Beyoncé Inspired Henna Design

Hi All !

So the last two weeks have represented both ups and downs.  In this post, let’s deal with the positives. …

I think it’s fair to say that we all know Beyoncé has featured in Coldplay’s song and music video: “Hymn for the Weekend”.  In this video Beyoncé was wearing traditional and less than traditional Indian gear which ended up sparking a huge cultural appropriation debate.  Putting that aside, I’m sure that you all will have noticed something else making an appearance on the Queen – her henna of course !

The Hymn for the Weekend video debuted at about 4 or 5 o’clock, UK time (may be even later), and naturally, the Instagram posts started flooding in on the henna accounts.  I happened to look in on my account a couple of hours later and realised that I could either post a Beyoncé henna pic later than everyone else, orrrrrrrr do what I love to do, which is be original and – more importantly – the first.  Yes, I’m not gonna lie; my competitive streak took over and an inspired Beyoncé henna design popped into my head. I taped the design and by 10pm I had a picture of my design up on Instagram making me the first to post an actual henna design with anything to do with Beyoncé’s current henna.

I probably sound really petty, lol, for being happy about being the first; but I have a definite competitive streak and I think that’s what keeps me wanting to improve.  If I didn’t have others who are better than me, I just wouldn’t feel the need to be better myself.  So yes, a little petty competitiveness – which is probably only in my head – going on here 🙂 .

My design itself got a lot of positive reviews on the Facebook Henna Pages and under my Instagram pics., which was probably fuelled by the negative response to the actual henna on Beyoncé.  Now that is another post in itself, but suffice it to say that there was a lot of jealousy and negativity amongst the henna community. However, whether people genuinely liked my design, or whether their positive feedback was more to emphasise the negative opinion’s on Beyoncé’s henna, doesn’t bother me, because regardless, I’m genuinely proud of my design.  So without further ado – here are the pictures and YouTube video of my design.

YouTube Tutorial: Beyoncé Inspired Henna Design:


So that’s it for this post.  Please look forward to my next post which will be on my experiences of my first YouTube copyright infringement cases, i.e. the “downs” of the last couple of weeks.  Let me know what you think of my Beyoncé inspired henna design and, as always, I’ll see you next time !


What’s New in the World of Pretenna (i.e. “White Henna”)?

Time flies when you’re working – zoooooom !

So what’s been happening in the world of henna since I last posted on here ? … Well, we all know that “white henna” is officially becoming infamous; glitter henna has taken a leap downwards on the popularity scale and Rihanna’s hand tattoo seems to make an appearance in Jagua and “white henna” designs all over the world !  It all seems like fun and games, right ?  Wrong !

This post is about to take a dark turn guys, because I’m sharing something that I’m concerned about, specifically in the “white henna” world.  Let’s begin by clarifying what we all – I’m sure – know by now, that “white henna” is not henna.  Ye ye, you’ve heard that like the billionth time already and I know that.  So why am I so hell bent on making that point again ?  Well folks, I feel I need to, because of YouTube messages that I received from a large chemical henna manufacturer two weeks ago.

I won’t mention the name of this company, but suffice it to say that if you entered an Indian grocery store and picked up a cone of henna, the likelihood is that you just bought a product that this company manufactures.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to say that you should stay away from chemical henna and only use the natural stuff.  That self-righteous, know-it-all, attitude can stay on Instagram where it shouldn’t belong, but somehow does.  As a consumer, you can buy whatever takes your fancy.  My personal belief, however, is that before an individual can really consent to a product which they are buying, they need to be aware of the nature of this product.  That means full disclosure on the ingredients used, and an accurate explanation of what the product is.  There needs to be, in a word – transparency. … As long as those two elements are available, then as a competent consumer, you are free to purchase and use whatever you like.  My problem, however, is when transparency is not available.

The message that I received from the manufacturer – three times (yes, apparently I’m a target for false advertising) – directed me to their new product with a clear intent for me to purchase it.  They wanted me to bulk buy their “white henna”.  Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link and I was not happy with the description given of this product.

Firstly, their site stated that their white cones contain natural henna.  You know exactly what I’m going to say now right ?  Yep, that “white henna” is not henna.  Period !  So why has this company taken a very popular product and advertised it as something which it is not … I think the answer was in the question – because they want to capitalise on a very “popular” product.  That is my opinion, in any event.  This is not, however, the part of the description which worried me, because I’m sure people can figure out that this statement is clearly untrue.  No, what worried me was the second part of the description.

