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Monday, February 6, 2017

Glitter and Henna: To Use or Not to Use?

Glitter makes everything better!
Let's just say it...Glitter makes everything better even body art! Well most everything. Adding glitter to henna has it's pros and cons so let's go over them so you can decide if glittering up your henna tattoos is right for you.

If you are doing henna in a festival setting, I think glitter is a must! It attracts people to your booth and encourages people to keep the henna paste on longer. When they remove the henna, they also remove the glitter so they are more likely to keep the henna on the skin. Let's face it, teens LOVE it glitter!

If you are doing one-on-one henna or parties, glitter is not as necessary, and can be either an advantage or a detriment. Adding glitter can be fun for guests!

If you are hired for a party, I suggest you clear it with the person hiring you about glitter. Glitter gets EVERYWHERE and the host may not want a fairy-dusted house for the next month. Next, you need to figure out if you have the time to do glitter. If you need to henna 15 people in an hour, it means the maximum amount of time you can spend on henna is 4 minutes a person. If you are also doing glitter, you need to adjust the amount of henna you do accordingly. This may not be a big deal if you are only doing henna on 5 or 10 people an hour, but if you are doing 30 people (only 2 minutes a person), that 10-30 seconds to add glitter is a big deal. Be realistic about how much time you have and how much time you need.

If you do decide to offer glitter, I suggest limiting the numbers of colors you have until you are experienced and have worked out the kinks in your henna business. If you offer too many choices, it takes more time for people to choose. Considering only having one color for your first event with glitter. Slowly offer more glitter colors until you get to a point that you are comfortable with the amount of glitter you offer.

Why Beachcombers Does Not Carry Glitter
(Spoiler: WE DO!)

I was recently asked why we don't carry glitter even though we happen to love it. I try to only carry products that I can offer a value or a convenience. Currently I don't feel I can offer a good enough value/convenience to offer loose glitter for use on henna.

The requirements for a glitter to be considered body safe is that the glitter should be polyester (NOT metal) and should have no sharp edges. The shape of the individual glitter pieces cannot be triangles, squares, or rectangles but can be hexagons, octagons, or circles. Many easy-to-access scrap book glitters meet these requirements, including the Stampendous brand and the Martha Stewart brand. These are both fairly inexpensive and easy to get. Until we can offer something that is a good value to you, we won't offer glitter.

Want us to offer glitter? Let us know! Every single request we get is written down and our request list is constantly reviewed to see what we can make a reality.

Loose Cosmetic Body Glitter for henna
Loose Body Safe Glitter for Henna!

UPDATE! 2/6/2017

Guess who offers glitter now, AND at a great price! Our new cosmetic grade body safe glitter comes in a soft squeeze bottle with a number 19 metal tip. We offer both 10 gram and 20 gram containers AND if you order 4 glitter, you get one free!

Applying glitter with the precision metal tips allows you to poof glitter or use a controlled pour for more precision.

Check out our new loose body safe glitter for henna today!

Didn't I tell you requests work?! Some of the things we carry that are directly a result of requests...
  • Spray Bandage Sealer
    Clients were repeatedly letting us know they were having trouble finding spray bandage sealer at a reasonable price. When they could find it, it was a very small bottle (about 1/2 the size of the bottle we offer) for about $12. We searched until we found an off brand that we could offer to you at a great price!
  • Nylons for Staining Henna
    Who has panty hose these days? We kept hearing that clients couldn't find stockings without a reinforced toe at a good price, so we found some!
  • Carrot Bags for Filling Henna Applicator Bottles and Henna Cones
    These made sense to put into our beginners henna kits, as the only way to get them was from a specialty shop or craft store. Even then, the smallest package was generally a pack of 12, when you only need one carrot bag.
  • Cellophane Triangles to Roll Henna Cones
    We started offering these because I HATE to cut cello for myself. No matter what I would do, it seemed to attract every little bit of dust or hair in the house to the cello. Frustrating. I find cutting cello a pain in the butt, and our clients do too. I also heard regularly how difficult it was to find the right thickness. I finally decided to offer pre-cut cello triangles. Best thing I ever did, lol! I no longer have to cut my own cello! It's worth every cent, especially since it's so inexpensive. You can get 100 sheets of triangle for less than $10! Niiiiice!
We are open to more requests, so keep them coming! We can't honor every request we get, but when we can...we do!

Glitter On!

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