Santa Fe, New Mexico Celebrate with Art, Wellness, Fashion & Beauty

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Henna Pregnant bellies

RELAX AND BE ADORNED

Many countries including Morocco and India have traditions of applying henna during the third trimester of pregnancy. Henna is believed to protect and bless the mother and child from any evil or malicious spirits that may be near during delivery.

The red coloring of the dye and protective images used in the patterns guard against the evil eye and are thought to protect the pair during the child’s difficult passage into this world.

As henna is being incorporated into modern culture, new traditions are being created. One new way women are using henna is to decorate the belly during pregnancy. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the body’s physical changes during pregnancy and embrace this special time. Baby showers and henna parties can be combined into a day of pampering and relaxation for the new expectant mom, her friends, and family.

100% safe and 100% Natural

I use only natural henna, lemon juice, sugar and lavender oil in our mixes for pregnant women. It is important to keep the ingredients simple during pregnancy so you don’t stress the body, baby, or cause an allergic reaction. Other ingredients may be added such as coffee, tea, tamarind, or clove depending on the artist’s preference but simple is always better during pregnancy.

Natural henna is incredibly safe and poses no danger to a healthy pregnancy. There are people who use chemical additives such as hair dyes in the mix to speed up the process or obtain a black stain. This is not safe or legal. Chemical dyes often contain a chemical known as PPD which is toxic and can cause long term damage, including scaring. Chemical dyes will stain the skin within 30 minutes and be dark immediately, these should always be avoided.

Designs usually last 7-10 days, depending on body chemistry, how long the paste was allowed to soak in, and location on the body. Henna always lasts longest on the hands and feet, less on the torso where skin is thinner. It is very important to keep in mind that natural henna stains a reddish brown color and needs to soak on the skin 4-8 hours. The color will be a light orange at first and darken to a richer shade over 2 days.

Sealant Magic

There are many sealants available to protect and bring out the color in your Henna designs.  This article will briefly go through some of them, please use this as a start towards your own research.  Comments, tips and even your own preferred sealant methods are welcome.  In this article we will go over common sealants for body art.

  1. Lemon & Sugar or Honey & Lemon: this is probably the most common and well known of the body art sealants out there.  Its is simple and easily made at home by adding approximately 1 part lemon to 2 parts sugar or 1.5 parts honey.  Dissolve the sugar/honey into the lemon juice over low heat.  Once it is ready and cool, you can put it into a bowl and add a few cotton balls for application.  This way everyone can continue to re apply the sealant a few times throughout the night.  I like to put mine in a spray bottle and spray a few squirts onto the paste.  Make sure that the paste is dry enough before sealing, otherwise your henna will begin to run.  The sugar keeps a protective barrier from the air while the lemon keeps the henna wet and also pulls out more of dye onto the skin.  Caution: too much sugar will make your henna crack and too much lemon will make your henna run.
  2. Hairspray or spray gel: Some people use non toxic hairspray hair spray or spray gel.  This really keeps the henna firmly on.  The hairspray tends to dry the henna out quick, where as the spray gel keeps it wet longer.
  3. Cotton Balls & Tape: once your henna has dried on top, you can use cotton to cover the design and then tape to secure the cotton balls.  You can leave it like that or cover it with a plastic bag.  With a plastic bag, your henna may stay too wet and can easily smudge.
  4. Fixative Tape: This is also one of my favourites and what I use in private bookings, bridals and pregnant bellies.  Once the Henna has dried on top I wrap it up using fixative tape, this keeps the henna wet and in place.  It is comfortable and leaves clients free to move and continue with the day.  When you remove the tape, the henna comes off with it… almost perfectly.
  5. Saran or plastic wrap:  This is  must for the hair or eyebrows as we do not want the henna to dry at all on the hairs.  But it is also a good one to add on top of some fixative tape, cotton, toilet paper or paper towel.

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these are the most common and also great to combine them.  There are many other methods of securely sealing your Henna designs.  Have fun and experiment!

Henna OPen House

We getting ready to kickoff henna classes and workshops, so in celebration TONIGHT there will be FREE HENNA tattoos, snacks, door prizes, demonstrations and more. Bring a friend, or 5 or come alone, either way it’s going to be fun and interactive night! See you there!!!

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Open house!! free henna

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October 22 2014 at 6700 4th street NW Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. Starts at 6:30-8:30, I am hosting this event and there will be snacks, coffee and door prize plus FREE HENNA TATTOO for all that come through!

Sore Feet?

tired and soar feet can be relieved by placing some henna onto the bottoms of your feet. This is also a great remedy for hot flashes, fevers, detoxing the blood.  Add to the fingers to sooth and cure athletes foot and nail fungus, plantars, dryness, hangnails, and cuticle care. 

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Henna; the Merciful Herb for Cancer Relief and Prevention

We have all become more conscience of protecting our skin from the strong UVA and UVB rays that can cause cancer.  We search out the best sunscreens, wear big hats and longer sleeves.  But did you know that Henna is a major ally in our fight against cancer? Please click here to view research journals on henna’s antimicrobial properties and its use in other conditions, disease and illnesses.

Cancer Preventative

Aside from henna being a natural sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, it has also been found to be an excellent preventative for cancer.  It has been found that topical application of henna has been found to decreased tumor incident rate down by 70% and multiplicity of a tumor by 40%.

During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a must for many to survive cancer, however this treatment brings along with it many side effects, one of them being Hand and foot syndrome (HFS).  This is when your hands and feet burn, and feel so hot you can barely function.  Henna, once applied to the skin, cools the body down significantly and removes the burning sensation within minutes.  Giving much relief to the person affected by HFS.

After Chemotherapy

Once chemotherapy is complete, patients are left exhausted, self conscience and hairless.  Henna applied to the scalp feels good, looks beautiful and helps therapy by lifting the spirit.  The beautiful swirls over the scalp lift self esteem and act as a reminder of triumph.  This is safe and fun for all ages, children enjoy this the most as they usually feel the most conscience of the side effects of chemotherapy.

I am listing a few articles that support the information listed above.  Most are from medical journals.  To have henna at your cancer fundraising event please contact me at 505-209-5665

http://www.medicaldaily.com/overcoming-cancer-henna-heals-global-artist-community-empowers-patients-temporary-head-tattoos

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/short/1/7_MeetingAbstracts/B72?rss=1

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/expressions/2014/May/expressions_May18.xml&section=expressions

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10637-007-9082-3

 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/opinion/15iht-edspencer.1.15328863.html?_r=2

 

Arabic style henna

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