Meet the Maker | Inside Scoop

Meet the Maker | Inside Scoop

I have been having a ton of fun taking part in March’s Meet the Maker. I found out about it from a fellow henna artist on her IG feed @alchemyhenna and she’s also a client of ours here at Henna Sooq. Joanne Walker founded the idea and has all the details laid out on her IG @joannehawker. We’re now half way through the month of March (almost!) and I’ve share behind the scene photos, along with really opening up about the brand, the vision and my life. It came at exactly the right time. This is therapy I don’t have to pay for 🙂 Here are a few posts that you told us were your favorites. For more, head to our IG page @hennasooq Day 8 | Where did Henna Sooq journey from and to? Back in 2005, I took a henna workshop with a well known artist in Montreal (where I’m originally from) and I was completely hooked. Starting out with some henna cones and 50 boxes of Jamila henna, Henna Sooq was born. In 2008, we moved to Toronto which was even more of a henna hub. I was busy with indian weddings, festivals and my first wholesale account @honey_fig . Sadly we had to move back to the USA in 2010, leaving behind our Canadian friends, family, our first house and many clients. I miss the days when they picked up your composting. So we make the big move back to Maryland, which I do really love and we’ve been here ever since. Maryland is fun, diverse, artistic, hip and full of my favorites creatives. Day...
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March Meet the Maker

March Meet the Maker

There is a really cool Instagram challenge that I’m a little late to start but I’m jumping right in. What you have to do is for the next 31 days of March is post a daily photo in theme with the list Joanne Hawker has given to us to use. Make sure to tag your photo with #MarchMeetTheMaker. The purpose of this, other then being so much fun, is to get people to know your small business and/or brand. Now’s the time for you to shine. Let people know all about you and show them all of your hard work, dedication and passion. So dive in with us @hennasooq on Instagram and hear our story. Watch us mixing henna, creating beautiful art, coloring gorgeous hair and the inside scoop on all the happenings at Henna...
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Thank you for being my sister. I am a Muslim woman.

Thank you for being my sister. I am a Muslim woman.

Things are pretty crazy right now. I’m scared, worried and overwhelmed. It came to me that the time is now. I want to be 100% transparent and want you to have the opportunity to get to know me better. I want to break down the barriers between us. I want to make a positive and empowering difference for the community and people around the world. I’m starting here and thank you for being here with me. I am a Muslim Woman. Born in Canada to an Italian-American and Canadian mother and Afro-Guyanese father. Growing up so light skinned (white basically) I was constantly trying to find my place. People always treated me differently then who felt I was. Sometimes I would be asked if I was adopted or get the side eye. I was told I’d never truly understand racism because I wasn’t dark enough. I understand that statement as it’s hard for people to understand things that they themselves don’t experience. I’ve always been really interested in and conscious of God. My family is Christian so I’ve had my first communion and went to church. I liked going to church so much that I used to go with neighbors or my Auntie as my parents didn’t often bring me themselves. Loved those Sunday chicken patties! I was in Christmas plays and sang in the choir. But in the background of my mind I began to question Jesus’s position with God. I never understood and naturally questioned how Jesus and God could be the same. It just wasn’t something that ever made sense to me. At the end of...
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Breath and Push.

Breath and Push.

Time is of the essence. The time is now to get yourself right. You have to be in a good place. Even when things might not be perfect, know that you can make anything and everything happen. There are no limits! There are always possibilities and you will make and find them. #MondayMotivation When I started Henna Sooq with just 50 boxes of Jamila henna powder, I didn’t know exactly where I was heading or what I had gotten myself into. I created a henna addiction that is 15+ years in the making. I absolutely love everything about henna. I sold those 50 little boxes of Jamila henna powder and kept reinvesting into the business. I bought new products and got new ideas. We didn’t ask for any loans and only put back what we made right into the business. The business just grew along with my family and I myself began to evolve and become. My henna body art that I thought was so good back then is nothing compared to the beautiful art I produce today. Our website which was once just a plain template yet beautiful green that I love so much, with a bunch of paypal add to cart buttons became a gorgeous visually pleasing and organized website. I found myself going back to the roots of the business and wanted to create a simple yet explosive impression on every new client that came onto our website. I wanted to make an impact and a difference in this world even if through just this simple henna plant. Our current website is our third design. I...
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