We had a lovely day with Minal from Bridal Henna Beauty on the day of our Indian Bridal shoot. Minal is a local Sacramentian Henna artist who does Henna for many occasions, ranging from bridal parties, to any regular parties, to just about any special occasion.

Minal has been doing Henna since she was 10 years old and has since then undergone professional training, and it shows in her work. She was trained by Ash Kumar- a celebrity Henna Artist that has worked on Madonna, Julia Roberts, and Aishwarya Rai.  She did an awesome job on my Henna and also in explaining everything about it- from how it’s made, to how long it lasts, and everything in between!

This really is an interesting and beautiful process and tradition. I hope you enjoy this video and Minal’s work as much as we did :)

Henna tattoos are non-permanent dying or staining on the top layer of skin using a henna paste product, the process is called Mehndi. The tattoos are generally an intricate design and brown in color. They will fade in time, about 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of henna that has been used. The art of mehndi has been practiced for hundreds of years and was usually done for weddings or other celebrations.

Mehndi is a popular type of skin adornment in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Somalia.

 

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I love it! It is soooo gorgeous! I am Palestinian and we also do Henna for weddings and celebrations. It so great to see you celebrate diverse cultures on your site!

Hi Marlena!

Thank you for featuring your henna artist!! The work she has created is marvelous!! Just a week ago a friend of mine at work invited me to go on a girls night out for henna temp tatoos and now I just may go!! It is beautiful! You may have inspired me to try an arabic look this year. Thank you so much for you inspiration for you inspire me too!!

Have a great week!

Natasha :)

Gorgeous work, I love body art and this is so intricate and detailed… Amazing talent to do freehand!

I Wonder .. How they came for the different designs or styles?, and what if the made a mistake in the process?, can they erase it without having a stain.?, Great video :D

After you do it for so long, the designs just come naturally. And if you make a mistake, you have to be very fast (a few seconds) and wipe it off =)

Exquisite designs! Lovely.

Yay! Tomorrow I’m going to a henna party! Also, what brand of henna do you use? (Minal) I want to buy some cones online, because people have advised me that the ones sitting on store shelves can become dry.

I was wondering if you could post a picture of your hand after you have taken the medhi off. I want to see how the glitter looks afterwards. I love doing medhi but I never thought of glitter.

Hello Marlena and Minal, Beautiful work. I was wondering if there are certain designs that can be asked for that mean something to these brides? Is there a certain Henna tattoo that can demonstrate something about the bride or her culture? Again, very beautiful.

Hey Marlena ! i love your videos and i think your so talented !!! i have question , whats a good sigma brush for stippling ? please reply thank you !!

No they are not permanent, it’s just a stain on the skin that usually lasts untill 2-3 weeks.

=)

(OOPS, i Replyed in the wrong place lol.) ANYWAYS,

Their isn’t actually a way to remove it permanetley before it fades, but there are some methods that might help it fade quicker.

They say to try:

-Warm water, Then Rub stain with olive oil, To exfoliate it.
-Hydrogen Peroxide, Just rub on stain with cotton.
-Scrubbing stain after soaking it with warm water, and using a Loofah scrubbing it with Lemon Juice.

Hope these help !

Thanks! i recently got them bc i was traveling to india for a wedding so i figured hey why not but then i realized i have my dance recital in 1 week and we cant have stuff like that when we are on stage!! thanks again!!

I’m pretty sure it is only raised up while it is drying… then the thick stuff falls off, revealing the stain underneath. Marlena’s is still drying in a lot of the pics, but not all… You can see it coming off her fingers in one of the pics in the video.

Thanks for the cool video, guys!! I love henna artwork! A friend of mine brought some back from India and we were playing around with it last week, although ours was no where NEAR as cool as Minal’s ;)

Their isn’t actually a way to remove it permanetley before it fades, but there are some methods that might help it fade quicker.

They say to try:

-Warm water, Then Rub stain with olive oil, To exfoliate it.
-Hydrogen Peroxide, Just rub on stain with cotton.
-Scrubbing stain after soaking it with warm water, and using a Loofah scrubbing it with Lemon Juice.

Hope these help !

I agree :) & I’m Arabic too!

But we have to understand people aren’t always raised to have respect for other peoples cultures, If i did not like something about someones culture, I simply wouldn’t like it, I don’t think i would go as far as saying “Disgusting”, I would say disgusting about seeing dog poop on the road. LOL :)

Hey you! How can you judge people by what they say expressing their own opinion. You’d better speak for yourself!

SO beautiful, and so great that you are encorperating different cultures! It would be fantastic if you did a series of different makeup looks inspired by different countries or cultures!

this looks so beautiful.

Has anyone from this blog ever had a tca peel (at home). i just want to do research before i try this. i have been doing glicolidacid but i don’t see any difference on my face

lol srsly? Just like every other woman in the world, Indian women wear makeup. And just like the rest of the population, some Indian women prefer not to wear makeup. Let’s not make generalizations here.

Drop dead gorgeous!! i love your work, all of you guys: MUG team and Minal!
thanks for giving us ideas, techniques and lots of inspiration
you’re doing a great job Ü

That looks scary! I would never do this to my hands! I have seen lots of indian weddings pics, and all these tattoos are not attracting at all!

I live in Sacramento and I have had henna’s done. I love them.
This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Minal is amazing and as always I love your video’s Marlena.

Hello Marlena

I’m french so i try to express myself i hope you to understand me… =)

So, I look your tutorials since many time, and i decided to ask you questions on this post because I don’t know how I can contact you.
On this post, we can see your hand, and it’s your nails which interest me, what the name of the technique of your nails creation ? And which are the nails lacquers ?

Please if I can contact you of an other way, say me

Thank you very much and good job Minal !