Amazing! I arranged for a henna event for a few days before my wedding for myself and friends and family. I was live in NYC and the event was in PA. It was so easy to do all the organizing and communication via email and mail. I did not finalize my design in advance, but could have if I wanted. The day of, I showed her some pictures of her work that I liked, and a picture of my dress, and she was able to put it all together into a beautiful bridal design on my hands and feet. The end results were so beautiful, it was the topic of conversation for days.
Jumana provided henna at my daughter's Bat Mitzvah party and also made special designs for her (and me) ahead of time so that she would have them already at the event. The designs were beautiful. Jumana can make a traditional design for you or she can copy an image provided by the client. She is amazingly quick even though the designs are intricate and detailed. Jumana will enhance an already very special moment by providing just the right design. She is very prompt and professional and the materials she uses are of the highest quality. You cannot go wrong with Jumana.
From the moment we chatted on email to the day she did my mehndi, Jumana Auntie was a pleasure to work with. She is efficient with respect to communication as well as work ethic. She is focused on the task and takes the bride's opinion to heart. Her designs were elegant, delicate and unique. She is steadfast and meticulous in her work. She was able to complete my hands, forearms and feet in a few hours. She does what ever is needed to make the customer comfortable during the session. I highly recommend her for any bridal event.
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We loved having Jumana at our twin's high school and older son's college graduation party. She worked her beautiful designs quickly and was extremely pleasant. Everyone at the party loved her work, girls, boys, adults and even my 82 year old mother showed off her work for weeks! What great memories she added to our event.
I got my bridal henna done from Jumana and it came out very good. We hired Jumana for our Sangeet as well and everyone was pleased with their henna. She's quite fast and can do any design you have in mind. I felt like the quality of henna used was far better than others I have seen in the past. Jumana was very flexible and was able to travel and come to our house and our event location, which worked out great! I am very pleased with the services provided and I would recommend Henna Designer for all your henna needs.
Jumana has done Mehndi for me in the past as a guest for my cousin's wedding. She ended up doing the full hand front and back and everyone raved about it and commented on how beautiful it came out. So of course I asked Jumana to do my Mehndi for my Wedding. The Mehndi came out beautiful and the perfect color. I asked her for the d...esigns I liked from her gallery and she made it custom for me. The best part was that the QUALITY of the Henna was so good that I didn't have to keep it on for a long time in order to get a good color. Also, Jumana met me at my place in the evening which was convenient for me since I was busy with wedding planning. She is the definition of PROFESSIONAL and she works FASTwhich is important since I didn't have time or energy to get Henna done. Jumana made it EASY and COMFORTABLE for me. Of course everyone had good compliments about my Mehndi during the wedding and saying how much my Husband loves me b/c the color was so good. Jumana even impressed my 90yr old grandmother from India - who is very picky about her Henna. Also, surprisingly, my Henna lasted for a FOUR WEEKS and was clear all the way through my honeymoon, even though I was swimming in a pool every day!!!!!!!! I went to southeast asia and everyone there was admiring Jumana's art work. I plan to hire Jumana for everything now and all future events, my niece and nephew birthday party, other family weddings, and if i'm pregnant to do my belly. Jumana is truly UNIQUE compared to other Henna designers (that I have met from attending other wedding functions) and she is experienced to make any design whether traditional or modern. Everyone loved interacting with my Mehndi searching for my name and my Husband's name hidden in the design :-)
Jumana came to my home to do my bridal mehndi. I have always wanted mehndi for my wedding, and Jumana absolutely exceeded my expectations. I requested several peacocks incorporated in a dense and intricate design, and was stunned by the striking result! Jumana brought these designs from her own imaginations, and with intricate artistry, she crafted striking and beautifully crafted artwork on my arms, hands, calves, and feet. The color was bright and strong, and made for beautiful wedding photos. I HIGHLY reccomend her for any event.
Jumana is very professional and courteous. She is prompt with all her communications, which is very important to me. She was flexible when I needed her to stay longer to finish up the mehndi for my bridal party the previous day. She had an array of design selections, which she brought to the henna party. Her mehndi design was good, although I feel it could have been applied a little thinner. But the end result still looked great, and my American husband's family and all our friends absolutely loved the concepts and the designs.
Jumana did the henna for my engagement party and my wedding. Her designs are so beautiful, clean, and unique.
If you want something traditional, she can do that, no problem, but she also has a unique style of her own if you want something a little different.
She also works really quickly, a huge plus when it comes to henna. I can't recommend her enough!
