Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Getting Ready for Eid: doing your own henna---and making Eid decorations out of styrofoam and glitter
Step number two is being patient and properly preparing the items you will need. For me, I need
1.) a small dish of water, pins to poke the tube of henna if it clogs up,
2.) cotton-tipped q-tips which I use for removing extra henna or cleaning up mistakes
3.) one tissue to blot the henna tube if it clogs
4.) and a box of tissue standing by for major mistakes
5. a pair of scissors for intially opening the henna tube
6.) a thing of scotch tape for making the tip of the henna tube smaller if it gets stretched out
7.) a nice mat to do henna over to keep the mess contained
8.) once the henna is dry, lemon juice, to make the stain last a day longer and go a tad darker (Henna on me tends to go very orange and the lemon juice makes it a nice brown shade---I never use black henna as it is a dye and not actual henna and can cause allergic reactions and scarring depending on your skin type).
When I start, after cutting the tiny tiny hole in the tube, just big enough for the pin to close it, I usually squeeze a little henna out on the tissue to get it going. If it doesn't flow in thin neat lines, I keep trying or admit that my henna tube or henna sucks and give up. Thankfully, the henna my MIL bought from a store in Al Hamra or Bahla in the Interior works perfect and this only took a minute.
I suggest practicing drawing designs on yourself (or coffee filters) before a special occasion to get good before things like Eid and weddings come up, or try on places no one will see (legs, feet, ect). I used my daughter as an experiment. Surprisingly, as much as she loves to have manicures, she hates henna, go figure...
Henna DOES stain the nails, until the nails grow out, so avoid getting stains on the nails or use nailpolish to prevent henna getting onto the nails if you don't like having orange nails for over a month. While the henna stain of Omani henna generally lasts anywhere from 3 days to a week on skin before fading, nails last longer, usually until they are grown out. Omani women have a special henna just for nails, if they want to get that dark brown/reddish shade with henna, they don't use the henna from the tube for skin.
Mistakes I wipe immediately with q-tips and tissue. I usually do my henna a day or 2 days before an event, to make sure the henna is nice and dark, and minor errors fade.
Tips I learned from you tube are using pins to scrape up small ammounts of henna from a line for a shading effect, or using a lightly moist q-ip to partially blot a thick line. This makes a kind of shading.