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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Indigo for Hair | Natural Hair Dye

Indigo for Hair | Natural Hair Dye

Indigo is a natural Ayurvedic plant-based dye (vegan) that is used with henna to color hair reddish brown, brown, dark brown and up to black tones.  It lasts 4-6 weeks and will cover greys. In this easy step by step video tutorial, I make the process of using indigo easy. Mixing indigo correctly is very important to the henna coloring process. When indigo isn’t mixed properly, your henna coloring treatment usually won’t give you those rich coloring results. Common Mistakes Indigo is mixed with a cold liquid. Indigo must be mixed with a warm to hot liquid. Indigo is mixed with liquids other then water. Do not use other liquids when mixing indigo. Indigo is mixed with a heavy liquid such as yogurt, conditioner etc…Indigo does not work at all when mixed with heavy liquids such as these. Indigo is mixed directly with the henna powder. Mixing henna powder and indigo powder together at the same time won’t work since both need separate times for dye release. Indigo paste sits out for too long. Dye release for indigo is only 20-30 minutes max. Indigo is used alone. If indigo doesn’t have henna in it’s process either as a previous and recent hair application or directly mixed with henna paste then the outcome is a green hue on the hair. No patch test was done. Please always verify that you aren’t allergic to henna, indigo or ayurvedic herbs before using them. Do a small skin patch test to be sure.  ...
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Mixing Jagua Juice to create a Black Henna Design

Mixing Jagua Juice to create a Black Henna Design

You may have heard about how bad black henna is. That it’s full of chemicals and can scar your skin for life.  It’s true. There are black henna cones and products on the market that can badly blister your skin. Before I started doing henna professionally, I went to a somalian wedding in Toronto. They recommended I get henna done as several other ladies were. So I decided to get my feet done for the wedding. Before I headed to the home of the henna artist they told me I had to go and buy some black henna dye which was really in fact black hair dye, Bigen. I had no idea how harmful this would be. My feet got henna’ed and they looked perfect. When my henna started to fade I began to notice raised, bumpy skin that I thought was athlete’s foot. Then the puffy skinstarted to resemble the henna design I’d had done, but how so? I had the henna done weeks ago? Could this really be an allergic reaction? Yes! It was an allergic reaction. I was lucky I wasn’t scarred for life. I was one of the lucky ones that my skin  returned back to normal. That was definitely the last time I would ever get black henna. What I learned was that all allergic reactions don’t necessarily happen right away. It can happen even weeks later or it can develop over time. The good news is that we now have a natural alternative to chemically based black henna. By replacing the liquids you usually use in your henna body art recipe with jagua...
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