Exquisite Henna Artistry
Our vision at Henna Craze is to give clients an exceptional henna experience with the best possible service! Lead Artist, Sumeyya Rehman, brings over 18 years of experience to the table and loves collaborating with clients, particularly brides, to come up with their own unique, custom designs that speaks to their love story and wedding. We pride ourselves on having built a trusted name in the world of henna -- most of our clients come from word of mouth, which in our eyes, is our greatest achievement!
About the Artist
Owner & Lead Artist
Sumeyya Rehman (the artist behind "Henna Craze") is a Chicago, IL based professional henna artist with over 18 years of experience with henna body art! She is experienced with both traditional and modern henna styles, and specializes in bridal henna art. Sumeyya has provided henna for numerous brides and weddings, events of all sizes, editorial work, private appointments and much more!
Sumeyya's work has been featured in numerous online publication including The Chicago Tribune, Maharani Weddings, and SAB (South Asian Bride Magazine), and @Weddingsutra. She has worked with clients as varied as Facebook, Yelp, Chase Bank, Cardinal Health and of course, 100s of individual wedding clients.
"Henna, this form of natural and temporary body art, has been a passion for me since I was very young. My first designs were simple lines and happy faces, drawn with a $2 plastic henna cone I bought from the local Indian store. I was intensely frustrated with these lines but, for whatever reason, found it satisfying to sit hours on end, scribbling away. Several years later, some kind friends asked me to do their bridal henna, giving me the confidence to try this 'henna thing' professionally... the rest, as they say, is history!"
- Sumeyya Rehman
About the Art: Natural Henna
Natural henna is a painless and temporary form of body art, with rich traditions in many cultures across the world.
But what is it exactly that goes onto your skin? Henna (scientific name, Lawsonia Intermis) is a paste made from the dried and crushed up leaves of the 'henna plant.' The leaves of this plant contain a red dye (called Lawsone) which is what stains the skin. The leaves are dried then crushed into fine powder, the powder sifted, and then mixed with a variety of ingredients (essential oils, lemon juice or tea or water, sugar) to create a smooth paste. This paste is then put into an applicator (a henna cone or jacquard bottle), which allows the artist to create fine, precise lines.
After the paste is applied onto the skin, it dries (about 20-30 mins); it is recommended to keep the dry paste on the skin and away from water for 6-8 hours. When the paste comes off, a beautiful 'henna stain' is left behind.
The best part? Natural henna is 100% safe and temporary. As your skin exfoliates, the henna stain wears off...which means you can get something new and unique each time!
To see examples of natural henna stains at different 'maturity' levels check out our 'Henna Stains' gallery!
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