A lot of people often offer themselves to me for henna practice and modelling. This is great! Practice is essential for improvement and models are always vital for particularly adventurous henna designs or placements: But do you really have what it takes to be a Great Henna Model?
I have spent the last 3 days working on a particularly striking henna design with a good friend – who I had approached last month for the favour. Here were my personal Key reasons for selecting her:
- Very still sitting
- Calm and patient personality
- History of great henna stain
- Very familiar with diligent henna aftercare procedures which included being freshly showered for the henna and baby-ing the stain for the first 2 – 3 days for optimum stain development
- Available to be photographed 2 days after the henna application
- Comfortable with being asked to pose in various positions for numerous photos
- Agreed to release of photo rights for promotional use
Other henna artists may have slightly different criteria when selecting their henna models, but this is what works for me. Helen, my model ended up laying in the same position for around 2 and a half hours for this design due to photography and breaks to grab sips of drinks, which was then followed with drying time and aftercare wrapping. It ended up being a major work out for her and on the second day she could really feel which muscles had been used! I think she will agree with me when I say: It was Hard Work!
The results, I think you will agree, were fantastic:
Big Huge Thank You to my brilliant model and friend, Helen <3