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Top 10 Henna venues

  1. Salon OasisSalon Oasis

    Salon Oasis

    Shop 1/720 Main Road Edgeworth NSW 2285, Edgeworth 2285
    Rating:
    (41)
    Relax, indulge and rejuvenate with Salon Oasis in Edgeworth. Choose from an array of pampering treatments including full body massage, deluxe mani or facial.
  2. Glitzy Glam Beauty SalonGlitzy Glam Beauty Salon

    Glitzy Glam Beauty Salon

    Shop 8/109 Holland Road, Holland Park 4121
    Rating:
    (11)
    Glitzy Glam Beauty Salon is dedicated to your beauty. Her one-stop shop for all beauty needs, offering threading, waxing, facials and nail treatments.
  3. Dazzling Hair and BeautyDazzling Hair and Beauty

    Dazzling Hair and Beauty

    50-60 North East Road, Walkerville SA 5081, Australia, Walkerville 5081
    Rating:
    (8)
    All your essentials are under one roof at Dazzling Hair and Beauty. Come in for great haircuts, colouring, waxing, lash and brow treatments, and more.
  4. Pretty Eyes Threading Bar - Murray BridgePretty Eyes Threading Bar - Murray Bridge

    Pretty Eyes Threading Bar - Murray Bridge

    21 53 South Terrace, Murray Bridge 5253
    Rating:
    (50)
    Book in with Pretty Eyes Threading for full on eye-wow. The talented therapists will thread, tidy and tint your lashes and brows to perfection!
  5. Lash BarLash Bar

    Lash Bar

    Suite 27 Level 2 175-181 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia, Bondi Junction 2022
    Rating:
    (28)
    Lash Bar, Bondi Junction has been making the ladies of Bondi look amazing for years. There's a great choice of lashes on offer here to create your perfect look.
  6. Pretty Eyes Threading Bar - Rundle PlacePretty Eyes Threading Bar - Rundle Place

    Pretty Eyes Threading Bar - Rundle Place

    77 Rundle Mall, Adelaide CBD 5000
    Rating:
    (2)
    For the ultimate eye-wow, visit Pretty Eyes Threading Bar. They take delight in threading and shaping your brows and face to perfection.
  7. Clifton Hill Beauty RetreatClifton Hill Beauty Retreat

    Clifton Hill Beauty Retreat

    365 Saint Georges Road, Fitzroy North 3068
    Rating:
    (6)
    Clifton Hill Beauty Retreat provides quality relaxing beauty services. The clinic offers sugaring, waxing, electrolysis hair removal, and age-defying facials
  8. Even Eyebrows and BeautyEven Eyebrows and Beauty

    Even Eyebrows and Beauty

    2/100 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford 4210
    Even Eyebrows and Beauty will leave you feeling special. Enhance your brows with threading and tinting, and add some glamorous eyelash extensions.
  9. Little Beauty LaneLittle Beauty Lane

    Little Beauty Lane

    2/2570 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 4218
    Little Beauty Lane offers professional Cosmetic Tattooing services, including Feather Touch Brows and Lip Blend. She also body waxing, makeup and spray tan.
  10. Eyebrow World - Southport Park Shopping CentreEyebrow World - Southport Park Shopping Centre

    Eyebrow World - Southport Park Shopping Centre

    7/175 Benowa Road, Southport 4215
    Rating:
    (2)
    Your search for the perfect brow is over - head to Eyebrow World. The salon also offers lash and brow tinting, hair styling, body art and facials.

Henna

For some of us, henna was our very first hair colouring experience. And it sure was messy back then. The powder was mixed with water to make a rather gritty, lumpy, smelly paste, which was then applied to the hair.

Thankfully, henna has come a long way, but it is still something best applied in a salon. Whilst not as popular these days for hair, we are seeing many salons offering amazing henna body art, especially for weddings.

Origins

Henna is made from a flowering plant called Lawsonia inermis, which tends to grow in the subtropical regions of Asia and Africa. And it has been used forever to dye hair, nails, skin, and fabric. It can also be mixed with other natural dyes to create different hues.

Using henna for body art began in the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, and is depicted in many artworks. It was used to mark special occasions and events, such as births, weddings, birthdays, and victory. This was probably due to the belief that henna was considered to deliver blessings and good luck.

In some cultures, it would take many days to decorate a bride with henna, as it was classed as a sacred ceremony. This is referred to as Mehndi, and you will see this listed as a service at many of our Bookwell salons.

Henna Tattoos

You may also see it listed as Henna Body Art, Henna Hand Art, temporary Henna Tattoos, or Henna Eyebrow Tattoo.

Mehndi is something quite spectacular, and the designs are very intricate. They are also indicative of their land of origin. Some of the most beautiful designs come from India and Pakistan.

However, it's most likely that the art form originated in Egypt, and evidence has been found on Egyptian mummies. It's likely the plant, Lawsonia inermis, grew naturally in Egypt, and was carried to India.

It's Temporary

Of course, henna body art is not actually a tattoo, as it is not permanent. And it is only applied to the surface of the skin, not injected below. This is one of the reasons why it has become so popular.

This is how it works. First, a paste is made with the henna powder, and used to apply the design. This can be done with a plastic cone, stick or paint brush. The paste is allowed to dry, which usually takes 15-20 minutes.

As the paste dries, it will begin to crack. Often a solution, such as lemon juice and sugar, is applied at this stage, to remoisten the paste and darken the stain. The decorated area may be wrapped to keep in body heat, and this will intensify the colour.

Protecting Your Tattoo

When the wrapping is removed, the design will continue to darken over the next day or two. The 'tattoo' will last one to three weeks, depending on how it was applied, the quality of the henna, and where it is on the body. Applying a natural oil moisturiser will help protect it.

If you are considering getting a henna tattoo, it's worth putting some thought into your choice of design. This is particularly true for wedding Mehndi. For example, do you want the design to be symbolic, or just decorative?

If you want your hands decorated, try and avoid going for very large designs. The smaller and more intricate, the greater the effect. This is a statement piece, so you want it to look professional and eye-catching.

Choosing A Salon

And do go to a salon that specialises in the art. They will use good quality henna, and will have plenty of design ideas to show you.

Mehndi really is very beautiful, and well worth considering for your special day.