UK henna trends

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Posted by samantha on May 28, 2002 at 17:53:39:

In reply to: This weekend's Dance Africa festival and some musings on trends posted by Kenzi on May 28, 2002 at 14:21:02:

Your festival sounded great Kenzi i wish there where more like that

Henna is popular in the UK but not it seems as it is in the USA.
People are facinated when they see my hadns etc and ask what it is.
Some cultured beings even know when i say its henna but the majority
are heathens.

Don't get me wrong once we start at a festival most of the time we
don't stop and we can get through a whole load of people (more this
year due to terps). However the henna trend here is more on peoples
upper arms, shoulders ankles and the favourites are the lower back
and stomach. Sometimes but only very rarley do we get someone who
wants a hand or a foot doing and then it is mostly a simple vine; at
a guess it would be 1 in 50.
Chinese Characters, Tribal, Mythical, and flowesr are by far the most
popular in that order.

We get all the usual questions ALL the time

1 Does it hurt
2 How long does it last
3 Does it come in any other colour
4 Do you have black henna

We answer them as polite as possible and get on with the job in hand.
It ammuses me that people get miffed when we announce that we are
taking a break to have some lunch as if we don't have the right to
stop and should be a martyr to the cause. This year we are thinking
of giving raffle ticket numbers out to stop pushing and shoving.
A 'booth bitch' is not possible (unless i am premenstral of course

This year will be very hard for us i feel as Isis is 21 months old
and wants to be off. Last year she was still a baby and was easier to
handle. I cannot leaver her behind as she is still dependent on me
emotionally and physically (she is breastfed still). Our other two
children wil be with us as well they are 7 and 4 so they can keep her
busy for some of the time. We'll just have to see how it all goes.

Just a liitle bit of info for you


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