You are probably thinking that a henna artist, “sits and draws all day” or “does nothing much other than go to weddings.”
Well, that’s not the case. As a henna artist, there is so much more to the job than going to weddings and drawing all day. Today I will be talking about what I do and how I prepare for my clients and how I make the most of my day.
The night before:
I make a batch of henna and roll cones. While the henna mixes, I make sure to go on social media and look for inspiration and ideas. Afterwards I finish up some assignments and get ready for bed around 1 a.m.
The next morning:
I wake up at 5 a.m. and check to make sure all my assignments are submitted. I finish making my henna by filling my cones, head out at 5:45 a.m. and arrive at my client’s home by 7 a.m. I start my henna appointments by 7:15 a.m.
I am about halfway finished with the bridal henna and my lunch break. Around 5 p.m. I leave and arrive back home at 8 p.m. because of traffic. If the bride requests for more henna, I end up leaving around 10:00-11:00 p.m.
When I get home, I fill the cones and make sure that I freeze them. After that I continue to do homework, catch up on lectures that I missed or did not understand and fall asleep around 2:00 a.m.
I repeat this schedule depending on the number of bookings per week.
The Rough Moments
The roughest moments are when I struggle to sleep the night before my henna appointments. I always wonder if I am going to exceed the expectations of my brides since I am under a lot of pressure to design the perfect bridal henna for them.
I also notice that I do not prioritize my health sometimes since I am always slouching over trying to work on the design as cleanly as possible. My back ends up hurting and it becomes very difficult for me to stretch and get my back massaged regularly. I also have a very bad sleep pattern because I worry too much about what my brides think!
The Memorable Moments
Driving to my appointments is the most important part of my day because that is when I collect my thoughts and enjoy the views as I drive. I make sure that I am calm and composed when I enter my clients’ homes. When I begin the appointments, I feel very excited because I get to socialize with my brides and discuss various designs with them, listen to proposal stories and meet the entire family. During COVID-19, socializing has been quite hard due to social distancing, but my brides and their families have been extremely accommodating in order to make the process of getting mehndi done feasible and safe. I enjoy feeling like a member of the family for the day since I make sure that everyone’s needs are met.
My days are tiring, but I enjoy the people and the ambiance I am surrounded by. If you ever consider a job that is very artsy, make sure you know the amount of work and labor you are willing to put in! The hours are never easy, but the end result is so worth it!