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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Foundation for Learning Henna Designs: Elemental Henna

Want to learn how to create henna designs?

I am here to help! All of our henna tattoo kits now come with a brand new instruction and design book called Elemental Henna.  this 40 page physical booklet is packed with clear instructions and fantastic henna designs.

Elemental Henna teaches the art of henna design by using the basic henna elements such as bumps, spirals, heart tops/bottoms, and zig zags. Designs are specifically made to focus on each basic element so you can get-to-know that henna element up-close and personal. Combining these easy-to-do henna elements is what creates beautiful henna designs.

All designs can be accomplished by the beginning henna artist and range from easy to moderately detailed. With over 90 henna designs to practice, Elemental Henna will help you build a solid artistic foundation.

Instruction include the basics of henna, henna safety, the science of henna, how to mix powder, storage and sealing, henna applicator bottles, festival tips, straining henna, and more!

This book comes standard with all our henna kits and can be purchased separately as well.

Elemental Henna is offered in eReader friendly eBook format too. The eBook allows you to use design pages in your personal Festival/Design Books or to use with transfer paper. It's also great to print out instructions on a flat sheet of paper.

The eBook version of Elemental Henna is available at a discount when you purchase any of our henna kits that come with the physical book. Add it to your henna kit for only .99!

Learn how to do henna easily!

Henna on!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Henna Ingredients: New Henna Wrappers

We have settled on new henna wrappers for our ready made henna cones!

I like the thickness and the way our new henna paste cones are wrapped. They are easy on the hands to use, and they are strong.  I'm finding very little leakage, even when shipping frozen henna cones. WIN!

Currently the cones are in a bright pink wrapper with a picture of a women on them, but we are working on getting them printed specifically for us. Hopefully within a year we can have custom wrappers! For now I'm happy to use these generic wrappers.

We've also slightly changed our henna paste recipe. It's a bit more mild, but still leaves nice henna color.

Henna Paste Ingredients:

Pure Henna Powder

Mineral Water
Eucalyptus Oil
Clove Bud Oil
Xantham Gum (Sugar)

Changing from clove oil to clove bud oil is nice. Adding Xantham Gum as a sugar is also great. The henna paste is more flexible than ever!

In my testing, I'm getting good color and nice longevity. The xanthan gum also allows me to leave the paste on longer.

Though I'd love it if everyone mixed their own henna from our fresh henna powder, these are the next best thing!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Bulk Henna Powder Discounts

Quality BAQ Henna Powder by Beachcombers

Discounts on henna? Yes, please!

We have updated our henna powder pricing to reflect larger discounts for bulk orders.

Discounts apply to both ORa henna (oranginc Rajasthani) and Jamila henna AND you can mix and match to get the discounts. Both henna powders are body art quality (BAQ) and professional grade.

All henna powder comes in 100 gram packs.

Henna Discounts

1-4 packs: $7.99
5-9 packs: $6.80
10-49 (1-4 Kilos): $5.99
50 or more (5+ Kilos): $4.99

No need to do anything special, as our system automatically will give you the discounts during checkout.

Henna on!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How To Create the Perfect Sangeet Henna Strip

The ubiquitous sangeet henna strip henna design is likely the most popular henna style around. You
Sangeet Strip Henna Design
know it...a combination of gorgeous paisleys and flowers starting at the wrist and going up one finger. They are so pretty and elegant, but how exactly do you create a sangeet strip?It's actually quite simple. The key is to keep it simple and use repeating henna elements.
  • Don't use too many different henna elements.
    Sangeet strips are rather small and if you use too many different elements they start to look cluttered. For example, if you are creating a strip that consists of flower-paisley, flower-paisley, flower-paisley, use one type of flower and only one or possibly two types of fillers for the paisleys.
  • Make use of vines as transitional elements.
    Use a vine to wrap around a paisley or flower so that the next element can be positioned anywhere along that vine. This can help keep a nice straight line for the henna strip.
  • Start big and get small.
    Don't make all the henna elements the same size. Start with the larger flowers or paisleys near the wrist where you have more room. As you get closer to the fingers, make every element a little smaller than the last.
  • Create small finishing details at the top and bottom of the henna strip.
    Starting the sangeet strip with a large flower and leave the bottom of the flower looking naked or unfinished. A swirl with a leaf or a couple of squiggly lines and a trail of dots may be all you need to create a "finished" look to your piece.
  • Add pretty henna finger accents.
    Adding small accents to the fingers will make a design look fuller. It's an easy way to add a lot of bang for a small amount of work. This is a must for the special Aunties at parties!
Changing up details of the same basic sangeet henna strip can create an entirely "new" henna piece! Try new fillers or different flower petals to make everyone's henna design unique and special.

The Marvelous Sangeet Strip eBook contains 27 different henna designs in the sangeet style. It includes both traditional and fun modern henna strips.

Henna On!