05 February 2015

Henna!! My First Attempt Trying

Phoenix design

Those who dunno me much, have no idea how obsessed I was with Henna. But sadly due to work, I don't think it is wise for me to have it draw on my hand constantly. Didn't think Henna was a common "accessories" for Chinese. 

Plus I always thought it was an expensive pleasure to have Henna art. Cos my first Henna cost me a freaking RM220! But then the fee included travelling to my house and it was meant for my wedding. So splurge abit la. Hubby paid..so didn't bother. LoL

My wedding Henna

Then my 2nd was done in India. Yes I been to India, cos one of my childhood dream was to visit Taj Mahal. Well, Taj Mahal never disappoint, it was a magnificent historical building. Only the area was full with tourist traps. So abit sien. 

Okay back to my Henna experiences. Hmm mine was done in a middle of market center on my birthday night in year 2010. I think at New Delhi. Our driver was kind enough to bargain the price for us, But then ended up the guys (yup Indian guys) did a very lousy job. But they were very fast!! I think in 15min finish for both hand. If not mistaken, it was around RM40-50/- .

My idea Henna experience

Then after that I tried few flee markets by Indian also. But those were very cheap, RM6-12. Sadly none can last more than 1 weeks. And their skills were so so. Very rough.

So I decided to buy the Henna cone and do it myself.

Well, my 1st attempt was not that shady right. But after tried it, hahaha let me more appreciated those Henna artist. Cos like tattoo, you really can't made any mistake. So I got really tense while drawing it.

I didn't diy my own Henna paste, I bought it from @meeqashi (from Instagram). Delivery fast. But couldn't really comment on her quality, since this was my first purchase. I bought 4 colours, dark red, maroon, pink and black. Only tried dark red & maroon, so far both was easy to use. But dunno bcos of the brand problem, dark red was more hard, while the maroon was more liquid, which make the line abit harsh.

I store it in a Tupperware, hopefully can make it last longer.

All of them was RM4/- each, except pink was RM5/-
The empty bottle was RM10/- which you can use it if you find the cone hard to maneuver. I haven't use it cos so far I think I still can managed it. Mine included postage was RM33/-
If you are interested to buy, you may watsap the seller - Meeqashi 013-5893461 & visit her Instagram for more products.

Then I google abit for more information, cos I knew sometime Henna quality was not the main issue to have a long lasting stain on your skin. Skin type play a major role also. So diff individual have diff effect even using the same Henna paste. 

So here is the steps to have good colour stain (from @royal_mehndi)
1) Seal henna with Lemon & Sugar paste when your Henna dry
2) Leave it for around 6-8 hours b4 scrape off the henna
3) Avoid water for at least 24 hours

Then some said it likes heat, funny was I really went to "heat up" my palm after I done.

Ohh ya, some said Black Henna was very dangerous, it said it was make of synthetic coal tar dye which can caused scar and bad effect on your skin. I guess like Hair dye, never dye your hair black, cos this colour is the worst!

I practice on a cardboard first before start on my palm. Got myself familiar with the flow and pressure of the cone. 

Aiyo even draw the head also very tense. lol. Scare my design senget jor.

Done!! But see the yellow stain? I did remind myself to stay away from water, just didn't realise holding a can of Coke could caused this. Bleh.

You could see that mine was not thick like others. At first I was worry the colour won't stay on my skin. Ehhh but after they peel off, Okay woh. The colour was very dark. Hahaha dunno bcos of the Henna cone quality or the heat really work. Ohh, I did put some oil on my skin before start drawing.

Well overall, the henna stayed on for 5 days. I guess bcos palm was more easy to get lighter. Since we wash hands alot....so 5 days.. abit short from my expectation. Oh well, nothing perfect. lol.

Here was my video on my first attempt drawing Henna. Enjoy!!


Anonymous said...

I didn't know henna now comes in different colors. I remembered last time my sister & I will buy the henna wrapped in gold foil from mini markets. Then bring home to play...sort of testing our art skills lar...hahah

Unknown said...

Mel Mel, hmm i think other colours is consider non-organic. Not really sure. That's why lotsa worry buying those readymade cone. Scare it was acrylic colouring.

wahh..how was your experience?? ok boh? :P

Anonymous said...

it was very fun lor...hahaha!

Unknown said...

Mel, lol. good to hear!