. We have over 2,500 members from all over the world who are ready and willing to help someone new learn about the art of henna.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the henna world is to attend a conference. Henna conference’s usually span 3 days and bring henna artists from around the world together to teach and learn from each other. The Henna Gathering, that takes place each March, features a wide range of classes that will suit someone just starting out to the professional looking to hone their skills. It is also an amazing place to make new friends and be with people that share your passion for this beautiful art form. For more information on the Henna Gathering visit www.HennaGathering.org.
The most important thing to remember is that even the best henna artists had to start somewhere. It takes practice and patience to achieve your goals, but we think you will find it a very rewarding craft.