Friday, December 12, 2014

FREE Beginner henna patterns

In the midst of this chaos I call life, I manage to knock out beginner henna designs from time to time. Four designs with details broken down in the lower portion of each page. Practice each detail, and then put the design together. I hope you find these templates helpful. Please feel free to print, save, and/or share (if sharing online, please include and link back to this blog).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Metallic Temp Tattoos Shimmer Shimmer for big girls

I recently decided to try out a different type of temp tattoo. These metallic temp tattoos have been around for a minute, and were really popular in the summer. I think they're cute and add a bit of shimmer for us grown ups. 

They're super easy to use and cheap if you purchase them from the right place. I've seen high end designers pricing them over $100 to just $5/sheet. I didn't do too much shopping around before I made my purchase, I got this sheet for $4.99 plus shipping.

All that's needed are scissors and a sponge or pad with water. They're super easy to apply and take literally seconds to dry. I followed the directions in the etsy listing I purchased them from since instructions didn't come in the package. If you've ever used a kiddie temp tattoo, it's pretty self explanatory and works the exact same way. 

I peeled off the clear film and stuck the paper design face down on my finger, and dabbed a damp pad on the back. Left it for 30 seconds (as directed), and peeled it off. It applied evenly without any missing or torn parts. 

The sparkle is very subtle, so I could see wearing these to work without catching too much attention, or looking cheap. The temp tattoo bends with your skin, so there isn't any cracking or peeling around my knuckles. Pretty cool!

I'll probably add some of these to my henna tattoos as well (follow me on instagram for those pics).
I purchased my tattoo flash sheet from etsy seller flashtattooshop out of Texas. I'm very pleased with my purchase and will probably be back when the need should arise. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Indian Henna Motif

I decided to practice a little bit today and turned on the camera to document my fun. Yes, even pro henna artists should practice. When I don't practice I notice an increase in hand cramps, and my lines get a bit wobbly as well.

Recently I decided to only take on bridal clients or special projects. I no longer do henna parties so a majority of my practice is brushing up on my bridal henna skills.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Let's get ready for Diwali

It's that time of year again and henna is appropriate for just about every celebration. I created this video per viewer request. I created the design myself and it will be featured in an upcoming ebook. I love the double mandala connected by dainty jewelry like chains.

Hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sojat Supreme Rajasthani Henna Powder

After many many many months of testing she's ready! Sojat Supreme is my very own henna powder, milled just how I like it, stringy, and stains super dark. This stuff is super smooth and drapes like a dream. 

Over the years I've sampled henna powders from all over SE Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Each henna from each region has a unique consistency. When I was dreaming about the perfect henna powder I needed the stringy texture of Morocco, the stability of the Punjab Region, and the rich stains of the Middle East. My dream came true in the form of Sojat Supreme, a henna powder from Sojat Rajasthan India.

In addition to my testing I sent this amazing powder out to several other artists to try. Below are their results. 

So here are the specs...
Sojat Supreme 2015 Crop
Lawsone Dye Content 2.89%
Harvested Rajasthan India
Triple Sifted
Free from chemicals and artificial dyes

Sojat Supreme is available in my etsy shop

Friday, September 5, 2014

Who hasn't seen or applied this henna design yet?

Finally a tutorial by yours truly! There are several variations of this design floating around the webs, but I took a my copy from @hudabeauty on instagram. I'd like to give credit to @hennabydivya who I was told is the original designer of this pattern, it was lots of fun to apply and has been insanely popular with my customers. I've altered this design slightly a few times on some of my clients, it has a very "gulfy" look and feel to it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Henna for Holi

I'm a little late with this post, but wanted to share this henna design I created for Holi (the Hindu festival of colors). By request I put this fun design together. The video was uploaded to youtube prior to the holiday, and I hope viewers who are observing Holi had the opportunity to utilize the design I created. What do you think? Please leave your comments and subscribe to my youtube channel.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mehndi Mela eBook

Mehndi Mela is now available! I know it's two weeks late, but I just don't put any old designs in my ebooks. Mehndi Mela is a celebration of body art. The designs start quite simple and grow into elaborate designs for the most special of occasions. I'm so excited to share this labor of love with you. Most of the designs are Indian style, but you'll find fusion pieces from Morocco and Khaleegy inspired pieces as well.

Inside you'll find 20 pages of hand, feet, and motifs for you to place anywhere you'd like. Includes designs for all application levels, but most designs fall in the intermediate range.

Hands 30 patterns
Feet 10 patterns 
Motifs 28 pieces

Click here to purchase your very own copy of Mehndi Mela 


Monday, March 3, 2014

Sudanese Henna Pattern Book

One of my local long time customers sent me this awesome henna design book from Sudan. I can't wait to start applying some of these awesome designs, you'll see a video soon. I wanted to share this gift with all of you. I scanned all of the pages including the front and back cover. The pages are tissue paper thin so preserving this little book is a must. Enjoy! 

Thank you Pat, for sharing this wonderful gift with me. 

Feel free to save and print the pages below. All I ask is that you do not reproduce these and sell them or watermark them, and please link back to this blog if you use the designs. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fun Henna Motifs in Minutes

You can create a fun and detailed henna motif in just minutes. Quick motifs are great for festivals, henna parties, or henna beginner classes. I really enjoy creating these fun pieces. You can find several Indian style henna motifs in my new ebook Mehndi Mela including the design in the video below. Enjoy!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Full Length Online Henna Course for Beginners FREE!

I created this video several years ago and until recently it has been on private setting on youtube. Not sure how that happened but it's live and available again. I hope to create several more videos of this style in the near future. I hope you find my teaching method helpful. Enjoy!

Beginners you'll be able to lay out and break down a henna design by the end of this video.

ps. The products offered in this video are no longer available through Free Hand Mehndi, please google the title of the book (Zury by Heena Patel) and purchase from a reliable supplier. If you need help or have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nisha Davdra Review and Hijabi friendly style ideas

I've loved Indian jewelry since forever. I love the elegance, and the timeless style. Most blingy statement necklaces you find at your local forever 21 and the like, are very similar to traditional style Indian Kundan Sets. I was very excited to get these pieces and happy that I can share them with all of you.

I've been a long time subscriber of Nisha Davdra aka hennafied (youtube). She has some awesome style videos, hair and make up tutorials. She recently started a jewelry line and I was happy to have some of her hand selected pieces become a part of my jewelry collection. I personally love Nisha's style and attention to detail, so I knew these pieces would be perfection. I just wrapped up a review for three pieces from her collection. You can watch my review here...

I'm a hijabi and wear my headscarf in public 100% of the time. I'd also like to be able to wear my beautiful new Indian jewelry too. There are many tutorials online on how to wear a damini aka maang tikka with hijab so I just followed those. You can also wear earrings if you show yours ears (I don't). I used the earring from the kundan set as a fancy dangly hijab pin (make sure the earring back is snug and not loose). The necklace can be work by pulling the knot on the dory all the way to the end, making the necklace as long as possible and then wearing it around your neck. The necklace can also be placed on the head and worn in a similar way that I'm wearing the damani.

I'm super impressed with the Nisha Davdra jewelry collection and look forward to owning more of her pieces. You can shop her website at, click here to watch and subscribe to her youtube channel.

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