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About Dewanshi
"Hello everyone - welcome to my website! My name is Dewanshi and I am a henna and makeup artist. I am located in the Rochester, NY area."

I have been applying henna since I was 5 years old! What started as a family and cultural pastime has really evolved into a passion for me over the past 30 years. What I love about henna is its intricacy. I am a very detail oriented henna artist and do not compromise the quality of my designs. When I apply henna - I do it freehand and I let my hands and creativity guide me to make intricate and clean designs. I am also able to replicate a particular design you might have in mind, but I definitely enjoy the process of creating new, one of a kind design!

Makeup has intrigued me ever since I was old enough to play with it. I absolutely love the power of makeup and its ability to transform people into better, even intriguing versions of themselves! To me, makeup is not a tool to make someone look "prettier", but rather a small accessory that can give someone a boost of confidence and a reflection of beauty so they can see themselves in a new light. I have seen women change their expression, body language, and posture - all from a little bit of makeup! It’s art, it’s fun, it's confidence applied to your face.

Both henna and makeup have come naturally to me from the very beginning. For as long as I can remember, I have done henna and makeup during various family and community events. As the years passed and my skills advanced, I got more and more calls to provide my services at various events including weddings, bridal parties, girl’s nights, school occasions, fundraisers, and festivals. Before I knew it, my hobby had turned into a part time business.

Whether it is henna or makeup, I am committed to providing the absolute best of my artistic and professional services to make sure your experience is unique and satisfactory. You can check out my gallery and contact me if you like what you see, or have any questions! Due to high demand, my schedule fills up pretty fast. I encourage you to contact me well in advance to ensure availability. Thank you for visiting my site. I am excited to work with you and make your event even more special!

About Henna

The art of henna dates back to 5000 years (9000 years according to some research). It is practiced in several countries including India, Pakistan, Middle-East, and Africa! There has been some evidence that henna was used to paint the nails of mummies, and it is believed that even the beautiful Cleopatra used to adorn herself with henna! Every culture/country uses henna in its own unique way. For Hindu weddings, henna is applied to the hands and feet of the bride to symbolize beauty and happiness; while in Morocco, applying henna on doors is said to bring prosperity and cast away evil.

Henna, (aka Mehendi), is a dye prepared from a plant called Lawsonia inermis. The leaves from the plant are dried, and ground into a fine powder. This powder is then combined with a variety of ingredients to make a thick paste. The combinations of ingredients used to make the paste differs with every artist, but some of the common things that the henna paste can include are lemon juice, tea water, sugar, coffee, and essential oils. The henna paste is then applied to the skin using different applicators, and needs to stay on the skin for several hours for the dye to be absorbed. The dye binds to protein molecules on the top most layer of your skin and stains this layer. The longer you leave the paste on your skin, the darker the stain will be. Once the paste is brushed off, it usually leaves a light orange stain. This stain oxidizes and darkens over the next 24 to 48 hours, leaving a beautiful vibrant semi-permanent design that you can enjoy for a few weeks!

This depends on multiple factors such as skin type, lifestyle, and body part. Generally speaking, the stain will last somewhere between 1-3 weeks.
No. Real henna will always give a stain of a orange/brown tone. The exact shade will depend on the quality of henna, your skin type, your geographical location, and how long you leave the paste on your skin. The colorful henna designs that you see online are made using Acrylic paint. Any stain that you see that is not a shade of orange/brown/red is not henna.
Your henna stain will be at its peak on day 3. I recommend that you get your henna done approximately 2-3 days prior to your event.
ABSOLUTELY! Henna actually acts as sunblock (so there is an added benefit to having henna done in the summer!). For those of you who go tanning, henna will leave tan lines if you time it right– which can look pretty cool. The tan lines will last as long as the actual tan!
There are a variety of henna pastes out there and a lot of them contain chemicals. The only way to be sure that there are no chemicals in your henna paste is to mix the paste yourself (or get it done by a trusted henna artist!). I use pure organic henna, and make the paste myself. You can be rest assured that my henna will not contain any chemicals.
Yes. Although, this is very rare. Even though I use chemical free henna, it is possible to be allergic to henna. With that said, I have yet to meet a client with a true allergy to henna. During our initial consult, I usually apply my henna paste to a small area of your skin to anticipate any potential reaction to it.
No. Henna is applied using a cone and sits on top of your skin while it stains. This is a 100% pain free experience!
No. Henna permanently dyes the top layer of your skin. It fades away as this layer shed off. Although there isn't really a way to remove the stain whenever you want, there are measures you can take to speed up the fading process. Mostly, this involves frequent washing and scrubbing/exfoliating the skin. Chlorine will also help henna fade away faster, so a dip in the pool might help with this.
YES! Henna stains are EXTREMELY hard to remove from fabric. In fact, henna has been used for centuries to dye fabrics including silk, wool, and leather.
Yes. You should avoid contact with henna if you have the following conditions:
  • G6DP Deficiency (Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency)
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Any bleeding/clotting disorders