The site then states that the white cones work by leaving a white stain on the skin which deepens in colour with time.  In other words, they’re claiming that this white body art paint (which is what Pretenna should be) is capable of working like henna to stain your skin, and then to go though a “stain progression” stage like natural henna does.  The best case scenario here is that this is, again, false advertising. … I really hope that this is false advertising … because the worst case scenario is that they have included something dangerous in the product which will literally make your skin turn white.  I think we can all use our imaginations to think of what can be used to turn our skin white.  If I am wrong, however, then I would like the company to list its ingredients which, surprise surprise, it does not do.

Guys, I can’t think of a natural product which could stain the skin white, so if this claim is true, then I am worried about what this product contains and what the consequences of using it can be.  Far be it for me to tell you guys what you can or cannot use; but I hope that this blog might allow you to make a far more considered decision as to whether you want to buy any Pretenna cones which may appear in your Indian grocery.

Ok, this was long, but important.  I hope you guys found it useful, and below I have included my YouTube video where I also talked about this issue.  Please subscribe, if you haven’t already – and feel free to request videos 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time …

Rose Tattoo Design with Shading and Two-Tone Henna

Beauty and the Beast … yes, there’s something seriously wrong with it, you know, the fact that Bell falls in love with her capture and everything; but even so, who says you can’t find beauty within the story.  For me, the rose within the case has its charm, which is why it became the inspiration for this henna design:


And here are the stain progression pics (stain on paste removal; 12 hour stain; and the 24 hour stain):



So after all those pics – what’s left ?  The videos of course 🙂


YouTube tutorial:


Vine video:


So that’s it from me – for now – that is.  If you guys want to make sure you are the first to catch my YouTube tutorials then please subscribe to my Channel.  Also, if you want to know about updates before I put them up on my blog then please follow my Twitter and Instagram feeds.

As always, thank you for reading … and I’ll see you next time !

Henna Tribal “Fish” Design

So I finally decided that it was time to add shading into my henna design and, on this occasion, I chose to use the shading method that I first saw Om Henna Om use on YouTube.  If you haven’t seen her henna videos then I would recommend you head over to her channel, because they are amazing !!

Anyhow – moving on ->

This design came about because I wanted to see what my last design (“mandala design with the Rocky hand”: would look like with triangles included in between the mandalas, and as I focussed to get this design done, I didn’t realise that the end result looks like a fish … until my sister pointed it out that is.

Regardless, I’m happy with this design and I hope you guys like it too.  Below you’ll find the pictures of the design, including the stain progression; and the YouTube tutorial for the design.


YouTube Tutorial:

Mandala Design with the Rocky Hand by Shahema

Hi there !

So I’ve finally gotten around to my Mandala henna design for beginners (done with my non-dominant left hand – i.e. the Rocky hand).  It’s taken a few weeks, but here we are.

So picture this … you start off the day bright and early thinking it’s going to be a great one; but then the balance shifts.  Suddenly, everything you do turns to dust.  One henna attempt after another, from 9 in the morning to 7 in the evening, and they All.  Go.  Wrong !  You throw your henna cone down.  Enough !  Can’t do this anymore.  Put your head in your hands and close your eyes.  You breathe long silent breaths.  And then you look up …  there’s no way I’m ending the day like this.  You pick up the cone one last time, and this happens:

Copyright © 2015 Shahema Tafader | Date Created: 28 January 2015

Copyright © 2015 Shahema Tafader | Date Created: 28 January 2015

Yep, it was a long day; but the worst days often do turn into the best ones.

So finally, I have a range of options for you: you have the stain progression pics below, but then you can watch the video on how to do this design either with the YouTube version (which has a voice-over with hints and tips), or the Vine version (which is super short), and you can watch the preview of the YT video from my Instagram video post should you want to, as well … take your pick(s) :-):






Instagram Preview:


And that’s it.  My next YT video is available from 6pm (UK time) this Wednesday and it is a tribal one with shading.  If you want to make sure you don’t miss that then please subscribe.  Finally, I’m happy to reveal that I have a new henna design waiting to be unveiled.  It’s a tattoo design with roses inspired by Beauty and the Beast.  The YT video for this design will be up on 11 March 2015 at 6pm (UK time).  I will reveal the design on Instagram before then 🙂 …

My new routine for making YouTube videos + new YouTube henna video …

Hi guys !

I am really really sorry that I haven’t posted in two weeks.  I got incredibly busy and before I knew it – a couple of weeks had passed.  Rest assured that I haven’t left henna though, in fact, the reason why I got busy is because I have been trying to make a YouTube video for every new design that I create now which naturally means that everything takes twice as long.

