When a friend brought her to Little India in Ipoh for a shopping spree, Cheah Suet Fay, 21, was introduced to henna art. She was 15 then and it was love at first sight.
“My parents, especially my Chinese father, used to dislike the idea of henna stains on my hands. It was then that I realised that henna wasn’t a ‘thing’ among Chinese. However, most of my friends who are Chinese were willing to become ‘the victim’ of my henna art,” said Fay when Ipoh Echo met her recently.
She went through several experiments and researches for the best henna after finding out the dangers of using instant henna. Unlike many of her peers, Fay decided to work straight after finishing school. Previously working in a few hotels in Ipoh as an event coordinator and sales executive, Fay knew her forte was with henna.
Through strong encouragement from her friends, Fay started her business; ‘Henna Art By Fay’ in 2014 and it was the beginning of a wonderful journey for her.
“I started using natural henna powder and made the paste on my own. Unlike instant henna, natural henna paste is the real deal. Not only does it look beautiful on the hand but it also strengthens fragile nails,” added Fay.
In the spirit of Aidilfitri, Fay decided that it was time for her to give back to the community: by doing something that she was good at.
“Usually during Ramadan, orphan kids are usually treated with dining and shopping sessions. I wanted to do something special for them and since I am a henna artist what else should I do but to give them a special henna art for Raya!”
Choosing Nurul Iman House for the session, Fay’s art definitely drew smiles from the kids and their caretakers with her one-of-a-kind henna.
It was amazing to see how hardworking this bright young lady is. Despite her young age, Fay is now planning to open a henna studio that is also a thrift shop and a mini cafe. The space can also be used for small events. Readers who want to get henna-ed by Fay can do so by contacting her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hennaartbyfay or Instagram at www.instagram.com/hennartbyfay. Good luck Fay and we are looking forward to visiting your space soon!