Jumana did an excellent job on my bridal henna. She also worked pretty tirelessly during my pre-wedding bridal party, and all of my friends & family were very pleased with their designs as well! I would absolutely recommend her to anyone in the greater Philadelphia area interested in bridal henna.
Henna, also known as Lawsonia inermis is a shrub native to Asia and the Mediterranean coast of Africa, and thrives mostly in warmer climates all over the world. Its leaves contain hennotannic acid, a red dye that bonds with the collagen in skin cells and keratin of fingernails and hair, staining the area in shades of red or brown. The leaves of the henna plant are harvested, dried, and ground into a fine powder. This powder is widely used as a hair colorant with conditioning properties, and for the ancient art of mehndi.
What is Mehndi, Mehandi, Mehendi?
Mehndi is the name of the ancient art of painting patterns on the body with henna paste, and the resulting stains left on the skin. The paste is made from powdered dried henna leaves and a variety of ingredient, some of which are: lemon or lime juice, black tea, coffee, rose petals, orange blossoms, essential oils, cloves, tamarind, and sugar. Mehndi is a temporary form of body painting and adornment.
What is the color of the henna stain?
Once the paste has dried and scraped off, the initial stain is usually yellow-orange in colour. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, with exposure to air, the stain will oxidize and darken. The final stain will be in the range of dark orange, red or brown.
Variation in the exact shade and darkness of the final stain depends on the body chemistry of the individual, the area of body painted, and the length of time the paste is left on the skin.
How long does the stain last?
The longer the paste is left on the skin, the deeper the dye will penetrate the epidermis (outer most layer of the skin), resulting in a darker and longer lasting stain. It would last longest, up to 2 weeks, on thick, dry and coarse skin texture such as hands and feet. On areas where the skin is thinner, such as arms, chest and back, the stain would fade more quickly, lasting anywhere from 3 to10 days. The stain will fade gradually following the natural skin exfoliation and regeneration process.
For the darkest and longest lasting stain, apply the paste to hands and feet, keep the painted area warm, and leave the paste on at least 8 hours.
How is henna paste applied?
There are many different ways to apply the henna paste on the skin. For example, in Morocco, henna artists often use syringes with a blunt point. The tool of choice in India is rolled up plastic cones similar to pastry piping bags. In Africa, saliva is mixed into the powder and then formed into balls and lumps of paste for a rudimentary application and design.
Throughout the centuries, the methods of application have been varied and creative; from twigs, porcupine quills, pieces of silver wire to saliva. Modern day henna artists mostly use plastic cones,(as used by me) syringes or small squeezable bottles to transfer the paste to the skin.
Is Henna application painful?
No, the application process is not painful at all as the mud-like paste is applied or “laid” on the skin surface. The skin is not pierced or broken as in tattooing with ink. The henna paste will feel cool on the skin due to the cooling properties of the henna plant. If the paste has been added with essential oils like eucalyptus or tea tree, some tingling sensation might be felt. It’s pretty much like applying medicated oil on the skin
This are the tips and advice for Henna after care.
• Be gentle with the henna paste, it’s fragile and has a tendency to flake off. Move as little as possible and keep your body warm.
• If it’s cold try to stay warm, this helps to darken the design.
• For a good stain leave the paste on as long as possible, 4-8 hours or even over night.
• If your henna was sprayed with lemon sealant, let the paste flake off naturally. This will occur over several hours.
• If your henna was wrapped keep it sealed for 4-8 hours or even overnight. Slide a sock on over the tape to help hold it all together and protect bedding/clothes
Remove after 4 to 8 hours
• To remove the paste, peel off the tape or flake off the paste. If the paste is sticking or hard to remove, use a paper towel and vegetable oil (corn, olive, canola) to gently rub off the henna paste. Do not use water to remove the paste, it can ruin the stain.
• To remove any sticky bits of tape adhesive use a little finger nail polish remover.
To maintain your new mehndi and help it to last:
• Avoid contact with water for the first 12 - 24 hours. Water prevents the fresh henna stain from darkening.
• To protect the design when bathing or swimming coat the area with a layer of vegetable oil or Henna Caravan Aftercare Balm before getting wet.
• Frequent washing, soaps, shaving, and the rubbing
of clothing and shoes causes the design to fade more quickly.
• Your new design will be a light yellow-orange color when the paste is first removed. Over the next 2 days the dye will oxidize and the stain will become darker and richer in color.
• The duration of the stain and the depth of color depend on the area of body chosen and length of time the paste remained on your skin. Henna will produce the best stains on hands and feet. Mehndi generally lasts 7 to 10 days.
Please remember that only natural red-brown henna is safe for your skin. Black henna may have chemicals added that can blister and scar the skin as well as cause long term damage to your body