My routine for each new design is now:

1) I have to record the design first, which can take several hours as a result of me having to set up the equipment, and then take things slow to make sure I don’t make too many mistakes on camera (which would increase my editing time);

2) I have to take pics of the new design of not only how the design looks with the paste on, but the stain progression pics as well as people comment that they like seeing these in the videos.  The henna stain colour darkens over a 48-72 hour period, so naturally this part can take several days;

3) I then edit the video which can take up to a week further, because not only does this involve making sure that excessive footage is taken out, but it also includes: i) recording a voice-over.  I remember reading a comment under another henna artist’s video asking why there are no instructions in the video if it is a tutorial, and I thought, okay, I want my videos to be as helpful as possible, so I’ll put a voice-over in with hints and tips so there are some instructions; ii) I have to go through all of the pictures and pick the best ones, which can range from just around four, to over 30 pics.  I then put watermarks on these one by one and, as you can imagine, that takes some time;

4) I then post the video on YouTube and schedule it for a date where YT will make the video public for you guys to see.  This does mean that my next video is already up and, I can tell you, that you can see this video on 25 February at 9pm, which is a little over a week (hint, it’s a tribal design with shading !).  Once I upload the video I then go back and add subtitles in for those who cannot hear, or who just want the video on silent, and I also add annotations in with links so that you can click on the end of the video to take you to another video, if you want to see it :-).  So that takes us to the 12 day mark (almost two weeks for one design – yikes !  But I do it for you :-)).

I really hope that nobody is too upset with me for not posting in the last two weeks, and I hope that you can see why my timetable has been a little off.

I will try my hardest to organise my timetable so that I can post every week again, but in the meantime please know that, in the background, I am doing something henna related.

And as I haven’t had a chance to make a post on this design, you can see my new YouTube henna video right here complete with a voice-over with tips on doing the design (so you get to hear my voice for the first time :-/); and stain progressions pics at the end:

And that’s it.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve my video and if you want to catch my next design then please subscribe :-).

Simple flower design for beginners

I am very sorry for not posting last week.  I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks, but hopefully my post today will make up for it.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I have been experimenting with Rajasthani henna powder for the first time.  I can honestly say that it is the best henna powder that I have ever used and I have learned a lot in terms of the differences between good and bad henna powders – but that’s for another post.

Today I want to share with you a free-flowed henna design that I created in order to test the Raj powder.  I feel like I was inspired by another henna design when I free-flowed this, but I honestly couldn’t tell you if that is true.

So here it is, firstly the pictures and then below you can see my video versions of the design.  To see the description, you can hover your mouse over the pictures.


Here’s the Vine version of my video:


And here is the YouTube video.  If you haven’t already and you would like to know when my next video is up, please subscribe to my channel.  Also, please let me know what you would like to see me include on my channel, I would love to hear your feedback !


Heart Henna Design: Beginners and Intermediate Versions

I’m so excited to finally write a post on this design.  It actually came to me a few weeks ago moments before I was about to fall asleep.  Naturally, I had to wake up and get this one down on paper – there was no way I wanted to forget it.  It’s also the first design on which I have actually put glitter.  So without further ado, here’s my heart henna design first in picture form:

The pictures really don’t do this design justice, but the videos do somewhat make up for it.  Here is the vine mini-tutorial version of the design:

Here is the instagram mini-tutorial version of the design:


Here is the beginners’ version of the design from YouTube:

And here is the full-hand, i.e. intermediate version of the design.  I put the glitter on in the last part of the video:

And that’s all for now.  I hope you guys like this design as much as I do and I’ll see you next time.

My Vine Account

Copyright © 2014 Shahema Tafader

Copyright © 2014 Shahema Tafader


Recently, I have taken a real liking to Vine and have found that it’s a great platform for including short versions of my YouTube henna tutorials.  For those of you who don’t know, Vine allows you to upload 6 second videos which automatically start again (loops) when it finishes playing.

I created my account after I developed a fascination with short videos on my Instagram account; but as Instagram is a mainly picture platform, I didn’t want to annoy my followers with tonnes of videos.

Here’s my first mini-tutorial on Vine:

If you haven’t got a Vine account, you can easily sign up using your twitter account or email.  I would encourage you to do so, because there are so many great videos for you to find and I’m hoping mine’s one of them.

If you liked my video above then please share it on your social media; I would really love to see henna tutorials on Vine to become a thing.  Plus, if you have any suggestions on what I should post on Vine; on the types of henna designs you’d like to see me do; or on anything else then please leave a comment below.

That’s all for now …

Henna Tattoo Design 2

If you’ve read my previous post then you’ll know that I have around a dozen new original henna tattoo designs to share in the coming weeks (depending on when I can get them on my hand).  They are very simple and, I think, great for beginners to try out.  Here is the second design that I am posting.  Further, if you want to see the YouTube tutorial for this design then please scroll down.


And here is the YouTube video.  Please subscribe to my Channel if you like what you see …