A Warm Welcome for Christi
By: Krysteen Lomonaco ~
Introducing Christi, one of our 2010 henna artists. Have you ever wondered about Mehndi Madness's training program? What does it take to work our very busy summer season, full of corporate parties, social events, library lectures, home parties, private appointments and festivals?
Each of our artists come to us with their own set of skills and art ability. First, we look for those who have training in art or technical schools. This initial education trains the eye to see symmetry and cohesiveness. They then submit samples of their work and we interview the likely candidates.
The actual training consists of 2- 4 hr. days for 3 months where they learn to use our applicator, a heat sealed cone. The first part of the training is learning the different elements of traditional designs, lines, waves, dots, tear drops and such. We learn how to break down designs for henna and building techniques. Once we get through the first month of practice your evaluated and practice sessions are designs to strengthen your abilities where needed.
Lots of practice time is spent on the 3 main books that we use, the party book for private and corporate events and the blue and red books for festivals. During the last month of training we do specialized appointments like pregnant bellies and wedding designs. The training is complete when you do 3 training events with me, like parties, community events or festivals.
Throughout the training we schedule free henna days so the girls get lots of practice setting up henna stations, working on different body parts and figuring out what body positioning for them and the clients works best. We always break up the riggers of training with fun times too. We decorate sugar cookies with henna designs, henna our hair, make tip jars for the up coming season or invite all the neighborhood kids over for a surprise henna party!
By the time they get to your event they are well trained, have the confidence needed and are into enjoying the fruits of their labors. Many artists return for several years, enjoying the fun henna brings and the new friendships they made.
Interested in applying? We hire in January each year and train between Jan-April. Artists typically work from May-Sept.