Phoenix Henna: Henna, Glitter Body Art and Henna Inspired Gifts

Kira Smith from Glittery Arty Beauty, Henna Workshops

After an accident in 2011 left me with injuries including lack of sensation in my right hand and chronic pain through my shoulder and back I was aware that my chances of returning to full time employment where slim. Having good and bad days and not knowing from one day to another how much pain I would be in, I decided I needed a hobby, something to occupy my time and perhaps something therapeutic for my hand too.

After trying my hand to a number of things nothing really stuck until I discovered the Art of Henna (or Mehndi).

I researched the history of Henna, the different cultures that use Henna and how it is used all over the world by different countries in their own styles. I fell in love with the different ideas and concept of being totally creative while drawing inspiration from this amazing art form.

I ordered my first Henna cone and started to practice, first on myself, then on my husband and then on my brave family and friends. After a few months I was brave enough to take my henna to a fair and work on my first clients and from there I discovered my love for this art form and I haven’t looked back. I am now a fully insured mobile Henna Artist.

As well as Henna, I also became experienced in Glitter Body Art, visiting many local fairs and branching out into mobile appointments, parties and events. I also developed my own range of Henna decorated gifts including candles and wooden plaques that have proven very popular.

My little business is only a year old and going from strength to strength having been nominated for a Liverpool Lifestyle Award in March 2017 and coming 3rd in my category and I look forward to seeing what the future brings.

Kira Smith