The ankle thingy...


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Posted by Maureen on August 25, 2002 at 02:25:24:

In reply to: I'm a neophyte henna artist looking for advice...please! posted by Nadia on August 25, 2002 at 01:17:42:

Hi Nadia,

Yes, go through Catherine's site. You will find the Mother Lode of
advice you need there. And if it is Tea Tree you want, Wal-Mart's
Tea Tree will serve you well...as Faery Ring stated.

The ankle and wrist designs requests are really interesting to me
too. I think if people are just edging their way into henna designs
and not thinking of Mehndi Body Art, that they go for something that
rests more comfortably on their radar screens. Also, I know a lot of
women who just think that it is sexy in those places. Like an anklet
or bracelet sort of thing. Others don't feel comfortable with the
attention the hands attract and in a business suit and heels, the
design on the feet do look a bit different than they do in sandles.
I have some people who will acknowledge the beauty of the hands and
feet designs but it is just not for them since it does not "fit" into
their lifestyles and what they do for a living very well. Other
people will want a design in places less conspicuous than even their
ankle and wrist for the very same reason. A good friend of mine who
was one of the first people to indulge me when I need to borrow skin,
still only feels comfortable with the designs on her shoulder...lower
back...or upper arm. She wants to keep a design on her but she also
simply wants to be able to cover it up when she needs to. She will
admire a design I may have on my hand and loves to look through all
of my design books. Then will pull a piece of a design that I have
on my hand or from a book and say...put it here. "Here" is never on
her hands or feet. This is a person with a navel ring. But then,
she can cover that up when she wants to as well.

It also has to do, I think, with what people see around them. Here
you can prowl the streets for days and never see a full hand and feet
design...other than on me...LOL!!! I have even noticed that of the
few henna artists that are slowly but surely making a presence around
here, the full hand and feet designs are not on them either.
Somethings just take longer for people to accept and risk. And
people with rather mainstream sort of jobs and lifestyles, really do
have to consider what works and does not work for them.

I would try offering some people some free designs if they allowed me
to do the full hand and feet thing. And make sure you have it on you
in the same way that you are trying to interest them into try.
Changing minds and attitudes takes time. Be patient and see yourself
as introducing some new and beautiful and providing people with the
opportunity to experience it. It is only a matter of time before
that person with the hands and feet in dire need of your henna paste
and Mehndi designs will appear before you. Just know those hands and
feet are on their way to you.

Take care.

Maureen

 


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