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Top 10 Henna venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering Henna from around Australia.

  1. Lash BarLash Bar

    Lash Bar

    Suite 27 Level 2 175-181 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia, Bondi Junction 2022
    Rating:
    (35)
    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.
  2. Dazzling Hair and BeautyDazzling Hair and Beauty

    Dazzling Hair and Beauty

    50-60 North East Road, Walkerville SA 5081, Australia, Walkerville 5081
    Rating:
    (10)
    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.
  3. 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:
    (51)
    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!
  4. 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.
  5. Rimi Beauty and ThreadingRimi Beauty and Threading

    Rimi Beauty and Threading

    19/400 Stafford Road, Stafford 4053
    Rating:
    (11)
    Rimi Beauty & Threading can take care of all your beauty needs. Pop in for an eyebrow thread, wax treatment or jaw-dropping eyelash extensions.
  6. Unique Look Hair & Beauty SalonUnique Look Hair & Beauty Salon

    Unique Look Hair & Beauty Salon

    905 High St, Thornbury 3071
    Rating:
    (12)
    Feel glamorous with The Unique Look Hair & Beauty Salon. Your go to salon for haircuts, colour, threading, waxing, and permanent hair treatments.
  7. Justine's Accent on BeautyJustine's Accent on Beauty

    Justine's Accent on Beauty

    3 / 60 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba 4213
    Rating:
    (6)
    Justine’s Accent on Beauty will pamper all your beauty needs. Whether you're looking for an expert facial, spray tan, mani or wax, you're in fabulous hands.
  8. Shehnaz Threading & Beauty SalonShehnaz Threading & Beauty Salon

    Shehnaz Threading & Beauty Salon

    4/31 Station Street, Nerang 4211
    Rating:
    (10)
    Shehnaz Threading & Beauty Salon are specialists in eyebrow threading, hair styling and beauty treatments. They also offer hair colouring, waxing, and facials.
  9. 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
  10. Elegant Eyebrows - ErinaElegant Eyebrows - Erina

    Elegant Eyebrows - Erina

    620 658 Terrigal Drive, Erina 2250
    Rating:
    (19)
    Elegant Eyebrows is dedicated to giving you the best lashes and brows of your life. Offering eyebrow threading, shaping and tinting, lash extensions and perms.

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.

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