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The first time I saw a Shahrukh Khan film in full, I wasn't impressed--at first. I didn't know he was a huge worldwide star and I didn't think he was that cute, to be honest. But at some point early on in the movie, I pressed pause because I had to tell someone on the phone how great this guy was and WHO is he and why doesn't everyone know about him? He was magnetic, he was charming and actually SO cute, he was standing on a moving bus and singing (well, lip-synching) about his country and I was a goner.
I started watching a ton of Bollywood films after that, and one thing that always caught my eye was the gorgeous henna dye that actresses wore, mostly before/during wedding scenes (to my memory). It was beautiful and intricate and I often paused scenes (I do a lot of pausing during films ok!) to look more closely at the designs.
What is henna exactly? Well, leaves of the Henna (or mendhi) tree are crushed into a powder and made into a paste, creating a reddish-brown dye that can be used to decorate the skin (among other things). It's been used for hundreds of years for luck and blessings, which is why it's often used for weddings. The dye lasts about two weeks before it begins to fade, and then you can wash it off your skin. It wasn't anything I ever thought I could do at home but turns out, there's a box for that!
The company Mihenna offers Henna Tattoo Kits for you to practice your own Henna art. Mihenna calls themselves a "one-stop shop" for DIY henna supplies, and their kits can be used to decorate your skin (or others' skin!) for fun or for your own events. They offer premium Henna paste, stencils, and everything you need to do your own pretty Henna designs.
What comes in a Mihenna Henna Tattoo Kit?
- USDA-certified organic henna cone (30 grams)
- Adhesive henna stencils
- One vial of coconut oil
- Three henna spatulas
- Instructions for professional results
Mihenna tells you which stencils you'll be getting in each kit, so that you know beforehand which designs you'll be able to create when you get your box home.
"Growing up in south Florida, my Indian parents continued the tradition of henna application for celebrations, rites of passage, and just pure fun," says Shalina Jaffer, Mihenna founder. "As I got older, I came to realize how much all my friends loved henna but felt it was still a product they were not comfortable with or able to mix on their own.Through that realization, the concept of Mihenna was born... our goal at Mihenna is to give all women and men the opportunity to experience the joy that henna body art can bring."
- Mihenna Kits range from $20.99 to $31.99; the Bachelorette Party Kit is $59.99; the Freckles Kit is $18.99 and the Powder Kit, if you want to make your own Henna paste, is $34.99.
- You can also purchase a separate stencil kit for $14.99, or separate powders and other essentials.
- These are one-time purchases (not a subscription).
- While rare, some people do have an allergic reaction to henna; this presents as itchy, red bumps that can be treated with anti-itch and cortisone creams, the same as other allergic reations. Still, consult your doctor if you notice any adverse effects.
So, what do you think? Are you interested in a Mihenna Henna Kit?