The Henna Peacock

The Henna Peacock is all about safe, natural henna, and finding inner peace and self appreciation.

All the product and services Shelby offers are designed and selected to bring joy and peace.

Shelby is an ICHNA certified artist, which is an international certificate to show that she has a high 

knowledge, only use safe and natural ingredients, and has a good standard of practice and skill.

Shelby mixes the henna paste from pure, natural henna powder that she sources directly from the region of Sojat, in India. To mix the paste, Shelby uses water, sugar and lavender essential with the henna powder. She uses this recipe as it provides a beautifully rich stain, and is also suitable for sensitive skin types, children, and pregnant women.

The henna cones are wrapped in super biodegradable cellophane, meaning that when finished, you can recycle the cones to prevent needless waste going into landfill. The henna powder is also packaged in recyclable and biodegradable packaging too- being natural has never been so good for the environment!

Where Is The Henna Peacock Based?

The Henna Peacock has a shop in Cullompton, and offers services and products from there.  Located a minute away from Cullompton library and car park, and opposite the Post Office, it is easy to find and get to.

Henna artist, Shelby, also can travel to your events, weddings and celebrations to apply henna to your guests there. 

Frequently Asked Questions

"How long does henna last?"

Depending on the care you take and where about it is, it generally lasts between 5-10 days. Some people have reported stains lasting nearly a month. 

"What is henna?"

Henna powder is dried and crushed up leaves from the henna plant (or Lawsonia Inermis). Henna powder is mixed into a paste to achieve the stains.

"What is in your paste?"

I only use 4 natural, safe ingredients in my henna paste- I use henna powder, water, lavender essential oil, and sugar.

"I have diabetes, I can't have sugar!"

Did you know that even though the paste contains sugar, it will have no bad effect on diabetics? It's because the molecules of the sugar (or honey or glucose syrup) are too large to penetrate the skins surface, so they just sit on the top of the skin, so you don't have to worry about needing to work out your insulin for the henna.


"Who is henna for?"

Anyone. Everyone. Any age, any gender, any religion. Henna isn't just for some people, it is for everyone. I do not apply henna to children 8 years old or younger, as if they have G6PD deficiency, then it can be dangerous to use. For anyone under 16, then I require a guardian/parental signature (just for insurance purposes) 

"I'm too old for henna though..."

No such thing! In countries where it is a popular art or tradition, people of all ages have henna done. It is sophisticated on both young and old alike!

"How dark does it go?"

It really depends on where the design goes and how long you leave the paste on for. Where the skin is thickest (the palms of the hands and soles of the feet) have the best stain results. The thinnest skin (neck, face, ears) gives the palest stain. See the image to the right to see the guide on henna placements and stain results. Henna stains the top layers of skin. The longer the paste is left on, the deeper the dye will go. Think of it like looking through a piece of transparent red plastic (like sweetie wrappers). If you held it up to the light and looked through it, it is a nice red. then imagine adding more and more layers, the more layers of red plastic you get, the deeper and darker the colour, until it almost looks black. So the longer the paste is on, the deeper the colour can go, and the darker the resulting stain will be. This also means that the design will last longer too, so it means that you'll get better value for money if you leave it on!

"Whats a 'Belly Blessing'?"

A belly blessing is a henna design done on a pregnant woman baby bump. Henna is believed to be a sacred plant, and a protector. The wearer is said to get good luck, and henna is also believed to be favoured by the Hindu goddess, Lakshmi (of all wealth and abundance). It is believed to be a sort of good luck charm for the pregnancy and the birth.

"How do appointments work/How do I book an appointment?"

I take bookings through my website, Facebook, google, instagram, email, and by phone. Simply let me know what you are after (either select a service I offer, or message me if you want something a bit different, etc, and I will book you in. Non deposits are required for private appointments at the shop. Deposits are required for events and bookings where the artist travels to you.

"Where are you based/What is the travel costs/What is the minimum spend?

The shop is in Cullompton, Devon. Most private appointments take place there. Designs start from just £5, with the average and most popular hand designs around the £12-15 mark.

For Shelby to travel to your events, then there is a 40p/mile (round trip) cost, from the shop location. Depending on where it is, there may be a minimum spend, or accommodation may be required for large/far away bookings.

"Is Henna Safe?"

Yes, it is completely natural. The only time there may be any troubles at all is if you have an allergy to one of my ingredients, or if you have G6PD deficiency (most people know if they have this, although a general rule of thumb is, do fatha beans make you anaemic? If so, then you may have this). While in healthy adults, henna can be applied without harm, it is best to keep designs a bit smaller. It is not recommended to have henna applied if you have G6PD and are feeling unwell.

How long have you been doing henna?

Shelby first started doing henna designs for herself and her friends back in 2009, and started to offer services professionally in 2013. In about 2015, she went to London to work under a top henna artist to learn the intricacies of bridal mehndi and to really enhance her skills. 


Shelby is pleased to announce that since September 2020, she has been awarded a certificate on the natural art of henna. She believes it is imperative for a professional henna artist to know about the history, culture and safety surrounding this traditional art form.

"The International Certificate for Natural Henna Artists, is made up of a board of professional henna artists from different countries and traditions who proposed questions from their experience as professional henna artists. ​

The basic principles of skin, hygiene, cultural sensitivity, and safety are applicable to artists around the world.​

By providing a certification program for henna artists it enables the public to be sure they are safe and in the company of professional and responsible henna artists."

- From the ICHNA website

You can scan the QR code on the certificate, or at the bottom of the website to be shown Shelby's official ICHNA profile. All certified artists have a profile page and QR code that proves they have a genuine certification.

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