Henna Design Patterns Biography
Henna Nadeem was born in Leeds but currently lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art.
Her artistic practice incorporates photography, collage and public art installations. Her concerns include investigating ways to combine different kinds of visual and cultural languages and experience. She often works with found material - photos, stories and patterns to make something from something that already exists.
Henna has completed a number of large-scale public art commissions including, Sky Pavilion, a collaboration with a prominent London based architect. The 3m high steel structure in East London echoes the experience of sitting under a tree on a sunny day, where sunlight falling through the leaves and branches, form a patterned canopy of dappled light. Pattern also plays an important part in an earlier work. The design for Stars - a 13m long gate and railings on Brick Lane is based on a regular geometric pattern, that dissolves every time the double gates are opened.
Over the last few years Henna has been working on an ongoing series of photocollages, where clichéd images of landscapes, retrieved from books and magazines, are merged with patterns and motifs from a range of cultures. She has exhibited both in the UK and internationally. Recent projects include, trees water rocks, a large-scale installation of vibrant photocollages in Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, London. A recent solo exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Mar - Apr 2005, showcased new photocollages.
Henna is currently undertaking a residency at London Print Studio and working on an artist’s book project.
It’s finally here!! The highly anticipated (by, like, two people) tutorial for my two-step henna/indigo process!! LOL! I did a treatment this Sunday and photo-documented it for this post. I explained most of my process in my Henna and Me “interview.” So, a lot of this will be a repeat of that information. However, it’ll be bulleted and accompanied with pretty pictures and a little more detail . First though, here are a couple of notes about modifications I’ve made to my henna treatments due to my preferences and my hair’s needs:
I use henna alone on the front half of my head so that my grey hair becomes fiery red highlights.
I do a two-step henna/indigo on the back half of my head so that that hair is black (I don’t like “highlights” in the back as I think they look less intentional and also make my hair look finer, whereas the black makes it look denser in my opinion).
I don’t apply henna to my nape hair as that area is almost bone straight and very fine. Henna completely obliterates any wave/curl it might have.
I use what CurlyNikki dubbed a Conditioning Henna Treatment. That is, I mix a full batch of henna, allow full dye release and add conditioner to make it easier to apply and rinse. This differentiates my process from a “true” henna gloss since I mix a full batch of henna and allow dye release. It is also different from a full strength henna, because I add conditioner to “dilute” the thickness of the henna. However, I’ve done full strength treatments and see no appreciable difference in the results.
I only apply henna to my “roots” now (the first 3-6 inches of hair) as too many applications on the same hair loosens my hair significantly. I try to get about 3 applications on “new hair.”
I sometimes apply henna to wet hair and sometimes to dry. These are instructions to my “dry” henna routine. The only difference with my “wet” routine is that I’ll usually have pre-pooed and lightly finger detangled my hair with Vatika oil. Then, I’ll shampoo with either diluted Ion Curls Shampoo or Deva Care No Poo.
With that, here we go!