I have always loved the intricate designs of henna  but never got it for one reason or another but kept it in mind for a special occasion. So when my birthday approached (Hey Capricorns!) I thought this would be the perfect time to do it! For my special day I wanted to do something different and henna was one of the best gifts I have given to myself:) I had the pleasure of working with Reena Jain of Charlotte Henna Mehndi.
Reena is the tinest, cutest thing whose talent is amazing. During my henna session, Reena showed me binders filled with her work and proceeded to freehand beautiful designs on both the inside and outside of my hands. While my hands dried, we chatted about the origin of henna, her upbringing and more.  Below is a snapshot of my experience and an excerpt of our chat. Also–way to bury the lead–a chance for you to win a beautiful henna design is also included in this blog post (giveaway ends on Sunday! Go to the very bottom of the post to enter. 
henna picstitch2Bday 2014 henna pic stitch
Chatting with Reena of Charlotte Henna Mehndi
How did you become interested in henna?
I was born and raised in India. I am from Rajasthan…an area in India where henna is being used extensively. Growing up in Rajasthan and my love of drawing gave me perfect environment to learn henna. Although I have never learned it professionally but I can’t thank my Mom enough as she always used to tell me to do henna for her and my friends so I can learn the thing that she loves the most.
How has henna been received since moving to Charlotte?
It has been received very well. I will say that I am very impressed with all art lovers here. I have done many events, parties and entire bridal parties.
What is henna and how is it used traditionally?
Henna is a plant and the leaves are used to make henna powder. Essential oils are added to make a paste. Henna leaves a beautiful and bright orange-maroon color when applied so ladies in India and other parts of Asia and Africa have been using henna from hundreds of years ago to decorate themselves. Henna is used on skin as well as hair.
In India it is used in weddings and all other occasions, you name it and we use it- every occasion and any occasion from birthday parties to housewarming parties. Henna designs are just designs-they just means happiness and celebration. Ladies generally like flowery designs using lots of vines, peacocks  (one of  our favorites designs),parsley leaves and names.
What are your favorite designs to do?
I love to draw so everything fascinates me. I love that people are very creative in the US as they ask me to do different kinds of designs and I am always ready to try new things.
Bzzzzz:
  • Charlotte Henna Mehndi charges hourly and per design. Hourly rates are $75 an hour-$100  per hour hour plus commute. And parties I do hourly only.  The per design price $25 and up depending on the design chosen, size and location (of henna design).  Generally one hand both sides covering all fingers is about $25.
  • Simply “LIKE” the Charlotte Henna Mehndi page for 10% off your first service. Just mention “HoneeBee Gifts” on the Charlotte Henna Mehndi page for the discount.
  • Interested in getting henna? Email Charlotte Henna Mehndi at charlottehenna@gmail.com or call 704-587-4547

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